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The ONE Watamu Resort
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

I don't usually leave reviews but I had such an amazing holiday at The One Watamu Bay that I had to. The One certainly lived up to its name. We were warmly welcomed on arrival with welcome drinks. The room was clean and spacious and the ocean view was break taking. All of the swimming pools were spacious and having 4 was great because you could choose between a chilled out or sociable vibe. We ate from the buffet most days. The choice was huge and the food was different every day. I was gutted to leave and return to reality, but I will definitely be back.

Stayed: January 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank Emma B
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Reviewed 21 January 2018

This was my first trip to Kenya, but definitely not my last. I spent one week there with my husband and young daughters. The girls loved the kids club and my hubby were able to enjoy quality time enjoying the jacuzzi, tennis courts and spa. I had an amazing massage in the spa, it made me feel like a new woman. The pools were great and the beach was right outside our room. The food in the restaurant was delicious. The fish melted in my mouth. The resort is big, but the staff work hard because everywhere is clean and there is always someone about when you need something or want to order your next drink.

Room Tip: Choose an ocean view room. The view is incredible.
  • Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Deanied123
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

The name itself says THE ONE i.e. the only one with having great atmosphere to chill out on your vacation. We have stayed on this beautiful piece of land for 3 days during Christmas. The moment we entered the resort there was a warm welcome from the receptionist who took us on a short tour of the resort in the Golf Cart but then we decided to move on to check out the other resorts around. We went to check almost around 6 other resorts but ultimately we landed the same place where we started i.e THE ONE as we found that there was no other place we could have chilled out better than this. Getting to this resort is quite an adventurous bumpy journey of 3 kms from the road but then its worth riding that bumpy way to get to this resort.

By the time check in process was going on they served us with Juices and Wet Towels to get us refreshed. The place itself is so serene to relax. They have got quite a big rooms. We had got a room in a second row even where we were facing to the resplendent view of Indian Ocean. The resort is very much properly maintained with regards to cleanliness and landscaping which i like the most.

As the resort was big they have got 3 swimming pools which was amazing. It has also a tennis court which we were very much willing to play but unfortunately the staff didn't find the rackets as some other guests might have played and left it somewhere.

Now coming to the staff they were so much friendly every time you meet anyone they will greet you and asks us whether we need anything especially the poolside guys. Even the owner himself was on the ground to make the guest comfortable.
We went in the morning for snorkelling and by the time we are back buffet lunch hours was done with so the receptionist was so kind to us and they have given us Ala-carte to order for the food and we have been given a Complimentary lunch by them and it was really appreciating.

The only thing which i would like to suggest them is to improve a little on the buffet food side although it was not that bad. They should also provide the facility of Steam and Sauna as well as Jacuzzi. There is many things to be written yet but can't express everything in words.

Well done guys and would like to visit you again soon!!

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Yusuf5253
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Formerly known as Ndovu Beach Hotel, new ownership has transformed this gem of a resort into The ONE, Watamu Bay. I had the pleasure of spending a few days at this new resort and the first thing that stuck out was how clean their beach was. The rooms are staged in rows and the views from the first row rooms are to die for! The second row and third row rooms have excellent views as well if you get one that's strategically located. of course the prices vary with the row location.

The reception staff and concierge service is very good and well-trained for a new resort; friendly and extremely helpful. it is quite a large resort so golf carts are available for those of us who have difficulty with walking to distant locations around the resort. The rooms are spacious, simple, and elegant with cool A/C available. The food is excellent....only qualm (minor) was that during my entire stay there was no sea food option. Given that this is the beautiful Kenyan coast, A sea food option is imperative. I suggested this to the proprietors and they promised that sea food would be included on the dining menu very soon as they were still in the process of ramping up the services with the new staff and offerings.

The resort is very family-friendly and even has a child care center for parents who would like to spend a little "alone time". They also have child monitors at their kid's pool if adults choose to swim in one of their many (3) adult swimming pools. They had an all-inclusive Christmas package in December which I took advantage of and I'd have to say that compared to the resorts around the area what I got for the price was unbeatable. Hopefully they'll keep that going every christmas!

Getting to the resort from Mombasa can be quite an experience...it's about a 3 hour drive. Many guests choose to fly into Malindi then drive south for 25-30 minutes to the resort. The road to the resort itself isn't paved and can be quite bumpy, but that enhances the experience in my opinion and is worth enduring for what's in store at The ONE. I would suggest this paradise of a getaway to each and every person expressing interest in visiting Kenya's beautiful north coast. There are many activities offered...one of which I didn't get a chance to do was to swim with dolphins. I'll be back to make that happen.

Thanks to the awesome staff; Bilha, Michelle, and the hard working proprietors who could be seen working even at odd ours of the night making our stay seamless and very enjoyable. Kudos and keep up the good work!

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Dido L
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Reviewed 13 March 2017
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Room Tip: standard al secondo piano con terrazzo privato e si vede il mare
  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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