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Beach holidays at watamu kenya

Kenya Beach Holiday Resorts

Hemingways Watamu Hotel

Malindi/Watamu

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Experience luxury and charm at Hemingways Watamu, a tropical paradise embedded in the heart of Kenya’s Watamu Marine National Park. With white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and 30 years of history, it represents the pinnacle of Kenyan coastal luxury, inviting guests back time and again.

Welcoming visitors since its establishment, Hemingways Watamu has become an iconic destination for those looking for a unique blend of adventure, relaxation, and comfort. It offers an array of activities, including kite-surfing, PADI certification for diving, sunset dhow cruises, golfing, and even safari excursions to Tsavo or the Maasai Mara. Or you could simply unwind beside the pool with a cocktail in hand, soaking up the serene beauty of the resort.

Opulent Dining Experiences

The resort’s dining options revolve around al fresco settings on the beach, where guests can enjoy signature menus featuring the freshest ingredients. From intimate breakfasts to sumptuous dinners, Hemingways Watamu caters to every palate with beautifully presented and expertly prepared dishes.

Endless Oceanic Adventures

At Hemingways, indulge in the tranquility of the spa, engaged in by African-inspired treatments. Embark on an exhilarating fishing adventure, where the resort is recognized globally for its commitment to ‘tag and release’ and be mesmerized by the migration of humpback whales.

Spa treatment

Celebrations at Hemingways

With sand between your toes and the ocean stretching into the horizon, Hemingways Watamu creates a flawless backdrop for your special events. Expert event planners fine-tune every detail, ensuring your celebration—from romantic getaways to significant anniversaries—is infused with 5-star services and standards.

An event destination

The kaleidoscope of activities, from celebrating love or exploring the waterways on a paddleboard to golfing at Vipingo Ridge, Hemingways Watamu tailors an unforgettable coastal sojourn.

With exceptional service and its envious location amidst one of Africa’s most beautiful marine parks, Hemingways Watamu is not just a stay—it’s an experience etched in memories long after the tan fades.

04 January to 28 February 2025 and 01 – 31 August 2025 inclusive

Room CategorySingleDouble/Tw Per RoomExtra AdultChild rate (6-16 yrs)
North Wing Ocean View325425170100
North Wing Deluxe Ocean View400500n/an/a
1 Bedroom Ocean View Suite550750n/an/a
2 Bedroom Ocean View Suite (max 4 pax)10001000n/an/a
2 Bedroom Deluxe Ocean View Suite (max 4 pax)12001200n/an/a
4 Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse (max 8 pax)22002200n/an/a

REGULAR SEASON

01 March to 31 July 2025 and 01 September to 19 December 2025 inclusive

Room CategorySingleDouble/Tw Per RoomExtra AdultChild rate (6-16 yrs)
North Wing Ocean View25534514070
North Wing Deluxe Ocean View295395n/an/a
1 Bedroom Ocean View Suite500500n/an/a
2 Bedroom Ocean View Suite (max 4 pax)850850n/an/a
2 Bedroom Deluxe Ocean View Suite (max 4 pax)10001000n/an/a
4 Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse (max 8 pax)16001600n/an/a

PEAK SEASON

Note: Peak Season Rates only will default to Half Board instead of a Bed & Breakfast rate 20 December 2025 – 04 January 2026 inclusive

Room CategorySingleDouble/Tw Per RoomExtra AdultChild rate (6-16 yrs)
North Wing Ocean View960960385240
North Wing Deluxe Ocean View10801080n/an/a
1 Bedroom Ocean View Suite13001300n/an/a
2 Bedroom Ocean View Suite (max 4 pax)22502250n/an/a
2 Bedroom Deluxe Ocean View Suite (max 4 pax)24502450n/an/a
4 Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse (max 8 pax)48004800n/an/a

The above-mentioned rates are net, non-commissionable, based on a per room / suite, per night basis and quoted in USD$

Minimum stay of 3 nights applicable over Peak Season 20 December 2025 – 03 January 2026

Rates include:-

Bed & breakfast, inclusive of taxes Complimentary Wi-Fi / internet Satellite television

Air conditioning and ceiling fan Mineral bottled water in the room Complimentary use of the gym

*** Please note rates over PEAK Season at Hemingways Watamu remain Half Board

Meal Supplement:-

Half board meal supplement – USD$40 per person, per day (includes dinner)

Full board meal supplement – USD$75 per person, per day (includes lunch & dinner) Children under 12 years pay 50% of supplement rate

Child Policy:-

A child 0-5 years sharing with an adult stays free on the same meal plan

A child 6-16 years sharing with an adult pays the applicable child’s rate (maximum two sharing children with two adults)

Children below 12 years in their own room pay 75% of the double room rate

Check-in/Check-out:-

Unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Hotel, the check-in time is from 13h00 and check-out time is by 10h00.

Day Use Rooms:-

Guaranteed day-use rooms are charged at a rate of 70% of the contracted room rate and are subject to availability at the time of reservation. For further detail, please refer to point 9.7

Airport Transfers:-

The above mentioned pay/stay deals are based on a bed & breakfast basis only and any further meal supplements will be applicable, including the complimentary nights.

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What Guests Are Saying About Hemingways Watamu


“A Slice of Paradise on the Kenyan Coast”

“From the moment we arrived at Hemingways Watamu, we were swept off our feet! The breathtaking ocean views from our room, the pristine beach, and the lush surroundings were just a prelude to the exceptional service and hospitality we received. Activities like snorkeling in the Watamu Marine Park and the sunset dhow cruise were highlights of our stay. Add to that the delectable dining experiences with the freshest seafood — it was truly a slice of paradise. We can’t wait to return!”


“Unmatched Elegance and Adventure Combined”

“Hemingways Watamu is not only a luxurious resort but an adventure haven too. As someone who loves to stay active while on holiday, the kite-surfing and PADI diving certification offered the perfect balance of thrill against the serene backdrop of the Indian Ocean. The staff’s attention to detail made us feel so special, and our ocean view room was the perfect sanctuary after a day filled with activities. This place is the epitome of Kenyan coastal luxury.”


“A Romantic Getaway to Cherish Forever”

“My partner and I chose Hemingways Watamu for our anniversary, and it was the romantic getaway of our dreams. The soft sandy beaches, exquisite room with a stunning view, and the private dining under the stars created an enchanting experience. What made our stay even more memorable was the warmth and kindness of the staff, catering to our every need. Celebrating our love at Hemingways was magical, and we have cherished memories to last a lifetime.”

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