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Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

Aah... Hemingways! Love, love, love. The service, the class, the new wing, the attention to detail, the FOOD! We visited as a group of 4 adults and 3 toddlers. Nothing asked was too much for the Hemingways staff. Ultra efficient, polite and accommodating. The rooms in the new wings were lovely and the salt water pools a welcome change. The...

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Reviewed 18 February 2016 via mobile

I finally got an opportunity to visit Hemingways after 15 years of attempts. Thanks to Kenya Tourism Board hosting me on the niche media Famil. Hemingways is an iconic resort that I like to place in the same type of category as the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe. Our host at the resort explained that there are major renovations and...

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Seattle, Washington
Reviewed 15 February 2016

The beach and pool area are lovely and a pleasure to enjoy. The staff is attentive. It is a good choice if you are looking for a solid mid-range value hotel but I wouldn't expect to be woo'd with luxury. The property and the food definitely need some updating. We booked a deluxe double, which based on the photos for...

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Reviewed 11 February 2016

Amazing display and variety! Live band , roast turkey, krackers and crowns for everyone, black tie dress code, totally festive ! The staff so attentive and cheerful, the chef full of life ready to provide anything extra you feel like eating! Christmas in watamu is magical and more so under the open skies in hemingways resort!

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Thank Anhar E
Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 2 February 2016

Hemingways is a great beach escape. Swimming in crystal clear water, followed by long walks, followed by great food, served by very friendly and efficient staff. Who could ask for anything more! On our calendar to book again next year.

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WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Phiz M, Thank you very much for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please do let us know when you will be returning and we look forward to hosting you again. Sincerely, Melinda Rees

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 January 2016

We happened upon Hemingways as we finished a very long walk along Watamu beach. So were absolutely not dressed for the occasion. We only had dinner and so cannot comment on the hotel facilities. Our waiter very politely pointed out that men had to wear trousers not shorts. Entirely reasonable, but then our men folk sat through dinner in the...

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WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Mandybar, Thank you very much for your review, we do appreciate the feedback. I am truly sorry that you did not enjoy your meal with us. We have been receiving excellent reviews of our meals from our clients but we obviously missed the mark with yourselves and I do apologise. Should you wish to return again in the future...

London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 January 2016

This was about my 6th trip to hemingways, it was as wonderful as ever, the staff are fantastic, the food excellent, we had a lovely room in the north wing with fabulous views, mind you all the rooms I've stayed in have breathtaking views. It is a peaceful, beautiful pampering place to stay for city weary couples. Thank you Melinda...

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1Thank Lizzie J
London, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

I have been coming to here for years and it is simply fantastic. Probably the best location in the world to relax and enjoy a coastal resort. Excellent food and wonderful staff - very hard to fault. Thanks again to all the team for another lovely holiday!

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WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear AndyP, Thank you very much for your kind review and we are delighted that you have enjoyed your stay with us once more. It is always a pleasure to have our guests return to see us again; it is part of what makes Hemingways feel like a home with lots of friends and family visiting rather than just a...

Oakland, California
Reviewed 7 January 2016

We stayed at Hemingways after a debacle of a stay at another hotel. 2 nights here completely undid our terrible 6 night stay at Ocean Beach Resort. The beach is BEYOND breath takingly beautiful! And the location right on the beach is perfect! Service from reception to the waiters, the staff, the food all impeccable! Rooms are cozy but all...

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WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Karimilovestotravel, Thank you very much for your review and we are delighted that you so enjoyed your stay with us here at Hemingways. I will ensure that your happiness and comments are passed along to our staff as it is always nice to know that your work is appreciated! We look forward to having you back with us in...

Mombasa, Kenya
Reviewed 2 January 2016

Visited with my family for christmas holiday and we had an amazing time.the staff were very friendly and genuine.the food,OMG,i think we all put on some kgs for the period we stayed there.we also did snorkeling which was organised by the hotel and that was just an experience on its own.the beaches were very clean and the local guys at...

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WatamuMel, General Manager at Hemingways Watamu, responded to this review

Dear Sammy, Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review of your stay with us. We are delighted that you and your family enjoyed themselves and I will make sure that our kitchen staff are told that you enjoyed the food so much! We do hope that you will return again in the future. Best regards,...

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Breakfast included
  • Spa
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Family Rooms
  • Accessible rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Airport Transportation
  • Breakfast included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Conference Facilities
  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Hemingways is nestled on one of the world's top ten beaches and few places can compare for relaxation. Every one of our 74 rooms offers an views of the ocean and the endless white sands of of the Watamu Marine Park. Gentle sea breezes tame the hot equatorial sun keeping the tropical landscape surrounding the gardens, pools and terraces cool and comfortable. Simple yet luxurious this very personal hotel has tradtional thatched roofs, white washed walls and uses bright local materials for decor and furnishings. Friendly helpful service in a relaxed and elegant setting where mobile phones are silent and stress has no place. Our chefs make the best possible use of the abundant offerings of the Indian Ocean, the delicious organic meats and an abundance of home grown fruits and vegetables from our farms. Special diets are happily catered for; let us know what you need. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Hemingways Watamu

Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Hotel Class:5 star — Hemingways Watamu 5*
Number of rooms: 74
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Also Known As:
Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
Hemingways Resort Malindi
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Watamu
#7 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#10 Spa Hotel in Watamu
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
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“Be sure to have an appropriate charger!”
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“Sea view rooms”
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“Definitely ask for a room away from the pools and higher up to get a better sea view.”
ladyswashbuckler, 15 Feb 2016 | Read review
“all the rooms have fabulous views and I find all are quiet”
lizziej2016, 21 Jan 2016 | Read review
“Superior room on the top floor, have more privacy than on the ground floor.”
Karimilovestotravel, 7 Jan 2016 | Read review
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