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Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu is set on Watamu beach on the Indian Ocean coast, this relaxed resort in Watamu Marine National Park is 6 km from Gede Ruins, a 13th-century Arab settlement, and 5 km from Mida Creek. The bright, airy rooms with balconies and ocean views have tile floors and simple wood furnishings. Suites add living rooms, and some have terraces. Upgraded suites feature 2nd bathrooms, dining areas, and kitchenettes. There are 2 restaurants, 2 outdoor pools, and a poolside bar, plus a spa, a gym, and a tennis court. Activities such as big game fishing, scuba diving, and kite-surfing are available, as is breakfast.



Bright, airy rooms measuring 40m² with en-suite bathrooms and private balconies all offer exceptional views of the Indian Ocean – a view you wish you woke up to every morning. There are 13 newly renovated Deluxe Ocean View Rooms on the second floor of our North Wing and 26 Ocean View Rooms on the ground and first floor.

Oceanview rooms

Spacious and with easy access to the beach and the botanical pool, our ocean view rooms are found in the North Wing of the hotel on the ground and first floor. En-suite bathrooms and a beautiful balcony overlooking the Marine Park provide guests with the utmost comfort and luxury. The quiet grassy area in front of the rooms is a relaxing place to read and soak up the coastal sunshine.

Deluxe ocean view rooms

Located on the top floor of our North Wing, our Deluxe Ocean View Rooms offer a whole new flavor of laidback luxury. Marble-tiled en-suite bathrooms and private balconies with jaw-dropping views of nothing but ocean and horizon offer the quintessential R&R experience. Add to that a flat-screen TV and the magical Watamu breeze and you may not want to leave your room.


These ultra-luxe apartments are located in the South Wing of the hotel and offer 1, 2, and 4 bedroom configurations. The Residences have been designed and finished to the highest degree of modern coastal luxury and feature majestic open terraces with magical views of the beach and Marine Park, comfortable lounge and dining areas flooded with natural light, en-suite bathrooms, and fully equipped contemporary kitchens. Guests of the Residences enjoy full access to all hotel facilities with the added benefit of being completely self-sufficient if that’s what you’re looking for.

1 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment

Approaching 150 m² in size, these beautifully appointed apartments offer a large master bedroom with marble tiled en-suite bathroom adjoining a tastefully furnished living and dining area with a fully equipped modern kitchen. The large open terrace provides fantastic sea views and ample space to kick back and relax. These are perfect for couples seeking a little more space and privacy.

2 Bedroom Ocean View Apartment

Ranging from 200m² to 230m², soaked with natural light and offering a large master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a second large twin bedroom with an adjoining bathroom, these apartments are ideal for families. Both bedrooms have wonderful ocean views and direct access to the terrace. Featuring interior and exterior lounging and dining space and a fully equipped modern kitchen, the 2 bedroom apartments have ample room for socializing or retreating to a quiet spot.

4 Bedroom Ocean View Penthouse Apartment

Penthouse-style duplex apartments featuring living and dining areas and exquisitely furnished terraces on both floors offer the perfect setup for groups of friends or large families. Offering two large master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and two large twin bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, all bedrooms provide wondrous ocean views and direct access to the beautiful terrace. These apartments offer both interior and exterior lounging and dining space and a fully equipped modern kitchen.


There is something to everyone’s taste at Hemingways Watamu. Served in our main restaurant, breakfast offers a range of options to suit all types from the super hungry, the health-conscious, or the continental. For a mid-morning treat, specialty coffees, cakes, and the finest gelato are available at the Gede Coffee Gardens. The Gede menu also includes a varied selection of delicious wraps, sandwiches, and sharing platters plus a variety of grilled meats and seafood along with healthy salads, perfect for lunches and more casual evenings. In the evenings we offer a full white linen service a la carte restaurant for dinner, providing a wealth of flavourful options freshly caught from the Ocean at our doorstep. If seafood is not to your taste we always have a variety of land-based favorites ranging from aged beef steaks to traditional favorites such as Tandoori Chicken. A selection of pasta and vegetarian dishes are also available.


Begin your day with freshly baked croissants, fruity turnovers, and cinnamon rolls with a Kenyan coffee and finish up with eggs and bacon and all the trimmings, prepared as you like it. For the more health-conscious, kick start your day with fresh fruit, homemade muesli, and an energizing fruit smoothie or try a local favorite of scrambled eggs with smoked tuna. Our Chefs are ready to start your day in style as you watch the day come to life over the Indian Ocean.


Starting the day with delicious pastries, cakes, and gelato from Non-Solo Gelato and running through the day and evening the Gede Café menu offers a lighter, more casual setting for guests. Homemade pasta, create your pizza, tasting platters for one, two, or more, grilled seafood and steaks, and a wide range of sandwiches and wraps ensure there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Try a Cobbs Salad Wrap or Grilled Jumbo Prawns or simple but stunning spinach quiche. Or how about our Special Sharing Platter with Crab Claws, Fish Cakes, and Samosas for everyone to nibble? The Gede menu is also available in the evening.


This is where you spoil yourself. Candlelight, starry skies, gentle breezes, your favorite tipple, and a superb range of fresh seafood with a Swahili flavor. Our grill also provides meat lovers with options of prime-aged beef fillets or delicious Karoo lamb whilst there is always a tantalizing selection of fresh pasta and vegetarian dishes on the menu. For something extra special, catch your fish of the day and ask our Chefs to prepare it for you to your liking. Too much to choose from? Never worry, our Chef creates a Table D’Hote menu every evening so you can try a little of it all.

Hemingways Bar

The iconic Hemingways Bar is located right on the seafront and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and Watamu Beach. With an extensive wine and spirit list and a variety of fresh, tropical cocktails there is simply no better place to enjoy the traditional Kenyan sundowner. The Gede Café food menu is available in the Bar.

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