Hemingways WatamuHemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu

From: $835.00

Hemingways Watamu lies North of Mombasa in Turtle Bay on palm fronded beaches. This luxury hotel is ideal for pre or post safari with a wide range of activities to choose from. Sunset dhow cruises, game fishing and many local attractions make this a bucket list ocean destination.


Hemingways Watamu

Watamu Marine National Park

Situated on Turtle Bay beach, Hemingways Watamu lies two hours North of Mombasa and is popular for big game fishing, long stretches of pure white beaches and incredible scenery. The hotel dates back to 1934 when Ernest Hemingway first visited the Malindi area.

The reception area of the hotel is steeped in grandeur that harks back to colonial days and was once extremely popular with the British jet set and famous people. There is a small curio shop and bureau de change here so no need to go out for curio’s or to change your money. The main restaurant is just around the corner from reception and surrounds the swimming pool with an extensive terrace area.

There is a fantastic selection of activities for guests to enjoy from adrenaline packed game fishing, local cultural attractions to simply relaxing by the pool, on the beach or a sunset dhow cruise with champagne.


Hemingways Watamu has 76 rooms in two wings and all have sea views from their private balcony. There are several room types to choose from as well as a full four bed roomed ocean view penthouse.

Superior rooms have walk-in showers and are on the first and second floors of the South wing.

Deluxe rooms, which also have bathtubs and a third bed/day bed are on the whole of the North wing, and part of the ground floor of the South wing. If you’re looking for a deluxe room we’d recommend the North wing where some of the rooms have king-size beds.

Read our Country Information for travel advice to Kenya.

Consider combining this with Mara Expedition Camp, Serengeti Bushtops or Afro Chic Hotel. If you need an over-night hotel in Nairobi then book at Hemingways Nairobi.

Read more about the Watamu National Park and why it’s a Green Turtle haven.

How to Get There

Fly In

Fly in to Malindi International Airport with Kenya Airways or into Mombasa’s Moi International Airport with Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways or Air Italy.

On arrival at either of these airports you will be met by your safari representative who will assist you with your luggage and drive you to the hotel.

From Malindi it’s a 1 hour drive and from Mombasa a 2 hour drive to the hotel.

For assistance with domestic arrangements, get in touch with us, we’ll ensure your safari plans are seamless.



  • High Season and Regular Season: Bed & Breakfast accommodation and all local taxes
  • Premium Season: Half board accommodation and all local taxes
  • High speed Wi-Fi internet
  • Mineral Water
  • Complimentary use of the gym and tennis court


  • Sundowner Dhow Cruise at Mida Creek
  • Snorkeling trip on a glass bottom boat
  • Cultural trip to Gede Ruins
  • Visit to Arabuko Sokoke Forest
  • Watamu Bio-Ken Snake Park
  • Cultural Visit to Malindi town
  • Beach BBQ
  • Lunch Supplement
  • Dinner Supplement
  • Lunch/Dinner Supplement for Children under 12 is 50% of adult meal supplement.
  • Domestic flights
  • Visa fees’
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance

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