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Ocean Sports Resort

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80208, Kenya
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Ranked #11 of 22 hotels in Watamu
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
Michael L Bridlington, United Kingdom
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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I suppose its the fact that I have been there so often it never occurred to me to write about it. It's rather like reviewing your granny's house, it is always great, always welcoming and you are always happy to be there. Set as it is on a beach that contains two other first class hotels, Ocean Sports could be... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Been going to Watamu for 14 years as its my second home. Go to Ocean Sports most days for food and drinks, staff are friendly and so kind and most of them know me and my hubby very well and always feel very welcome, but this year in may don't know what has happened but they could not even supply... More

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Destin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We went to work at an orphanage in the area and this was our first time to Kenya. My first contact was with Thomas who helps with the desk and reservations. He did an outstanding job of reserving my rooms and arranging transportation from Mombassa. Upon arrival he came by on his day off to make sure we made it... More

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to review Ocean Sports. It is always helpful for future guests to see what our past guests enjoyed about the hotel. My husband and I were away on leave when you stayed but I am happy to see that the staff, and especially Thomas looked after you well. I hope that you... More

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Right on the beach with a great terrace restaurant overlooking Turtle Bay serving good food and very reasonable prices. The staff are very friendly and make you fell very welcome as well as being very efficient. Florian is a talented chef and produces great food some of which comes from his own kitchen garden. Hotel has great character and the... More

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and all that Ocean Sports and Watamu has to offer. From myself, Florian and all the staff, thanks again and hope to see you back soon. More

Okemos, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I last stayed here in the early 1990s; I loved it then, and still do. The staff is warm and helpful, the views are beautiful, the food is excellent, and it is very easy to arrange a host of varied activities.

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review of Ocean Sports. We are all very happy that after all these years you still love the hotel and Watamu. I hope your next visit will be sooner than the last! More

Tampa, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely lunch after a diving excursion, out to a local reef, great views, lovely friendly staff. Reception staff very helpful in organizing a tuk-tuk for me to go from there to the far end of the beach for kite surving.

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to write us a review. We're happy you enjoyed Watamu, the diving and your experience with Ocean Sports. I hope you are able to return one day for more diving and kitesurfing! More

Maidstone, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

We spent a week at Ocean Sports in early April to celebrate a wedding (not ours!). Owing to a few problems with our flights we were 24 hours late, but the warm welcome from Emilie and her staff together with the cold passion fruit juice on arrival helped us to forget the trouble we had had getting there. Overall, the... More

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review! We are all thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and room 21. It was a brilliant wedding, and lovely to meet all of you. Myself, Florian and all the staff hope to see you back here again one day! More

Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

And the one but is - the manky crap on the beach. I know some of it's natural (the seasonal seaweed) and some of it's not (innumerable plastic bottle and the over 200 shoes we colleacted in 4 days) and none of it is the fault of the OS management BUT surely the ROI on an annual cleanup with a... More

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review, we are only sorry that you came at a time when the beach is not at it's best. The Kenya Wildlife Service does not permit the removal of the seaweed from the beach, or any other natural debris, hens we are unable to clear it. Unfortunately the current during the time you were with... More

Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We enjoyed 5 nights relaxing here after a hectic but amazing safari experience! When we arrived at Ocean Sports we were warmly welcomed and felt at home straight away! Our room was very comfortable with a lovely outlook. Room 21, I would recommend asking for it as others had less space and lacked our view. We had half board accommodation... More

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Ocean Sports. We are really glad that you enjoyed your stay here and found it a relaxing end to your safari. It was great meeting you both and we look forward to welcoming you back here one day! More

Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

A group of friends and I visited in March for a fishing trip. Two of us had stayed at Hemmingway's before but we were persuaded to give Ocean Sports a try. I have to say it was a great recommendation and we were glad we tried it. At our arrival we were greeted by Florient and his team and quenched... More

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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review on Ocean Sports. All of us here are glad that you and your friends enjoyed your stay in the hotel and at the Beach House. Thanks for posting some pictures. It was good meeting you and we look forward to welcoming you back here for some more, and better... More

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Address: Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80208, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Sports Resort 3.5*
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style
#8 Family Hotel in Watamu #9 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu #10 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
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The plaque on our famous 1952 bar boat states "Ian Pritchard sailed his boat through the reef and staked his claim right here. Cheers Ian!" And so the legend of Ocean Sports was born.Our ambiance is relaxed, friendly and barefoot chic. Frequented by a loyal following of East African residents and savvy overseas guests, many consider this being their second home.Located 20km south of Malindi Airport, within the protected Watamu Marine Reserve, our 30 rooms, suites and self catered cottage overlook Kenya's favorite, white sand beach.Our outdoor, ocean-side deck dinning venue is simply stunning! Freshly caught, sustainable seafood and local organic produce, inspired our French chef, Florian's new mouth watering menu choices. Delicious stone-oven piazzas and a 'daily specials' board, ensure something for all. Nature will nourish your soul! Our 14 acre plot boasts indigenous African fauna and wildlife that includes monkeys, bird-life and night bush babies. Low-tide reveals rock pool aquariums of sea life, crabs and even King George, our grumpy resident Moray eel! Turtles, dolphins and whales are observed further out to sea.Our name reflects our love of ocean activity and adventure. Deep sea fish with our professional charter boats to experience adrenalin hook ups. Blue water dive over sparkling coral reefs, all organized by our PADI scuba centre. Try kite-surfing, kayaking and boogie boarding - the ocean is your playground! Onshore we offer trail-biking, tennis, squash, hokey, beach volley and touch rugby. On weekends our resident DJ entertains all age groups in total harmony.We are "A small, stylish and sociable beach hotel for free spirits and active families in search of Africa" ... more   less 
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