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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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Livingston, Scotland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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

Thaxted, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We used Ocean Sports as our 'local' when we rented a house in Watamu for a month; the location is superb with great views of the Indian Ocean, the food was good quality particularly the sea food on the specials board, and there was a good friendly atmosphere in the place especially during the six nations rugby tournament.

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

Thanks so much for the review, it's great to hear that you enjoyed Ocean Sports and the bar's relaxed atmosphere. Hopefully see you here again one day! Emilie More

Genoa, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

During my vacation in Watamu i came 5 times for dinner at the ocean sport restaurant..the location is impressive, the food very quality and the table reserved for me and my friends was perfect also tnks to Hare (our waiter) who is very nice and always availabe for anything we needed..the only complain i have is abt the menu which... More

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

Thank you very much for writing a review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed the Ocean Sports restaurant. Thank you for your thoughts on the size of the menu, we plan to bring out a new menu shortly which will be more varied. Look forward to welcoming you back to Ocean Sports one day. Emilie More

Nanyuki, Kenya
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A wonderful spot and could be a beautiful hotel but in the typically Kenyan way it is let down by the service. The rooms are basic but comfortable, the pool area is very tired and needs a good clean and lick of paint. The main bar/restaurant area is lovely but the service is appalling! Out of the four mornings we... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is always helpful to hear what our guests enjoyed and where we can make improvements. We are very sorry that you found the service to be slow. We are working on this issue and also plan to renovate the swimming pool after the Easter holidays. I hope that you... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We stayed at Ocean Sports Resort for 5 nights in October 2013 and we had the most wonderful time. My 12 year old son loved the on-site diving option (he completed his advanced PADI there and it was a super experience; very professional) and my daughter loved the swimming pool. The rocky pools on the beach are second to none... More

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

Thanks so much for the review. It was great having you all to stay and we're thrilled that you enjoyed Ocean Sports. I hope you can make it back here this year for more diving and exploring! Emilie More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We have been coming here for years. Went through a flat spot in 2012. Now new French manager and wife are turning things around with a friendly welcome for all. Most staff have been there a while and are very helpful, if not the swiftest around, but may be this is what makes it one of the most relaxing spots... More

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We're very glad you enjoyed your stay and found the place to be improving. Hopefully your next visit will be even better! Emilie More

Farnham, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

If you want a Kenyan beach holiday with a local atmosphere this is the place. The good times had here by so many folk over the years radiate from the walls. The style is relaxed and unpretentious, just what we like and the staff friendly and genuinely hospitable but never intrusive. One can always find minor faults, but here you... More

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

Thank you so much Peter for the review. It's great when we get guests staying who love Ocean Sports for exactly what it is, and always has been! It was lovely meeting you both and we're thrilled that you have managed to squeeze in a visit next year. Look forward to seeing you then. Emilie More

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9 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We came here on recommendation from friends. The interaction with staff at a distance was positive, we were collected on time and taken to ocean sport. We had a lovely relaxed welcome and liked the view/location. The room we were in was large but basic and boiling hot as the AC was temperamental. The pool is only open between 7am... More

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

Thank you very much for writing a review, it's always good to hear feedback from our guests on what they enjoyed and where we can make improvements. We will look at changing the opening times of the pool to give people more time to use it and will work on speeding up the service. We hope that if you visit... More

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Additional Information about Ocean Sports Resort

Also Known As:
Ocean Sports Hotel Watamu
Ocean Sports Hotel
Ocean Sports Watamu
Address: Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80208, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
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
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Watamu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Sports Resort 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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