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St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel
Fire Road, Watamu, Kenya (Formerly Mawe Resort)   |  
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Ranked #3 of 22 hotels in Watamu
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“mini paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

we had a wonderful time. 3 days by the pool, 2 on safari and 3 more back by the pool - pure bliss. there's the "don't sit down/don't touch that" type of chic and the informal, comfortable and wholely inviting type and st. thomas is definitely that. the staff were wonderful, attentive and helpful - the rooms were large and airy ... huge, comfortable beds ... deep-plush towels and bathrobes ... a/c was available but we never felt the need for it. the food was excellent. the hotel is situated on a shelf of ancient coral overlooking the indian ocean. there is no beach as such but it's a short walk down some steps through a tunnel to a lower level of coral and on to a lovely, white sandy beach in an adjoining bay. be prepared to be hassled by men hawking safaris of one sort or another, restaurants, etc.. the second time we went, one of the staff offered to accompany us and they hassled us less. (if you are accompanied, tip accordingly.)

we paid for full board - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and we were glad we did. there are restaurants in other hotels but this involves hiring a taxi or chuk-chuk and possibly a late return to st. thomas in the dark. what little we saw of watamu was not all that inviting - but to be fair, we are both of a certain age and our days of adventure and discovery are long gone.

(having said that ... our return flight on air ethiopia was the one that got hijacked to switzerland and we had a very adventuresome time of it indeed ...)

if you do choose to go on safari to tsavo east national park i would suggest you arrange this through the hotel and if possible, request that mr. ali mumba be your guide. there were 5 in our safari group and one of them said she had experienced another driver who did just that - drive - and they saw very little game as a result. ali was constantly on the look-out for game and thanks to him we were able to see three lions before he shared their location with the other guides.

at the risk of being accused of dabbling in hyperbole or being overly generous, i'm going to give the hotel 5 stars - simply because i can't think of a thing that was missing from the facilities or wasn't provided for by the staff. i repeat, we had a wonderful time.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mawe R, Responsabile relazioni pubbliche at St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Dear Billkilpa,

Thanks for your review on tripadvisor, and we defently are sorry about your flight back home.

Best regards
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for 2 nights as part of our honeymoon.
Although it's a little tricky to find (hint: print a map to give to your taxi driver) once you arrive you won't be disappointed. This boutique hotel is ideal for a break on the Kenyan coast.
Bruno, the owner and Joan, the manager will go out of their way to make your stay exceptional.
They helped organise our boat trip and even drove us to Malindi which saved us 30mins in a taxi.
It's worth opting for one of the luxury rooms as they have balconies and are more airy and light.
The staff are fantastic and can't do enough to help you.
Highly recommended - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mawe R, Responsabile reception at St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, March 21, 2014
Dear Blink79,

thanks for your kind review on Tripadvisor.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We couldn't have hoped for a better first hotel experience in Watamu. The place has stunning views, excellent service, very good food, and Bruno and Giusi are wonderful hosts that go out of their way to cater to your every desire.

I cannot imagine staying anywhere else in Watamu! Bravi!

  • Stayed January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

We were 2 friends travelling and after a 6 days' safari finished our trip in Kenya in Mawe, Watamu. Not that we already weren't aware of time..days of week..next day... this place takes you yet to another dimension of relaxation, bliss and amazement.

We've had different hotels in Kenya welcome us, however NONE is as spectacular, surprising and warm as this one. Food was superb, delicious. Rooms are spacious, bathroom luxurious, beds...some of the most comfortable in the world!

Great views, and do spare an hour or two to walk around the reefs at low tide.

Room Tip: There are only 12, and if you can, ask for a room overlooking the hotel yard.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Watching the infinity view of the ocean from the confort of a sunbed after a cool dip in their pool.. an amazing experienced. I enjoyed my stay as the staff made sure I did. They had every detail of my stay there covered. Its been a week ago but I miss the place,the cuisine, wow,everything was amazing. The rooms are spacious and comfortable. We were taken on a beach stroll during the low tide up to the Love Island, an experience I will live to recall. Mawe Boutique Hotel is a place you will feel safe,relaxed and comfot in any aspect

Room Tip: The Deluxe roomsw upstairs are the best due to the view of the ocean from your bed
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mawe R, Public Relations Manager at St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Greetings from St.Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel!

Thank you for sharing your very kind words in your "ideal holiday getaway" review following your recent Stay in Mawe Boutique hotel.

On behalf of the entire team we all look forward to being able to welcome you back in the very near future. Please let us know when we can arrange this for you.

Sent with all our best wishes.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

We were a little apprehensive at first about mawe; but we don't regret it at all. The hotel is a stunning piece of local architecture, built using materials only from kenya. Our deluxe room was stunning, a large space and huge balcony with sea views. I loved the fact that it would take me 30 seconds to walk from the room to the dining area, a small but cosy hotel that still gave us our privacy. Although its does not have a beach, it is on a cliff with stunning views and access to the beach during low tide. The staff are amazing, Joan the manager was absolutely fantastic with helping us out with any requirement we had. Bruno the current owner is a great host and even though there was a language barrier we still managed to laugh our nights away. We thoroughly recommend mawe to anyone looking for a luxury boutique resort with specialized service. P.s the massage was also very relaxing.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mawe R, Public Relations Manager at St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, July 15, 2013
Dear Rsahi,
thanks for your review and it was our pleasure had you as our guest.
We all hope to see you soon,
Best regards from all staff of St.Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

Hey to everybody,
i ve been in Mawe Resorts few weeks ago and I miss that awesome place soooo much. So far and different from all other resorts, you feel to be in a private island just for you. Everything is true and typical. All the staff surprise you everday with little treat making you the happiest person. And if you think you can not do anything, you wrong, there are so much stuff to do… walking on the reef, blue safari with typical Swahili boat, visit little villages….

If you are looking for something different GO FOR MAWE RESORTS!!!

Thanks to all the staff!!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mawe R, Public Relations Manager at St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Hey,
thanks for your review. We really appriciated, we hope to see you soon again at St.Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel.
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Address: Fire Road, Watamu, Kenya (Formerly Mawe Resort)
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 22 hotels in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Masterpiece of design, St. Thomas Mawe Boutique Hotel stands on the rocks directly above the sea with breathtaking views of Indian Ocean and the islands of Watamu Marine Park. This Hotel is an intimate and exclusive holiday destination that can be rented in its entirety or just one of the twelve rooms (8 Superiors and 4 Deluxe). Either way it provides the ultimate in relax and sophistication. ... more   less 
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