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Hemingways Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   P.O. Box 267, Watamu, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #11 of 23 Hotels in Watamu
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Hemingways last month as part of my sisters wedding party and the entire team was absolutely brilliant. We really enjoyed the entire occasion and could not have asked for more. Particular thanks should go to the fishing centre team Agnes, George and Erastus who organised everything we needed often at the last minute. Would also like to commend Mohamud and his fishing crew for keeping our fishing team entertained all day. We loved the Whales and the fish of course! Would also like to thank trainee guide Vincent for his outstanding knowledge and enthusiasm about Kenya's wildlife. Finally a big thank you to Om and Mohamud in the catering team. The food was awesome.

  • Stayed August 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The whole Hemingways experience was wonderful, with excellent food and service all round.
Special thanks goes to Agnes for the highly professional way she handled the whole wedding from beginning to end. She would make a top class wedding planner any where in the world.
Thanks to the catering, bar and waiting staff who could not do enough to make our stay comfortable and a pleasure.
The fishing team not only gave us a unique experience with some good fishing but also over 20 whales breaching all round the boats and fillited the fish we caught to take up to Nairobi with us.
As a seasoned travler that has worked in over 65 countries world wide I have no hesitation to recommend this resort to anybody that is looking for a wonderful holiday and good value for money.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

I spent 4 days at Hemingways towards end of August 2013. Everything was excellent , top of the list is the Service, food and the sundowner Dhow. A great place to stay with a loved one. The Marine park is awesome as well

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

I can't fault Hemingways. From arrival to departure (I spent a week there in August for my wedding) every member of staff went above and beyond to ensure that our stay was perfect. The rooms were lovely, the food plentiful and the service 5*.
I hoped the wedding at Hemingways would be amazing but what I got was a truly superb experience. Agnes in the fishing centre was able to organise a fishing trip for 8 of the wedding party as well as a safari for 14 to Satao Camp in Tsavo East. Nothing was too much for her. By the time the wedding party had arrived she had our entire week planned for us and everything prepared - she wasn't even fazed when we turned up 8 hours late due to the Nairobi train being delayed.
Mohammed and his crew on B's Nest made a slow fishing day thoroughly enjoyable and Om in the restaurant made sure that the few fish we did catch were prepared and cooked to perfection for our party.
George on reception looked after us impeccably and Erastus in the fishing centre acted as organiser as well as photographer!
We were very pleased with the knowledge and service offered by Vincent (our trainee guide) whilst we were on safari, his bird knowledge was really excellent.
I would recommend Hemingways to anyone visiting the coast, the venue and staff are a completely unforgettable experience. We already plan to return for our anniversary!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Really liked staying at hemingways.
Very quiet and yet it has everything for a good break. Great food. Superb service and friendly staff- always smiling and ready to help. The pastry chef- very very good . Would recommend this to anyone wanting a slice of the Kenyan coast with very good ambience, service, food etc. etc, etc.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Hemingways was a huge disappointment. Without doubt a glorious location and once, in the midst of time, this hotel was probably a fine establishment. However decades of under investment has left it a shadow of any luxury hotel it may have once been.
The staff are very friendly and the general manager, Melinda, keeps this Titanic on the waves as it sinks slowly...however their tremendous input can not hold away the responsibility of the parent company. This hotel needs a multi million pound refit...NOW....not just one wing brushed up.
On arrival we were booked into the older South wing. Stale older bedrooms with liitle pleasant except the outstanding view of the Ocean. Bathrooms more reminscent of a cheap b&b near Blackpool pier is not what I anticipated.

The pool area needs revamping. I'm not sure how the very good and kind George walks over the 1970's crazy paving safely!
Although I sent back the brown sugar as it was an ants nest...the same ants nest was in the same brown sugar the following day. The original bathroom was as stale as the breakfast cereal.
I'm sorry for the staff, we would certainly have checked out on arrival if Melinda hadn't been so good, but as one of my children said, we have stayed in better Premier Inns!!
Personally I just think they need to manage the expectation of the modern international traveler. I had been sold an experience in a 5* internationally acclaimed hotel. Unfortunately this is a complete mis-respresentation of what I actually received.
I would love to go back one day as I really did love the location and opportunity of big game fishing, but only after a complete revamp of this hotel and continuous good reviews on Tripadvisor - as I agree with so many previous comments , especially Loubreak.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Llanarthney, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

We cannot praise Hemmingways, Watamu, enough for the wonderful week we recently spent there celebrating our daughter, Lisa's, wedding to Richard. Everybody at Hemmingways went out of their way to give us a truly memorable and very happy time. The wedding was organised by Agnes at Hemmingways Fishing Centre who was fantastic. Agnes was professional, calm, un-flappable and friendly. Her help was invaluable at every stage of our stay.The wedding day itself was magical and very special, thanks to the care and attention lavished on us by the entire staff but especially by Agnes. Agnes also organised a safari for us to Satao camp in Tsavo which was great fun. We saw wonderful wildlife and the camp itself was luxurious and welcoming. Deep sea fishing arranged for us was extremely enjoyable and we would particularly like to thank Mohamed and his crew for his care with the novices and Stewart and his team for looking after the boys. Although fish were caught the day's highlight was being surrounded by breaching, hump backed whales. What a privilege to see such wildlife close to! Our accommodation was spacious, clean, airy and luxurious. The food was excellent.

Our special thanks must go to George, Mohamed in the restaurant and Vincent, who accompanied us on safari.The three were knowledgeable and helpful in their separate fields.I would thoroughly recommend Hemingways, Watamu to anyone thinking of a Kenyan holiday and especially to anyone thinking of planning a wedding! We will certainly return there for another visit! Thank you everybody there! Definitely one of the best small luxury hotels in the world.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: P.O. Box 267, Watamu, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in Watamu
#6 Family Hotel in Watamu
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#13 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Hemingways Resort 4.5*
Number of rooms: 74
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Also Known As:
Hemingways Hotel Watamu
Hemingways Hotel Malindi
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