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“Most Memorable Experience ! Very Friendly Staff !! Food was Awesome !!!” 4 of 5 stars
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Watamu Coast Road | Watamu National Marine Park, Watamu, Kenya   |  
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Ranked #18 of 22 Hotels in Watamu
Gurgaon, India
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Most Memorable Experience ! Very Friendly Staff !! Food was Awesome !!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The best part about the resort is the staff which is willing to give more than you can expect. Very humble, jovial, lively & cooperative. I visited the resort with my wife in July 2013 and we were the only Indian couple. Rest all were from Italy. When they came to know about it, they were more willing to give us a better experience. They never let us feel out of their group.

Next best part was the food. Awesome is just a simple word for it. Be it Italian, African Gala Dinner or simply bakery & snacks, the food was delicious. Fishes, Meat, salads, all were mouth-watering and above all, the F&B team made the difference by adding their smile. Roberto at the Aquarius and Sara at Mapango were just great. We simply enjoyed the creativity of the F&B staff. Each day they came up with something new and it was wonderful.

The entertainment team were actually crazy. They could just do anything to make us laugh and enjoy every moment we were there. The games, late evening activities and various solo & group performances were really unforgettable experience. Though the performance were in Italian but again one of the team member was always with us to translate in English. Danilo is too good.

The rooms, the environment, the cleanliness, the upkeep of the resort is next to comparable.

Thank you Aquarius & team (Roberto, Sara, Danilo, Salim, Zublin) to make our trip the most memorable.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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English first
Gurgaon, India
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

I am completely taken aback with this wonderful stay of mine in Watamu Aqurius Beach Resort.
Amazing and very friendly Staff with the right ambience and great food at the restaurants.
More touched with the beautiful people there greeting you all the time you are there.
Enjoyed the creativity of the staff and how they entertain the guests.
Am happy to share my experince since it is a memorable trip of my life.
Surely recommend the resort for more travellers to experience the wonderful part of kenya.

Room Tip: Rooms near the Pool near Sea Beach are quite nice
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Castelfiorentino, Italy
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Everything one can dream off for a romantic dinner out in Kenya! Great food (we had the mixed grill), lovely atmosphere, right on the beach. Staff is really nice and do their best to make you feel comfortable. One of our best dining expereinces in Watamu!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Targoviste, Romania
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23 hotel reviews
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2011

I can say that the maasais on the beach speak more english than the staff of the hotel. So if you don't speak italian don;t go there. The food is ok, also if you're an italian. very few african dishes or even iternational.
The major problem was with the sleep. You can't get any because it's always noisy. People come and go all the time and the maids wake up at 3-4 am to clean after those who just left.
The bar closes at 11 pm and they don't even let the water supply for the night, that's pretty cheap of them considering we paid 800 euros/person.
The animators always have better things to do, like lazing around and if they see you don't speak italian they don't really bother.
The only personas who kept us company were the masais who act as watch guards on the beach, they have low education, but they speak better english :))
Overall we got home more tired than we arrived, the hotel is a fiasco, impressive when you come along but the sopa bubble burst as soon as you get installed.
The rooms are ok, clean, the AC works only when in the room (they have a thing attached on the entrance key and that makes the AC work) so if you leave for the day you come back to a very hot room.
The beach is ok, clean, too little space for how big the hotel is.
I don;t recommend it to anyone!!!

Room Tip: Room 3, the AC works without the little key trick
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  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

We had to pay R2000.00 more per person as it was "High season" what a lie. 2/3 of the hotel was closed. No bars open, one pool & a very basic restaurant. No TV, No internet. We paid for all inclusive which was to cover local drinks & cool drinks. We could get a local beer during means, no wine & no spirits. Nothing bottled was allowed so we were left with water from a cooler & flat coke from a 2l bottle. When I asked for coke light - not available. South African wines that cost R30.00 in SA were offered for R170.00. Local beers were 5x the price from a supermarket nearby. They have signs saying that you may not bring your own drinks into the room. The ice machines were switched off. They had a list of cocktails available but could not make any as they did not have the stock. They advertise that it is a private beach - well it was covered by locals all trying to sell you drugs & their local junk. I asked about them and was told that they were 7th Day Adventists from the Hotel next door - absolute rubbish as it was closed. A sugar supplement was not available nor was tea or coffee available all day. They advertise entertainment - there was not even a bar open - no music ever. All the guests complained but all we got was "We are closing soon". All the guests complained about the sewerage smell but nothing was done. All signs are in Italian. The food was the same stuff everyday & the same grilled steaks and fish were out for 4 days. No cereal for breakfast, never any sweets at supper - no fridges no ice-cream. A lot of the guests ended up with stomach problems because the same food was kept for days - even fish, pork & chicken. No pizza was available as the oven was used to warm & cook the food. This made all the food smell the same & of wood. We lived on pasta for the week. They had no idea how to make a omelet and if you asked for fried eggs they were rock hard and brown. So breakfast was breads & fruit. Coffee from a urn that was topped up at lunch time & supper - boiled old coffee beans. There was NO manager available for the week

Room Tip: Do not go there
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Prague, Czech Republic
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2011

I will start with the simple words: we have been ROBBED in the room WHILE WE ARE SLEEPING.
The management dont give any support and the prefer to hide this problem because they couldnt manage.
We have been stolen following: laptop, photo camera , money aprox 300 eur and our bag with beach little things.
hotel management did not try to make the slightest effort, police or both, the resort is guarded in their opinion, but in reality could come anybody.In same evening it was robbed at the same floor, another room near ours, were stolen mobilephones.
Our vacation was a total fiasco, all employees of the reception and event management tried to hide it and did not pay any compensation, and they did not receive our complaint.
If you want a quiet and leasant holiday DONT CHOOSE AQUARIUS BEACH RESORT WATAMU!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Roquebrune Cap Martin
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2010

The hotel and rooms were properly cleaned every day as well as outside, gardens, beach and swimming pools. Concerning the food, the buffet was different every day and very good taste. Staff friendly and helpful.
January and Frebruary are the best months to visit kenya. Be informed that during these month, dry seasons, you do not really need to take Malarone treatment. Repellent is enough as there are not so much mosquitoes.
If you are interested in doing a Safari you can contact Thomas Mboya on facebook, we had a wonderful time with him!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: Watamu Coast Road | Watamu National Marine Park, Watamu, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 132
Also Known As:
Aquarius Watamu Beach Hotel Watamu

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