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Ocean Sports Resort
Ranked #17 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
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 - we found moray eels, puffer fish and all kinds of wonderful things residing in them. We were looked after fabulously by the owners and the staff and the food was really wonderful - the best tuna sashimi that I have ever tasted. We have stayed at a couple of other places on the coast since and have not found a better place yet for value for money. Ok, so maybe the place might need updating at some point but the rooms were comfortable, the air conditioning works (at least they have ac unlike some other places), there are fresh water showering facilities (I have learned not to take this for granted on the Kenyan coast) and for the money we paid, it really was so worth the trip!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2014

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

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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 on the Kenya North Coast! Dining overlooking the moonlit Indian Ocean, with a gentle sea breeze to provide the a/c, is very special and the food is good too!

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 29, 2014

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!
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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 are in the right place, and any rough edges just add to the local character - if you want perfection - go to the Dorchester - don't go to Africa. The managers Emilie and husband Florian, are a constant gentle presence and thus always available to assist.

The house wine is excellent and all the bar prices reasonable, so you can 'relax' without clocking up a massive bill.

The food is good; if you catch a fish it will be superbly cooked for you and the chef has mastered the art of scrambled eggs - a personal plus for us.

Locals on the beach, whilst they may try to engage you, won't pester you if you politely make clear you are not interested. We made enquiries about local security and heard of no incidents of serious crime. We felt completely safe, the staff can be trusted, and the Somali pirate threat is history and didn't come this far south anyway.

The Watamu coast is a magical place. There are others of course in Kenya which is famous for its beaches, but we think this is the jewel in the crown. We will be regulars.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

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

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Reviewed March 8, 2014 via mobile

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 and 6pm... That's ok as you have the sea but is a little limited. Food was plentiful and delicious but we had to clean our BBQ prawns as they hadn't been properly cleaned, service is pretty slow but it's a beach holiday so you can live with that. Renting kayaks cost us more than the cost at next doors Hemingways (unless someone charged us the wrong price).
Overall good location and nice place to relax

  • Stayed: February 2014
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

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 Ocean Sports again in the future you'll notice an improvement!
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Reviewed March 5, 2014

Didn't stay this time but return visit to Ocean Sports and delighted to see the changes made under new management. This has always been a favourite spot and it did not disappoint. Had dinner here on our wedding anniversary which was wonderful as food and staff were great. Ate here with the family on several occasions and always superb. The special hockey supper is not to be missed! Pay as you go as often the billing can get confused. Having said this found the hotel superb as ever in one of the most beautiful settings. Will be back ASAP. Such a great welcoming relaxing place to hang out with family and friends. Thanks to all the team at Open Shorts and keep up the good work.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded March 28, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review Ocean Sports. We're all very happy that you enjoyed your time here. Hopefully your next visit will see more improvements! Look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Emilie

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

I stayed at Ocean Sports with my fiance and you won't be disappointed if you visit. This place is an absolute paradise. We'd spent a few nights at Diani beach further down the Kenya coast and got nothing but hassle from the beach boys and the locals. Thankfully someone recommended we visit Watamu and it was a breath of fresh air. This place was the total opposite, no hassle, beautiful beach, lovely people, just paradise. The hotel has a perfect location on a relaxed part of the beach, the restaurant serves beautiful food with a range of options in different price brackets which is nice, it means you can afford to eat there more often as the prices aren't ridiculous. We absolutely fell in love with this place, the staff and management go out of their way to make you feel welcome. We liked it so much we're thinking about getting married there!

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, and for such great feedback! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Ocean Sports and are very excited about the prospect of a wedding! Look forward to welcoming you back then!

Emilie

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Reviewed February 13, 2014

After a couple of days at The Reef Hotel Mombasa.....in its own way not a bad place.....catering mainly for the package all inclusive market..;:..brandishing your blue wristband at the staff words not needed for drink or food !!!Travelling up the coast to Ocean Sports at Watamu its a different world....one immediately feels at home and part of the action and thoroughly spoilt !!We came for two nights ,,and stayed for nine!We've been coming here since 1968......and its still very very special....a big thankyou to all the staff ,Emilie ,Florian.......and.....Hugo ..
from Andy Lynden Webb.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Joanne T, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2014

Thank you so much for the great review. It was great meeting you and having you both to stay. Hopefully you can make it out for longer next time!
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Additional Information about Ocean Sports Resort

Address: Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80202, 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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: $100 - $219 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Sports Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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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