Hemingways Watamu

At a glance

  • Located in a protected national marine park
  • Iconic Hemingways Bar
  • All rooms have views of the Indian Ocean

Hemingways Watamu


This elegant boutique retreat has a beautiful beachfront setting, ocean-view rooms and ultra-private residences.

Hemingways Watamu recently reopened after a multi-million-pound refurbishment to create an elegant retreat with historic charm. The hotel has a stunning setting – it fronts a white-sand beach within the protected Watamu Marine National Park and is backed by the Mida Creek Mangrove Forest, which is rich in birdlife. The snorkelling in Watamu Marine National Park is outstanding and during July and August, the area is a hot spot for humpback whales.

You’ll receive a warm welcome at Hemingways and the service is personalised and genuine. The classic Hemingways Bar has been the hub of the hotel since its opening over 30 years ago, and returning guests will be happy to hear that it retains its original charm. Hemingways Restaurant is a brasserie-style restaurant that focuses on local produce and boat-fresh seafood, served up with a side of ocean views, while Gede Café Bar is a relaxed spot for snacking on pastries or pizzas by the botanical pool. There’s also the seasonal Rock Bar, which serves up light bites by the beach.

Every room at the hotel has a beautiful view of the Indian Ocean. In the north wing, Ocean Rooms are located on the ground or first floors, while Deluxe Ocean Rooms sit on the top floor with views out over the bay. One-, two- and four-bedroom Residences offer the best of both worlds, with the privacy of a fully-equipped apartment and access to all hotel facilities.

TripAdvisor rating

Based on 1024 reviews
© TripAdvisor 2022

Key information

On a sandy beach within the Watamu Marine National Park, north of Mombasa

Airport transfer time: Approx. 30 minutes from Malindi airport or two hours from Mombasa airport

Good to know

Accommodation information

39 rooms and 21 residences


• Snorkel in the world-class Watamu Marine National Park • Go whale watching (July to August)* • Explore the Gede ruins* • Take a traditional dhow cruise along Mida Creek at sunset* • Watch herds of elephant at sunset in the Arabuko Forest • Enjoy watersports such as stand-up paddleboarding, scuba diving, kitesurfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding*.


Restaurant, bar, café bar, seasonal bar, pizzeria, pool bar

What's included

Breakfast at Hemingways Restaurant.

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)
Travel Advice

View more information on the current travel guidelines for this destination


*Denotes local charge