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Watamu, Kenya

Hemingways Resort is an informal hotel with a tradition of game fishing and good service at Watamu Bay, just outside Malindi on the Kenyan coast. It is an area of great beauty, from the coral reefs to the ruins of ancient Gede.

At a Glance

  • Excellent deep sea fishing

  • Enjoy treatments in the spa

  • Walk for miles along the beach

  • Try windsurfing in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean

  • Play tennis on the floodlit court

Adventure, Fishing, Sailing & surfing, Beach

Insider's View

The fishing is legendary from Hemingway's.

Scott Dunn team

Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Hemingways


Hemingways Resort is a luxury resort hotel in an unrivalled Kenyan setting on the white sands of Watamu Bay, where the crystal waters form one of Kenya’s finest stretches of beach. It is an area of great beauty, from the coral reefs to the ruins of ancient Gede.

The hotel has 76 luxury bedrooms and six private suites. The beach is charming and there is a fantastic range of water sports activities on offer while the bar is high on atmosphere. Hemingway’s is renowned for its excellent game fishing as it is the ideal spot for big game fishing trips owing to the profusion of species in the Indian Ocean, with black, blue and striped marlin, sailfish and broad-billed swordfish. Salt-water fly fishing and light line fishing are all available. There are also non-water based activities available for those seeking a bit of variation such as hiking through the forest in search of rare birds.

And for those who fish, the Chefs will prepare your catch exactly as you would like it. You might like Japanese style sashimi, finely sliced with soya sauce and wasabi or maybe blackened Cajun style fillets, or simply steamed! Which ever way, you will never eat fish fresher than this.


There are 70 Luxury Rooms and six Suites. All Hemingways rooms and suites are extremely comfortable, have spectacular views of the Indian ocean, are within yards of the beach and benefit from an exceptional 24 hour room service. All have bathrooms with showers en-suite.

There is air-conditioning and fans throughout, & rooms also have mosquito nets, personal safes and room fridges.

Superior Rooms

Spacious rooms all with easy access to the beach and located on the South wing of the hotel on the 2nd floor. The Superior rooms are all en-suite with a shower. An extra bed can be added if requested in advance.

Superior Rooms

Spacious twin room with easy access to the beach and ocean views from the room. All Superior rooms are en-suite with a shower. The rooms are located at the South wing of the hotel on the second floor. An extra bed can be included if requested in advance.

Deluxe Family Rooms

The deluxe family rooms are very spacious and have a large double bed and a single bed. The deluxe rooms are located on the north side of the hotel with an ocean view. All deluxe family rooms are en-suite with a bath and a shower.

Junior Suites

The Junior Suites are located on the first floor and ground floor of the South wing side of the hotel. The ground floor suites all have a private terrace and the first floor have an enclosed balcony. All of the rooms have a large living room and are en-suite.

Executive Suites

The executive suites are located on the first floor of the hotel with easy access to the beach and ocean views. They have a king size bed, living room, two bathrooms and a small kitchenette area.


Children of all ages are very welcome at Hemingways and babysitting facilities can be arranged if required. Children under the age of 5 years are accommodated free of charge when sharing a room.


Hemingways has a lovely pool, a day spa and many different restaurants to chose from. The expert chefs obtain farm fresh fruit and vegetables from Kenyan farms at Lake Naivasha and Timau in Nanyuki, beautiful fresh flowers are flown in on a daily basis, whilst our own fishing boats bring fresh fish for the kitchen daily. All these locally sources products combined with the expertise of the chefs make for some very delicious meals during your stay.


There are plenty of activities to keep you busy at Hemingways. If you are feeling active, why not try your hand at fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing or sailing? You can relax in the day spa, around the pool or take a leisurely walk along the beach in front of the hotel. There is also a gym for those who want to keep up their fitness routine and floodlit tennis court which is perfect for a spot of tennis in the cool of the evening or morning.

Additional Notes

Closing for major rebuild/refurbishments Apr 2016 - Oct 2017

Hemingways Watamu is closing for major refurbishments from 18th April 2016 for 18 months, due to re-open in October 2017 if building works all go to schedule. The property will be transformed into a 39 room luxury boutique hotel and a separate luxury residential development with 15 luxury apartments.

Location & Directions

Watamu, Kenya

Hemingways occupies a superb position on one of the finest beaches in the country, in the Watamu Marine National Park on the Kenyan coast. Watamu beach is located 30km (19 miles) South of Malindi.

When to go

Hemingways is closed from the beginning of May till mid June.

The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/Sept.

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