Hemingways Resort lies within the Watamu Marine National Park, only 3 hours from Tsavo East, Kenya’s largest National Park. It is situated approximately 90 miles north of Mombasa and 18 miles south of Malindi on the Turtle Bay beach at Watamu.
Hemingways is a 78-bed resort-hotel on the stunning sands of Watamu Bay. The ambience of the hotel is of relaxed sophistication, with the friendliness of a privately-owned hotel coupled to the facilities and standards of an international resort. The international cuisine is highly regarded, with attentive service to match, and the staff are renowned for their courtesy and friendliness.
The beach was voted by the Sunday Times as being one of the top 10 beaches in the world, there being just 4 hotels on as many miles of coast, fringed by the finest of tropical barrier reefs.
Three miles up the coast from Hemingways is Mida, a tidal lagoon of mangrove creeks teeming with exotic bird-life, and the venue for the sundowner cruises on an Arabic dhow, whilst out to sea there is dolphin-watching, snorkelling and diving. For game-lovers they offer a variety of personal safaris with their own experienced guides. For the more energetic there is a wide range of excursions and facilities, from shopping trips to the in-house gym. Add the best big-game fishing fleet in Africa with some of the most productive fishing grounds in the world, and you have a truly unique and exceptional destination for your tropical vacation.
‘Stunning sea views, stylishly furnished’
All Hemingways rooms and suites are extremely comfortable, have ocean views, are within yards of the beach and benefit from 24 hour room service.
All have bathrooms with showers en-suite. There is air-conditioning and fans throughout, and rooms also have mosquito nets, personal safes and room fridges.
Superior Rooms – In the original wing of the hotel, these friendly rooms are as close to the beach as is possible without being built on the sand, they are shaded by palm trees and offer a choice of twin or double beds.
Deluxe Rooms – There are double and twin beds to choose from in the more spacious rooms of the new Hemingways wing. These rooms are all on the first and second floors and the exercise taken on the staircases is rewarded by enhanced panoramas of the beach and sea from the balconies. Deluxe Rooms are on the ground floor of the new wing, offering the easiest of access to the hotel gardens and beach, they have a bath as well as a shower, three single beds and a terrace with table and chairs. Junior Suites are available on all three floors. They have super king-sized beds, large baths, as well as showers and a lounge area.
Food – A wide range of international styles are on offer, ranging from sophisticated recipes with delicate sauces, to simple cooking of the finest ingredients. The hotel has its own farms at Lake Naivasha, with fresh vegetables and flowers flown in on a daily basis, whilst their own fishing boats land fish every afternoon. Buffet lunches (certain days) include Mongolian, Italian and Indian specialities. Live cooking is a major feature and there are buffet pasta and salad stations.
If you choose to go fishing, the chefs will prepare your prize exactly as you would like it. You might fancy Japanese style sashimi, finely sliced with soya sauce and wasabi, or maybe blackened Cajun style fillets, or just simply steamed! Which ever way, you will never eat fish fresher than this.
“From Golf to Snorkelling, there’s plenty to keep you occupied”
Big-game fishing – Hemingways is one of the world’s premier big-game fishing destinations. They cater for all levels of experience, from novices to experts.
Scuba Diving – The Indian Ocean at Watamu offers fabulous diving opportunities, along with a highly reputable and experienced dive-school called ‘Aquaventures’ right on the doorstep of Hemingways. In conjunction with AQUA VENTURES, they offer a full range of PADI and BSAC courses.
Also available are special diving safaris to new and exciting sites along the Kenyan coast. These can include the ‘magical’ Vuma caves near Kilifi, where the ‘giant’ Rock Cod lies in wait! To maintain a sense of privacy and adventure, these excursions are available to smaller groups only. For the more adventurous there is the added attraction of night and wreck diving!
Gymnasium – fully equipped gym on site.
Horse Riding – Horse riding can be arranged in Malindi, whilst camel rides can be taken on the Hemingways beach,
Golf – It is possible to play golf at the Malindi Golf and Country Club. Green fees are payable at the going rate.
Cycling – Bicycles are available for hire on an hourly basis, allowing you to see Watamu Village, the Snake Farm, Mida Creek and many other places.