An iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The exceptional personal service and sincere charm of this established hotel has come to represent Kenyan coastal luxury to so many travellers for close to 30 years. And it’s just got better with a mega makeover.
Hemingways Residences embraces a modern and relaxed coastal lifestyle. The magnificent view of Watamu beach and the Marine Park is at the core of the concept with the apartments all featuring open plan living and dining areas with large and expansive terraces to make the most of the wonderful coastal climate that Watamu offers. The interiors have been designed using light and clean materials which are easy to maintain and are long lasting whilst the furnishings offer the home comforts you’d expect in a 5* hotel.
Hemingways Residences is a private development on one of the most sought after beaches in the world, Watamu beach. It is the intention of the developer and property manager (Hemingways Holdings Ltd) to ensure the development is maintained to a 5 star standard with the highest degree of modern coastal luxury. The design and development team undertaking the project were also responsible for the construction of the iconic, award winning and world famous Hemingways Nairobi boutique hotel which was completed in 2013 and which has been rated in the top 5 hotels in Africa.
Adjoining Hemingways Watamu hotel and managed by Hemingways Watamu Ltd., the low rise development comprises 3 x 1 bedroom, 16 x 2 bedroom and 2 x 4 bedroom apartments all of which feature exquisite ocean views and large terraces. These magnificent apartments offer access to premium property services such as permanent security, metered water and electricity, reliable Internet connectivity, satellite TV, cleaning and maintenance, room service, laundry, transport, entertainment and dining, and a Wellness Centre.
There is so much to do here – learn to kite-surf; get your PADI certificate, take a sunset dhow cruise on Mida Creek, play a round of golf on the nearby world class golf course, Vipingo Ridge; or go on safari for a few days in Tsavo or the Masai Mara. If that all sounds a little too energetic, relax around the pool with a good book as you work your way through our cocktail menu.Ready to book your holiday at Hemingways Residences Watamu ? Contact us for the best rates.
Approaching 150 m² in size, these beautifully appointed apartments offer a large master bedroom with marble tiled en-suite bathroom adjoining a tastefully furnished living and dining area with a fully equipped modern kitchen. The large open terrace provides fantastic sea views and ample space to kick back and relax. These are perfect for couples seeking a little more space and privacy.
Offering a large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a second large twin bedroom with adjoining bathroom, both bedrooms have ocean views and direct access to the beautiful terrace. With both interior and exterior lounging and dining space and a fully equipped modern kitchen, the 2 bedroom apartments have ample room for socialising or retreating to a quiet spot.
A two bedroom show apartment has been completed (see images) and is available for viewing by appointment only.
Offering two large master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and two large twin bedrooms with adjoining bathrooms, all bedrooms have ocean views and direct access to the beautiful terrace. With both interior and exterior lounging and dining space and a fully equipped modern kitchen, the 4 bedroom apartments offer a luxurious and spacious environment for all guests.
Dining al fresco at the beach with a gentle breeze is one of life’s great pleasures. Whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, our signature menus focus on fresh produce cooked simply and served expertly.
There is something to everyone’s taste at Hemingways Watamu. Served in our main restaurant, breakfast offers a range of options to suit all types from the super hungry, the health conscious or the continental. For a mid morning treat, specialty coffees, cakes and the finest gelato are available at the Gede Coffee Gardens.
The Gede menu also includes a varied selection of delicious wraps, sandwiches and sharing platters plus a variety of grilled meats and seafood along with healthy salads, perfect for lunches and more casual evenings.
In the evenings we offer a full white linen service a la carte restaurant for dinner, providing a wealth of flavourful options freshly caught from the Ocean at our doorstep. If seafood is not to your taste we always have a variety of land based favourites ranging from aged beef steaks to traditional favourites such as Tandoori Chicken. A selection of pastas and vegetarian dishes are also available.
The iconic Hemingways Bar is located right on the seafront and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and Watamu Beach. With an extensive wine and spirit list and a variety of fresh, tropical cocktails there is simply no better place to enjoy the traditional Kenyan sundowner. The Gede Café food menu is available in the Bar.
Our energetic instructors are on hand seven days a week to put you through your paces. Fully air conditioned, the gym is equipped with a variety of cardio-vascular workout machines and a good selection of free and standing weights.
We are fully equipped to kit you out with tennis gear. If the heat of the day is too intense for tennis, play early morning before a re-energising breakfast or after sunset under the floodlights.
The Spa at Hemingways Watamu offers a collection of unique facial and body treatments that are linked with the beneficial effects of aromatic products for both women and men. These bespoke treatments help nurture and maintain the youthfulness of the face and body and ensure wellbeing, relaxation and balance.
Terres d’Afrique offers a holistic approach to spa treatments that respects the symbiotic relationship between your skin and its micro flora and help restore its natural balance. An awakening of your body’s senses, combined with deep relaxation to help you leave the world behind.
Humpback whales are the most majestic animals in the ocean, and are seen annually passing through the Watamu National Marine Protected Area on the Kenyan Coast.
Ask any tourist to name the Big Five of Kenya, and they will no doubt give you the usual list of land animals. Although visitors to Kenya are aware of Kenya’s beautiful beaches, coral reefs, fishes and sea turtles, not many know that 10 different species of dolphins and whale have been identified in Watamu, which could easily be included in the “Marine Big Five”.
Watamu is a haven, a natural sanctuary for families of dolphins including mothers and calves. Protected by Kenya Wildlife Service, the Malindi Watamu National Marine Park and Reserve and its protected lagoons and islands are the perfect way to watch our dolphins playing, feeding or having a party! Although they stay in Watamu all year round, dolphins are best seen from November to April when the waters are calmest. Take a morning to view Indo Pacific bottlenose dolphins, and Indian Ocean humpback dolphins in the wild, naturally.