Hemingways in Watamu is member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is within a national marine park south of Malindi, and is noted for its gorgeous beach, big game fishing, excellent choice of watersports, and delicious food.
All 76 rooms are sea-facing, tastefully decorated and have air-conditioning. The suites are gorgeous, but even the superior and deluxe rooms are excellent quality.
As well as the large pool, you can enjoy the gym and tennis courts if you're feeling active, and there is a golf course nearby. Then of course you have all the water-based activities available to you. Big game fishing is one of the specialities of the hotel, and you can also enjoy scuba diving, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, using the sail boats and hobie cats, pedaloes and kayaks.
There are local excursions you can take too, such as sunset cruises on Mida Creek, or visiting the nearby Arabuko-Sokoke forest or the Gede ruins.
But the chances are that you're here to relax, so chilling out on the beach or by the pool might be as much as you want to do! Or maybe you could squeeze in a spa treatment? Whatever you decide to do, you'll certainly enjoy the excellent cuisine here, and there's nothing better than sitting in the African sun with a cocktail in hand!
"Hemingways is not my kind of place - too much of an insulated, Western-style resort, and rather expensive for what it is. However, to be fair to them, they were very good about my wanting to cancel the rest of my stay there and move on early. I had heard very good reports of it from other people earlier in my trip so was very disappointed by the standard of the accommodation and the general atmosphere of the place - though this is probably a matter of taste and I'm sure many people have a great time there. The Wifi didn't work at all, although the resort IT manager did come to try and fix it and told me he is planning to upgrade the system soon. I had almost run out of malaria pills, having left some behind in my luggage in Nairobi, and although I was able to make an appointment with the on-site doctor, I was very surprised to find he didn't have any in stock. The resort manager was very professional in dealing with my dismay at finding myself in a place I didn't like and I think generally they did everything they could for me."