On Turtle Bay beach at Watamu, two hours’ drive north of Mombasa, Hemingways Watamu is a mid-sized game-fishing base and resort hotel, popular with British guests. Its name harks back to Ernest Hemingway’s stay in Malindi in 1934. The hotel closed after Easter 2016 for a major redevelopment and expects to re-open at the end of 2017 or early 2018.
Our view of Hemingways Watamu
From October to April, because of the fishing, it can feel as if there’s little else to do, and nothing at all for children. In fact, there's a good range of activities and, while Hemingways is possibly resting a little too comfortably on its laurels, and is certainly too staid for some, it could suit first-timers looking for a British atmosphere. The staff are mostly thoughtful and friendly, and many guests form lasting connections from repeat visits.
Hemingways Watamu: Traveller ratings
If you're looking for a reliable, mid-sized resort hotel, Hemingways could well fit the bill.