After an 18 month, $12 million refurbishment, Hemingways is open again, and more elegant than ever.
A luxury hotel on one of Kenya’s finest stretches of beach, Hemingways boasts calming views across the Indian Ocean which create an atmosphere of refinement and well-being. The hotel offers two swimming pools and a brand new spa, alongside three bars (including the renowned ‘Hemingways Bar’) and a restaurant.
Food and service
The restaurant serves the freshest seafood straight from the ocean as well as a range of vegetarian and meat options. If you are visiting Watamu for the fishing, the Hemingways chef will even cook your own catch of the day to your specification. Delicious light bites are on offer at the Gede Café Bar and the Rock Bar. Staff are the ideal balance of attentive without being intrusive.
Hemingways has 39 beautifully appointed rooms (26 Ocean rooms, 13 Deluxe Ocean rooms) all of which have Wi-Fi, stunning views, are air conditioned and benefit from 24-hour room service. Mosquito nets and plenty of seating ensure your comfort and the decoration is clean and bright with colourful textiles bringing a modern twist to the colonial style.
Hemingways has also, as part of the renovation, launched the Watamu Residences: 21 opulent one, two and four bedroom apartments. All of these are en suite and come a with a fully equipped kitchen alongside offering full access to all the hotel facilities.
There are plenty of activities on offer. Watamu is one of the region’s top destinations for fishing, and other aquatic activities include water skiing, wind surfing and kite surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling as well as dhow cruises on Mida Creek. For those who prefer land-based activities Hemingways has a fully equipped gym as well as a floodlit tennis court and there is an excellent golf course nearby. The renovated spa offers a wide range of massage and beauty treatments. Finally if Hemingways awakes the romantic in you, the events management team can even help you organise the ultimate ‘activity’ – you can even get married here!
The hotel’s own water treatment plant recycles waste water for use in the hotel garden hoses and organic kitchen waste is used as compost in the hotel herb and vegetable garden.
The hotel management is committed to supporting the wider community too, contributing towards the local school and clinic as well as helping to maintain roads and promoting ecotourism and recycling.