Located on Watamu Beach, just opposite the marine park’s Coral Gardens, Watamu Treehouse is dedicated well-being lodge, and has been rated by Telegraph Travel as one of the best hotels in Kenya.
An open-sided, whitewashed hotel with thatch roof, some coloured glass windows, and various wooden rails crafted from locally sourced wood, Watamu Treehouse is built as two ‘towers’ that sit among the trees, and are linked by a bridge. The main tower of the hotel, which has the look and feel of a beach lodge, is spread over four storeys, with 360-degree views of the ocean, surrounding marine park and forests.
Food & service
Self-catering is an option here and the kitchen is fully equipped for this. Guests are welcome to source their own food, but daily deliveries of fresh seafood and produce, and anything from the local supermarket can be arranged. The chef is available to give cooking advice or to cook meals as and when, with meals delivered to bedrooms. The service has been described by returning guests as personal and attentive.
Overall, there are seven bedrooms in the lodge all with simple and self-contained bathrooms. The north tower has three bedrooms; two that have balconies with ocean views and with a balcony backwards facing towards the forest. The remaining four bedrooms in the south tower are similar, one with a forest view and three with nearly 360-degree views.
The roof of the south tower, which is under thatch and looks out with near 360-degree views is often where yoga classes take place, open to all guests. Water sports are available including kite-surfing, sea fishing, scuba-diving, snorkelling and canoeing into the creek and guests can take trips into the marine park, visit the local turtle watch, or take dolphin trips.