Kenya : North Coast

The north coast of Kenya is the stretch of coastline north of Mombasa. Although there are a number of big hotels along this coast, there are still some unspoilt bays, particularly near Watamu, with small hotels and lodges ideal for relaxing after your safari. You can soak up the sun, dive and snorkel amongst the reefs and coral gardens, or go deep sea fishing. Turtles come and lay their eggs on the beach here and you can visit the Watamu Turtle research centre.

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Hemingways Watamu

Hemingways Watamu is a boutique hotel overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean and the white sands of Watamu Bay, recently ranked among the 10 best beaches in the world. With its friendly atmosphere and wide choice of activities, it is a great place to relax post-safari and has established itself over the past 30yrs as one of the best placed to stay on the Kenyan coast. The hotel has recently been refurbished and now was 39 en-suite rooms all with sea views. There are also 21 apartments which can sleep up to four and come with fully equipped kitchens and open terraces ideal for those wanting their own space but with the benefit of using the hotels facilities. The two bars, restaurants and two pools are all within a stone's throw of the beach. Hemingways looks out onto the Watamu Marine Park with its unspoilt coral reef brimming with sea life as well as some of the richest game fishing waters on the coast. There is plenty on offer to keep you active including scuba diving, deep sea fishing, water skiing, windsurfing and traditional dhow cruises, and the bird sanctuary of Mida Creek, the ruins at Gede and the Watamu Turtle Research Centre are all nearby.

"A wonderful end to our trip."
Claire and Gary, Livingston

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