Watamu - North Coast of Kenya Beach holiday with a difference
Hemingways Resort is one of the world's premier big-game fishing destinations (marlin, tuna, sail-fish, king fish and more). Situated on an idyllic stretch of beach, voted ‘one of the best ten beaches in the world' by the Sunday Times magazine, it has immediate access to the beach and offers a sophisticated but relaxed atmosphere - as suited to family holidays as to couples or groups of friends. When it comes to beach travel, the Swahili coast, a glorious ribbon of silver and sapphire, crashing surf and bright coral, is steeped in a turbulent history pre-dating Da Gama. The Swahili culture, a fabulous fusion of Arab, African, and Portuguese has created a pace of life, a style of cuisine and a mosaic of architecture, heritage, myth and magic that is found nowhere else in the world.
Location and seasons: hotels in Kenya Hemingway's Beach Resort, on Watamu Beach, is situated approximately 90 miles north of Mombasa and its beach hotels and 18 miles south of Malindi on the Turtle Bay beach at Watamu. The resort lies within the Watamu Marine National Park and is only 3 hours from Tsavo East, Kenya's largest National Park.
Beach vacation facts: Hottest time is between November and March, rainy season is May and June (hotel closed 01 May to 15 June); sea weed on beach and strong winds May /August. September to November is cool and pleasant.
The Background Kenya's stunning coastline (485 kms from Nairobi) runs 700 km between the Tanzanian and Somali borders and is renowned for its silken white sandy beaches, coconut palms, sheltered lagoons, pellucid blue waters, remote islands, uncharted mangrove swamps and mysterious Arab and Swahili ruins, many of which date back to the 8th Century AD. An idyllic climate cooled by the monsoon winds, the Swahili coast offers a daily average of 8 hours of sunshine, and the hot steamy climate is tempered by the monsoon winds: the south-easterly Kusi, which blows from April to October; and the north-easterly Kaskazi which blows from November to March.
Accommodation The resort-hotel offers 78 rooms, all with ocean views and within yards of the beach. Room facilities include: 24-hour room service, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mosquito nets, personal safes and in-room mini-bars. Rooms offered include standard and deluxe (bath and shower, three single beds, terrace), and junior suites (super king-sized beds, extra-large baths, showers and a lounge area),
Dining and bars The resort offers a variety of dining experiences - from sumptuous buffet selections and themed nights in the main restaurant to a excellent bar snacks on the open terrace of the bar. BBQs, beach sundowners, cultural dance performances and first-class seafood a feature.
Child-friendly The hotel welcomes children and offers: children's meal-times, children's play/TV room, babysitting and additional beds in rooms.
What to see and do Hemingway's is one of the world's premier big-game fishing destinations, catering for all levels of experience, from novices to experts. Immediately adjacent to the resort is the AQUA VENTURES, dive school offering a full range of PADI and BSAC courses. Also offered are diving safaris to such places as the Vuma caves, night diving and wreck diving. Additionally, the resort offers its own fully-equipped gymnasium, horse-riding, camel-riding, golf (at Malindi Golf Club), tennis and cycling. Other activities include: swimming, snorkelling, dhow trips, glass-bottom boat trips, nature trails, places of historic interest and visits to the nearby town of Malindi or to the world-famous Arabuko Sokoke Forest, one of the last of the rainforests. Trips can also be arranged to Lamu and the ruined Swahili settlement of Gedi.
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