A taste of luxury and sophistication for those who are serious about big game fishing; and also for those who’d prefer to dine in elegance and be pampered by the pool.
The Hemingways Resort is named after the traveler and hunter, Ernest Hemingway, who spent several years in Kenya during his life. It retains an air of mystique and sophisticated elegance, reminiscent of times gone by.
This luxurious tropical hotel is set right on the beach, overlooking the stunning Watamu Marine Park – a spectacular coral reef which is alive with tropical fish and fascinating sea creatures. With the endless white sandy beaches that Kenya is so famous for. snorkelling, scuba diving and deep-sea fishing, are there for guests to experience no matter their level of experience or enthusiasm!
Hemingways pride themselves on their special attention to detail; flowers on your pillow at night, vases of roses all around the hotel and high standards of service provided in a friendly yet unobtrusive way.
Hemingways offers a wonderful opportunity for fishing fanatics to experience some terrific big hauls. Meanwhile for partners of fishing fanatics, it offers luxury and a relaxing environment so you don’t have to feel like you’re suffering!
All 76 rooms are ensuite with stylish furnishings often with a beautiful sea view. They’re only a few metres away from the beach and services for each room include 24 hour room service, air-conditioning, fans, mosquito nets, personal safes and room fridges.
There are 4 types of rooms :
- SUPERIOR ROOMS – These large double or twin all include a balcony and have the space to allow an extra bed if required. The rooms are on the first or second floor of the south Wing with views of the pools and gardens which lead down to the beach. They include a telephone, hairdryer and coffee/tea making facilities in addition to the other standard amenities described above. All have an outdoor balcony as well.
- DELUX ROOMS – These are very spacious triple sized rooms and they come in a variety of layouts. In the south wing the rooms are located on the ground floor. In the north wing the rooms are available both the ground and first floor The north wing front directly onto the beach so have marvelous views of the beach. There’s also a large area of grass in front of the north wing for quiet sunbathing as well. All superior rooms have an outdoor balcony or verandah as well.
- JUNIOR SUITES – These have a lounge, a bath and a shower and are available on all three floors.
- EXECUTIVE SUITES – These luxurious and spacious first floor suites, have a separate ensuite bedroom, an open plan lounge and dining area, with a kitchenette and a guest cloakroom and shower. The flooring is a dark hardwood, and each suite has satellite television. A further facility is the optional use of a superior room adjacent, with inter-connecting doors to accommodate children or family. They are beautifully designed and furnished.
Restaurants & Bars
Food is taken very seriously at Hemingways. The South African Head chef uses a range of the finest ingredients to create dishes with an African, Eastern and Arabian influence, prepared to western standards. Hemingways have their own farms at Lake Naivasha and Timau in Nanyuki and from here they fly their fresh vegetables and flowers to the resort each day. Hemingways also cook with nothing but fresh seafood caught that day on their own fishing boats. The chefs will prepare the catch exactly as you would like it; perhaps Japanese style sashimi, or maybe blackened Cajun style fillets! Whatever you prefer, you’ll never eat fresher fish than this.
Daily vegetarian options are offered and special dietary requirements are also accommodated. Buffets are offered twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday evenings and on Sunday, a Curry Dinner is on offer which includes Mongolian, Italian and Indian specialities.
During November to March, when the sea breezes are a little calmer, dinner is served on the terrace, with the sounds of the sea, and the light of the moon and the stars creating to a romantic and soothing atmosphere.
The facilities include a gym, spa, 2 free form swimming pools, small boutique, conference centre and a video room. A whole plethora of water sports are available if you feel like a little activity, dhow trips to the nearby Midas Creek are easily arranged and trips to the nearby Gede Ruins or snake park are all simple activities you can do without having to travel too far (see activities section for more details).
Many guests do come to Hemmingways for the opportunity to do some serious (or not so serious) deep sea fishing. The Hotel owns several twin-engine boats and charters others when needed. The fish can be enormous, up to and over 120kg, with blue Marlin and sailfish being the most common. Other fish you might find are yellowfish tuna, king fish, Bronze Whaler Shark, striped Marlin, red snapper, dorados, black tipped shark etc. Check out the website to see a daily account of the huge fish that are regularly caught….or better still, hang around the bar area in the evening to hear some fishermen’s tales!
Whether it’s deep sea fishing or lazing by the pool, it would be hard not to enjoy your time here.
Telephone: +254 20 273 4971 / +254 720 349 233 / +254 42 233 2256