Watamu – meaning “home of the sweet people” in Swahili – is a small village on the Kenyan coast approximately 120kms north of Mombasa Kenya’s second largest city. It is also 20kms south of Malindi, Vasco de Gama’s first landing point on the coast of East Africa. Watamu’s shoreline features pristine white sand beaches and offshore coral formations arranged in different bays and sheltered by a reef. The area is protected as part of the Watamu Marine National Park and is considered one of the best snorkeling and diving areas on the coast of Africa.

Malindi is a small town on the Kenyan coast where the Galana River spills its muddy waters into the Indian Ocean. Since 13th century, Malindi has been an important port city settled over centuries by Arab traders, the Portuguese, the British, and most recently by thousands of Italians. Malindi remains very attractive as a secluded and unspoiled little town of stunning natural beauty where palm trees line white sand beaches.

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Diamond Dreams of Africa Resort is the ultimate destination for your Malindi experience and the most perfect place to pamper yourself and earn a truly rewarding tropical beach escape. Dreams of Africa being an all inclusive resort offers many facilities that allow guests to relax, dine, work out and explore. Staff here guarantee utmost attention to detail and the highest level of service during your stay. This gorgeous resort is set in pretty gardens steps away from the Indian Ocean on the northern shores of Malindi close to town centre. It has easy access to Malindi and nearby Marine Park for guests looking to explore the exotic coral gardens of the park. It features tastefully designed suites all with garden views, hydro massage Jacuzzi baths and private terraces with sun loungers. All rooms are air-conditioned and include king-sized beds, mosquito nets and mini-bar. Dream of Africa offers a wide array of spa services and water activities enabling guests to sunbathe, swim and recharge just outside their doors. For your cuisine, Diamonds Dream of Africa hosts two restaurants and two bars for guests to enjoy their meals. The main restaurant complete with an outdoor terrace and an indoor pool-view dining room, offers a selection of fresh seafood, Italian-inspired cuisine, and various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The beachfront restaurant serves variety of seafood and meat dishes along with all-inclusive drinks and wine. The Poolside Bar serves snacks, light lunches and beverages to keep guests satisfied without having to step indoors during the day. Dream of Africa's laid-back atmosphere with private terraces surrounded by lush lawns and flowers ensures complete relaxation in a tropical paradise.


Hemingways Resort in Watamu is an iconic tropical paradise on the Kenyan coast sitting right in the middle of the pristine Watamu Marine National Park with its idyllic white sand beach and turquoise waters. The Marine Park is renowned worldwide for its natural beauty and boasts of diverse marine life from the visiting whale sharks and manta rays to three species of sea turtle. Hemingways is an oasis of peace and tranquility and is nestled on one of the world’s best beaches. The atmosphere at Hemingways is both elegant, relaxed and matched by warm hospitality and very helpful and friendly staff. All the rooms in this favourite resort have tiled floors and come with either private terraces or balconies. The resort comprises of spacious Ocean View rooms with easy access to the beach and beautiful balcony overlooking the Marine Park providing guests with the utmost comfort and luxury. Deluxe ocean view rooms are located on the top floor of the North Wing offering a whole new flavour of laidback luxury and the cool Watamu breeze with endless views of the ocean. When it comes to dining, savour fresh local seafood straight from the ocean at Hemingways Restaurant and Mediterranean favourites at Gede Café. Meat options as well as vegetarian delicacies are also available. Leisure facilities include two outdoor freshwater pools, tennis, spa, salon and a gym. Water sports include snorkelling trips, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and sunset dhow sundowner cocktails on Mida Creek. Located in one of the world’s richest fishing grounds, Hemingways Watamu's best known activity is game fishing and is an internationally recognised game fishing centre.


Alawi Boutique Resort offers relaxed and comfortable atmosphere on one of the most secluded and pristine beaches of Kenya. The resort is located near Watamu in a beautiful position just a few meters from the white sand beach opposite the famous Sandbank that with the phenomenon of the low and high tides offers enchanting natural pools of sand and crystal clear waters. Here, lovely sea breezes drift through the broad and open-sides of the hotel's double-storey structures. Guest rooms are superb, tastefully furnished in typical coastal Lamu style with seaside furnishings and offer panoramic views of the beautiful coral beach of Watamu and equipped with all comforts to satisfy the demands and expectations of a relaxed beach holiday. All the interiors are different, individually designed and elegantly furnished using precious local materials. Each room is air conditioned and comes with TV, satellite channels and feature views of the sea or the swimming pool. Each room includes private bathroom with a bath or shower. The resort features an outdoor pool, private beach area, rooftop terrace and on-site restaurant. Food is well prepared, presented and served under palm tree beachside area of the hotel. The cuisine is deliciously vibrant in both taste and appearance. Guests can also explore nearby restaurants offering romantic sunset dinners. Activities include scuba diving and snorkelling in nearby Watamu National Marine Park just a half-hour north of the hotel, where turtles, fish and great number of colourful creatures live amidst the coral reefs. The ever-cheerful and friendly staff at Alawi Resort will always warmly welcome you in the magical atmosphere of the Swahili Coast.


Che Shale is one of Kenya’s most famous boutique beach resorts situated on a remote stretch between two deserted bays sheltered by a fringing coral reef and secluded in thousands of coconut trees and lush indigenous vegetation. The resort is a rustic beach hide out located on a pristine coastline north of Malindi that offers style, simplicity and seclusion. Awaiting you is 5 miles of unspoiled deserted beach, stylish beach bandas, delicious fresh cuisine and myriad of activities. Guests here indulge in miles of serene and deserted sands against a lush backdrop of coconut palms and indigenous vegetation. With its blend of low-key luxury and natural beauty, all the charm and quiet nature is captured in uniquely designed, castaway-chic style beachfront bandas that combine laid-back style and attention to detail. This laid-back tropical resort epitomises relaxed barefoot beach living with comfortable rustic accommodation to suit honeymooners, couples and families in a beautiful and secluded natural setting. The resort offers exciting watersports, ocean-side activities and endless sandy beaches to explore. The hospitality is superb and Che Shale is renowned for its delicious seafood, fresh tropical produce, Kenyan and Mediterranean-inspired dishes. For leisure activities, there is the ocean on your doorstep and all the activities that it brings, deep-sea game fishing, dhow trips, scuba diving and snorkelling. The atmosphere at Che Shale is charming and relaxed under day to day management and personal touch of the owners and a team of very friendly staff. It's a perfect combination of informality and comfort in a remote and serene sea side environment that you cannot find anywhere else.