Wednesday, 19 December 2012
The debut of this 45-room boutique hotel will elevate the standard of luxury service for travellers in the region. Beautiful in its symmetry and flooded with natural light, this plantation-style property is airy and spacious. Its 80 squared metre bedrooms each have a private balcony overlooking the iconic silhouette of the Ngong Hills.
The 2012 Captain Morgan Billfish Tag & Release Grand Challenge was held at Hemingways Watamu from 23rd November to 3rd December. 6 days of adrenaline packed action capturing the Captain's belief – "The Spirit of Adventure". The fun, fishing, excitement and of course Captain Morgan has been the winning formula to Hemingways unbelievable success. Better still, Captain Morgan's strict conservation efforts have seen anglers persevere these magnificent waters.
The smooth white beach of Watamu, which slides gently into shallow, turquoise water, forms part of the Malindi Marine Reserve Park, a marine protected area. The snorkeling and diving around the offshore coral formations is said to be the best in East Africa. This were some of the few reasons why watamu was voted number two after Sharm-el-sheikh in Egypt by CNN.
Watamu (means “home of the sweet people” in Swahili) enjoys a friendly community feeling; it is a small although rapidly growing area where most people know and recognize each other. Community development is also coming along apace with a large number of community groups all working together through an umbrella organization called Watamu Marine Association (WMA) to promote the area whilst protecting the environment and working towards sustainable development for the future. WMA is unique organization, probably the first of its kind on the Kenyan Coast. It consists of over 40 member groups and organisations, from the community, tourism and environmental sectors that are committed to resolving many of the multifaceted problems and conflicts that threaten a seemingly trouble-free paradise. WMA exist to ensure that Watamu in all its pristine beauty can be enjoyed by everyone, including the wildlife.