A chic Kenyan escape set amid a glorious national park

Residences are also available to buy at Hemingways Watamu, which offers ample opportunity for whale shark and sea turtle sightings

A bedroom at the reopened Hemingways Watamu in Kenya
A bedroom at the reopened Hemingways Watamu in Kenya

For years, tourism along the lush coast of Kenya suffered the ravages of security fallout. As it rebounds, the reopening of Hemingways Watamu (hemingways-collection.com; from £189) – a favourite of Brits and Europeans when it opened in 1988, and “older” sister of the quietly glamorous Hemingways Nairobi – couldn’t be better timed. The multimillion-dollar renovation sees the number of rooms and suites reduced to 39, as well as 21 one-, two- and four-bedroom residences (available to buy, for those who fall for the exotic charms of Watamu and neighbouring Malindi). Plantation shutters, carved four-poster beds and chic wood decor abound. But outside is where it’s at: the hotel is surrounded by the Watamu Marine National Park, where sea turtles, whale sharks and over 100 coral species can be found amid the reefs.

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