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WATAMU BEACH COTTAGES

This is an ideal destination for beach lovers looking for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or seeking a little active adventure. We are well situated on a beautiful, beachfront property located along the North coast of Kenya.

A Peaceful Paradise

Watamu Beach Cottages

Watamu Beach Cottages is a beautiful, wildly rustic, coastal property situated in Watamu, Kenya. Our large, beachfront plot is immersed in nature and has so much to offer whilst you are on holiday with us – it’s a Peaceful Paradise!

Enjoy the relaxed, tranquil environment of our shady, tree-filled property with lush gardens, laze around the pool or take a stroll down to the glorious, white sands of the unspoiled beach which is a few meters down our private pathway.

Our many, unique accommodation choices vary, with more budget friendly options found at Watamu Sailing Camp, set amongst the beach forest on our property. We don’t just have standard hotel rooms – we try to offer each guest an experience when staying with us. Enjoy self-catering or B&B options throughout the year, and be sure to give our Bamba Kofi Snackbar a try – a popular spot enjoyed exclusively by our guests, where you may order a delicious meal at any time of the day. Our beach resort is family-run, along with our wonderful team of valuable staff members, who are always on hand to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Our homely, beach resort is a peaceful oasis ready to welcome YOU to enjoy a truly special, once-in-a-lifetime holiday!

This is an ideal destination for beach lovers looking for a family vacation, a romantic getaway or seeking a little active adventure.

AMAZING BEACHFRONT HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION

Self Catering Coastal Homes

Watamu Beach Cottages is a peaceful paradise along the North coast of Kenya

Our holiday-home choices have been designed to offer an option for everyone and to suit all budgets. The varied accommodation ranges from tents or tent huts in the forest for a Camping adventure, air-conditioned Clubrooms to comfy Cool Chalets, all located at Watamu Sailing Camp, to pool side Cottages with air conditioning, two sea-view Apartments, & a double story, sea facing Villa. This is a peaceful, beachfront oasis just waiting for you to arrive to experience all its magic and natural beauty.

Location

We are situated on the North Coast of Kenya in Watamu, approximately 5 kms from Watamu Village on a large 5 acre, beachfront property, along Turtle Bay Road. We are based in the heart of the Watamu National Marine Park.

Getting there

Make your way to Magical Kenya! We recommend catching a flight from Nairobi to Malindi and then a taxi directly to us in Watamu. This is the fastest route. Alternatively, you can opt for the train or fly to Mombasa and arrange a taxi to Watamu.

The Best Choice for your next Holiday

Salt Pool

Cool off and relax around our sparkling blue, salt water swimming pool. Rest and relaxation are essential here.

Beach Access

Step down to the beautiful, white, sandy beach of the Watamu National Marine Park with direct, private access from our property. It is literally paradise on your doorstep.

Snackbar

Spend some relaxing time at Bamba Kofi Snackbar – an outdoor dining area at our Clubhouse exclusively available to all guests. Enjoy fast speed WIFI and order freshly prepared meals & refreshments. Breakfast time is popular here!

Activities

Explore and take part in a variety of cool excursions, interesting places to visit and a host of fun water activities, like snorkelling, diving, kite surfing with JC Kiteschool, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking along the Mida Creek...

Our Facilities

We have some beautiful facilities & chill spots located around our large property, created for our guests to enjoy their holiday experience with us.

Bamba Kofi Snackbar

Our Snackbar at Watamu Sailing Camp, set under a huge makuti roof, is a tropical, open, outdoor clubhouse. We have a bar and a small menu offering our guests simple, yet tasty meals, which we recommend pre-ordering ahead of time if you can. We don’t profess to be a restaurant, just an inviting snack bar for the convenience of our guests when you really don’t feel like cooking, you fancy a chilled evening with a beer, a glass of wine and something to eat. We welcome our guests to spend the day catching up on work or simply to relax.
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Salt Water Swimming Pool

We have a sparkling, salt water swimming pool where you can cool off after a day at the beach, and laze around on a sun bed with a good book! Our pool is surrounded by shady trees and plants, keeping it cool and private.

Viewpoints

There are four separate viewpoints which have been built on the edge of the cliff at our beachfront. Relax under the makuti for a spot of shade and take in the spectacular panoramic views of the ocean. Guests love to spend the day here, enjoying the ever changing scene.

Rooftop Lounge

Who doesn't enjoy a beautiful view? There's a special space exclusive to our guests, found up hight at the top of our Clubhouse building. A perfect chill spot away from it all, to enjoy 360° views; catch the awesome sunsets or just be still and bask in the balmy sea breeze! Enjoy the privacy and the peacefulness this beautiful space offers.

Sea Breeze Massage

Take the opportunity to indulge in a Relaxing Massage with a picturesque ocean view. At the front of our property, we offer a serene and private viewpoint where you can unwind and enjoy a soothing massage. Our goal is to provide you with a tranquil experience, complete with the calming sounds of the ocean and refreshing sea breeze. Choose from our range of massage options and leave feeling recharged and refreshed.

Games Area

Enjoy some fun and laughter with a game of Pétanque at our beach sand communal area at Watamu Sailing Camp. There's a place to chill under a makati umbrella, a serene water feature and plenty of space to get little competitive with friends and fellow guests!
Check out our new Table Tennis area located adjacent to the Snackbar... a great way to have fun with the family.

Gym

We have a basic workout spot with some weights and an excercise bicycle. Stay active with your fitness routine whilst on holiday with us.

Camping

Get into nature and camp in one of our super comfy Tent Huts or Tents in our lush forest areas. Listen to the sounds of nature all around you with the distant crashing of waves onto the beach. Watamu Sailing Camp caters to Overlanders who need a camping space for their vehicles as well as those who would like to bring their own tents.

How we try to make your stay at Watamu Beach Cottages more Special

We want your holiday to be a safe, fun and memorable one

Transport Services

We can arrange a Taxi to transfer you to and from the airports - please organise this with us at the time. Tuk-Tuks and Boda-Bodas are readily available to get you around Watamu.

Your own Cook

A personal cook can be hired to prepare all your meals. Fresh fish, crabs & prawns are available daily from our local fishermen and all grocery items can be purchased from the local supermarkets and stores.

Kite Surfers Paradise

We are situated along one of the best beaches with perfect sea and wind conditions for Kite Surfing. Bring your own equipment or grab a lesson or two with JC Kiteschool who operates from our property. It's a Kite Surfers paradise!

Safety & Security

We have two guards on duty patrolling day & night, with controlled access to the property. There is a 24hr response team from G4S with panic buttons for any unforeseen emergency. We have set up a fire safety station in the event of a fire.

Unlimited Wifi

If you need to do a spot of work whilst with us, WIFI with fast speed internet is freely available throughout our property for all our guests. In the unfortunate event of a power cut our Bamba Kofi Snackbar Clubhouse has a solar back-up system to keep you connected.

Excursions

There are so many fun & exciting outings or activities for everyone to enjoy. Excursions to explore the ocean and the surrounding areas can all be arranged with a recommended guide who you can chat to about your adventures.

Explore Watamu and all it has to offer

Enjoy sunsets whilst sampling excellent food choices at unique venues. Take guided tours and discover hidden treasures around our coastal paradise.

In House

Bamba Kofi Snackbar

An inviting snack bar for the convenience of our guests when they really don’t feel like cooking or fancy a chilled evening, a beer, a glass of wine, and a place to hang out.

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Holiday Ideas

Take a Safari

The sight of dust-red elephant wallowing, rolling, and spraying each other with the midnight blue waters of the palm-shaded Galana River is one of the

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EAT OUT

Eat like a local

There’s a lot to do locally all around us! Step out and enjoy a variety of food offerings, cocktail spots and luxury resort settings to

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Some words from our happy guests

We are constantly striving to keep our wonderful guests comfortable and happy!

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Sara
April 16, 2024

Great stay at our cottage with very responsive and friendly staff. The pool and ocean were easily accessible. Overall a great trip for a family. Would highly recommend!

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Yongmi
April 12, 2024

Wonderful spot right by the beach! Thanks to the friendly staff for making us feel welcome. Highly recommended!

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Inga
April 11, 2024

We had a very nice an relaxing time! The little cottage was very cozy and the nearby beach fantastic. The team was always very helpful and kind.

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Ashley
April 2, 2024

My stay was awesome, The caretaker and staff were very welcoming, I was impressed by the various places to sit n chill, the ocean view was also quite impressive. My favourite place was the swimming pool, spent most of my times there. Thank you Ian, looking forward to visit again

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Ginny
April 1, 2024

This was the 2nd time I'd been to the beach cottages, and I wouldn't hesitate to return again. The cottage was lovely, the location ideal and all of the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly.

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Kirimi
April 1, 2024

This was a last minute booking and Ian was very responsive and welcoming. I’m delighted about discovering this eco gem. I definitely will revisit.

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Kelsey
April 1, 2024

Clubroom 2 was great! The property is immersed in the nature of Watamu with lots of wildlife around. The lookout points are a great place to relax and watch the waves. The room was just perfect for two people on a short trip, with a delicious breakfast included. We look forward to staying again!

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Daniel
March 28, 2024

We only found this place last minute and the staff were very helpful to accommodate us. Location is perfect, right on the beach with good access to Mida Creek.

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Melvin
March 25, 2024

Das Tornado Appartement ist wunderschön und ruhig gelegen in der Anlage. Der Strand ist in unter 5 min zu Fuß zu erreichen und wunderschön. Alles ist super gepflegt und das Frühstück ist lecker. Vor allem Justus und Faith in der Küche waren toll und machten uns sogar noch ein Gericht aus der kenianschen Küche. Das sollte definitiv auf der Karte ergänzt werden!

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Iris
March 25, 2024

We had a great stay in Watamu in the Watamu beach cottages (not the apartment on the pictures as the airconditioning did not work, so we got another place to stay). We received a warm welcome and great service overall of all the staff. The cooks are great! As the place is almost on the beach, there is lots of freedom to make beach walks, go kite surfing, or take a boda boda to the center (15 min). We loved it and would happily return.

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Marta Anna
March 23, 2024

The staff is lovely, the property is on the lovely part of the beach. We felt a bit deceived by the description that promised "3 houses around the pool". yes, there were these houses, but there are also 2 camp sides, guest rooms above the restaurant and the main house, ALL using the pool! The kitchen is just about equiped - old pots, 2 wine glasses (for house of 4), the cheapest Chinese screw driver that wouldnt bear the stress of pulling out the cork 🤣. Not bad, but not an honest description either. House was clean and comfortable with a great AC.

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Tom
March 23, 2024

Lovely location. Nicely set up. Helpful and friendly staff.

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How far are the local shops?

Watamu Village is 5kms down Turtle Bay Road where you will find all shops, pharmacies, banks, and local stalls. Blue Marmelade is a well-stocked supermarket which we recommend as a one-stop shop for all your grocery needs.  

 

What is Self-Catering?

Self-Catering requires you to supply all the supplies which you will consume or use during your stay. This would include your toiletries, your food and drink and all sanitary supplies, etc. 

Self-catering accommodation is described as self-contained holiday accommodation which has facilities for the guests to prepare their own meals.

Can I bring my pet?

Yes, we welcome guests with pets but please be aware to keep your pet on a leash and supervised at all times. The safety of your animal is solely the owners responsibility.

What happens in an emergency?

We have a complete First Aid Kit available to guests if required. A Doctor is on call for any medical emergencies. There is a 24-hour response team with G4S panic buttons located in most units. The response team will assist with ambulances, police, or the fire brigade. 

We have 2 guards on duty at all times, manning the front entrance gate and patrolling the beachfront of our property.  We also have a fire safety station set up in case of a fire.  The safety of our guests is important to us! 

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Sara
April 16, 2024

Great stay at our cottage with very responsive and friendly staff. The pool and ocean were easily accessible. Overall a great trip for a family. Would highly recommend!

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Yongmi
April 12, 2024

Wonderful spot right by the beach! Thanks to the friendly staff for making us feel welcome. Highly recommended!

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Inga
April 11, 2024

We had a very nice an relaxing time! The little cottage was very cozy and the nearby beach fantastic. The team was always very helpful and kind.

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Ashley
April 2, 2024

My stay was awesome, The caretaker and staff were very welcoming, I was impressed by the various places to sit n chill, the ocean view was also quite impressive. My favourite place was the swimming pool, spent most of my times there. Thank you Ian, looking forward to visit again

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Ginny
April 1, 2024

This was the 2nd time I'd been to the beach cottages, and I wouldn't hesitate to return again. The cottage was lovely, the location ideal and all of the staff were incredibly helpful and friendly.

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Kirimi
April 1, 2024

This was a last minute booking and Ian was very responsive and welcoming. I’m delighted about discovering this eco gem. I definitely will revisit.

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Kelsey
April 1, 2024

Clubroom 2 was great! The property is immersed in the nature of Watamu with lots of wildlife around. The lookout points are a great place to relax and watch the waves. The room was just perfect for two people on a short trip, with a delicious breakfast included. We look forward to staying again!

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Daniel
March 28, 2024

We only found this place last minute and the staff were very helpful to accommodate us. Location is perfect, right on the beach with good access to Mida Creek.

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Melvin
March 25, 2024

Das Tornado Appartement ist wunderschön und ruhig gelegen in der Anlage. Der Strand ist in unter 5 min zu Fuß zu erreichen und wunderschön. Alles ist super gepflegt und das Frühstück ist lecker. Vor allem Justus und Faith in der Küche waren toll und machten uns sogar noch ein Gericht aus der kenianschen Küche. Das sollte definitiv auf der Karte ergänzt werden!

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Iris
March 25, 2024

We had a great stay in Watamu in the Watamu beach cottages (not the apartment on the pictures as the airconditioning did not work, so we got another place to stay). We received a warm welcome and great service overall of all the staff. The cooks are great! As the place is almost on the beach, there is lots of freedom to make beach walks, go kite surfing, or take a boda boda to the center (15 min). We loved it and would happily return.

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Tom
March 23, 2024

Lovely location. Nicely set up. Helpful and friendly staff.

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Jennie
March 6, 2024

fabulous position next to and overlooking the beach. staff all very efficient friendly and helpful. accommodation simple and comfortable.

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Ilja Marcus
March 3, 2024

Beautiful situated and nicely set. The staff is exceptionell helpful. Thank you Purity, Benjamin and Lizz. We surely comeing back.

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Kavan
March 1, 2024

Very responsive host and the place is also very beautiful...!!!

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Anna
February 27, 2024

Ero già stata qui l’anno scorso ed è stata una bellissima esperienza. Quest’anno ho trovato molte migliorie e un bar che funzionava ancora meglio dello scorso anno. Se tornerò in zona sicuramente è qui che vorrò prenotare. Asante ☺️

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Agnese
February 25, 2024

The location is near one of the best beaches. The accomodation is simple but clean. Ian is very responsive and reliable host.

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Filipa
February 23, 2024

Although the ClubRoom is our favourite in Watamu Beach Cottages, we had a lovely time at Laser cottage too. It doesn’t have AC but the ceiling and floor fan are more than enough to keep you cool. I love the design of the spacious bathroom and how you can see the green outside through the ceiling net of the cottage. It’s very quiet, as you are deep in the trees and bush. The little patio outside is adorable, when we left, they were planting a lot of new trees and plants. Shot out to the amazing chef team: Grace, Justice and Mapenzi, to always attend our endless requests so promptly. A special thanks to the sweetest house keeping ladies: Winnie, Betty and Unice ❤️

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Dominic
February 12, 2024

I had a great stay! The tent was exactly as shown in the pictures. My only gripe is that the showers felt a little exposed. I had to crouch to maintain privacy. Could stand to have the privacy screen made taller all around.

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Andrew
December 27, 2023

Great location on the beach, good value, with great service from Purity and her team. Shared site but not crowded

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Michael
December 23, 2023

Great place to be, thank you so much

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Bruno
December 15, 2023

posto bellissimo con accesso diretto alla spiaggia più bella di watamu cioè Garoda beach vicinissimo al moda creek e a Temple point ,staff bravissimo, insomma il paradiso

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Linet
December 10, 2023

A big thanks to Ian for sharing your cottages with us. We literally walked to the beach every single day (that was super close).I would highly recommend to persons with little babies, they were keen to offer a crib for my little one. Housekeeping was on point, and very friendly and helpful staff. Thank you one more time.

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Geert Hein
November 12, 2023

Great and welcoming place, I am sure I'll return.

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Verena
November 8, 2023

I loved staying at Watamu Beach Cottages. Beautiful and calm place to relax. Staff are all very supportive and friendly.

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Andi
October 24, 2023

Had a lovely stay in front of the beach!

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Emelda
October 17, 2023

The accommodation was stunning, exactly as shown in the pictures. The staff was exceptionally welcoming, and we were given a tour of the extensive and eco-friendly premises, which were lush. Additionally, the host was incredibly responsive and attentive. Definitely going back.

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Lee
October 16, 2023

Ians place was lovely! Clean, place is cleaned daily, there’s a snack bar if you need food and it’s in a great location! Green, clean air! Pristine beach! Would recommend.

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Sanne
October 15, 2023

We loved the stay at Watamu Beach Cottages. The people who work here are very welcoming and helpful in a professional but loving way. The restaurant and swimming pool are very nice, as well as the garden. The food is tasteful though it is good to order before because it may take some time before the chefs finish te food. We stayed in laser cottage which is a nice little house with its own sheltered garden with seats. The house is cleaned on a daily basis. Be aware to close both doors because otherwise monkeys will come in the room to take your food. Towels for the swimming pool or beach are provided. You walk there directly from the cottages. So all together a loving, beautiful and peaceful place to relax or go for some adventures in the surrounding areas.

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Juan Antonio
October 12, 2023

Amazing place into the Cottage with everybody caring you. Thank you everyone.