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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.


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.


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.


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!


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.

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.


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.


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


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.


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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Some words from our happy guests

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

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!

April 12, 2024

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

March 23, 2024

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

March 6, 2024

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

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.

March 1, 2024

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

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 ☺️

February 27, 2024

De locatie van het resort aan het strand (met verschillende openbare zitjes) is prachtig. Huisje Dhow (ligging aan de wegkant van het resort) was prima, echter niet geschikt voor drie volwassenen (wat wel vooraf was gecommuniceerd). Uiteindelijk wel prima opgelost door er een extra bed bij te plaatsen.

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.

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 ❤️

February 18, 2024

Perfect spot for our short short stay in Watamu !

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.

Boris And Liz
February 6, 2024

Good deal for a beach side room with AC, comfy bed, and hot water! Nice for a couple on a short trip. Would stay again. WBC grounds are green and clean, with great lounging areas overlooking beach. Pool is small and weirdly away from the beach, but nice. Staff all friendly and helpful. Snack Bar food is simple, fresh, tasty. Drinks cold if limited -- beer, water, soft drinks., one white, one red wine. Two fridges and camp kitchen for self-catering. Lacks basics, but staff happy to lend what you need from their kitchen. Two weird room quirks: (1) shower head is basically over the toilet, so you're a bit confined, and toilet gets soaked. Weird because there's plenty of space to have allowed a longer bathroom with a normal layout, but TIA! (2) More annoying but easily fixed: sheets and blanket are a smaller size than the bed! So either your feet stick out the bottom or you're fighting for cover. May have just been laundry mixup.

Doreen Karwitha
January 3, 2024

Some of Ian’s tents appeared very nice and private but unfortunately ours was sandwiched between the bathrooms and RV parking. The bathroom in the photo appeared cleaner than the bathroom actually was.

December 27, 2023

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

December 23, 2023

Great place to be, thank you so much

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

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.

November 22, 2023

the place is amazing to stay in. beautiful surroundings, great amenities and great view of the ocean! recommend staying!

Geert Hein
November 12, 2023

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

November 8, 2023

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

October 30, 2023

The place is super tranquil and very picturesque. I had a great time in my stay and the staff members are super hospitable. Special mention goes to Ken and Riziki, they made our stay quite pleasant and were always willing to assist whenever we were in need. If you need a quiet, serene place full of nature and with fantastic ocean views, would definitely recommend here.

October 24, 2023

Had a lovely stay in front of the beach!

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.