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This is the ideal destination for beach lovers looking for a family vacation or a romantic getaway. We are 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? Introducing our new space, exclusive to our guests, found 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! We are still developing this space, so there is lots to look forward to, but you can still 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!


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!

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.

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.

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.

Juan Antonio
October 12, 2023

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

October 9, 2023

Thank you so much sir Ian for being such a wonderful and amazing host. I really enjoyed my stay and your responsiveness is amazing. Definitely coming back here again.

October 8, 2023

Nice and silent location next to the excellent beach.

September 30, 2023

Great flexibility. immaculate. access to outside campsite kitchen. cheap snackbar on site can get pasta for £6 approx. ac and good bed fan and mozzie net. a little more housekeeping flexibility would be good like the UK e.g a do not disturb sign, system to reuse towels to save water, they were always taken and changed. Nice viewpoints to relax in nearer sea. Great communcation

September 26, 2023

Schön gelegene Cottages (10-15min mit dem Tuktuk ins Zentrum) mit sehr freundlichem Personal. Besonders hervorheben möchten wir Justus & Grace, welche ein hervorragendes Team an der Rezeption und in der Küche bilden. Wir können die Unterkunft sehr empfehlen.

September 18, 2023

The Watamu Beach Cottages was our favourite place to stay on our Kenya travels! So much nature, right by the ocean, a super relaxing place, beautiful view points, great pool area, clean and comfortable rooms, delicious food from their restaurant! What made this place extra special was the staff, they are all so friendly and helpful and make you feel right at home! We spent a lot of time at the Bar/Restaurant with Justus and Grace, two beautiful souls! Also Benjamin is a Great guy! Asante sana, we hope to see you again! Jolene & Vincent

September 13, 2023

A beautiful location right by the sea. The staff were very friendly and helpful through out our stay. I needed to push back my check out and they were very accommodating.

September 11, 2023

simo stati davvero benissimo, posto meraviglioso, anche meglio che in foto, Grace e Justice hanno cucinato per noi piatti buonissimi, la cucina che ho preferito di più in tutto il viaggio, ci siamo sentiti davvero a casa, ottimo anche il servizio lavanderia ❤️

September 8, 2023

We had a wonderful stay and the place was just as described

September 2, 2023

The cottages are such a Gem, ideally located on the beach, with a pool and restaurant. We really enjoyed our stay and would thoroughly recommend the cottages to all.

September 2, 2023

We stayed at Ian‘s place for a night on our way to Lamu and for another two nights on our way back. The Airbnb is in a great location right next to the beach and the on-site staff is amazing. The only thing we had to note is that the shower in our room was a bit impractical since you end up getting water all over the bathroom floor. Aside of that, this is a good and affordable option for your stay at Watamu beach.

September 2, 2023

Super nice place! We loved to hear the waves from our place while falling asleep. Good breakfast and super chef if you want to have lunch or dinner there! They also clean everyday the apartment. Perfect sport to enjoy the seaside and quietness and not far away from downtown.

August 31, 2023

Ian was a very friendly, helpful, flexible and responsive host. His team at the cottages are very experienced, helpful, kind, and attentive to visitors’ requests and needs. It was a great fit for accessing nearby activities (SUP and kayak trips, yoga, sand bar at low tide, birding, and a variety of restaurants.) I am grateful for such a wonderful stay—great value for money.

August 27, 2023

The host and staff were very friendly and the bnb is located right next to a beautiful beach. Definitely worth it!

August 26, 2023

Tutto perfetto davvero bravo Ian e il suo staff

August 24, 2023

excellent location best beach and. a great place to be

August 19, 2023

la struttura è in una località stupena. personale cordiale e disponibile. punto di forza sicuramente la cucina. Unici difetti: non abbiamo apprezzato il bagno (piccolissimo) e al nostro arrivo la stanza aveva odore di chiuso. Comunque lo consiglieri.

August 18, 2023

Very nice stay, thank you! Being in Topaz right on the beach was lovely, place had all the basics you need for a beach holiday.

August 7, 2023

The resort is well located, right on a lovely beach. The reception staff and housekeepers were all helpful and friendly. Special shout-out to Ken for making us feel so welcome.

August 6, 2023

Wir fühlten uns sehr gut aufgehoben, genossen die Nähe zum Strand und die naturbelassene Umgebung! Wir empfehlen für Gäste im Dhow Cottage, jeweils 1h vor der gewünschten warmen Dusche, dies anzumelden, dann klappt es wunderbar 😉 danke für eine wundervolle Zeit 😘

August 1, 2023

We gad a wonderful stay at Ian’s Little Gem Cottage. The cottage is right in front of the shared and very beautifully situated swimming pool and just a a minutes walk to the beach (you can’t get any closer to the beach in Watamu!) Our kids freely wandered around the area and to the nearby sandbar in low tide. We enjoyed nearby activities, including snorkeling in the sanctuary, paddleboarding on Mida Creek and learning about reptiles at the local snake center (just 15 mins away)!

July 24, 2023

My partner and I had such an amazing time at Watamu Beach Cottages -- we will definitely be back! Thank you for such a fantastic stay.

July 21, 2023

We had a great time in the Chalet, with our own little kitchen to be 100% independent. There is direct access to the beach for the best kite surf spot in Watamu! Very peaceful place that I would recommend if you want an affordable place for a few days.

July 9, 2023

Good location for a reasonable price.

July 9, 2023

Die Unterkunft entsprach genau den Bildern, liegt wunderbar ruhig direkt am Strand und mitten in der Natur. Das bringt es mit sich, den ein oder anderen mehrbeinigen Besucher zu haben. Da ist Toleranz gefragt… Das Bad ist modern und geräumig, die Küche mit den notwendigen Utensilien ausgestattet. Das Personal ist sehr aufmerksam und freundlich. Wir hatten eine sehr gute Zeit hier.

July 8, 2023

Enjoyed our stay - very relaxed place and friendly staff. Perfect for what we were looking for. Breakfast was delicious.

July 1, 2023

Beautiful place right on the beach.

June 28, 2023

Watamu beach cottages is fantastic value for money. Steps away from the beach! Ian was a responsive host and he and his staff treated us above and beyond expectations.

June 22, 2023

Topaz is a wonderful place. We enjoyed it immensely. Just a very short walk to the beach. House girls clean the house daily. We didn't realize that there are several other apartments or houses also sharing the same property. This wasn't a big problem. I just had not noticed that fact. The tiny ants are a bit of a problem and will get into anything left on the counter, so make sure you have containers that seal very well for any food items. Otherwise, we loved the place and would definitely go back.

Dominique Sisey
June 19, 2023

Es war sehr schön mitten in der Natur zuschlafen und dem Klang des Waldes zuzuhören. Sehr schöne Anlage, gute Erholungsmöglichkeiten am Strand. Ein Auto zuhaben ist von Vorteil. Für Kitesurfer wie wir ist die Unterkunft super geeignet. Wir würden definitiv wieder dort übernachten.