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Rwanda
Reviewed 7 April 2016

We stayed in Ocean Sports with our children over New Year and enjoyed the experience, the laid back, slightly bohemian atmosphere of the place, and the stunning beach-side location, but think the place could definitely do with a bit of a refresh as it feels a bit tired and the 'shabby' is starting to take over 'the chic'! It's an...

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Nairobi, Kenya
Reviewed 24 March 2016

We camped at Ocean Sports, and it was a great experience. The small campsite is not adjacent to the sea, but near enough, and it is sheltered from the winds that can blow along the beach. We were the only campers in August, when the sea in that area is full of algae, and thus not so appetizing (although it...

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Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewed 23 March 2016

This hotel, which shares security with Hemingways next door, consists of self-contained chalet bedrooms plus bathroom, all facing the beach. Our large room was basic and sparsely furnished but clean and practical, with a big double bed, lots of hanging space, and an attractive shower room in traditional style. When we arrived the electricity to our room was not working...

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Nairobi
Reviewed 23 January 2016 via mobile

What started as a great morning full of tandem parachute jumps and sumptuous dishes of fresh sea fish and biriani rice,was marred by sloppy service and unattentive waiters! With the afternoon sun cresting over the blue bay ,the heat would have been a great chance for the establishment to push drink sales.But the service crew seemed more interested in standing...

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Nairobi
Reviewed 9 January 2016

I've stayed at OS several times over the years. It has a fantastic location on the beach. The rooms are quite big but are starting to look as though they need some TLC - perhaps just tiling the bathrooms would be a start.The aircon also struggled a bit. The staff are friendly and the food is fairly good and reasonably...

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. It is always useful to get feedback from our guests so that we can improve where necessary. Some of our rooms are looking dated and we are well aware of this, hence we have already started renovating them. Last year we completed seven rooms and this year we plan...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 27 December 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed the friendly atmosphere from the moment we arrived. Mixing with locals and tourists unlike making us feel totally welcome. The rooms while clean and adequate were a little dated but the view from our verandah and our daily coffee delivered to our room each morning more than made up for this. The food and service was exceptional as...

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Dear Richard, Thank you very much for your review. It is great that you enjoyed your stay and all that we have to offer. We hope you can visit us again in the near future!

Baltimore, Maryland
Reviewed 21 December 2015

I always trust the advice of my friend and owner of Best of Kenya. She recommended Ocean Sports Resort for the beach part of our stay after a build with Habitat for Humanity. “It’s not fancy,” she emailed, “but it’s comfortable and the place everybody goes to hang out.” Indeed, Ocean Sports is the Cheers of Watamu’s expat community. Situated...

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review! It is always great to have guests who 'get' exactly what Ocean Sports and Watamu are all about! We are delighted that you took that the advise of your friend and that you had an enjoyable stay. We will pass on your regards to dear Kennedy and hopefully see you back here...

Santa Barbara, California
Reviewed 17 December 2015

I HIGHLY recommend a stay at Ocean Sports to anyone thinking about heading to the Kenyan coast. The weather was incredible, the diving was world class (only 2-3 people on each dive with me), and the service was fantastic. Though this place is place it a bit older, the charm and history that resides within speaks to Kenya's past. The...

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much Brent for this great review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and all that Watamu has to offer. It was lovely meeting you and a pleasure to have you to stay. We're looking forward to your next visit!

Watamu, Kenya
Reviewed 16 December 2015

A great place to sit and relax. Ocean front dining and bar. Non rushed Good food Great service We will come again. Try the sea food A great buffet on Sunday's.....at a very good price. Happy hour great deals on drinks

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Dear Greg, Thanks so much for your review, we are very glad that you enjoyed your stay and our traditional Sunday lunch buffet! We look forward to welcoming you back to Ocean Sports!

Chicago, Illinois
Reviewed 15 November 2015

We stayed for 4 nights. It was very relaxing. Our room suite had 2 levels with a balcony with excellent view (see picture) of the ocean. Since all the rooms are on a hill and ocean facing, they had views of the ocean. The food was amazing, as it was freshly prepared after we had ordered. Staff was very professional,...

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Emilie B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this review

Dear Rita, Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. It's always helpful to get feedback from our guests and especially nice for us when it's all positive! Hope to see you back here very soon!

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Free Parking
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The plaque on our famous 1952 bar boat states "Ian Pritchard sailed his boat through the reef and staked his claim right here. Cheers Ian!" And so the legend of Ocean Sports was born.Our ambiance is relaxed, friendly and barefoot chic. Frequented by a loyal following of East African residents and savvy overseas guests, many consider this being their second home.Located 20km south of Malindi Airport, within the protected Watamu Marine Reserve, our 30 rooms, suites and self catered cottage overlook Kenya's favorite, white sand beach.Our outdoor, ocean-side deck dinning venue is simply stunning! Freshly caught, sustainable seafood and local organic produce, inspired our French chef, Florian's new mouth watering menu choices. Delicious stone-oven piazzas and a 'daily specials' board, ensure something for all. Nature will nourish your soul! Our 14 acre plot boasts indigenous African fauna and wildlife that includes monkeys, bird-life and night bush babies. Low-tide reveals rock pool aquariums of sea life, crabs and even King George, our grumpy resident Moray eel! Turtles, dolphins and whales are observed further out to sea.Our name reflects our love of ocean activity and adventure. Deep sea fish with our professional charter boats to experience adrenalin hook ups. Blue water dive over sparkling coral reefs, all organized by our PADI scuba centre. Try kite-surfing, kayaking and boogie boarding - the ocean is your playground! Onshore we offer trail-biking, tennis, squash, hokey, beach volley and touch rugby. On weekends our resident DJ entertains all age groups in total harmony.We are "A small, stylish and sociable beach hotel for free spirits and active families in search of Africa" ... more   less 

Additional Information about Ocean Sports Resort

Address: Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Price Range: $133 - $354 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Sports Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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Ocean Sports Hotel Watamu
Ocean Sports Watamu
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#10 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
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“All the rooms vary a lot, I'd suggest one with a balcony.”
 of 5 bubbles Jori9889, 23 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Ensure that you have a sea view”
 of 5 bubbles Jcd58in2016, 25 Aug 2016 | Read review
“All rooms face the ocean, some with less obstructed views, such as number 21.”
 of 5 bubbles 410williamf, 25 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Family rooms with two floors and an upstairs balcony are really nice.”
 of 5 bubbles Sevillanita, 7 Apr 2016 | Read review
“Room 16 Upper had a great sea view and nice AC. The prosciutto pizza was great, but only served Friday-Sunday.”
 of 5 bubbles 844brente, 17 Dec 2015 | Read review
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