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“You get fantastic value for money at Ocean Sports Resort: beautiful beach, smiling staff and a delightful disco if you're there ”

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Ocean Sports Resort
Ranked #16 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 January 2012

I stayed here the Friday before Christmas and really wish I'd had more time. The resort is right on the beach and bloody hell - what a beach!

The rooms are excellent value for money, very clean and neat. I managed to break a tap in the shower, but the maintenance man quickly replaced it.

The disco that night was well attended and a really good thrash, with a quality sound system and a trendy disc jockey. I partied like a mofo until 4am.

An excellent variety of activities can be booked through the hotel and you can even learn to scuba dive in the hotel pool.

Watamu is one of the most awesome beach villages you can ever visit, so stay at least 3 nights if you have the time.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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Jenny B, Manager at Ocean Sports Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2012

Thank you for your positive feedback! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us. Do make sure you come for longer next time. 1 night is definitely not enough!

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Reviewed 17 October 2011

A place for those looking for a bit of real Kenya!
Ocean Sports is an attractive, very friendly, boutique hotel in an amazing location. Staff were helpful and keen to make our stay an enjoyable one. There was lots to do as well as the ability to be quiet, if when we wanted.
We took a large party of family and friends and they all throughly enjoyed themselves.

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 October 2011

Nice location, nice restaurant very nice service. Food is avarage, the pizzas could be much better, they are not good. Nice atmosphare amd always clean. The road to the place should be improved.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

My son and I booked for a week's stay here at the end of August with some trepidation, given the poor state of some of the local hotels and issues of security and hassle from beach touts in other resorts.

What we found was a small, traditional 'colonial style' hotel with spotlessly clean and well decorated 'bandas', set well apart for privacy, overlooking the gardens, beach and well maintained pool. A large veranda on the sea front was coupled with a lounge / bar area with plenty of easy chairs and tables and seperate dining room - providing a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Contrary to some other reviews, the staff service was prompt and friendly and the (half board ) food very good - with full cooked / buffet breakfast options and an evening menu choice. Drinks from the bar and lunch time snacks on the terrace or pool were inexpensive and wine reasonably priced.

There are round the clock security patrols and we were not troubled by beach touts after politely declining their approaches on our first day. Deep sea fishing and a mini safari arranged by the hotel went without a hitch.

Things to be aware of:
- although the temperature was pleasantly hot, late August is windy with quite rough seas, although swimming would be safe for young children at low tide.
- for the same reason there is a lot of seaweed on the beach and, away from the hotel frontage, some areas where plastic and other rubbish collects.
- the whole stretch of beach is a marine conservation area, with no snorkelling or fishing etc. allowed, although an area has been set aside (accessible by boat and subject to a park fee) for the former.
- Travellers Cheques aren not accepted by the local banks and this may apply elsewhere in the country.

Gail Conway, the General Manager, could not have been more helpful with our booking and during our stay - I am sure the resurgence of the hotel after years of reported decline is in no small way down to her management and enthusiasm.

To summarise, if you are looking for a relaxed, informal but very efficiently run hotel with good food, service and facilities - this one has my unbiased recommendation.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 August 2011

First visit to Kenya and Ocean Sports. The resort is definitely very good value for money. Excellent location with fantastic sea views. Child friendly. Food was of good quality and well prepared. Most staff were fantastic. Would definitely visit again. Great fishing operation on site (Pete Darnborough on Alleycat) and diving with Aqua Ventures.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Ocean Sports Resort

Address: Mida Creek Road | P.O Box 208, Watamu 80202, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: ₹ 6,579 - ₹ 15,697 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ocean Sports Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 30
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 
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