There are few things that top the sound of waves crashing, madafu(aka coconut water) in your hand, distant chatter of kids playing while reading a fantastic book lying on the beach. Perhaps swimming on a hot day or eating delicious food wondering where its been all your life. Playing card games with strangers, watching the sunset and eating crab samosas also make the cut. Well, very few thing top those in my opinion, especially after a long couple of days and all you need is some R& R, away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. That is exactly what I needed when I packed my bags and headed to Watamu, a small coastal town north of Mombasa. I was really looking forward to a relaxing getaway, eager to feel the sand beneath my feet. It has also been quite long since my last coastal visit. So I was ready to beach bum my way through a week in the coast.
Getting to Watamu
There are no direct flights to Watamu, the closest airports are Mombasa and Malindi. A number of operators fly daily to Mombasa and Malindi so be sure to check the various operators that fly to Mombasa and Malindi from Nairobi. Alternatively you can drive to Watamu from Mombasa or take a taxi- It’s a two hour drive from Mombasa and about thirty minutes from Malindi. If using public transport from Mombasa, board matatus plying the Mombasa-Malindi-Lamu route at Buxton bus station. Matatus are shs 300 or thereabout and alight at Gede junction. At the junction you can take a tuk-tuk or motorbike to Watamu town and your hotel.
I was staying at the beautiful Sun Palm Beach Resort. The first impression I had on walking into the hotel was just how dreamy it was. White-washed walls, blue and pink hues here and there, some green popping everywhere, I immediately fell in love.
The rooms are so cosy and spacious, with a balcony overlooking the pool, gardens or the beach. The resort has 55 rooms, each uniquely decorated.
Then there was this pretty lounge, complete with couches and books. I quickly grabbed myself a book and headed to the beach.
It has two restaurants, a discotheque, a huge swimming pool, a tennis court. The resort can also plan tours and activities around Watamu. There is something for everyone the beach bum, the couple, the kids, the squad and the adventure junkies.
Every corner is tastefully decorated. With little shells almost everywhere.
I don’t know about you but I could get used to this!
While in Watamu, Crab Shack Dabaso is a MUST visit! A MUST! The food is delicious, there is a board walk, sunsets there are epic and the crab samosas? Fantastic! Absolutely amazing.
They are worth the hype trust me. I also love the fact that the Crab Shack is a community project so the local community benefits directly from the restaurant. You have to book a reservation for lunch and the sun downer as it gets pretty full.
I had such an amazing time in Watamu. I would definitely recommend it for someone in need of some R & R. If you’re looking for a vacation spot this Christmas and New Years season, do give Sun Palm a call(rooms are filling up pretty fast btw).
A huge thank you to the Sun Palm team for graciously hosting me, check out their website here.
This post is a collaboration between Sun Palm Beach Resort and myself however all opinions voiced are my own.