One of Watamu’s best known resorts, Hemingways, which overlooks the open ocean has embarked on a major refurbishment drive and innovations to remain competitive in the highly service oriented tourism industry.
The massive 21 months renovation seeks to transform the five-star resort and revitalise its amenities.
Melinda Rees, the Operations Manager of Hemingways says the major re-developments at the iconic luxury resort popular with European guests are intended to meet regional and international standards.
‘Hemingways is a world-class travel destination and we cannot wait to share this property’s new look with our guests and visitors,’ she quipped.
She said long-time guests to the destination hotel will note the rooms and suites makeover designed to improve their functionality and comfort.
‘We have embarked on the complete renovations in April 2016 and expect to finish in December 2017 to enable the luxury hotel that opened its doors 30 years ago meet 21st century standards,’ she said in an interview.
She added ‘new and repeat guests will no doubt see some added glitz and glamour’ when the hotel finally reopens to a gorgeous and updated look for high-end travelers.
Ms. Rees says the multi-million dollar dramatic transformation is hoped to raise the bar for luxury hospitality in the Kenyan coast.
She said the hotel now boasts of 60 ocean view luxury deluxe apartments, two swimming pools, purpose build spar and gym besides up scaling the restaurant and bar facilities.
The refurbishment exercise has also seen Hemingways 76 guest rooms, all of which have expansive view of the blue ocean, being spruced up with new bedding, television sets and state-of-the-art bathrooms.
‘These enhancements represent quite a transformation and will only further distinguish the hotel as the truly special destination it has become over the years,’ she said.
She says her hotel seeks to raise tourism and hospitality service and accommodation standards in the country to support the growth of the vital tourism sector.
Ms. Rees says Watamu resort town in Kilifi County is a favourite with dolphin and whale watchers as the mammals can often be seen close to the shore.
She says traditionally international tourists are hesitant to visit Kenya for fear of political instability in the run up to elections but predict a robust recovery of the sector and the plans to renovate her hotel is a vote of confidence in the destination.
Hemingways Watamu, called after the American author Ernest Hemingway, is a sister property to the all-suite Hemingways Nairobi and the Ol Seki Tented Safari Camp in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Source: Kenya News Agency