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Ocean Sports Hotel
is located in the Watamu
area of the Kenya Coast
Unlike nearby Malindi
, Watamu itself is much more of a village than a town, with a scattering of small shops and a reasonably hassle free environment. The coast is largely lined by sweeping white sand beaches, whilst just to the south lies the scenic Mida Creek with its mysterious mangrove forests. Offshore lies an extensive system of reefs, which provide some of the best diving in the region.
Until relatively recently Watamu was considered to be a place to avoid the crowds, with a large number of private house rentals providing pleasantly low key accommodation. But in recent years there has been considerable development and the place now has its share of large beach resorts, almost all of which are offering very low rates in an attempt to attract visitors.
Situated on the busy main beach just south of the town, Ocean Sports Hotel is the original resort in this area and remains a favourite with residents from upcountry. Compared with more modern resorts, the place has a pleasantly old fashioned atmosphere and simple design. Spacious public areas open out to a broad deck above a good beach, with a nice swimming pool to one side. Guest accommodation is in around 40 rooms of various specifications.
Activities include diving, snorkelling, inter-tidal walks, spa treatments and visits to various historic sites in the area.
The main potential downsides are the aforementioned shortcomings of the area, the fact that the beach here is rather busy and that the the resort itself is rather simple, especially the rooms.