Local hotel chain Hemingways Collection has announced the re-opening of their star-rated Watamu hotel and sale of luxury apartments.
The launch party introduced the renovation journey of the Hemingways Watamu to a luxury hotel and Hemingways residences. The event was held at Simba Corp Aspire in Westlands, Nairobi.
Speaking during the launch fete in Nairobi, Hemingways Collection group chairman Dicky Evans said the new apartments were inspired by modern luxury trends in the tourism industry that was blend with the tradition of the hotel. “We took into consideration market trends and our luxury tradition to come up with the property,” said Evans.
According to Hemingways’ director Ross Evans, the apartments will cater for the growing luxury tourism at the Coast. “The apartments are part of the hotel where visitors can stay like at a home while still using the hotel’s services,” Ross said during the fete.
The apartment life near and around hotels is a change of the conventional hotel service. “The Hemingways Residences are one, two and four bed-room apartments overlooking the ocean. The 21 apartments, are going for between Sh45 million and Sh145 million,” added Ross.
He also gave a brief of the refurbishment process of the Hemingways Watamu that he said it involved cleaning the beach of plastics, an initiative that was partnered with the local residents. “We first worked with the local community to clear the beach of plastics which were later recycled,” said Ross.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i. announced the ministry’s dedication to boosting tourism at the Coast. Cases of insecurity at the Coast have been a major drawback for the sector, directly affecting the hotel industry.
Matiang’i was represented by Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Joseph ole Ntutu. “The ministry will ensure improvement of security along the coast to boost tourism,” read part of Matiang’i’s statement.
The group also owns Hemingways Nairobi and Ol Seki Hemingways Mara in the Masai Mara.