Marijani Holiday Resort offers affordable accommodation in Watamu and has been welcoming guests from all over the world since 1997.
Marijani Holiday Resort is just a 200-meter walk away from the white sands of Watamu Beach. The houses of the cozy resort are paved with brown coral stone (Swahili: Marijani). The place is like an oasis nestled in a large tropical garden, where in addition to our guests also birds, wild monkeys, turtles, butterflies and geckos feel comfortable. With us there is a family atmosphere, but the guest has his privacy. Each of our guest rooms is individually decorated. There are reasonably priced rooms with and without kitchen, which are perfect for long-term vacationers. Breakfast can be booked additionally in both cases. All rooms, ground floor or first floor, have a garden view and there is a veranda or terrace with sitting area and divan bed, as well as a fridge and a lockable small safe. Our Masai Askaris at the entrance area with the friendly support of our dogs provide further security. Parking is available on the premises. Sun loungers can be placed for you in the garden area or on the roof terrace. The roof terrace of our front house offers a view to the beach and Indian Ocean and over the roofs of Watamu Village.
How to reach us:
You can reach Watamu via the B 8, we are situated about 80 km north of Mombasa and about 30 km from Malindi.
At Gede, just past the petrol station, there is a turnoff from the B 8 that goes straight over Gede and Timboni to Watamu. At the T-junction turn left at the end of this road, direction Watamu. Trespass the villages of Gede and Timboni until the end of the road and then turn left, direction "Watamu Village". After about 800 meters, turn right at "Richland" and "Oil Libya gas station". Then go straight for about 300 meters until you see "Mama Lucy's Minimarket". Turn left here, downhill into the paved "Watamu Village Road". Follow the road, turn left at the "Corner Shop" and continue towards the beach (Watamu Beach). From the Corner Shop it is about 300 meters to Marijani Holiday Resort, we are located on the left side, 200 meters in front of the beach.
Getting There From Mombasa Airport: By taxi to Watamu is 89.9 km. Directly at the airport you can take a taxi and drive to Watamu Village Road, Marijani Holiday Resort. The travel costs are negotiable and are between 7000 and 8000 Kenya shillings.
Arriving from Malindi Airport: You will get a Matatu or Tuck Tuck to Watamu opposite from the airport entrance. You also get a taxi directly at the airport, it is 15.9 km to Watamu, the price is negotiable and is about 3000 to 3500 Kenya Shilling.
If you are coming by Malindi bus or Malindi matatu from Mombasa: Departure is at bus station "Buxton", Mombasa Town, near Nyali Bridge, right side, coming from Mombasa town towards the bridge. Drop at Gede, then take a matatu or tuck tuck to Watamu. If coming by tuck tuck, tell the driver to drop you at Marijani Holiday Resort. Coming from Gede by matatu you drop at Watamu "Richland" and walk about 700 meters ("Watamu Beach Road") towards direction of "Mama Lucy's Minimarket". From there, you walk about 400 meters down the paved "Watamu Village Road" into the village, direction to "Watamu Beach". You will pass the "Corner Shop", a few local fish shops and houses in European style. Shortly after a stone bench and the signboard "Bla Bla Road", you will reach the entrance of "Marijani Holiday Resort" on left hand. Ring the bell outside and wait for the Askari to open for you. If you get lost in Watamu don’t hesitate to phone us to assist you: Manu: 0703 613993, Bui: 0721 704693, Saad: 0743 600138 or Jay: 0713 962618. We look forward to welcome you soon!
Some of our comfortable double rooms have their own kitchens with utensils, so you can choose between bed and breakfast or your own kitchen instead. In every case all our guestrooms have their own fridges and bathrooms that you don't have to share with other guests. The guest rooms are with ceiling fans, small wall safes, mosquito nets and huge four poster beds.
On arrival, we welcome you with a fresh coconut from our garden.
When planning excursions to Lamu, or if you need any help on holiday planning on site, the Marijani team is at your disposal.
You can relax on a sun bed at your veranda in front of your guestroom or you might find a pleasant place in our tropical garden.
If you like you can try "african bodybuilding" at our special fitness place on the veranda of our private house.
For families or groups up to 6 people we have a separate bungalow with 3 double bedrooms, living room, kitchen and 2 bathrooms. There is a cool veranda and sun beds for the garden as well. If you travel with your own vehicle, we have a safe parking place on our compound.
Breakfast for our bed and breakfast guests will be served at our "open air" breakfast place upstairs, if you want to be served on your own veranda instead, "hakuna matata" for our flexible team. On request you can also take dinner at Marijani, or we do grilling for you in our court yard or at our beach kibanda at Papa Remo Beach.
As a former fishing village, Watamu is still very tranquil and romantic, although in the evening you can go to the disco and there are a number of cozy restaurants and cafes on the beach and on the main street. There are some small restaurants and bars on the beach and on the main street. On the beach nearby you can rent sunbeds, or just relax at low tide in the shallow warm waters of the Indian Ocean, watching tropical fish, seabirds, shells and crabs.
There are kenyan and international restaurants of cheap or reasonable prices in the village. Nightlife takes place in the 2 clubs "Kalahari" and "Come Back Club" at the "main road" or at “Club Santana” and “Red Lion”. All places in the surrounding you can reach cheap and easy by Tuck-Tuck or with a motorbike driver. Friends meet for pool billiard, drinks, african food or pizza at one of the various small restaurants at the main road or in the village. Others just relax on our open air front house veranda under the stars or reading their novels on their veranda in front of their rooms.
A highlight for scuba divers is the nearby Malindi-Watamu Marine National Reserve. We are working close together with "Aqua Ventures", a very well equipped PADI Centre nearby. They are very much engaged wildlife preservers.
If you are not a diver at all, there are also glass bottom boat tours, picnic trips to the nearby mangrove Islands (Kirepwe, Sudi) and snorkelling excursions, seasonal tours to dolphins or humpback whales, or local fishing trips. To make your trip an unforgettable, nice experience, our staffs are pleased to help you to find a trustful, well experienced captain.
Watamu Beach is not only recommended during the day as for swimming, snorkelling, sunbathing or having a walk at the reef during low tide (we suggest to wearing plastic sandals for this). Romantic impressions you'll get if you go there in the early morning.
Discover the surrounding by matatu, taxi, Tuck-Tuck, motor bike, boat or bicycle. There is the interesting BioKen snake farm nearby. The famous Gede Ruins, some caves, a butterfly project and Arabuko-Sokoke-Forest are not far away. - Perhaps you like to learn some dancing steps of the Giriama?
Watamu itself is presenting a colourful african lifestyle. There are not only goats and fish in the village, we do also have a modern supermarket with things of the civil lifestyle.
The travel guide "Kenyan Coast - Watamu - small fishing village on the Indian Ocean" is available in our Resort, as well as big, beautiful postcards of Watamu and surroundings, just ask our staffs if you like to purchase some!