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Kobe Resort – The Hidden Gem In Watamu

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The Hidden Gem In Watamu Kenya

If you are planning on visiting Malindi or Watamu Kenya anytime soon, or planning for a vacation but not sure where to pick, then this post is for you.

On our last trip to Mombasa, we decided to visit Watamu, I mean why not? Who wouldn’t? If you know some who wouldn’t want to spend the weekend on the sandy white beaches of Watamu while drinking their favorite cocktail, then you seriously need to let them go. You don’t deserve that kind of negativity in your life.

We embarked on searching for the perfect resort to finish up our long travel experience and after a short search on the internet, we bumped onto this hidden paradise in Watamu, Kobe Resort the home away from home.

After calling the manager and letting him know of our intentions, we were offered a complimentary stay at the beautiful resort.


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The resort is located in Watamu, Kilifi County. It is just a 2 hour drive (108KM) from Mombasa. Guests from other counties can fly straight to Watamu through Malindi Airport which is a few kilometers away from the Resort.



We were checked-in by the lovely receptionist, then she immediately led us to see our room that overlooked one of the pools. As she walked us down the stairs through beautiful tropical gardens, she made sure that we had all the necessary information.


The Living Room

The Living room was incredibly spacious. There was a unique interior design with natural finishings and large sliding doors that shone enough light into the room. There was a large sofa made of concrete, a TV, and a decoder sat right in front of it.



The Bedroom

The bedroom was likewise big with a huge painting of an African woman hanging on the wall. A double-sized bed sat in the middle of the room and you could see the garden and pool through the large glass doors. I was happy with the comfortable bedding which gave us great sleep for each of our nights.

One thing that struck me about the room was this particular painting that was made to stare at you no matter what angle it was viewed from. It reminded me of the  Mona Lisa’s starea phenomenon that has tricked art lovers around the world.


Both the living room and the bedroom had large closet spaces to keep our fairly small luggage. A safe was provided in the bedroom closet to lock up your valuables.

The Bathroom

The bathroom was fairly modern with a minimal design. Again the finishing was simple but authentic. The taps, as well as the shower, ran cold and hot water.

There was a single but huge sink, a shower, and a bidet. It also had a  large wall mirror, bathrobes, and toiletries. Personally, I felt like everything in the bathroom was carefully thought of and placed so that reaching for what was needed was quite easy and hassle-free.

One other thing that I really appreciated was that the management stocked organically made shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. The aroma was refreshing and it will keep you moisturized all day.

The Pool

Okay, I am a little bit excited here. Can you feel it? The pool was one of my favorite places during my entire stay at Kobe Resort for two reasons.

  1. It was super clean. It was literally cleaned every second. I am not even kidding.
  2. It was a stone throw away from our room.

Have I mentioned that the resort has 2 Pools? Yes, imagine getting to spoil yourself with whatever pool you want. The weather was perfect for swimming when we visited and the water felt very warm to soak yourself in. The pool is also designed for all ages. There were at least three different depths to accommodate different swimmer requirements. This is one of the things that make Kobe Resort a perfect gateway for a family vacation.

We always had perfectly spread sunbeds with beach towels when we went out to swim. There was also a chest for every sunbed to put in your valuables. Can you guess how many times we swam?, Yes? No?, Let me just say we swam like little fishes.


Kobe Resort offers a buffet for breakfast, served from 7 am to 11 am. If you are not a morning person like me, then you understand how good this arrangement is. We woke up at around 8 am, the reason is that we were exhausted from swimming the previous day and the comfy cozy bed was nearly impossible to leave.

We quickly freshened up and rushed to have breakfast, we were hungry, and the sight of a well-arranged buffet had us almost jumping up for joy. A cup of hot black brewed coffee was what I went for first (tea bags and instant coffee was provided in the rooms), but nothing beats a freshly-brewed hot cup of coffee in the morning.


The buffet had tropical fruits, coffee, tea, yogurt, and freshly-squeezed juice. There were different types of pastries; carrot cake, croissant (salted, chocolate, and plain), cereals of all sorts, bread, biscuits etcetera. Baked beans and eggs (fried or boiled as you prefer) were offered.

Bacon and sausages were also available in plenty. I mean, what’s breakfast without bacon and sausages? We both ordered a sandwich (which was made on request); an omelet with mushrooms, tomatoes, cheese, onions, and some more mushrooms on the side. I absolutely loved the mushrooms, it was buttery and delicious.


On our two night stay, we got to experience the magical feeling of Kobe Resort. Since we were on Bed and Breakfast, we could not offer a review of the many dishes they offer. My only wish is that we had extended our trip for another day or two so we could explore more of the Kobe Resort and the surrounding Watamu town since it took a 3-hour drive from Mombasa to get there. Don’t get me wrong– we were more than content with Kobe Resort, it truly has all you need for a perfect beach vacation.

That said. I guess I need to go back to Kobe Resort?



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Based on our two nights' stay at Kobe Resort, we strongly believe this place deserves a solid 9!
Based on our two nights' stay at Kobe Resort, we strongly believe this place deserves a solid 9!
Total Score
  • Cleanliness
    9/10 Amazing
  • Convenience
    8/10 Very good
  • Value
    9/10 Amazing
  • Service
    9/10 Amazing
  • Breakfast
    8/10 Very good

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