Kenyan Destination Number One: Temple Point Resort in Watamu

As soon as we land in Kenya, we’ll have a day to adjust from jet lag before heading out to our first destination. Tucked away between the more famous Mombasa and also well-known Malindi is a small town called Watamu.

Though I was down for any lodgings in walking distance to the beach, the lady selected Temple Point Resort, a paradise on the Indian Ocean.

Temple Point, Watamu Kenya


The Temple Point Resort is a premier holiday beach resort located at the end of a headland between the Indian Ocean and Mida Creek. Surrounded by tropical gardens and the Mida Creek lagoon, the hotel is situated right inside the Watamu Marine National Park. Conveying the atmosphere of a delightful private home with luxurious accommodation, the resort standards are designed to provide the highest quality venue for both individual holiday makers and corporate functions.

 

 

Interestingly, the resort is a former Sultan’s palace.


Situated in the middle of the Watamu Marine National Park is Temple Point Resort, a majestic 107 room hotel. Offering ‘spacious, luxurious and furnished in typical Swahili style, marvellous view over our tropical gardens, the Mida Creek or the Indian Ocean, equipped with a modern bathroom, air-condition, a ceiling fan, mosquito nets, safe, sat-TV as well as tea and coffee makers’, the hotel brochure is no different to the many other hotels in the North Coast.

However, two things the resort has that makes it stand out is the fact the resort was a former Sultan’s palace. Remnants of the temple can still be seen and visited and makes for a great exploration venue. Secondly, the resort has chosen to engage in an additional form of tourism: conference tourism. This is basically concentration on wooing local tourists and corporates to visit the hotel for business conferences, seminars, team buildings and facilitation meetings.

Conference tourism is a versatile option as despite the circumstances, business has to go on. The resort has invested millions of shillings on its two state-of-theart conference halls equipped with sitting capacity of 200 people, comprehensive technical equipment including computers, LCD TVs and overhead projectors.

Talking to the general manager Ralph Schillinger, he explained that the situation in the county doesn’t seem to be improving and many tourists are staying away after travel advisories from their respective countries. “I have been here for about 10 months now and occupancy is still low. I am one of the very few hotels still running a staff of about 100 people and it would be sad to let them go. Thinking of other ways to market the hotel and bring in guests was the only way to go.”

He added: “The biggest challenge to this sector apart from the attacks is the lack of co-operation between the hotels. In North Coast, we have tried to have meetings to decide on the lowest and highest rates we can give to the tourists so as to ensure the hotels can all stay running. But unfortunately as soon we part ways, each hotel goes ahead and puts up their own rate. It has worked in South Coast, why not here?”

To enhance services at the resort, Schillinger has also adopted an open door policy for his staff to foster a friendly and trusting relationship.

“So far, we have had very good response to the conference tourism which has made us quite optimistic that we made the right choice in promoting this kind of tourism.”

 

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  1. […] spending a night in Bamburi, the ladies and I headed north to Watamu for Temple Point Resort. The resort is essentially located in the Watamu Marine National Park, between the calm waters of […]

  2. […] spending a night in Bamburi, the ladies and I headed north to Watamu for Temple Point Resort. The resort is essentially located in the Watamu Marine National Park, between the calm waters of […]

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