We visited Turtle Bay Beach Club in November / December 2012. This was our second visit (first visited last year) and we had a fabulous holiday. It was every bit as good as last year.
We travelled with Thomson this time - the flight was better than we expected! We arrived at Mombasa rather tired and then had to endure the usual 2 1/2 hour journey to Turtle Bay. We had forgotten how bad the journey actually is (hot and bumpy) although as soon as you arrive, you forget.
We were welcomed by Damian, the general manager and staff with a chilled orange juice and cold towel. Check in is swift and easy - no hanging around in queues here as there are enough staff to welcome everyone and complete the process.
As repeaters, we were upgraded to a Lamu room - lovely location overlooking the gardens and quiet pool, with a great view of the sea from the balcony. The room was fresh and spotlessly clean. If we're being picky, we'd say that the bathroom could do with some updating and renovation, but it was pefectly acceptable and also spotlessly clean.
All rooms have a free safe - we left ours open one day and Joseph, our housekeeper, searched around high and low for us to tell us. Thank you Joseph.
Some of the staff remembered us from last year and within minutes we felt totally at home. The food was excellent - a good variety for all tastes - and if you didn't fancy anything on offer, they'd prepare you something else. The cocktails were also excellent, a good variety and all included in the deal. If you so wish, you could eat and drink from the time you get up to the time you go to bed!
The hotel is beautifully kept - it's spotlessly clean and well maintained throughout the pool and public areas. It was incredibly hot when we were there and we very much welcomed the pool guys preparing our sunbeds every day in the shade under the trees.
This year, we went out and about a bit more than last year - down to see Julius, the wood carver, and also out into Watamu. We felt totally safe everywhere we went.
The beach boys were better this year, not quite as 'intrusive' as our last visit. One really sad thing is the story about the shops down on the beach. The story we were told is that they were bulldozed because the management of the new apartments next door thought they were an eyesore. You should hang your heads in shame!
The hotel is really fantastic, the food is good, you'd never go hungry! But what really makes this place are the staff. Every single one of them, from the gardeners, the chefs, the boutique, the cashier, reception, housekeeping, pool boys and waiters to the management team - nothing was ever too much trouble. All they want is for you to enjoy your holiday so that you can recommend to others or come back yourselves.
Turtle Bay is our new home from home. Thank you for an amzing holiday. See you next time!
Alison and Mark
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Beach Club Hotel Watamu
- Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
- Turtle Bay Beach Resort
- Turtle Bay Beach Club Kenya/Watamu