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Turtle Bay Beach Club
Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Mombasa, Kenya
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67 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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“Weekend Getaway”
Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

Spent a weekend here. Check in was realky fast and the cold towels and juice really refreshed us all. We were a group of 4 adults.

Rooms were really good and clean. Washrooms had both bathtub and rain shower. Clean and well maintained.

Beach wasnt a very clean one as lots of sea weed everywhere.

Food choice was average during breakfast, lunch and dinner. They could have done better. The snack menu was good and also tasty. Beach side service was good always there was someone coming around if you needed anything.

Poolside was rekaxing and so too was the beach side.

Overall a very well maintained hotel and great place to unwind. Enjoyed the weekend totally.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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East Tennessee
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We stayed at the Turtle Bay beach club to offer a retreat for missionaries from Ethiopia and Kenya. The meeting rooms were cool, spacious, and perfect for our needs (about 40 adults and 15 kids). The staff was first rate - gracious and accommodating to every request, always with a smile on their faces. The Lamu rooms were comfortable and I had a lovely pool view from the room with a view of the ocean from the entry balcony. Both pools were clean and refreshing. Having a variety of delicious foods available (and included in the resort price) was a delightful luxury. We enjoyed the Masai Market and dancers on Friday afternoon! Several water sports and other outdoor options were also included in the price.

We flew in and out of Mombasa, a 2.5 hour drive to the resort. I would recommend the closer Malindi airport for future trips.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We have visited this hotel many times and there is nowhere else like it in the world. The staff are fantastic and will see to your every need, nothing is too much problem. We visited in June and despite the warnings from the UK Foreign Office we were going to get here whatever way possible including a 6-7hr wait at Nairobi Airport both ways.
Everything was fine and there were no security worries. I would happily go back tomorrow, we love the place.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Astoria, New York
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

After spending two weeks in Nairobi I got to spend a week at Turtle Bay for a conference. The price is amazing, the resort has great security which for the timing that we were there was ideal. We were in a cozy little bubble while we were there. The views are breathtaking and the activities are great! Especially the Bogey Boards and Kayaks. Make sure if you Kayak to do it at low tide, it is such a great experience. The food is great the and after a week of free beverages I want to avoid any sugary drinks. They have Disco every night which is sometimes actual Disco but the better night is when they play late 90's early 00's. The guards are Masai and are extremely friendly and also really cool. Overall just a great time.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

We agree with other reports about how the wonderful staff treat the guests, how great the food is, and the location could not be better but if this is one of your holidays of a life time please go outside the hotel grounds and visit the local people. Much is said about 'the beach boys' but these lads are great fun and only trying to earn a very small living. They will be only too eager to take you around their village and introduce you to their wife and family, show you the local schools and the shops where the locals shop. There are many charities that help the locals but enquire with the hotel management first or you could get ripped off, but in a nice way. A wonderful place and our next visit will be our eighth. We can't keep away.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

After having a breathtaking safari around Kenya and Tanzania, we chose the Turtle Bay Beach Club as a resort to recover from the trip.
The rooms were excellent - we had a Lamu room, which was clean, spacious, and with a nice view overlooking the pool and sea.
The food was delicious and varied across the time we were there. Even outside of standard mealtimes you can get snacks (burgers, fries, etc.) or pancakes.
There are lots of opportunities to go on excursions (although we didn't have time to try any) or do activities around the resort. The staff run sports clubs and hire out equipment (a lot of which is free).
However, the most brilliant thing about the resort was the staff. They were absolutely superb, being friendly, courteous, actually bothering to remember your name and favourite drinks or food.

We had such a great time here, and would heartily recommend it! The only downside is that it is a fair distance from Mombasa airport, so transfers took a while. But this was a small thing compared to the excellent resort.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

Whilst only a short stay in June this was a lovely lovely spot. As many previous reviewers have commented there are two great features about TBBC. Firstly - The Staff and an amazing lot they are. they quickly get to know you and your preferences and you are treated as a friend right from the off. Secondly - The location. Amazing beach and right on the marine park means that you have great snorkelling and diving experiences on the doorstep. Rooms are clean, comfy and perfectly good for a beach resort. Food is great with plenty of choices and the grounds are immaculate. Nothing is too much trouble for them. unlike many other resorts that pay 'lip service' TBBC really does care for the local environment, the local communities and conservation.

It is not often one can say that a resort offers great value for money but with this resort you can. Dont be thinking it is 5* uber luxurious and boutique with silver service and fine dinning as you will be disappointed BUT if you are looking for a resort that has value, good standards and a positive impact on its surrounds then this is the place for you.

Highlights for us were the free introduction into scuba diving, watching a Hawksbill Turtle being rescued from fishing nets (right in front of the resort) and waterpolo games in the main pool (hilarious fun). I can see why so many people return time and time again.

Room Tip: It is worth paying the small supplement to go to the oceanview rooms. - no difference in standards j...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Property: Turtle Bay Beach Club
Address: PO Box 10, Watamu, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Family Hotel in Watamu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Turtle Bay Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 145
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