We first booked our Holiday to Kenya in January 2007 to depart in April 2008 but sadly due to the troubles in Kenya our Tour Operator cancelled our booking so we rebooked straight away to travel out April 2009.
The long wait was finally over and we departed from Gatwick on 10th April 2009 for a 2 week Holiday staying at The Turtle Beach Club in Watamu. We flew with First Choice in Premier Class and found the service we received on the out going flight excellent, pity we couldn't say the same about the return journey...!!!
We landed at Mombassa Airport early morning of the 11th April which also happened to be my Birthday and after collecting our cases we were soon on our way to the Hotel. The journey took about 2 hours. Upon arriving we were greeted by Staff with a cold towel and a refreshing cold drink just what we needed.
We were soon taken to our room Lamu 42 which was just perfect, lovely views and peace and quiet just what we had wished for.
The Room Boy came in daily and kept our room very clean. The Sockets in the rooms are the same as the UK so ideal for all your needs. We had a kettle in the room and Tea, Coffee, Sugar and Milk were all provided and restocked daily. Also each day a Flask of Fresh Water was left. Clean Towels were left daily, Shampoo, Shower Gel and Soap were all provided. There was also Mosquito net around our Kingsized Bed.
We found there was an excellent choice of food, plenty of it and always piping hot. We tried the Pizza Restaurant one lunch time and really enjoyed our meal. We dined at the Al A Carte Sea Shell Restaurant for my Birthday and the food and service we received were of an excellent standard. The Hotel also gave me a Birthday Cake. When we returned to our room there was a Birthday Banner and a little Basket of Fresh Flowers from the Staff, a lovely touch.
The Beach we found to be nice in parts but due to the fast approaching rainy season there was a lot of Seaweed churned up and the Sea was quite rough at times. There was a breeze which at times was quite welcoming in the heat.
The Beach Boys were a friendly bunch and could pester you at times but as soon as we told them we had already booked our excursions with Abdul of Tunda Tours they were not so pushy and just made pleasant conversation each time they we saw us.
Excursions, as I said previously they were all booked with Abdul and these arrangements were made before we travelled to Kenya. We did a 3 day 2 night trip to the Masai Mara staying at Fig Tree Camp. We also booked at 3 day 2 night trip to Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The first night was spent at Manyatta Camp which is within the grounds of Voi Wildlife Lodge and the second night we stayed at Ngulia Safari Lodge. Both Safari's I shall be doing separate reviews on the Camp/Lodges and adding Photographs so be prepared to be amazed at Manyatta Camp...All I will say for now is out of this world....!!!
We did a Snorkel excursion to Mida Creek which also included a Lobster Meal and the day ended with a visit to Watamu Turtle Sanctuary where I helped release a Turtle back into the Sea, a truly wonderful experience.
The Staff at Turtle Bay made this Holiday for us, they were friendly, attentive, polite and treated us so well. Our drinks Waiter was Ratibu an Eddie Murphy look alike he was fantastic along with the other staff we dealt with like Samson our Restaurant Waiter. I feel we must also mention Little Roy, Mr Eric, Hamish, Alex the Catering Manager, Janet in Reception. All the staff were wonderful. All the Staff are a credit to the Management so a big thank you to Damian Davis the General Manager and Sabine Pruss Marketing Manager. We are already planning a return trip for August 2010.
We were disappointed with the First Choice Rep, his name was Julias we met him on our first day at the Welcome meeting and that was it we never saw him again. We called him along with several others and arranged to meet him in the Reception of the Hotel at 9.15am the day before we returned home but he didn't show up and didn't even ring to say he would be able to make it.......Thanks Julias...!!!!
All we can add to this is that at Turtle Bay Beach Club we had HAKUNA MATATA....( no worry's) and would like to say to everyone at the Hotel ASANTE SANA ( thank you very much).....
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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