Well what can we say about TBBC that hasnt already been said!
From the moment we arrived we were treated in an excellent manner. The staff here are the most friendliest we have ever encounted. They all make time in their day to stop and have a chat and ask you what you have planned for the day etc and always remember your name. The food choice was very good with a mixture of western and african cuisine to try. Inbetween breakfast, lunch, dinner there was pancake time! this is when the chef makes delicious pancakes just to see you from lunchtime to dinnertime (not that you needed it, but the smell was too tempting) and then snacks are served after dinner and throughout the day if requested-be warned you WILL need to go on a diet when you get home!
We had read about the beachboys before we arrived and i must admit that for the first two\three days was very upset at not being able to casually go on the beach as i would have liked and felt a bit "trapped" as each time when stepped foot on the beach would be swamped for them trying to get us to book a safari/boattrip/snokelling/windsurfing/scuba diving/mountain hiking\polar bear tracking/drystone walling/flight to the moon.......etc etc and so was planning on putting on my review what a terrible time we had with the beach. HOWEVER things started to change as i took courage to say No thanks, and that we really were not interested in the above -i even gave one a lecture on how we bristish dont like this kind of "selling" and they seemed to back off. If you remain polite but firm you will be able to walk on the beach without hassle and actually by the end of the holiday i was powering down the beach looking for a certain two boys we met to arrange beachwalks, rock pool walks etc (i never thought that would have happened at the beginning) So dont worry about them too much, it does get better with practice and may i recommend JACKSON and DICKSON who are two of the beachboys who are very good at showing you the coral and its pools and all the fantastic seacreatures you would never have spotted without them. They showed us Moray Eels, pufferfish, starfish, seacucumber, urchins (plus the ones to look out for that are the nasty type). They walked with us on the beach showing us all the interesting sights and facts about the area, they were even good enough to take us to their local village and see the school where the children sang to us. They showed us the living conditions the villages have and it was a real privilage to see this, plus its nice to get out of the confines of the hotel once in a while. We took bikes down to the creek on the main road. Dont be frightened to do this as the locals are really friendly and shout Jambo! and wave and all the children love to wave to you aswell. So i can fully recommend Jackson and Dickson as they are sweet boys who arent pushy and love hearing about the UK. Im in contact with them now we are home so if you need anymore information on them please PM me.
We booked a Safari through Abdul of Tunda Tours, again what more can be said of Abdul that hasnt already been said..... He did everything he promised to do. He phoned me before we left UK and he emailed me several times to put me at ease. We paid nothing til we got to the hotel and he came to meet us in reception on our first night. Then two days later we has a transfer bus come to pick us up and take us to Malindi airport and we arrived safely in the Masi Mara just a couple of hours later. Please see my separate report of Governors Camp. So please rest assured that Abdul is as good as his reviews have already stated.
Everything about the hotel is relaxed and friendly. The night entertainment is a little basic but i think thats what this type of hotel is about. Its mainly African styles of dance for about an hour each night. There are sometimes acrobats or church choirs performing, its all quite laid back.
We had a lamu room overlooking the adult pool. This was a quiet area to be in at night and lovely as we could hear the ocean from our bed.
These are a few tips i think might be of use.
Make sure you take money and not credit cards as they are not widely accepted
Be prepared to leave your left over soaps\razors\etc as they are so welcomed by the members of staff as these products are so expensive over there
Its true about taking socks\pencils\tshirts\clothing anything really as these are all a godsend to the staff or like we did and gave to our two beachboys. You can even trade with these items on the stalls on the beach for goods.
If you have the money book a safari, ours was the best thing ive ever spent money on!
Get out of the hotel and see whats there, dont just stay in the confines as thats such a waste of valuable time.
Barter for best prices, they always go in high, try and start at half the original price.
Remember to take a little bit extra for tipping. You dont have to do this but the staff are so very thankful for any extra help you can give them. (dont forget catering staff too)
Our time at TBBC has been really fantastic, i cannot say how great everything was especially as its only a 3 star.
Hello to Khamish, Sleepy, Ratibou, William and Festus, you are the best!!
If you are wondering whether to book this holiday, then i would say get it booked you wont regret it. Im so sad to be back in blighty, well maybe next year.........!!
Well done to all at Turtle Bay. Annie and Dave.
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- Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
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