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Turtle Bay Beach Club
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 October 2009

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.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 October 2009

Arrived at TBBC to warm wet flannels & a refreshing drink - this was very much appreciated after been on a bus for 2 hours.
Check in was quick & very relaxed - no queing, filled out forms & had wrist bands fitted whilst sitting relaxing with drink.
Shown to room - had Lamu room overlooking the new adult only pool.
Rooms could do with updating - especially the bathroom, but don't worry you are not in there for long! I understand that the rooms are gradually been refurbished. Bonus of tea & coffee making facilities provided - not every hotel has these. Flask of drinking water provided every day for cleaning teeth but this you can refill yourself from various water stations. System actually works very well as at first I was a bit concerned that there was no fridge. Large safe included in price. Large balcony to sit out on especially first thing in the morning with a coffee watching & listening to the ocean. Air con unit & overhead ceiling fan.
Lovely well kept grounds - some areas the monkeys roam around. Pond area around the Pizzeria nice & quiet where you can sit with a drink & watch the weaver birds & bats - but be careful of mossies especially at night.
Spent most days on the beach as there was a nice breeze keeping you cool. Drink service during the day was very welcoming & efficient.
Pool towels & mattreses provided.
The minute you step off the hotel beach onto the public area you will be approached by the beach boys - some people can find this a bit intimidating but we found them most helpful & interesting to talk to. Go with them to the rock pools at low tide, take sausage to feed the eels. They will show you all sorts of aquatic life which we would never have spotted ourself. For just over an hour we gave them 200 ksh for showing us around the pools. After that when ever we went on the beach they would come & talk but where never really any hassle.
At low tide take a canoe over to the turtle rock - clear area of water in which to swim. Walk around the rock & see loads of crabs.
The food was very good but not a vast array as previous hotels however you did not go hungry. Nice to be able to sit after your meal with a cappucino.
Evening entertainment was a bit hit & miss, but the usual for hotels.
The Fun Base Crew where brilliant & although we didn't join in with everything they came to see you every morning & always remembered our names. Walk with them every morning at 10 along the beach - exercise much needed. Every Saturday you can also walk with them into the village & the Creek - take some sweets for the children. Daily water aroebics, darts, table tennis, beach games, water polo, beach volleyball. Points awarded for taking part in these activities which can be exchanged for items in the shop. However you can also donate your points to be used for the school children which we did.
The one thing which made this hotel for us were the staff. No where have we been were the staff have been so friendly & genuine. Excellent service from everyone - not just the waiting staff but pool boys, security, room boys & front of house.
Damien the manager - lovely chap who we met on our 2nd day, runs a very well organised hotel - long may it last!
Whilst at TBBC we did a 4 day safari which we organised with Glorious Safaris prior to leaving the UK - excellent. See my seperate review.
Hi to Christine & Graham, Tricia & Dick, Louisa & Dean (the honeymoon couple who taught the funbase team a new dance).
Would I go back - hopefully one day. Try TBBC - you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 October 2009

This was my 14th trip to TBBC and I would recommend it over and over again to anyone. The staff are fantastic and it's like being part of one big happy family. It's a great hotel and the surrounding area of Watamu, Timboni and Gede are lovely. The people just want to come and say hi and get to know you always with abig smile on their faces. Once you've been here you won't want to go anywhere else.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank DDoodle
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Reviewed 8 October 2009

This hotel is FAB, the rooms are spacious, food is always hot varied and plentiful, the Staff make the Hotel as they work tirelessly and always have a smile on there face. Everyone stops to say "Jambo" to you and asks if your enjoying your holiday.
Damian who runs this hotel hs it running to PERFECTION. We went on Safari with Kingi Safais you can contact them by e-mail fornm there website. We paid a grewat price for 5 star safari and Lodge.
Got back 2 days ago and have already booked to go back in 14 weeks.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Joolsg
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Reviewed 7 October 2009

Just got back from TB great resort and the staff are excellent they don,t push their trips and will give you all the help they can. My son and I trips out but not with the hotel .We met a man Nemo on the beach and talking to him it turned out that I knew the lady who paid for him to go to school. He is a licenced tour guide and will arrange anything you want from a tour along the beach, safaris . snake farm etc and he takes you himself and his knoweledge of nature and the history of the area is just amazing.you can contact him on the beach or email nemorwa@yahoo.com. I would recommend the hotel to anyone and will go back again well worth the cost. My son had a great time with the watersports team and fun club . Ralph

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with family
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2  Thank ralph_holmes2
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Reviewed 7 October 2009

I don't normally go back to the same place more than once but I would absolutely go back to TBBC. The staff work tirelessly and all with a smile on their faces, nothing was too much trouble. The rooms were spacious and clean the food varied and plentiful. I went on safari to Tsavo with Kingi Safaris and they were outstanding you can contact them by email before you get there and book or they are on the beach. We stayed at the Voi Wildlife Lodge which was also spectaular.

So go to TBBC you wont be disappointed

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Dinol24
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Reviewed 26 September 2009

Absolutely loved my stay here. it was me and my other halfs first time in Kenya. we had a 10 day stay with a 3 day safari in the Mara, which we booked with WT safaris. absolutely amazing! a safari is a must! Friendlist staff ever! the Funbase team are great, especially Eric! Lovely amazing beach.. the beach boys arent too bad and friendly enough.. get them to show you the aquatic life around the rocks.. the moray eels are fascinating. Good food always plenty to chose from.. lovely fresh fruit especially the passion fruit.. i ate so many! Good entertainment in the evening.. with some retro music! I thoroughly recommend this hotel.. i would go back every year if we could afford it! The weather in September was HOT!!!!! but nice breeze also. there is a lovely private area on the beach where u can sunbathe on a sunlounger in peace and not be disturbed by the beach lads.. the beach was amazing! i miss it!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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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
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: £95 - £279 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Turtle Bay Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 145
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