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“Turtelly Chilled - A superb all inclusive choice in Kenya”

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Turtle Bay Beach Club
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 December 2006

Turtle Bay is an excellent all inclusive hotel with a superb location offering a wide range of activities for all sorts of holiday maker. We travelled in late November 2006 and enjoyed a sun soaked week on the beach.

The location is superb, on a perfect beach made up of fine white sand and near the village of Watamu. Compared to other locations in Kenya the beach is low hassle with only a small selection of hawkers mostly selling trips out on snorkel safaris. There is a row of shops - all named after a British high street - however they don't approach you unless you wander up to them. The joy of the location is the marine park lagoon which the beach runs down to - this offers a treasure trove of sea life for snorkelling or diving and calm waters for water sports. You're also within easy range of Malindi, the Arabuko-Sokoke forest and the long abandoned village ruins at Gede.

Our room was pleasant and straightforward with a built in mosquito net and clean bathroom. Roomy enough for two and with a third bed for little people, the standard rooms are very welcoming. Superior rooms are closer to the beach and presumably a bit more plush. Air con was as standard and very effective. There are occasional brief power outages - nothing to worry about.

Food and drink service on the all inclusive deal was excellent. There are a wide range of drinks all enthusiastically served by the waiters throughout the day and evening. Food is varied and excellent quality - although the menu is with a British twist so don't expect many local specialities. Plenty for vegetarians to enjoy too thanks to the buffet system.

There is plenty to amuse you at Turtle Bay. If you want to flop on the beach, the sun beds are comfortable and a waiter will appear to top up your cold drink on a frequent basis. If you are into water sports, then the centre attached to the hotel offers sailing, canoeing, boogie boards and wind surfing - just ask for Patrick. The Fun Base team offers darts, pool aerobics etc. and there were also appearances from Watamu Turtle Watch and Maasai dancers. However, if you really want to experience something amazing then BRING YOUR SNORKELLING KIT ! The waters off the hotel are literally teeming with fish - check the tide tables in the hotel and buy Richard Bennett's book on snorkelling for 300 shillings from the hotel shop. Head out at low tide and watch the stunning array of tropical fish. The night life is low key but its easy to head into Watamu if you're looking to paint the town red.

Excursions include safaris, trips to Malindi and a trip on a sailing Dhow. We didn't take any as we were only there for a week. The hotel has the best guided snorkelling trip which is well worth the 2,000 shillings - its better than the trips offered by the beach touts.

Guests at the hotel included a few young couples however mostly family groups and more mature travellers. There was also a party of large, serious Germans who went out on large, serious fishing boats undertaking a complex deep sea fishing competition. All very friendly and all getting on famously with the friendly, efficient staff. The hotel seems to attract a huge number of repeat visitors ( spotted through their "Turtle Bay" t-shirts ) which is testament to its excellence.

Overall, an outstanding venue which offers a great holiday experience.

  • Stayed: December 2006, travelled as a couple
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20  Thank Alex S
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Reviewed 2 December 2006

Friendly staff always make you feel welcome whether it's your first visit or your twentieth. Always plenty of activities for children and adults alike with the ever energetic and enthusiastic funbase team. Unlike some all inclusive hotels the waiters are always around to get you another drink before you've even finished the one before. Nice selection of food at the buffet lunch and dinner but it if there isn't anything to your fancy you can always get a pizza/pasta at the pizzaria or if you have a special celebration they serve a la carte meals in the blue turtle for an extra charge. The rooms are basic but have everything you need and are always clean. The beach is beautiful and the reef is great for scuba diving. Im can't wait for my ninth visit in a few weeks time, i feel like im going home...

  • Stayed: January 2006, travelled with family
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4  Thank Louise585
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Reviewed 6 November 2006

We were there unfortunately only for 4 days, but those days were great! The ocean, the people, everything was wonderful!!! The rooms were a little too simple, and beds were a little too hard, but it did not really matter. I will recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank tourist_from_Russia
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Reviewed 5 November 2006

  • Stayed: August 2006, travelled as a couple
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28  Thank teachandtravel
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Reviewed 1 November 2006

This hotel is beautiful. The beach is so nice..clear, warm water. The staff at the hotel are excellent, always willing to help and be of service.
There are 3 restaurants, the A La Carte is an extra charge but it is not expensive..3 course meal for less than £20. The Pizza restaurant is lovely.
DId have a couple of days rain which isn't usual for October but this wouldnt put me off coming at this time of year again.
The Village of Watamu is very safe. Did go to another restaurant outside the hotel called Choma Village, it was fantastic and again very very cheap.
All in all this hotel is an excellent choice for all ages. The bar does close at 12am and sometimes this was a bit early (for those younger wanting a late night).
Defintely reccomend Turtle Bay and hope to return one day.

Stayed: October 2006
8  Thank Tinkerbell24
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Reviewed 31 October 2006

WE had a lovely week at TBBC. We had an unusual couple of rainy days but that did not put a dampner on the holiday. The staff at TBBC can't do enough to make your stay very enjoyable. I would recomend the hotel to all ages as long as you really want to chill out and have a very relaxing holiday.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 October 2006

This was our second visit to Turtle Bay & we had a lovely time even though we had 2 day's of rain which is very unusual for the time of year. The staff are great - really friendly & always ready to help. We asked for the same beachfront room that we had last year & we got it - it's fantastic to be able to wander out onto the beach at sunrise & be the only people there. This hotel is great for any age & although our 12 yr old son has outgrown 'Kids Club', he had a wonderful time in the pool, kayaking out to Turtle Rock & body boarding in the surf. We discovered the terrace bar at Ocean Sports this year which we preferred to Hemingways - just for a change of scenery on the way back from a walk to Blue Bay. A lobster dinner is a must in the a la carte restaurant as is a sunset cruise on the dhow. We will go back - it is very good value for money, the standards are high & there are constant improvements being made. It really is a very relaxing place in a beautiful location.

  • Stayed: October 2006, travelled with family
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Additional Information about 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 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#8 Family Hotel in Watamu
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: £110 - £287 (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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Also Known As:
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Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
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