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Turtle Bay Beach Club
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Reviewed 12 September 2010

Returned 27 August from two weeks at TBBC. It was our first stay (and first tiime in Kenya) and we loved it!
The resort is right on the (private) beach, the facilities are excellent - the food is superb in the various restaurants and, as we went all-inclusive it meant that two VERY hungry teenagerscould get refuelled whenever they want.
The service from all the staff is outstanding - they just can't do enough for you, and yet they are not constantly pestering either - they just seem to be there when you need them. Big thanks to waiters Khamish and Ratibu in this regard - who remembered all our names after the first meeting and were constantly friendly and attentive.
A boat ride to the reef/sandbanks is recommended (the hotel has its own boat - do not book with the beach vendors - insurance is a major issue) - as is a safari. For this we used Julius T (who we came across after many hours internet research (www.julius-safaris.com) - also known as Julius K Nzumbi (beware - there are several "scam" firms trying to cash in on his excellent reputation) and they were also excellent. We visited Tsabo East and West, staying at Ashnil Aruba (excellent) and Kilaguni Lodge (stunning) and were delighted.
The hotel will organise any outing you want - from a Tuk-Tuk to the local village or more adventurous pursuits - deep-sea fishing for example. There is a shop for souvenirs and a bureau de change.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank Mortian1961
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Reviewed 9 September 2010

OMG - we have just returned from TBBC after a fantastic 14 days, everything said so far about this place is so true, and I don't know why some people groan about it?

The holiday style for the guests, from the outset, is slowly, slowly (pole - pole) - the staff are brilliant no matter how many times you have been before (our 1st visit), they make the place! Always smiling and chatting to you - and be bothered to talk to them too, they are always interested in you, your needs and are keen to help you with your Swahili. From the pool and mattress guys to the chefs everyone has a smile and loves to talk, a special mention thou to Ratibou, Evalynn and Khamish who truly made this stay at Turtle bay the most memorable holiday for a very long time, and yes we will go back.

I was surprised by the amount of seaweed on the beach for this time of year, as previous reports said that July was the worse time. It did not stop us having a good time on the beach thou as you don't have to walk far to find a clear bit of sand. Yes, there are boys on the beach that want to talk to you and try to sell you keyrings, bracelets and wall plaques to remind you of the trip to Kenya, they are not pushy but the conversation will come round to you buying something in the end - but if your not interested, tell them! They still talk and befriend you - don't be worried by them - they are good people and trying to make a living.............you can get some fantastic bargains by 'negotiating' a price for hand made leather sandals, flip-flops, bracelets, personalised keyrings and bright coloured sarongs etc. They can also guide you to some of the best ' up close' wildlife on the reef including octopus, moray eels, puffer fish and an array of crabs, coral, fish and urchins......recommend Henry, Rooney, Christopher, Dennis, Mr Small, Peter and Sammy as some of the most knowledgeable guys around TBBC.

Of course the reason for being in Africa was to do a Safari.........I had organised this trip for all (11) of us before leaving the UK. I had been recommended to contact Raymond Kingi, who also features here on Trip Advisor from other guests at TBBC. Check out his website at kingisafaris.com.

Raymond had given us very good price for a 2 day safari to Tsavo East with an overnight stay at Voi wildlife lodge. Well the guy certainly delivered a fantastic experience, we saw loads of animals but unfortunately missed out on the rhino...............but they are very scarce in the east park......but seeing cheetahs, giraffe, elephants, lions, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, gazelles, vultures, and many other species made up for the missing rhino! Only downside to the safari is the long drive on the relentless dusty bumpy road from Malindi to the national park, but every vehicle going on safari has to travel that road!!! But there is still lots to see and experience on the way.

Prior to the safari Raymond also organised a glass bottomed boat trip to Mida creek which included a cruise thru the mangroves and water ways seeing the birdlife, especially the flamingos and village life around the waterways, then a stopover at a small island, for lunch, this was geared up for a barbeque and canoe trips into the mangroves, the barbie was brilliant and the seafood platter of lobster, prawns, king fish, rice and shrimps was cooked to perfection along with coke, beer and bottled water it was a truly brilliant meal. As always the captured audiences had a selection of traders to haggle with, but again there is never any pressure to buy! Enjoy the bush toilet thou ladies!!!
After the lunch break it was out to sea and the coral garden for a few hours snorkelling and swimming - awesome! the boat then drops you off on the beach at TBBC, this trip cost 35 GBP, for a long days (0930-1700) excursion, 15 GBP from that price is the compulsory fee for entry to the marine park!!? Considering how much food and soft drinks there was it is excellent value! Do It!

This has been one of the best holidays we have had for a long time and I thoroughly recommend a visit to Turtle Bay Beach club, yes it's not the most luxurious hotels you will stay in but the atmosphere, staff and food will really make you want to return to this place time and again like so many people do already. Oh and incidentally, we never witnessed any favouritism towards repeat guests by the staff. I definately suggest anyone going to the hotel to try the Blue turtle restaurant for a special treat, you will have to pay thou..........a tenner! Great value, great food.
Also the pizzeria is worth a try, small menu but good quality.

Will we go back?.............................................definately. I can see now why this resort has won the Trip Advisor award for 2010

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled with friends
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2  Thank Jambo_Friends_Family
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Reviewed 9 September 2010

Myself and my new wife arrived at Turtle Bay on 8th August this year for our honeymoon. We had never visited Kenya before, but I had selected the country and Turtle Bay in particular following some painstaking research - and we were not disappointed with either!

The ride from the airport was a cultural learning point for us both, as you see the way the Kenyan's live life. We arrived at the hotel approx two and a half hours later.

We were greeted with cold juice and face towels and had our honeymooner's picture taken. We stayed in an upgraded lamu room, with a view of the adults pool and the beach. The room was lovely and more than met our requirements for a 2 week stay.

As has been said before on Tripadvisor, it really is the staff that make Turtle Bay the special place that it is. We made many friends, each of who wanted to make our stay perfect.

Food was constantly excellent and as a huge curry lover, I was overjoyed to see many different curries frequently on the menu, often accompanied by home-made naan bread. Besides the curry though, we always found a great variety of good food.

As it was our honeymoon, I had previously arranged a safari through Julius K. Nzumbi of JT Safaris (that is Julius Tact Safaris). I specify this, as Julius has a fantastic reputation that is often taken advantage of. If you are going to book a safari and want to use JT Safaris, please ensure it is THE JT Safaris (www.julius-safaris.com).
We visited Tsavo East and West and stayed at Aruba Ashnil and Kilaguni Serena respectively. Our safari was certainly the highlight of our honeymoon and when we return to Kenya, we will certainly contact Julius. Next time we plan to do Amboseli and Masai Mara.

Back to the hotel. . . the grounds are stunning! We split our days between relaxing on the beach and relaxing by the adults pool - such a tough choice! We often started our evenings by having a quiet drink in the Weaver's Nest bar, listening to the birds twittering away. This was the perfect way to start our evening.

We didn't get involved in many activities, as we were on our honeymoon and fancied relaxing, but there always seemed plenty to do and the activities team always respected our wishes. Entertainment was good too, with plenty of variation on offer.

The beach was lovely, though there is a lot of seaweed present during August. I understand that this cannot be cleared from the beach for conservation reasons. There are beach boys present and of course they want you to purchase something from them, but we didn't get hassle from them and found them all to be very friendly, if not slightly intimidating at first.

All in all, we had a fantastic honeymoon at Turtle Bay and my painstaking research paid off. It is a destination and hotel that we would certainly recommend and we will certainly visit again in the not too distant future.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Bidmj
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Reviewed 7 September 2010

The main aspect that stands out for this hotel is the staff. They were all very friendly and service was brilliant. Food was of a good quality mainly freshly cooked, with fresh fruits, stirfrys, steak etc and pastas. The italian restaurant was a little disappointing and the a la carte wasn't quite as good as it could have been although the service was good.
Our eldest,17, thoroughly enjoyed the sporting activities held throughout the day.
The main disappointment was the beach which was covered with seaweed over a foot deep. The beach looks amazing in photos on here but be warned it may not live up to expectations in our summer!
Don't be put off by the beach boys, you can learn alot from them, book a trip or two, go for walks on the beach to look at the rock pools and go across to their local village. One of them climbed up a tree to pick fresh coconuts for us. All you need to give them is a little bit of money, but leave toilietries and any clothes you don't want with them. Our children learnt so much from them and also from seeing how they live.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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Thank merlin1965
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

I found this hotel great, the staff couldnt do enough for you very friendly. I found they had some good entertainment, it was totally all inclusive. The food was ok but sometimes wasnt much choice. The beach front room we had was directly on the beach the only problem with the beach was the amount of seaweed and the beachsellers all started walking towards you as soon as you stepped on the beach. I cant wait to go back sometime.

  • Stayed: August 2010
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Thank Africajambo
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