We have just returned from our honeymoon at TBBC and we do not regret our decision to stay there one bit.
Firstly when you arrive from Mombasa as most people do (a 2 hour drive) you are greeted by friendly and welcoming security, porter and reception staff. As it was our honeymoon we had garlands thrown around our necks and a picture taken which the hotel will e-mail to friends and family. They also printed and laminated an A4 copy of the picture for us to keep - a nice touch. We were also offered a complimentary 4 course meal in the Blue Turtle a la carte restaurant. The food here was simply amazing. We ate there 3 times and it was so cheap for what you get. It will be a while before I can eat steak or prawns in the UK - as we have been spoilt by this place.
The club room was not luxury, but perfectly comfortable and had a massive bed and a further single bed. Air conditioning was good, as was the ceiling fan. Remember you are in Africa..and the resort is trying to reduce its emissions by 25% - so no TV or radio in room. Who needs TV anyway in a place like this. As a side note the Kenyans are mad on Premier League football - so all the big games were on in Weavers Bar or Canoe Bar through South African satellite. These seemed to be watched more by staff than guests!
The pool areas are very clean and the service from the staff whilst you are relaxing is second to none. Vodka and Tonics overlooking the Indian Ocean - paradise!
The food was superb in all the establishments. We didn't eat a bad meal, Look out for the home-made and cooked in front of you naan breads - simply the best I've eaten!
The beach at this time of year was sea weedy - but still clean and it doesn't smell. In October it is apparently so white that you get burnt to a crisp on the sand. We encountered the infamous beach boys a couple of times - they are not too bad, you just have to be firm if you don't want anything. I recommend a reef walk with a beach boy called Billy - it costs what you like, but we gave about £3.00.
The staff at TBBC really do make this place. I have stayed in numerous 4 and 5 star hotels where the staff are no where near as highly trained or professional than these guys. If you want to chat they will chat, if you just want a drink they will get it for you, any problems they will try and fix it - Hakuna Matata! Everyone from the gardeners to the manager always said hello without fail. The Funbase team are great too - organising Darts, water polo, beach walks etc, but with no obligation to attend.
I can understand some of the comments on here about repeat guests. There were a few staying with us - but on the whole I didn't notice a problem. A few of the older guests do treat the resort as home from home and are a bit over friendly with the staff. I'm not sure it turns into a seaside retirement home out of UK holiday season?? BUT all guests were made to feel special in my eyes. Maybe with the exception of the naughty monkeys who terrorise the hotel in late afternoon - but this was funny to watch! Sitting watching the Weaver birds by the Weavers Bar was also a treat.
Finally - it's not all that well advertised but the hotel does have Wiki access in the public areas.
All in all a fantastic honeymoon and I would certainly hope to return - maybe try and book independently next time though, rather than through Thomson.
I have also written separate reviews for www.tundatourssafaris.com who I recommend for any trips you want to do and http://www.voiwildlifelodge.com/ where we stayed on safari.
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Beach Club Hotel Watamu
- Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
- Turtle Bay Beach Resort
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