We had 9 nights at Turtle Bay in August with our 3 kids, (9,13,15) and loved the place. Very relaxed, friendly staff, good food and plenty of activities.
The rooms were good (no TV - great idea! we had some good family time playing cards, telling stories and reading books). Food was excellent, plenty of variety and the two growing boys (13/15 years) were able to graze at leisure.
Plenty of activities during the day that you can participate in (or not), including daily walks along the beach or to the local village etc. In addition beach volleyball, water polo, water aerobics etc. The kids club was great for our younger daughter (9 years).
Kids enjoyed the Scuba diving although visibility was not that great because of the onshore winds. Also managed to get in a deep sea Game Fishing trip, and my 13 year old son caught a 85kg Black Marlin (one of the many highlights of the trip).
We did a 3 night safari in the middle of our stay there, to Tsavo East/West and although it was a long drive to Tsavo West, the safari was excellent, we saw everything except a Rhino.
The only two areas I could suggest for improvement would be to re-locate the 'disco' that is presently in the bar area by the pool, a bit further away (maybe closer to and facing the beach?) as the constant 'doof/doof' of the base every night until 12pm wore a bit thin after a long day and trying to get kids to sleep. I think most of the noise is because the bar/disco acts like a sound shell and directs all the sound directly at the resort room block opposite (maybe just have a wall at the back of the bar by the pool, and have the open part of the bar facing the sea??). However we do understand that a resort needs to cater for all ages including the 'disco' set.
Also the exchange rate that the hotel uses is very steep, at the time from memory around KS70 to the USD, when you could get KS75-78 from the bank or ATM in Watamu. So I recommend that you either pay in advance, or get cash from the ATM rather than paying with USD/EUR or your credit card.
Would not hesitate to recommend Turtle Bay, and we hope to go back sometime.
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Beach Club Hotel Watamu
- Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
- Turtle Bay Beach Resort
- Turtle Bay Beach Club Kenya/Watamu