stayed here with my partner a week of our honeymoon from 16th-23rd sept 2010. it was a wonderful hotel really, food was amazing, most of the staff were lovely and the rooms were amazing also. i would definately recommend this hotel to anyone - it really was a great experience! the only advice i can offer is to pack formal shoes! my husband and i spent a week on safari in the masai mara beforehand, we were limited in the amount of luggage we could carry around so we only really brought basics for our beach holiday, one of which was sandals for evenings instead of packing clumpy shoes! on our first full evening in turtle bay, my husband and i went down for dinner wearing smart tops, linen trousers and sandals. as we entered the restaurant, the duty manager approached us and informed us that sandals aren't permitted in the dining area but we could stay for dinner but just to be sure to wear proper shoes the next evening, so we went in for dinner and realised that about 20% of the other dinner guests were wearing similar attire! so we assumed it was the guys job to inform us but it wasn't really an inforced rule and forgot about it. the next evening, my husband wasn't feeling well so i went for dinner alone, again dressed smartly in a linen dress and sandals. this time the same duty manager approached me and asked me to go and change my shoes before i could enter. i could see other guests again wearing similar attire but because i was alone, i felt really embarrassed and just turned and went back to my room. we never went for dinner the rest of the week! we just ate a big lunch everyday and had a snack from the snack bar around 6 o'clock instead. if it had stated in the thomas cook brochure we booked through that there was a strict dress code this situation could have been avoided. when we complained to thomas cook, the reply they got from turtle bay was that the hotel provided service to mostly regular guests and the shoe rule was there to make them feel more comfortable! i was really upset by this response because i would love to be in the position to be a regular guest but unfortunately i'm not loaded and it took us 2years to save up for the trip of our dreams and i hate that this is the most vivid memory i have of turtle bay, because it really is an amazing hotel in a beautiful part of the world. just one line about shoes in a travel brochure and my memories would be a bit different. so if you're reading this, don't forget the loafers!!
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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