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Turtle Bay Beach Club
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 February 2011

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!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 February 2011

This is the perfect place where you relax and where you really enjoy your holiday. The resort has a fantastic wide beach covered with palm trees with a fantastic view of the Ocean and a light breeze that blows constantly, and also a big swimming pool. Rooms are spacious, the Staff is fantastic, all the resort is very clean, the food is of a wide variety and of a very good quality, the main restaurant is very big. There are lots of activity organized every day. I choosed this hotel because frequented at 90% from British who are more quite... (Most resorts in Watamu are Italian). The resort is more frequented by middle aged people and family with babies (as the hotel has a Babyclub) but not so much by young people group (at least not in January). I am very happy about my choice and with no doubt I will come back.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank StefyItalia
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Reviewed 27 January 2011

Dreading the idea of going on holiday to Butlins albeit in Kenya, I was pleasantly surprised by Turtle Bay. Yes, there are organised activities for those who wish to join in and yes there are kids screaming by the poolside, but you can retreat to the palm tree clad beaches to stare out at the Indian ocean and forget about all that. The food was really good up until New Year's Day when, although you are still paying top dollar, it goes into rapid decline and suddenly the choices disappear and I couldn't do gammon YET AGAIN. All in all though, I didn't have to go shopping, I didn't have to sweat it out in the kitchen, and the drinks are on tap (when the waiter remembered those of us who were on the beach). The teens absolutely loved it and would say it was probably their best holiday ever. We were with great friends and that's all that matters when it comes down to having a good holiday.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 January 2011

Not long back from 18 nights at TBBC celebrating xmas and new year for the 3rd time which was as good as ever except maybe the entertainment or lack of it and the itinerary for xmas and new year is getting a bit like groundhog day. Those that have been going back for the last 10 to 15 and more years must be going stir crazy. Especially that flutist as we don’t get that at all and tend to go out for dinner when he’s tooting but at new year we had no option - what about a nice African band please turtle bay? We made the most of the bicycles this year which are very safe and a good way to explore Watamu
and burn off some of the lovely food and drink. A big thanks to Joseph Kingoo our cleaner at ocean front rooms and also too many other members of staff to thank for making our stay perfect. It was also good to see more women working in the restaurant and bar area and a big hello to Emily and Christine. Our safari and local tours were organised as usual by Raymond Kingi from Kingi Safaris which truly was a good safari this year, very different from the norm. Thanks again to TBBC and all the staff and may see you next xmas but we might try somewhere different next year.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

just back from two perfect weeks in this fab hotel. Reviews seemed too good to be true, but once there , you realise they''re not . The location is just perfect, and the hotel is terrific. It's more personal than a hotel, and rather like a huge, family run B&B, with the added advantage of All Inclusive! With all the meals and snacks round the clock, it's a case of " so much food and so little time "! We had a brilliant sea view room, overlooking the "quiet pool", and were well looked after by George and Frank on arrival. It is the staff who make the hotel what it is,every one of them greeting you, and asking how you are, every time they see you. Nothing is too much trouble, and they go out of their way to help you. John cooks eggs, in all forms, to perfection every morning at breakfast, and the waiters serve water and drinks promptly at every meal, and clear tables constantly. Erick was smiling constantly, and Hamish was charming everyone with his "cockney" sayings, with a few "scottish" ones thrown in for good measure!! We walked to the village, and met some of the women and children. they were glad to see us, and very friendly. A trip to town to get some souvenirs was enjoyable, a chance to see the local people , and have a coffee. It was well worth slipping some kenyan shillings to the lads on the beach, for tours of the rock pools, and sightings of the many eels, starfish, sea cucumbers, sea urchins and crabs etc that frequent them. Christopher is a mine of information, and can sort out a trip on the glass bottomed boat, or a safari for you with no hassle. The pizzeria is lovely, and you can dine there for lunch or dinner. The buffet in the main restaurant caters for all tastes, and temperatures of the food are checked regularly. We enjoyed two meals at the Blue Turtle restaurant, on site. The sea food platter, and masai steak with pepper sauce are to die for! It's easy to see why people return year after year, to such a happy,friendly place, where the staff go out of their way to make your holiday perfect.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 January 2011

This was our third visit to Turtle Bay and the first time we have spent xmas itself there. We had 3 weeks and it was interesting how the clientele and atmosphere changed over the time. For christmas there are fewer international tourists and lots of Kenyans making it feel much less like a package holiday resort. A great atmosphere and excellent food. New Year is traditionally a family time and most Kenyans go home to their extended family, but many ex-pats and other white Africans from Nairobi, South Africa and so on arrive. I am pleased to say that the college boy antics we witnessed last year did not take place, behaviour was more restrained and appropraite making it more enjoyable for all. Then in January the British arrive in force! Along with other Europeans. The food changes too, but I guess that's what you pay the Christmas and new year supplement for.
Went on safari to Lake Jipe and Tsavo West - with Kingi Safaris again who were as reliable as ever. This was a different kind of safari which suited me as I have been to the Masai Mara and Tsavo East several times now and fabulous they are too; but this was not about the big 5 and all that but real bush living and no other vehicles for most of the time. Isolation and wildness - so if that rocks your boat give it a try! Being on Lake Jipe among 15 or so hippos is an experience I won't forget! And the birds - fabulous. We also visited Lake Challa and Taveta - a bustling market town. A chance to see more of the real Kenya. which is what I like so much about Raymond Kingi - he can give you a real sense of Africa as the Africans see it, which if you are in an all inclusive resort like TBBC might be just what you want! For more info visit his website at kingisafaris.com

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 January 2011

I visited TBBC with my husband and parents in October 2010 after it was recommended from friends who had been on several occasions. After a couple of years of hearing 'you will love' we decided to visit and it did not dissapoint. From the moment we walked in to check in and were greeted by the fantstic staff to the moment we left and were waved goodbye, nothing was ever too much trouble for anyone. The staff were truly amazing, they were so friendly, especially Charo and Mattius who work in the pool bar. The food was great, always lots of choice and it was really good. The facilites were fab - especially the adults only pool which was a fantastic addition. The fun base team were always there encouraging us to get off our sun lounger and participate and we attended some great walks with them along the beach and into the village. If you do venture out into the village the locals are friendly and happy to chat to you about their village. The rooms were great too - the only advice I would give is if you want to go to bed before midnight then ask for a quiet room as the fantastic entertainment can be loud - great if you are sitting with a drink in your hand but not if you are trying to have an early night. Overall we loved it, the hotel are doing an amazing job supporting the local area. We would reccomend to anyone and hope to return soon.

  • Stayed: October 2010
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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:
#7 Family Hotel in Watamu
#8 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#13 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: £100 - £272 (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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Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
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