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Turtle Bay Beach Club
Ranked #14 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 25 February 2012

5 of us including two children went to Turtle Bay from 12th Feb to 20th Feb it is a job to describe hotel it is it is not possible to give a star rating in a british sense, but staying there is a five star holiday, boats,pedalows,scuba diving, childrens club etc you name it it is there, two pools one quite one. I see some people appear to believe so called returners get best service, thinking this might be true I spoke to two couples who seemed to know the manager thinking that they were returners both couples were there for the first time but stated they would be back. It was a very good holiday. Children liked the on demand snacks and pancakes. No worries over security.

Room Tip: Ask for connecting rooms if you have children. If you like very quiet area go for rooms around quie...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank CGHAldershot
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We were first time travellers to Turtle Bay and we can say that at all times we were treated like royalty. We can't express how warm and welcoming all the staff were. We never had a problem finding sundbeds, even after a lie in & there was never a problem selecting a table with a relaxing view to dine. Yes, the beach boys are there but, they are so friendly and i f you really do want time to yourself - just say so - and they will leave you alone. We had a wonderul Safari - Tsavo East & West - seeing such wonderful animals in their natural habitat staying at the Aruba lodge and the very luxurious Severin lodge - wow!. At the hotel most days we would take a bike ride out of the hotel - fthere is a little Italian Ice cream shop in the local village - worth a visit or 2! There are lots of local Orphanages that are in need - so do pay a visit and take what you can - paper,pens etc. The Happy House is really helping local children.
We really can't praise the staff & manager at Turtle Bay enough - we so enjoyed our holiday and hope that soon we will be able to return and take our family -because it is so good! No it hasn't got TVs' in the rooms - but we thought that was a good thing - very relaxing!
We flew direct with Thomson from Gatwick, the transfer time was nearly 3 hours but worth it!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank debbieWestMidlands
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Reviewed 12 February 2012

Stayed here in Feb '11. Booked through Thomas Cook who flew us from Manchester on Monarch. Those were the days when the flight originated from Gatwick then flies to MAN and onward to Mombassa (not sure if they still do this - but it was no different on Thomson). The procedure reverses coming back. The flights were TERRIBLE! That amount of flying budget style is the pits. FYI the flying time is over 10hrs!! I'd suggest using Thomson as they have personal telly's on their long haul. Tip - dont pay for a meal on Monarch, everyone gets fed regardless. The transfer from the airport was also very long - circa 3hrs.
But aside from the getting there, this resort is marvellous. I really cant fault it. We were given a sea vew room, which was spaceous, netted bed, balcony, personal safe plus bath and shower. The food was good - lots of fresh fruit (stuff we pay a fortune for here in the UK) plus they always had something different. One lunch they had BBQ chicken and it was delicious (lets face it chicken is by no means exotic, but a simple marinade and onto the BBQ and you got people going back for more, this is what TB does well). Food was mainly local - so no bacon or ice cream. Tip - they have a dress code in the restaurant - no flip flops or T shirt at dinner, so pack some golf shirts plus taylored shorts.
We had some windsurfing lessons there (pay extra) and that was well worth it. We used another dive operator up the beach - reason; we couldnt establish contact with the TB guys before departure, they simply didnt respond. We were impressed with the diving.
We'd go back but not for a week - the travel time to holiday time is just not worth it for a week. Best combine safari plus TB on a two week break.

Room Tip: sea view are the best but can be noisy from disco at night
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank pompies
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Just got back from my third time at Turle Bay.

I love this resort! Despite the warnings about travelling to Kenya, there is no reason to worry about any of the resorts in Watamu. The locals are very friendly (If a little pushy when it comes to selling you stuff), and have a fantastic sense of humour. I felt very safe both in the resort, on the beach, and walking round Malindi. There is plenty to do at Turtle Bay, with a dedicated activities team who organise stuff every day to keep the kids and childlike adults busy. What always strikes me is the attitude of the staff. They have a genuine desire for you to enjoy Kenya, and are very helpful. The manager Damien spends hours and hours walking around chatting to guests and makes everyone feel as if they are royalty.

It isn't the most polished of resorts, but this is Kenya.. You have to put up with the odd power cut and so on.

If like me you are a bit of a party animal, then get a tuktuk to Kalahari niteclub. It is great fun!

Room Tip: Club rooms up near the road can be noisy from the bar Pole Pole over the road... Didn't bother...
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank Peter M
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

I read numerous sunny reviews on Turtle Bay before choosing to spend our December Holidays there. I have to say both my wife and I were disappointed. I love Kenya, and its lovely beaches, and the warmth of folk there, but having read such glowing reviews ahead of the vacation, we could only sum up the hotel as overrated. The rooms were too basic for the price, the food repetitive, and lackluster. Maybe its a great place for folk with kids as I did see lots of kids activities, but the overall package just doesn't compare with previous hotels we have stayed at before, in Diani and Shanzu.

Room Tip: Higher suites have (though largely obstructed by the coconut trees) better views of the ocean.
  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank LwandaMagere
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Additional Information about Turtle Bay Beach Club

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:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Watamu
#8 Family Hotel in Watamu
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range: $161 - $475 (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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