Turtle Bay Beach Club
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Historical Traveler Reviews Turtle Bay Beach Club Watamu
Best holiday ever !!!!
We have just returned from our holiday in Kenya and it was just magnificent. The first week we went on safari to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli and Tsavo West. As it was very tiring, we were very happy we could spend our last week in the Turtle Bay Beach Club. At first we didn't know what to expect, but when we arrived there after a long drive from Voie and were welcomed by the staff with a warm handtowel and a welcoming drink, we felt right at ease. And it didn't take us very long to feel right at home. The staff is so friendly and would do anything for you. The food is excellent, whether you have it at the poolside restaurant, the Turtle Bay restaurant or at the pizzeria. The Fun Base Group keeps you busy all day with their activities, for example beach, creek or village walks, water aerobics, water polo, table tennis, etc. We never had a dull moment. The locals are also very friendly. It's true that they try to sell things, but you have to keep in mind that there's a lot of poverty there and that they just try to make a living. If people think they are pushy they have never been to Egypt or Marokko where they don't take no for an answer and here they do. If you're not interested they leave you alone. For us it was the first time that we felt this way about a place and we've already seen quiet a bit of the world (Hawaii, Australia, Egypt,...) but didn't feel quiet as home as we did in the Turtle Bay Beach Club. We still want to visit other places in the world, but we'll defenitly come back here (probably next year).
Greatest People in the world
All the staff were fantastic. The hotel was very comfotable and the food was also great. We went on the 3 day safari which was one of the best things I've ever done in my life. Loved every second of our holiday.
Turtle Bay Beach Club
Came here for our Honeymoon, Staff were wonderful they really couldn't do enough for you. Also went on a 3 day Safari which was excellent. Had a beach front room and were literally on the beach, the waiters even came to our balcony asking us what drinks we'd like. Unfortunately the company (SOMAK) that we came with were very poor as the airline we came out with went bust the day we arrived that was the last flight, so we then had to fly to frankfurt and then wait around there then fly to Heathrow, didn't sit next to my Husband and they didn't give us any apology or any money back which I'm disgusted at, when the manager found out about this he was very sorry about it even though it wasn't their fault and even sent a fax to the embassy for us. The food did get boring the second week and not such a great choice. The African choir were great if you like that thing and staff very good at their jobs so much better than staff in England. Watch out for the beach boys as you leave private beach.
Honeymoon to remember
we got married on 25th june went on safari for a week then spent 1 week in turtle bay. From the moment we arrived the staff could not do enough for you. We had a fantastic time they were doing some renovations while we were there but they did these at night so you never knew they were going on, Beach was beautiful unfortunatly there was men trying to sell you something as soon as you went off the private part on to the public part which you have to do to go to the sea but they got the hint after awhile. All in all Turtle Bay Beach Club was a fantastic place to stay for our honeymoon and we will definatly return one day soon.
The Best Holiday Hotel in Kenya!
My wife & I came to Turtle Bay in 1999 to surprise my brother-in-law. We do not normally go to the same place twice. We will be returning to Turtle Bay for our 6th time this January. What can I say the staff are great, the beach is perfect. Just leave it at that, please do not tell too many people about this Hotel as paradise should never be crowded!
Neil & Sandra
Our new home
TBBC is a fantastic hotel situated in turtle bay, Watamu , we first discovered this hotel in 2003 after our tour company could not get us good accomodation in Malindi (25km north of Watamu) at first we were really dissapointed as all of our friends live in Malindi, Malindi being our previous base for our visits to kenya, however this was the closest we could get.
As we turned off the main coast road at the turn off to Watamu we wondered what to expect as we so love Malindi.
We arrived with a welcome from the management and a selection of staff in the rarher nice reception area, we were also given hot towels to wash our hands and given a nice welcome drink which was needed after the long tranfer from Mombasa.
Our room was allocated quickly and without fuss, I began to think that this outfit know what they are doing, the room itself was spotless, the rooms are cleaned everyday by your house boy/girl, who do a fantastic job.
The pool is very nice indeed but we prefer to spend our time on the beach it gets so hot around the pool as the sea breezes are restricted, the beach is superb, white sand, beautiful indian ocean and numerous coral outcrops thrust out of the sea making turtle bay one of top beach destinations in the world.
The food is superb, in fact the best we have ever had from an all inclusive set up, there is also a pizza restaurant which we loved and a good a la carte restaurant which has service which is second to none, you have to pay for the latter but its worth every penny.
What really smacks you about this place is the staff who are trained by an excellent management team who really make you feel welcome, they remember you when you come back to visit and are so genuine, its great to see the same staff members every year, usually hotels of this type have a high staff turnover but not this one.
This year will be our third visit in 3 years, we love this place and its great for my fishing which I really enjoy, and can be booked locally or through the hotel.
Turtle bay beach club is a special place and if you have kids they will love it, you'll probably forget you have them as the "funbase" keep them occupied all day and can even sort out the kids meals if you fancy a bit of peace and quiet. All in all the best place we've ever been on holiday to and if we have our way, our only destination for us , for years to come
The best holiday ever
We spent our second honeymoon in Kenya and fell in love all over again! Kenya is a fantastic county and Turtle Bay Beach Club is a great choice for your stay. The staff were all extremely friendly and couldn't do enough for you. The food is excellent with plenty of choice and the rooms, although basic, are very clean. We can't wait to return.
We got married at Turtle Bay Beach Club back in January 1997, and have returned there for anniversaries in Jan 2000 and Jan 2004. We just can't get enough of this place and will return again in 2006 and probably for many more anniversaries after that! This hotel really is set on a "paradise" white sand beach with turquoise clear sea. The staff in this hotel are genuine and friendly and really can't do enough for you. Most of the staff who were there when we got married are still there now and remember us each time we return. The food is superb and the Pizzeria is delightful. Rooms are basic, but spotlessly clean. It is worth venturing out of the confines of the hotel to experience "real" Kenya. We have done the Tsavo safari twice, but this year tried the Air Safari to the Masaai Mara. The Mara is the best - stayed on the Governors Camp (where the film crew for the Big Cat Diaries stay), and were lucky enough to see Keke the Cheetah and her cubs who starred in the programme.
Excellent staff, wonderful setting
We went to Turtle Bay for our Honeymoon is September last year. The most wonderful thing about the hotel were the staff who worked there. They could not do enough to make us happy, even offering to change our mattress.
The setting is idyllic, beautiful white beach just past the swimming pool.
Excellent food on the all inclusive and two fabulous restaurants.
A resort to remember!
2 Weeks of Bliss
We went to Turtle Bay in September 2003 for our Honeymoon and wanted to have a holiday to remember and we were not disapointed.
The hotel was set in beautifull grounds adorned with flowers, colurfull weaver birds and the occasional monkey!
The rooms themselves were basic but cleaned every day and with the bonus of being fully air conditioned.
We went with the idea of doing very little and were abley assisted by the friendly staff. the all inclusive options were brilliant you could go here a whole week without spending a penny! The food was varied and of good quality and the waiters would encourage you to drink more and more every night!!
We also had a 3 night safari in the middle of the stay to Tsavo which was absolutely mind blowingly good
All in a fantastic stay we could not have asked for more and are planning to go back next year!
TripAdvisor Reviews Turtle Bay Beach Club Watamu
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