Watamu Beach Club
Travel Blogs from Malindi
... climb that beaut!
Upon landing in Malindi, Kirk and I were rushed on to a helicopter to be flown out to the rig immediately. The guy in charge of the helicopters said "you must be pretty important people to get this kind of treatment." The less he knows, the better.
We've been on the rig now for 5 days or ...
... takes my mind off thinking about Rhiana. I just want to get to her and can't take my mind off what she is going through.
POST SCRIPT - Rhiana had a broken neck and partially severed carotid artery. She is expected to make a full recovery over the next 12 months thankfully. It has been a very difficult time. Some days are diamonds, some days are stone. She was able to make it to her sister's wedding in a wheelchair but 6 weeks after her accident that was amazing..
... Mida creek, so armed with a suitable number of beers and a huge bag of chilli crisps, we headed off.Sitting by the edge of the creek watching the sunset, spotting the birds heading off to roost and the crabs being crabby at our feet, beer was duly downed with vigour (and crisps).The outcome of all this was that no-one felt like facing the fridge back home, so Pili Pan it was for tuna carpaccio, camembert samosas, snapper and ...
... a massage by one to the trainers, Zoe. I had been given a hint or two that it was extremely painful and even big boys apparently cry. Mmmmm? I'm almost ashamed to say what actually happened. Suffice to say, there wasn't a monkey on the continent that didn't hear me! Zoe did prepare me by saying that I should do my breathing as if I was in labour. I had quadruplets. Now you can imagine the pain I was in. I was breathing so heavily ...
... of an old city, build about five hundred years ago, in the middle of what seemed to be a rain forrest. It is not as impressive or as big as Machu Picchu or Ankor Wat (according to Lauren), but we were the only people there. At first sight one only see a small part of the city, but the more you explore the site, the more you see. It did feel like some scenes in “Tomb Raider” – although Lauren reckons that Indiana Jones sounds manlier!
Historical Traveler Reviews Watamu Beach Club Malindi
Watamu Beach Club looks amazing when you first arrive - really stunning views, very Unique resort - not like your normal full board resort. However dig a little deeper and you soon realise its not quite paradise. The food was boring same day after day for 14 nights... pleased we all got ill so we didn't have to eat it! Health and hygiene was appalling - literally every person we spoke to had been ill - whether it was the food or just the lack of cleanliness we aren't sure.
Keep Away From this Place
Worst possible place
the worst staff, includin your holidays representatives and also if you have a problem african safary club wont be even bother to reply or take your calls
be prepared to eat same choiceof food lunch and dinner time for 14 days
most of bungalows havent got aircon
I have just returned from a 2 week holiday at Watamu Beach Hotel (May/June). I booked with African Safari. Flights were all OK, even got upgraded to first class on the way out. Be warned when you step out of the airport that the porters will be waiting to pounce on your suitcase to take it to a bus a few hundred yards away for a tip of course, we were all a little wiser on our return to the airport and said "no". The bus to take us from the airport to the hotel was very old and did wonder whether it would make the 2 hour journey to our hotel. The roads are the worst - where there are more pot holes than tarmac so be prepared for a bumpy 2 hour ride. When arriving at the hotel we were greeted with the staff singing, cold towels and a complimentary drink. The hotel itself is fine, nothing exceptionally glamorous but nothing wrong with the hotel itself. I would say overall though that it is less than a 4 * that has been quoted and could do with some minor repairs. We were shown to our room, we were staying in one of the bungalows, and although they were basic, they were clean and cleaned well every day. There are no mod cons like a TV or telephone so in an emergency you would need to walk to reception. The air con was fine, there was a safe in the room you could use but everything in your room was 100% safe. There was also a mossie net provided if you wanted to use it and a small area with chairs and table to sit outside your room. The beach which was gorgeous was very close to your room with umbrellas and loungers. Some of the loungers at the beach and the pool were broken so little things like that were in need of repair.There was a nice beach bar where you could sit and have drinks.
We have just returned from a 2 week break at Watamu Beach with our two children. Overall we have had a fantastic time and would certainly consider returning to Kenya but would chose an alternative hotel. The location is beautiful, the staff are very friendly and work extremely hard ( for very little pay ) and nothing is too much trouble. We feel that with some upgrading, the hotel could be so much better. We expected basic rooms and they were, but they were kept clean and linen changed often. Everything did smell musty and was damp but we were there in the rainy season and it was quite humid at times, our clothes smelled the same after hanging for a while so we don't think it can be avoided at this time of year and we don't feel it is a reflection of poor housekeeping at all.
We have just returned from a very disappointing week at the Watamu Beach Hotel in Kenya courtesy of the African Safari Club, from take-off to landing back at Gatwick, I've never been in a situation (from all our years of travelling) to wanting to get back to London so quickly.
My girlfirend and I booked a last minute holiday with African Safari Club, and I read all the reviews on various sites, even phoning them to say I had heard some poor reviews.
The food here is dreadfull but you will only know if you venture out of the compound to try "The Ascot" next door for pizza and fish, Hemmingway's for anything delicious, day or night that is on their menu. Or the perfect Driftwood Beach Club Hotel in Malindi for smoked sailfish, grilled catch of the day, prawns cooked any way you wish straight out of the sea with fantastic chips utterly memorable with a small charge for use of their pool for a wonderful day out. When you compare standards of rooms between Hemmingway's, The Driftwood, and Turtle Bay Beach Club then the rooms at Watamu Beach Club are appalling, old and tired. This AFC hotel is Swiss owned, yet it has cracked tiles in the bathrooms, worn out tiled flooring throughout, old stained mattresses and lumpy pillows with discoloured (clean!) linen and ghastly brown towels that smell after you have used them once. No effort appears to be made to recycle anything and yet the Swiss are reknowned for recycling, they own 6 Hotels and Safari Lodges in Kenya and yet they cannot make a small charge so you can re-fill your used plastic water bottle. Watamu Beach Club need to look at the admirable efforts next door made by Turtle Bay Beach Club and go into their hotel foyer to read the local Community/Conservation Info. Turtle Bay also have excellent excursions as do Hemmingway's try their dhow trips to Midas Creek. Any Safaris you may want to take can be booked in advance by email, or pop into Mlaindi and go to Allamanda Safaris. You can fly from Malindi Airport, (15 mins drive) and fly to the Safari lodges in the Mara etc whereas AFC drive you 2 hrs back to Mombasa Airport to collect people from their other hotels. Email Bryan on allamanda@swiftmalindi(-) or phone 042 811286 and he will give you the best Safari tailored to your needs at a far more reasonable price. AFC on the other hand offer no choice but their AFC lodges and Safaris and they never recommend any other business in Kenya.
Just returned from an African Safari Club Holiday which combined a week in Watamu with a week safari. We had a great time in Watamu. The bay is spectacular, and I feel the hotel is in a better location than the Hemmingway and Turtle Beach hotels, which are near by but on a flat stretch of beach. The accommodation is simple, but no worse for that.
I Liked this hotel I had also read some "iffy" reviews but it was wonderful.
On booking my holiday with my fiance through the African Safari club to the Watamu Beach hotel, i checked a few websites to see what the reviews were like.To my disbelief the hotel sounded mainly dissapointing.I then contacted the club and they assured me it was one of their best hotels and we would not be dissapointed. After the long flight and lack of sleep we were in need of a shower.2 hours later on an awful bus ride(this is due to the roads in kenya)we arrived at the hotel with all of the staff singing for us and waiting with a cold drink and a freezing cold face cloth which was greatly recieved!The hotel was set in large grounds, mainly big wooden thatched buildings, a beautiful white sandy private beach and an fairly big pool.The beach boys ARE a nightmare on the beach but they are not allowed any further up the beach than the seaweed( this is cleaned daily)The rooms could do with a lick of paint, and less noisy air con machine but the fan can be switched on through the night.Daily events were organised, village tour, snake farm, tours to nearby towns, african nights at another hotel, glass bottom boat. etc.The staff are unbelievable helpful and the food was very nice, large selection and although you pay for drinks, wine and water are free with your meals.My main pain throughout my holiday was the mosquitoes.They are everywhere and i do suggest a very good spray,pen, plug in is used.Venturing out of the hotel i would suggest 2 or more people as you get people coming up to you trying to sell you things all of the time but a firm 'abana' meaning 'no' will do! The reviews i have read were a bit harsh i just wanted to give my impression of the holiday for other people to read. It was a holiday not to be forgotten and i would certainly go back again, but to a hotel closer to the airport such as the flamingo.