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Review of Blue Bay Cove Watamu

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Blue Bay Cove Watamu
Ranked #3 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Watamu
Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
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“waiting to go back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2013

Blue bay cove apartments are an exceptional facility. The two bedroom suit at the garden level is actually my favorite. The balcony apartments are lovely but the upstairs sitting room layouts are a bit cramped.
The pool is perfect for dips and sheltered from the wind, and the apartments location on the cliff provides varied landscapes. The cliff view and stormy waves, the little bay at the base( great for exploring crabs and octopus in low tide) the sheltered reef beach round the next bay, lovely for walks and sunbathing and the next bay after that for hotels and big waves. (30 min beach walk to Hemmingways)
It is a good resort for visitors that like to do things together or wander off and do their own thing individually and meet at dinner time. The village is truly a 5 minutes walk away so you can just pop out if you have forgotten to buy something! Buy your fish from the local fishermen and not the shops. You can get fresh octopus in the blue bay cove, just time the early fishermen and enjoy exploring the natural coral pools in the bay.
Carry bin bags, and refills of the big bottles for the water dispenser as they are expensive in Watamu shops. Everything is available locally but its cheaper at Nakumatt Malindi , a 20 minute drive away.
After you have exhausted the Watamu sites, Malindi is a quick trip down the road for restaurants etc, as well as the Italiano supermarket. The ice cream shop in Watamu has excellent ice cream and we did a daily stop over to try all the different flavors.
You cant go wrong holidaying here if you like a quiet private getaway and Rosmary is always on hand to help .
The only thing you have to get used to is luke warm showers as the solar panels don't work well on overcast days and the water is generally warmer later in the day. Time your showers!! Also the pillows are the hard big fluffy type , so carry yours from home if you are particular!

Enjoy your stay! we did... thoroughly! The pictures posted on the reviews are all realistic and cover everything so I added some of the coral pools and the fresh fish you can get and enjoy! Red snapper, parrot fish, Chi chungi, Tafi and kingfish. yumm!!
Waiting to go back!

Room Tip: Garden rooms are fine, balcony rooms have a wonderful view... the closer to the cliff the better.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Overall, well worth a visit. Apartments (the 3 bedroom ones at least) are great with plenty space for a family of 5 or 6. Air con in rooms is a treat but could do with same in lounge. Other things to be aware of are:
1. The pool is great (although not visible from most apartments)
2. The beach is not really for lying on....more for crab hunting in rock pools.
3. Kitchen facilities are OK but utensils are a bit limited.
However, altogether good value and we will probably go back.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Stayed at Blue Bay Cove for 9 nights following some research. We were not disappointed. The apartments live up to their web site portrayal and are surprisingly large. Excellent in every respect and much closer to village live than some of the all inclusive offers. Rosemary and her staff are excellent and make every effort to make one welcome. Just a short walk to the lovely beaches.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Blue Bay Cove exceed our expectations! We had a huge room that was lovely. The location cannot be beat and we were able to easily walk in to town for food. The staff was incredible and accommodated all of our requests. If you are looking to stay at a non-inclusive resort in Watamu, then I highly recommend Blue Bay Cove

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Spent a week at this lovely place in September and really had a great time. We enjoyed excellent service from friendly staff and the place itself was amazing. The views are beautiful and the apartments are very stylishly done. Definitely beats a hotel any day!

Room Tip: The penthouse definitely has the most beautiful views but from experience I can say the garden suite...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

Awesome place to stay. Very well done apartments, clean, have an optional chef if you don't want to get tired cooking. The view of the ocean in unparalleled. On a cliff so not much beach space, although the beach is a 3 minutes walk away. Not that you will want to get out of the space provided. Nice pool. Great environment. There is a pizza place right opposite and a "casino" if you would call it that. Supermarket and shops about 6 minutes away, fish shops and ice cream Shop as well. All in all great family destination when you want to unwind.

Room Tip: No fitness center no spa provided. All rooms face the ocean so great value. Higher rooms have better...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

Very clean, beautiful ambiance, furniture and peacefull. The sea views from P3 are picture perfect, with extraordinary Sunrise & Sunsets.
Perfect for family, friends & social groups. Lots of space & lots to do around too.
Going back in July & hopefully will spot Dolhins this time round.
The photos on the site are genuine & seeing is believing.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Blue Bay Cove Watamu
Address: Old Village Road, Watamu 1202-00502, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 31 Specialty Lodging in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Blue Bay Cove is set on a dramatic location overlooking the Indian Ocean and with direct access to a white sandy beach cove. All the stunning residences have sea views and are cooled by the ocean breezes. Completed in 2011, finished and furnished to the highest standards Blue Bay Cove is the ideal coastal hideaway. Our extensive on site staff of concierge, chefs, maids and baby sitters make your stay truly relaxing. Blue Bay Cove offers hotel like services in private home setting. ... more   less 
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