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Turtle Bay Beach Club
Ranked #13 of 26 Hotels in Watamu
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Schull, Ireland
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Travelling with 15, 13 and 11 year old children. The hotel was the 3rd we visited in Kenya and compared to the other two it seemed a little tired and dated, although it was clean and comfortable. We were there in winter so the lack of a/c in the room wasnt a problem but I imagine it could get hot in summer. The mosquito nets in the room are a good idea going all around the beds as opposed to tucking into them which makes it hard to get in and out. Rooms were fine but could do with less beds and more space to sit. Nice little balconies. The pool was nice but not nearly enough loungers. Plenty of loungers on the beach but hard to get out from the shade of the palm trees and too windy to play cards etc. Entertainment was ok. Food was excellent and plenty of it at any hour of the day. Nicest food we had even though other hotels better rated. Didn't try out the other restaurants as the all inclusive was already so yummy. Very relaxed atmosphere here and very casual. The whole place is all inclusive and waiters came around to the loungers at the pool and beach to offer drinks regularly. We went snorkelling which was lovely although a little pricey for what you get. Staff were friendly and undemanding. Not a real party place though they did have music most nights. Lots of families and lots of children although they do have an adults only pool for those wanting to get away from the screaming and splashing of the main pool. Beach was a little seaweedy but you didn't have to walk far to get away from it. lots of beach boys but they didn't seem pushy. Nice for a beach walk early in the morning.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

I booked through Hayes and Jarvis from Aberdeen for 3 weeks for myself and 2 children aged 10 and 16. We had the most fantastic holiday....staff, rooms, location, food, beach, trips, fun base team, dive centre etc were perfect for our diverse needs. I could go on.....!
I am never one for visiting the same country twice but am very tempted by this hotel. We met fabulous people and enjoyed the food and drinks on our inclusive package. Probably my favourite thing was the way the pool boys would position your sunbed just where you wanted it on the beach and then put down a soft mattress for your free towel and by the time you were settled on your comfy sunbed one of the waiters would be along offering you a drink. Bliss!
My son did his PADI diving course here and it was so convenient as the dive centre is in the hotel. The funbase team had activities for adults, teenagers and younger and provided entertainment all day long....I hardly saw my kids!! This hotel offered just what my family needed and would be perfect for couples, families and singles.
If you are doing safari I do believe we used the best company around....F.Kings.... who we found online independently. Thoroughly recommend them and this hotel. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

we had a very nice holiday here, been there several times but still that refreshing feeling. Friendly staff and excellent facilities. The beach is excellent and the evening entertainment nice for a relaxing holiday maker. Not for Party Animals. Highly recommended. I

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bergen, Norway
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stayed for almost 3 weeks divided by a safari, best hotel experience ever! Extremely friendly staff, varied and good food and plenty of activities for all of us. Our daughter had tears in her eyes when she said good bye to the staff... We have already recommended this lovely place to others, and will hopefully return some day.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Cambridge
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2013

Stayed for 8 days after a 6 day safari. The staff really make a difference at this hotel. They all try to remember your name and address you by name throughout your stay - a really nice touch. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful but not at all pushy - if you say "no thanks" to any of the activities you don't get any pressure to change your mind.

The hotel felt quite quiet when we arrived and got quieter as our stay progressed, despite it being school holidays. Never any problems getting a sunbed - especially if you have a word with the pool boys each evening.

Food is buffet style but always had plenty of choices and the food is always piping hot. We didn't hear of anyone who was ill during our stay. Drinks are brought to your sunbed throughout the day. Rooms will be sprayed every evening for mossies if you ask and there are mossie nets above the beds.

You will get beach vendors but they take the kids to see the moray eels lurking in the rock pools and then try and sell you a boat trip - again there is no pressure but you will get a gentle reminder each time they see you on the beach.

Each day the staff take adults and kids on different walks so you get to see some fo the village life and surrounding areas. You can also arrange to visit a local school or orphanage.

Only negatives to mention is it's a 2.5 hour drive from Mombasa airport, which after a whole day of travelling at the end of our safari was a real killer. Also, if you are in the main block you will get noise from the evening entertainment until midnight some nights so if you're a light sleeper ask for a room in a different block.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We have just returned after a two week stay at this little gem, wow what a place you are made welcome from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, you are treated as part of their family.

The food was fabulous, plentiful and you had a great choice, the hotel, rooms, pool,and ground were spotless, nothing was too much trouble, on our first day there we returned to our room to find Morris changing out toilet seat as Morris when seeing to our room felt it was loose and got it changed, we had not even noticed it, but he said it was not up to standard and this reflects the attitude of the hotel, everything was done to a high standard.

There is plenty to see and do, but what I really liked was that the entertainment staff would walk round asking you to join in, if you declined there was no presure put on you and you were left to relax, they had boards around the hotel showing all the activities over two weeks so you were able see what entertainment was on where and when.

A huge thank you to all the staff, for a unbelievable holiday, and to those staff, Thomas, Nicholas and Doris who gave their own time to take us out into the community to visit the villages, schools and their families, this went beyond their call of duty.

This hotel is perfection and we will certainly be returning to visit our new extended family.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Matthews, North Carolina
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We spent five nights here with our two children and really enjoyed it. The rooms and bathrooms were well-appointed and spacious. They provided hairdryers for travelers and toiletries like shampoo and soap, which was a nice touch.

The pool was large and clean. The food was delicious and there was lots of it. Staff was extremely pleasant and tried to ensure you had a great experience.

Even the "beach boys" provided us with an excellent tour of the reefs--fascinating us by tempting up eels. The glass bottom boat tour isn't quite as exciting, although the scenery is nice and it's fun to see the beach from a different perspective.

You can purchase wi-fi there....yes, it's strongest near the pool and at the poolside restaurant. The lobby also has a fairly good connection. And they sell *hours* of use, not days. So if you buy 24 hours, it's not a day's worth...it's *24 hours* of use over however many days you're there. A good deal.

Plenty of excellent food choices for a vegetarian. Plenty of food for picky children, as well.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Turtle Bay Beach Club
Address: PO Box 10, Watamu, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Watamu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center 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
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Watamu
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Watamu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Turtle Bay Beach Club 3*
Number of rooms: 145
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