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Turtle Bay

Our rating

7/10

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Highlights

- Stunning beachfront location
- Excellent activities
- Large property with extensive faciities

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Overview

Turtle Bay Beach Resort is a large and delightful all-inclusive resort situated near Watamu, on Kenya’s stunning white-sand coast. Two hours north of Mombasa, and a mere 200 metres from the Watamu National Marine Park, this vibrant hotel offers great value combined with high levels of comfort and convenience, along with a plethora of superb activities and the opportunity to witness some of the best marine life around.

The resort is set within ten acres of tropically landscaped gardens. Although often busy, the atmosphere is fun and cheerful, with a friendly reception in the brightly-coloured lobby. The staff are generally very warm and helpful, although service can be a little inconsistent, particularly at busy times. There are a wealth of facilities including three bars, an entertainment lounge, and two lovely pools. While the main pool includes a designated kids zone and paddling pool, the quiet pool around the corner provides a more serene option, with sun loungers on which to relax. The four restaurants include a central buffet area, a pool-side snack bar, a pizza house, and the more intimate beachside Blue Turtle.

The hotel has 145 rooms, all with pristine ensuite bathrooms, air conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, a safe, and mosquito nets. The 89 'Super Club' rooms come with a balcony, and both a double and single bed, making them a great option for groups or families. The 40 'Lamu' rooms are decorated in a traditional Swahili style, and contain twin beds, or a queen can be made up on request. Suitable for two sharing adults, some of the ‘Lamu’ rooms enjoy garden or ocean views. The 14 superior 'Ocean Front' rooms have balconies, or patios with direct beach access, and contain both a double and a single bed. The 2 'Sea-view' Suites offer top-end space and luxury, each with a lounge area, a beautiful Lamu bed, and a mini-fridge. The rooms do not have TVs or Wi-Fi, but this only serves to encourage relaxation, and participation in the many available activities.

This lively resort offers an enormous variety of entertainment and activities to keep both children and adults occupied. During the day, tennis, beach soccer, volleyball, and aqua aerobics are available, whilst at night, more traditional entertainment is provided by way of tribal dances, acrobatics, and snake shows. Beyond the hotel, guests can engage in water sports such as wind surfing, kayaking, or snorkelling around the Marine Park, and dhow excursions to Mida Creek complete with lobster BBQs and stunning sunsets, are a real draw.

Turtle Bay makes superb provision for families, especially those with young children. The Kids Club offers an array of supervised activities including swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, cooking lessons, beach games, Tarzan's Tree House and Kids Fort by the pool. There are no age restrictions, and the bedroom layouts facilitate seamless family sharing options. If parents require more privacy, or are travelling with more than two children, some of the 'Super Club' rooms have interconnecting doors. Although there are many supervised activities on offer, it remains the responsibility of parents to make sure their children are well supervised at all times, especially around the pools or on the beach.

Turtle Bay Beach Resort will suit couples, groups or families seeking a fun, all-inclusive beach holiday on the Kenya coast, with an abundance of activities in a vibrant and cheerful setting.

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Average Rating

based on 532 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • We had a great time - even with the flight between Governors and the coast being two flights and a car! We also experienced a power cut At Nairobi airport on the way home so 2+ hours late taking off. Governors. Wonderful people and dealt with the flight delay very well - taking us back and letting us know that we could stay there if the flight was delayed overnight. The game drives were excellent and our guide (Erick) obviously very experienced and managed to find all the key animals - no rhino in that part of the Masai Mara but everything else in abundance - never seen so many herbivores (many many elephants as well as all the others) as well as two prides of lions. Could not have asked for more. The ‘tent’ was excellent and comfortable and well serviced. The only ‘complaint’ would be that the food - especially dinner - could be improved (I think we got a bit bored of soup as a starter for every meal bar one) and the main courses were not at the same level as Kinondo Kwetu and while all were explained there was no choice offered. The breakfasts were just what was needed after an early game drive. Kinondo Kwetu. What a great location and the welcome when we arrived at just gone 11.00pm was better than you could have ever thought possible - they we’re disappointed that we did not at that time want the full dinner experience! The rooms we’re comfortable. The food was excellent but again no choice was offered - other than for allergy reasons (which we do not have). May be some choice would be nice. Having said that the food we did have was excellent as were the wines (albeit a short list!) and other drinks. There were (as you know) lots of facilities/sports options - but we spent our time relaxing which was exactly what we needed and there were lots of places to do that. Overall. We would go back to both places - perhaps a few more nights at Kinondo Kwetu next time but 3 nights at Governors was perfect for us. Thank you for organising and recommending both places. That you and your colleague for trying to find out about the plane (flat tyre) but communication by the flight company left a lot to be desired (Governors were furious that they were not told and had taken us to the airstrip). Phil

    MissingPhilip R reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Kenya Beach on 01 September 2023

  • Dear Lisa, We are now back home and had a fantastic time. All the arrangements went seamlessly, transport and hotels were great. Laikipia was amazing, a very personal experience and they did all they could to accommodate everything we wanted to do. The river location was fantastic and ideal for the children as they got to swim in it. It is somewhere we would all like to return to. There might not have been the numbers that you get on the Masai Mara however we got to see lions with cubs, two black leopards, a golden leopard and the wild dogs as well as a huge number of other animals and birds. Thank you for suggesting to stay for 4 nights, it was just the right amount of time. The tamarin Hotel was a good choice as we were able to eat at the Carnivore restaurant which was an experience. Mauritius was lovely and relaxing, just what we needed after a very active time in Laikipia. Accommodation and service was great. Weather was good for most of the time, a few showers over the last couple of days. Thank you once again for organising it all. Sally

    MissingSally M reviewing Laikipia Wilderness and Plains on 11 August 2023

  • Hi Lisa
    It was a fantastic experience, thanks very much. All the arrangements were seamless and our guiding/support team were excellent, if there is a way for you to formally commend the team to your ground operators then I would be grateful if you could do that, they really were brilliant.
    Many thanks for your help in arranging the trip, and for your patience during the multiple re-arrangements over the past couple of years.
    Kind regards, John

    MissingJohn B reviewing Mount Kenya Sirimon Naro Moru Trek on 14 November 2022

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