This place ticked all the boxes and I can understand why the reviews are fantastic. We enjoyed the food ( too much probably), the red wine (South African) and the service which is always friendly. Someone described it as a three star hotel with five star service which sums it up. Out and about we visited the local village with the boys from the beach. Our guide was 'King David' and we met his family, distributed sweets and pencils to some of the the 700 kids! The village women danced for us and we drank the home made Palm Wine ( great experience but Yuk!). Our guide for the beach walk was Safari Man and Mr Tesco who showed us the Moray eels in the rocks, urchins, shrimps, crabs etc. Please support their beach shops, especially Tesco and Mr Kool. Mr Tesco made a lovely coaster with Hakuna Matata inscribed on it as a memento for me. At the end of the holiday Mr Kool presented me with an ebony rhino as a present. We didn't try the safari this time as we had a safari some years before but I would recommend Safari man on the beach (Safari.com). He will organise the lot for you much cheaper than the hotel.
The diving was excellent, Marcel took me through my advance diving and then I had another five dives with the rest of the team who are all superb divers. They know their way around the coral and the sights were amazing, Giant Morays, Rays, Lion Fish, Napoleons, shoals of beautiful fish and also a wreck to explore. With a 7:30 meet and diving at 8:15 we were back by 9:30 for a full English. If you want more diving in one day they go back out at 10:00 and carry out various try dives during the rest of the day. The equipment is excellent. The entertainment is African based, dancing, acrobats etc. but was followed by the resident band who were very very good. The wildlife is great with Weaver birds busy on their nests in the Palm trees and monkeys taking chopped bananas from your hand. All in all we had a wonderful time and are planning to return.
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Bay Beach Club Hotel Watamu
- Turtle Bay Beach Hotel
- Turtle Bay Beach Resort