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Family hotel – Fun for the whole family

The laughter under the palm trees drew our attention as we returned from our evening stroll on the beach. As if thrown by force of the sun, a volleyball came bouncing across the beach followed by a bounding teenager. Before any words of protest or assent could be uttered, my family sped into the sprinted game.

Children of all ages (including, but not limited to those approaching the fifty year old range) kicked up sand as they displayed a variety of previously unheard of volleyball techniques. But when fun is the name of the game, and when the sun is setting on white sands and swaying palms, any sport has style.

The biggest problem we encountered at Turtle Bay Beach Club, was not the lack of things to do, but trying to choose which activity to enjoy next. We decided the best choice was simply to stay longer next time.

A perfect family vacation combines energy with recovery. We found both. For all the organising mothers when they developed the Beach Club. My favourite part of the Kid’s Club is the staff. How they maintain their energy levels all day long with activities galore ( and by galore, I mean copious…. wether water geared or dry land, no child can claim boredom with the amount of options available).

I watched in amazement as they not only entertained the children, but found the vigour for volleyball and then the get-and-go for boogying with the band and the “big kids” (namely us) late that night.

Birthdays

If you are having your Birthday, or any celebration while staying with us, we will be happy to arrange for a cake to be made for you at a minimal charge. Just give us the details.

Dresscode

T-shirts, Vest, cut-off shorts and swim wear with a wrap are accepted during the day but we do not allow any of these during the night in our restaurants. Smart tailored shorts, trousers, slacks, short-sleeve shirts, polo shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes or sandals are accepted in the Blue Turtle, the main restaurant and pizza garden for dinner. Shorts are not accepted in the Blue Turtle in the evening. When wearing swimming costumes at lunch, please cover from shoulder to knee with either a wrap, long T-shirt or sundress when eating in the dining room. Please use a wrap for hygiene reasons during lunch.

Our pool

The pool has a large shallow end of 1.2 metres and deep end of 2.6 metres for swimming, also a Jacuzzi and a separate kids paddling pool of 0.6 metres.

Beach towels provided at the pool area.

Reception and Boutique

All arrivals will be checked in at the reception lounge. You will be given a welcome drink and a cold towel while the reception team is looking after you. Reception is open 24 hours throughout the week and a Manager on Duty will help you out with Information and needs you might require.

International calls, local calls and faxes may b e made through reception. The hotel provides complimentary e-mail service for the use of sending and receiving guest e-mails. The Internet is accessible at an additional cost.

Foreign Currency Exchange facilities are available at the cashier’s desk behind reception. The local currency is Kenya Shillings. The exchange rate provided is straightforward and does not involve any hidden charges or commissions. Due to the Government restriction, please note that Kenya Shillings cannot be converted into Foreign Currencies (here in the Club). We honour Visa and Master cards. The hotel is unable to give cash advances on credit cards, however, the Barclays Bank in Malindi is allowed to do so. Personal cheques are not accepted in the Club.

We want your holiday to be as worry-free as possible, so please note that none of our outlets accepts cash payments with exception of the boutique, reception and cashier’s desk. If you do incur any extra charges during your stay with us, these will be added to your room bill, which can be settled at the cashier’s desk before departure.

Restaurands and Bars

The club offers four restaurants

For romance candle-lit dinner by the ocean, try the Blue Turtle restaurant. In the pizza restaurant you will find a tasteful variety that makes dining here uniquely different at our gardens with ponds. Or enjoy a themed dinner by the pool.

1.     Main Restaurant

Full breakfast lunch and dinner offered in the main restaurant by the pool, which seats 300 and has smoking and non-smoking areas overlooking Watamu beach. The meals are buffet style.

The restaurant at the poolside has an excellent reputation and all tastes are catered for, including vegetarians.

07.30am – 10.00am Full breakfast
10.00am – 11.00am Continental Breakfast

12.00noon – 02.00pm Buffet Lunch
06.30pm – 07.00pm Children’s Dinner
07.00pm – 09.00pm Buffet Dinner

2. Snack Bar

The Snack Bar is located also at the poolside for in between mealtime snacks. Our waiters will serve you the snacks, just ask for the menu.

10.00am – 12.00 noon Cookies station
12.00noon – 06.00pm Snacks
04.00pm – 06.00pm Cookies station
11.00pm – 12.00 midnight snacks

3. Pizza Restaurant

The Pizza Restaurant is overlooking the fishponds. Delicious pizza’s, pasta, salad bar and soups makes this restaurant a favourite place.

12.00 noon – 02.00pm Lunch Service

06.00pm – 09.00pm Dinner Service.

4. Blue Turtle Restaurant

The Blue Turtle Restaurant, beautifully located on the beach will provide you with a la carte menus at an extra charge. At least once during your stay you should try it out, especially on a moonlit night.

Reservation required. Children under 18, accommodate by an adult, are welcome in the Blue Turtle. Unaccompanied children are welcome to join the children’s dinner at 6.30pm in the main restaurant.

1. BIRD WATCHING 

Bird watching package

We are offering three birdwatching packages, from right here in Turtle Bay Beach Club:

ONE WEEK PACKAGE 4 TRIPS Cost £150

  1. Arabuko-Sokoke Forest – East African coastal forest with 6 globally threatened birds, including Sokoke Scops Owl.
  2. Sabaki River Mouth – a huge estuary with thousands of waders and terns, in addition to pelicans. Also renowned for rarities.
  3. Lake Chem Chem and Jilore – freshwater lakes surrounded by coastal scrub, good for ducks, herons, marsh terns and migrating bee-eaters.
  4. Gongoni Bush – dry Acacia and Commiphora woodland good for Somali-Maasai biome species such as those found in Tsavo

TEN DAY PACKAGE 6 TRIPS COAST £250

Includes those in one week package above, plus:

  1. Mida Creek – a huge tidal inlet fringed by mangrove, is a key stop-over site for migrant waders, including Crab-plovers and Terek Sandpipers.
  2. Malindi Harbour – internationally important for flocks of roosting terns and gulls.

14 DAY PACKAGE 6 TRIPS & SAFARIS COAST £410

Includes six trips as above (minus Gongoni) and one overnight safari to Tsavo East National Park.

N.B. All prices are per person based on minimum group of four, and are subject to change without notice. Provisional bookings can be taken for groups less than four and combined with other interested parties.

2. WATER SPORTS

Fun Boats

5 Fun Boats are available at the watersport centre.

The guests can take a courseat extra cost (contact watersport for courses and prices) and a sailing certificate will be issued to them, this will allow the guest to take the boat out for maximum ½ hour a day whenever they like for the rest of their stay.

Or another option will be one of the watersports supervisors take the guest on a 1 hour sailing trip through Turtle Lagoon at extra cost (contact watersport for courses and prices) .

Pedelows

One 4-seater and three 2-seater pedelows are available for our guests to use free of charge.

They are easy to handle and fun for young and old to explore the Turtle Bay.

Paddle Skis

Eight brand new, white, single users paddle skis have been introduced complementary to our guests. Not sinkable, no lessons necessary and also for kids easy to use with a life jacket.

Boogie Boards

The watersports Centre issued 20 boogie boards for our all inclusive guests. It is fun for the whole family taking a ride on the waves of the Indian Ocean.

Wedding Package

I DO

Tie the knot at Turtle Bay Beach Club in the tropical paradise set amongst exotic and beautifully landscaped gardens or on the gorgeous beach with the expertise help of our wedding coordinator.

You can sit back and relax while all the organizing and paperwork is done for you.

The Turtle Bay way is one wedding per day

Pre wedding

Pedicure & manicure for the bride

Massage for the groom

Wedding

A beautifully decorated gazebo with fresh tropical flowers

Specially woven flower garlands on the door after the ceremony

Decorated chairs for the bride and groom with a flower center piece for the table

Two bottles sparkling wine at the reception

Fresh flower bouquet for the bride, buttonhole for the groom

Wedding cake 1 tier

Services of a best man /maids if necessary

Preparation of documentation

48 pictures on CD

Arranging the ceremony

Legal fees, Organizing the registrar and fees

Wedding certificate

A CHOICE OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

Church choir or Maasai dancers

Bride to arrive by camel or couple to depart by camel for beach walk

Dhow wedding (book in advance) park fees are extra charge

Post wedding

Wedding greeting with a photo sent by email to pre arranged list, Gala dinner

Breakfast in bed

Honeymooner package – no extra charge

Tie the knot at Turtle Bay Beach Club in the tropical paradise set amongst exotic and beautifully landscaped gardens or on the gorgeous beach with the expertise help of our wedding coordinator. You can sit back and relax while all the organizing and paperwork is done for you.

Upgrade from Club to Lamu room (on availability)

Flower garland at arrival

Basket of fruits in the room

A bottle of sparkling wine

Flower-decoration  in the room

Honeymooner photo

Email service: sending honeymooner photo to family/friends

Breakfast in bed

Special dinner on the beach or in our a la carte restaurant

Documentation required for a wedding in Kenya

We will need copies of the documents six weeks prior to travel, please bring the original documents with you.

  1. Passport copies OR Kenyan ID cards for the bride & groom
  2. Birth certificates for the bride and groom
  3. Addresses and occupations of the bride and groom
  4. If one of the parties is a divorcee – divorcee certificate
  5. If widow / widower death certificate of the former spouse
  6. Full names and occupations of the bride and grooms parents
  7. If single – an affidavit stamped by a commissioner for oaths stating that you have never been married before
  8. If names have changed by deed poll – legal proof
  9. If adopted – adoption certificate
  10. If under the age of 21 years – evidence of consent by parents is required in the form of an affidavit stamped by the notary public
  11. All documents must be translated in English

The place to hold your blessings

We aim to make the day of your blessing a special one and therefore work closely with you to ensure that all goes exactly as you would wish. However, while we ask for your opinions and wishes, we also aim to make sure that we do the work, not you! A few brief meetings with our Coordinator are all that is necessary, and then you can sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday while all the organizing is done for you. Our local Pastor, who comes from a Baptist Church, conducts the Ceremony. Ceremonies can be arranged Monday – Saturday and are held in the afternoon. The date selected is subject to the Pastor’s availability and consent.

As we want your day to be special and not conflict with a Turtle Bay wedding, sometimes the first date selected may not always be available. In this regard, we ask you to let us have three optional dates. The ceremony is held in the Club grounds, and can be arranged either in the garden or on the beach. Ceremonies on the beach are seasonal due to the high winds experienced during the months of April to October. For each individual ceremony, a bower made of palm fronds decorated with fresh tropical flowers is built.

Your Blessing can be as formal or informal, as you like. We have a resident hairdresser who will be happy to style your hair for you for a small fee.

We have resident tailors at the hotel, so if you would like a Kenyan outfit that is generally cooler and more suited to the climate, we will be happy to design and make your clothes for you. You can choose the fabric and style that best suits you. The cost of these outfits varies but as an indication, a smart vest made out of the traditional, brightly coloured cotton kikoi, is approximately UK£20.

We also offer the option of having a reception for you. It can be held in the Club’s beachfront Blue Turtle Restaurant. Sparkling wine and a cake, if requested, are served at this time.

For dinner that evening, the choice is yours. Either the Blue Turtle Restaurant or the main dining room is available, where specially decorated tables and chairs are ready for you.

A direct booking with us for the Blessing is UK£250.

The package includes:

  1. Two bottles of Sparkling wine
  2. A cake for 6 – 8 people
  3. Reception
  4. Dinner (Table d’hote)
  5. The Pastor’s services,
  6. Church Choir
  7. Floral decorations

We also offer optional extra items such as flower bouquets, buttonholes and a photographer and video among others, if requested.

Please let us know if we can do anything to help ensure that your Blessing day is a special one and one that, you will remember in the years to come.

We look forward to welcoming you to Turtle Bay Beach Club.

Please note that the Blessing ceremony is not legally binding.

The price will be quoted at the time of booking for clarity reasons.

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