Having just returned from Barbados I really enjoyed my time at the hotel.
The beach location is amazing, although the sea was very rough and not ideal for children, so having the 2 main pools, children’s area and a Jacuzzi makes up for that.
The staff on the whole were excellent and our room was spotlessly cleaned everyday.
However I do have a few issues that need to be looked at by the management team. The food I have to say was a bit hit & miss, the vegetables were not cooked and the meat was rather overdone. We did go to the other A la Carte, but the seating system was dreadful as you had to queue even though you had booked a table previously and the tables in the restaurant were empty. When we asked why this was happening the lady in charge she was quite rude to my husband. (Everyone was complaining I have never queued up in any other hotel I have stayed at). This makes no sense what so ever why don’t you just show people to a table? We did forget to book one night and we turned up in the Buffett area to find that all the restaurants that evening were by reservation only and we had to book for 8.30 that evening even though ½ of the tables were empty, in the end we told the man in charge that we were sitting down to eat as we had had enough. I really could not see the point of an A la Carte Italian Restaurant at the hotel, when I go to the Caribbean I would like to eat freshly cooked fish as we did in St Lucia not pasta which wasn’t particualy very nice anyway, I’ll stick to Jamie Oliver’s thank you very much! It seems to be a wasted opportunity with all the sea food around.
I would also like to suggest a way of attracting the beach waiter to get you a drink as there wasn’t enough people bringing drinks around by the beach. In St Lucia they gave us a small pole with a red flag attached to it and you put that in the sand to indicate that you wanted a drink. It will save time and money and makes the waiter’s life a bit easier.
On the whole I would recommend this hotel but avoid half term as there were 148 children there!
MY TIP: anyone who is traveling to the Caribbean in winter time, take an empty suitcase with you to put all your winter clothes in. The amount of people I see carrying around their coats and jumpers on arrival is quite funny but not neccesary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A vibrant blend of contemporary style and informal elegance." A truly magnificent all-inclusive property of 161 rooms situated on a glorious stretch of the south coast of Barbados. Turtle Beach Resort uniquely combines contemporary style, informal elegance, lively atmosphere and a superb range of facilities suitable for all ages, including a supervised kids Club (for children aged 4-12) setting new standards for all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean. Complimentary WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotel Dover
- Turtle Beach Barbados
- Turtle Beach Resort Barbados
- Hotel Turtle Beach
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