Spent a week here recently and thoroughly enjoyed it.....though no one else's review seems to have mentioned the time zone change!! It's not officially a different time zone, but island time is +1 from Belize.
We had a basic room which was more than adequate. Loved the outdoor shower, in fact it was the only one I used. Aircon/fan are both good, bed comfy, plenty of towels and shower products. Tea/coffee was delivered at 6.30am every morning which at home would seem too much but actually I thoroughly enjoyed wandering by the sea with my cup of coffee watching the sun rise.
Dining is communal and I really thought I would struggle with this but I didn't at all - we had a good group of people on the island and became quite tight knit over the course of the week. Meals are served 3 times a day and whilst a lot of people raved about the food, I would say it is a bit more on the average side [a caveat to this being that I do all my own cooking so am often underwhelmed]. Portions were good though and I ate everything I was given! Highlight of the week was the Friday BBQ. Fruit, cookies and hot/cold drinks were available all day as well so you never went hungry. Alcoholic drinks were a little on the expensive side [$6.50 beer/$7.50 glass if wine] but you are on an island and you are a captive audience. It would be nice though if they could offer an all-inclusive add on drinks package as it does add up.
Weather was good all week with changeable seas. Blue hole trip went ahead as planned and is recommended even if you just go for the day out. Snorkelling with Carlos on a day to day basis was a joy and he really is an asset to their operation.
All in all, we had a great time and were looked after very well. The staff/management out there seem like one big family and we felt that we had become part of it for the week. Smiles and pleasantries were genuine and you really felt that they wanted you to be there. We also made, hopefully, some new acquaintances.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Turneffe Island Resort is a secluded 14-acre private island located 35 miles off the coast of Belize. We offer 7 night, 4-night, and 3-night Diving, Fishing and Resort packages. Packages include airport transfers, deluxe lodge accommodations, scheduled activities, all meals and hors d’oeuvres served throughout the day. All accommodations are located on white sandy beaches. All rooms include indoor and outdoor showers and spectacular ocean views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turneffe Island Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Turneffe Island Lodge