My husband and I just returned from a week at Turtle Inn, and while we had a nice time there were a few things that potential visitors should note.
As others have mentioned, there is no air conditioning and no tv. The lack of AC was rough, especially when you are paying quite a hefty rate. Some nights, when it storms, the rain flaps are rolled down to protect the cabins and there is absolutely no breeze. It led to a few sleepless nights. Speaking of sleep, we were in a seaview cottage and the bed was quite small - I'm guessing a double? Also, request a mosquito net when you arrive. They are not in the rooms and we, along with many others, experienced a whole lot of bug bites.
If you are a couple looking for lots of activity or have children, this is a good place to go. The tours were great and we loved checking out Monkey River and diving. If you are looking to bliss out on a beautiful beach or by a luxurious pool, it is not the place to go. The beach is ok but murky and full of seaweed or sea grass. The pool by the bar is nice, but there are often many children there playing. The adults only pool is a decent alternative, but it is not next to the beach, and there is no bar or food nearby.
On the plus side, several members of staff are so wonderful - especially Charlie at the pool bar and Terryann, the concierge. They both go out of their way to make your visit special and always have a smile for you. Also, we enjoyed the restaurants (especially the house-made pastas and lobster grills!) and did not find them pricey. In fact the prices seemed quite reasonable for a resort. And a massage is a must, the masseuses are wonderful.
While I appreciate the Inn's efforts to create an environment of rustic tranquility, I do think they could make a few adjustments to justify the rates and give travelers a true 4-5 star experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury and unspoiled beauty on a pristine white-sand beach.Turtle Inn is a true labor of love. Less than a year after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside refuge in 2001, it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. Turning disaster into triumph, the Coppolas led a two-year reclamation project, creating a magnificent resort that is consistently ranked among the best in Central and South America.This 25-room seafront hideaway combines natural wonders with luxury style. Accommodations are in individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings and naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean ocean. In addition, the resort has two infinity swimming pools for enjoying the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Hotel Placencia
- Turtle Inn Belize/Placencia
- Belize Turtle Inn