After spending 5 days at Blancaneaux Lodge we took the 2 hour drive and 1/2 hour boat ride over to Turtle Inn.
As in Blancaneaux the grounds, service, staff, and food were excellent. But as in our other reviews some items to know about Turtle Inn.
There is not a lot to do at Turtle Inn if you don't scuba dive, which I did and it was great. By far this would have be the best "diving" resort you could possible stay out, but for those that don't dive it is a place to relax and find yourself.
The beach is okay but is not a place to lay out at or the water to swim in.
The town down the road is typical of Belize in that it is very depressed and makes you feel guilty that what you are paying for one night at Turtle Inn is what most people probably make the entire year.
We went on the Monkey River Wildlife tour and our guide was wonderful finding the one howler monkey in a very mosquito ridden foilage and also point out the small crocodile. We only saw the heads of the mantatees from a distance or the small pools of water they made as the went back under water. Not if you have back or neck issues this is very bumping going across the bay to the start of the river.
The place to see the wildlife is at the dock as there was a massive crocodile that liked to stay around this area and saw it on several occassions.
Definitely eat at the Gauguin Grill as it was a treat.
The villa we had was definitely a highlight and the bathtub and outdoor shower a big hit as well.
Again another wonderful Coppola resort. And if you liked this you need to check out Lapa Rios in Costa Rica that is even a step above for activities and wildlife.
- 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