Thanks to the Swine Flu we changed our vacation destination to Belize. I felt fortunate to secure a reservation at The Turtle Inn at the very last minute. They were helpful in arranging our connecting flights on Tropic Air.
Once arriving on the property - we felt like we had just landed in an episode of "Fantasy Island". The grounds of the property are truly amazing and every attention to detail has been pre-thought out. Since it was our anniversary they were kind enough to upgrade us to a two bed room villa. It had a garden view instead of an ocean front or view - but we loved it - very secluded and more room than we needed. There were also two bathrooms each including an outside shower. Every morning we would "call" the front desk for our coffee and it arrived very promptly. We enjoyed breakfast on the property daily - complimentary if you would like their fruit and bread basket - or may order off the menu for a change of food at a small price. We found all of the food and gift shop prices to be very fair.
The resort is very relaxing and most of the time you do not even see the other guests. There were some visitors that received horrible bug bites - fortunately we had no trouble and did wear bug spray. Remember there truly is no AC - there are ceiling fans and floor fans - but if you are uncomfortable w/the heat - you might want to consider the time of year you visit. The resort is amazing - no garbage cans in sight. Very private and you actually feel very secluded as if the entire property is there just for you. Housekeeping just magically comes and cleans your room when you leave - you never see them around the resort.
The majority of the service is what you would expect of a resort of this caliber. We did experience sporadic service at the pool bar - the bartender would disappear for large chunks of time - so if you were thirsty or hungry - that was frustrating - some guests simply went behind the bar and poured their own beer. There were "pool captains" pool side - but I never really figured out their job description - they would stand under the thatched roof and talk to each other. So, don't expect drinks served chair side - just walk to the bar and hope the bartender is there. Some of the restaurants are not open every night - so check into that so you can diversify your food. The Grill - seaside/seafood restaurant was good the second time we tried it - the first night they were over-whelmed and did not have enough staff. After waiting close to an hour for our reserved table - we simply moved on to another restaurant. However, the next night it was very good (the menu does not change from day to day). I know it sounds silly - but the pizza is delicious and I'm not a huge fan of pizza. I wish someone had told us that one pizza is plenty for two people. The restaurant across the street (still part of the resort) serves local fare - and we really enjoyed it. However, we were part of the very last seating and they were certainly ready for us to leave so they could close up. Literally locked the door as we were leaving.
This was a wonderful vacation and I would definitely return.
A couple of other things that may/or may not be helpful to you - some I was unsure of prior to arrival - they provide hair dryers in the bath, with bath robes as well. Very nice shampoo, conditioner and soaps and lotions as well as laundry service if you need it. Wi Fi in the main restaurant and bars. Our ATT&T bb email didn't work until the last day for some reason and we have the intl. plan. Phone service worked just fine. There is a mini-bar in the room and the bars close early on the property - we had bought a bottle of nice vodka at duty free in Belize City and some beer in town in Placencia - that came in handy.
Lastly there is a departure tax you must pay at the airport - just a warning - it is a seperate line aside from your airline check in and it was quite long when we were there - so it's smart to arrive early for your flight - cc and USD was accepted.
- 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