After much research we chose to stay at Turtle Beach and could not have made a better decision.
HOSPITALITY - Paul and Tommy know how to run a place. One of them is always on property to help out with whatever you need. Setting up tours, helping get groceries, finding some strange item you forgot. They welcome you and will do whatever it takes to ensure you get what you need to make your vacation perfect. Even if it's something different for everyone in your party.
LOCATION - Halfway between West End and West Bay means you have easy access (we walked but you can take water taxis right from the dock) to everything. Some guests choose to go to restaurants every night. Halfway also means you have privacy on your own beautiful beach. We snorkelled right off the beach or took the kayaks out to the reef.
FACILITIES - comfortable beds (our group stayed in Turtle, Jellyfish and Seahorse), fully appointed kitchens (we cooked all but one meal), beautiful BBQ facility, palapa on the water, kayaks, snorkelling gear, tv with hundreds of movies, wifi (a must on our teens list), hammocks everywhere … the list could go on!
CLEANLINESS - Lina is there to ensure your villa/cabin is clean on arrival and you can request a cleaning during your stay if you need it. Carlos maintains the grounds - hence the gorgeously swept beach daily.
VALUE - One of the most reasonable family vacations we have ever taken. We cooked ourselves and the sea bass was the most amazing we have ever had at a fraction of the price at home!
I rarely go the same place twice but this time I will return.
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Our group consisted of my husband, son and new wife, and myself. My husband and I travel frequently in and out of the U.S. We make it a practice to try to not go back to the same place ever, since there are so many places we still want to visit. HOWEVER, this place captured our hearts. It is only the second place that we will return to (first was Antigua, Guatemala, an entirely different type of trip).
The resort is unique, beautiful, lush, but still down-to-earth and just plain fun. It is evident from the minute you set foot on the property that you are someplace special. The most amazing thing to us was that it didn't exist two years ago! Paul and Tommy have it all together. They are there to provide whatever you may need, from groceries, advice, tour planning, and just plain old fun! The guests feel like they're in someone's home - the hospitality is that good. When I said that to Paul, he said, "then I'm doing my job right". People end up socializing together, even doing impromptu dinners and outings together (Tommy's area of expertise!).
As far as the accommodations, the villas are beautifully designed and finished, and set on the property very creatively. The beautiful stone and rock, as well as the awesome landscaping, wood carvings, waterfalls, and decks, create a peaceful yet fun environment. The villas are spacious, and each has a nice deck and hammock. There are kayaks, snorkel gear, floats, and nice beach chairs, all on a private beach. The towns truly are a 10-15 minute walk or a short water taxi ride. Water taxis and regular cabs are easily obtained.
This is a place for those who don't want to be in the center of the tourist and cruiseship crowds, but yet have easy access to the towns if desired. Paul makes sure that you have what you need and runs errands every day, first checking to see if anything is on your shopping list, even fresh shrimp and lobster!
A few bits of advice - make sure you use bug spray. Spray frequently and well - the sand fleas are abundant! Don't even pack cologne! Just kick back and enjoy! We can't wait to come back!
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