Turtle Beach Resort Hotel

, Bridgetown, Barbados
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Turtle Beach Resort Hotel

, Bridgetown
Dover - Bridgetown - Barbados Hotel Website | 246-428-7131
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Not as bad as I thought it would be...

from A TripAdvisor Member
We have just spent 10 days in February with our three children (twins aged 9 and a 13 year old son). Our rooms were fine (ocean front rooms on the 4th floor) with beautiful views of the ocean. However the rooms and bathroom could definitely do with a lick of paint! Be careful if you book garden view rooms - they are very close to the restaurant where they have nightly entertainment - so if you have young children to get to sleep not a good choice! My younger children loved going to the childrens club but my teenage son was very bored. I was expecting more water sports to be on offer - they only had a few body boards which quickly ran out and no sailing instruction eventhough in the brochure it showed boats on the beach. The food was okay although because we were on the inclusive deal we soon got sick of the buffets at lunchtime and the same kids menu every night. As regards service - yes it was a little slow - but so what , you are on holiday do you really want to be rushing all the time ? We found most of the staff really friendly. We hired a car for five days and managed to see most of the island which is beautiful - go to see the Animal/flower caves in ST Lucy.

Whats the problem

from A TripAdvisor Member
Whats the problem with the staff??? Do they not know who pays their salaries. Maybe its just foreigners they don't like - which doesn't work well in the tourism industry. The hotel was very good, but it lacks good service. I wouldn't go again

Turtle Beach was not worth the money

from Roberta64
We stayed at Turtle over the New Year's holiday and I did not like it.
The rooms were called suites but they were definitely too small for 2 adults and 2 kids(10 & 12). The rooms were ok but nothing to write home about. The food was only average at best. The beach was nice but crowded. The service was terrible-especially during the first days when they were booked-it got better the last day because the resort emptied out. The worst part of the resort was the women who worked there. I never saw one smile from them. They were mostly rude and couldn't care less about you. I would not go back. I have traveled to many islands and have stayed in many hotels but cannot say this one would make my top 20 list.

Not perfect, but one of the best!

from goliard
My girlfriend and I went to Turtle Beach for 10 days in February. I have read all the reviews here and have stayed in several hotels in Barbados so I think this is a fair review.Firstly, in Barbados you get what you pay for. Turtle Beach is 4+ stars, but would not get this rating in the States, where it would be 3+. The hotel IS worth the money. The food is not gourmet, but it's good. The rooms are definately some of the best on the island, but they are NOT suites and are ONLY suitable for two adults and maybe a small child. The bathrooms are fine, but look better than they are. Its also not worth upgrading because all the rooms, except the bigger one bed suites which are better, have good views and are the same.The staff can be pathetically slow OR very nice... but still slow, but you get this everywhere in Barbados. I have stayed at the Almond Beach Club (terrible place), and The House (lovely but not worth the money). If you want somewhere really good without paying Sandy Lane prices then go for The Colony Club, also owned by the Elegant Hotels group. Its not all inclusive but its a great place with a lovely beach.The beach at Turtle Beach has good waves for having fun in, but the hotels on the West Coast have calm clear water which is good for snorkelling. Some people have complained about not getting beach chairs etc. In busy times you need to be on the beach by 9.30am to get what you want, but in the afternoon many of the morning people leave the beach so there's plenty of new space available.Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. I disagree with previous reviews about the food being excellent and Asiagos being superb. I found all the food to be average to good, but still the best all-inclusive on the island. To me, gourmet means Michelin Star, and there's nothing Michelin about it, but its still very acceptable.We eat out on a couple of nights at Tides and Daphnes. THIS IS gourmet food but will set you back ?120-?140 for two.Overall I do recommend Turtle Beach, the pictures in the brochures don't do it justice and as long as you're willing to adopt a laid back attitude to everything then you will be happy. I personally think its a really nice hotel which is worth the extra money as compared to the other 4* hotels on the island.My main piece of advice is this. Ignore the star ratings in the brochures. Simply look for the hotel that is at the absolute top end of your budget and stay there. You really do get what you pay for in Barbados.

Depends on how busy

from bax52
Just back from a ten day break at this resort. Have to say standards have slipped quite a bit sonce last time we were here two years ago.
The staff are either VERY surly or VERY nice. The rooms need sprucing up too. For the first seven days it was great. The hotel was very quiet (40% full) and the service was very good. Then all hell let loose. It went to 100% occupancy for the last three days and the service went to hell. No sunbeds, panicing/rude staff, no availablity in the restaurants, queues at the bars. Dirty beach. Nightmare.If its quiet, you'll be ok. if busy, watch out.

Definitely Worth the Money

from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife and I just returned from a week stay at Turtle Beach and let me say that we were very impressed during our stay there. We were very skeptical due to all of the negative reviews but I'm glad we decided to stay at Turtle Beach. There are some things that need to be addressed.
First, the water didn't get all that hot all the time. In fact, it only got hot one day while we were there. It was warm enough to take showers. Second, the a la carte menu was very limited and the food from the a la carte wasn't anything to write home about. Finally, the birds at times were very annoying. Besides that, I would definitely return to Turtle Beach. The accommodations were excellent. We had a one bedroom suite and the view was breathtaking. The beach was wonderful and we didn't have to get up at 7:00 in the morning to get lounge chairs like some reviewers suggested. In fact, we went to the beach about 2:00 every afternoon and never had a problem finding lounge chairs. The service was above average. Everyone was friendly and attentive. The buffet food was superb. The drinks were plentiful and satisfying. We got all this for a very reasonable price. We'll definitely return to Turtle Beach because Barbados is a beautiful island and we would suggest that you do the SAME!!

Great time had

from A TripAdvisor Member
I wanted to write this as after reading the previous reviews we were unsure about what we would get. It turned out that we had a fantastc time, the hotel more than lived up to our expectations. Yes ok its not the best hotel I have stayed in and if you looked carefully you could see the odd bit of cracked woodwork in the rooms but it was totally comfortable, relaxed and un-pretentious. I have two children and the 1 bed suite was perfect for us. We came across 1 member of the watersports staff who had an attitude (he was a teenager!!), but the others I cannot speak highly enough of, if we asked for something it was done without a problem. Turtle beach is part of the Elegant group of hotels who own 4 other hotels on the west coast, I would recomend you hire a car and pay Tamrind Cove and Colony Club a visit, you get credits against your food and drinks and they have a great water taxi that runs between all four, TC has a great reef for the children to snorkle on and the watersports guys will happily take you out for a spin in the speed boat. We will be heading back to Turtle Beach this year, its a good hotel with nice staff a great beach, good location (The Gap is 5 mins away with bars and restaurants) and you have the added benefit of hotel hopping to the other elegant resorts.

Worst staff in the world!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
These people have absolute huge nerve calling this a resort. I have neve been to such a run down musty smelling place in all my life. There is NOTHING right with this place. It smells like must, it looks like it hasn't been cleaned in years. I will be horrified forever at this place. The walls are always dripping with moisture. The staff are less than accomodating. Especially one lady, who I was told was called "Big Betty". Apparently she has been there forvever and hates guests! This is certainly a place for people who don't want any service at all!

Fantastic

from A TripAdvisor Member
Moved to this hotel from Almond beach Club and spa, and can only say it was the best move ever. Great staff, singing during breakfast, smiling through lunch, good food, great beach, clean, so accomodating, the saying here is in response to almost every request " Whatever will make you happy" The clear answer to this is not to go home. You either get Barbados or you dont, the general view here from most people was the same as mine, the select few who did not like needed to go back to spain!!!, Its the caribbean, enjoy it, endulge,have fun

Fell in love with Turtle Beach and Barbados

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just returned from the most relaxing vacation we've ever had. I didn't know what to expect from Turtle Beach being rated only 3 stars. I pleasantly surprised. The beach is wonderful, the service was great, the rooms and property in general was clean and well kept. We didn't want to leave! Barbados is surreal. I would highly recommend renting a car and exploring. But don't take a map....doesn't do any good. You have to use your instincts! We can't wait to go back.

Top Local Tips for Bridgetown

Holiday St Lawrence Gap is a great place to spend your time, good night life in the area

The Sea state, South v West ! The sea does tend to be rough here, especially from Feb to May but it's beautiful to look at, excellent for surfing & the sea bed is sandy with no rocks / coral to cut your feet on. You could not allow young children in the sea unaccompanied, the waves knocked me flat. However, we visited Crystal Cove on the West coast - here it is calm but some coral & rocks under foot & it was much hotter on the beach because the sea breeze is much gentler. Personally I liked being able to sit out in the sun at Turtle Beach with a strong breeze to keep you comfortably cool. Crystal Cove was also a very nice resort with lovely staff, but it's very small size I felt was maybe a little claustrophobic. The whole West coast of Barbados is very built up (though rarely high rise) & traffic on the coast road is often at a stand still. I loved Barbados - especialy the wild East coast, but overall I prefer Antigua, where, apart from Dickinson Bay & Jolly Bay, there tends to be only 1 hotel per beach / bay!!

Restaurants at Christ Church There are several excellent restaurants in waliking distance, along "The Gap". Definitely go to Pices. It looks like nothing from the street, but it is lovely on the inside, right on the water, and the food is great! Also, The Restaurant at South Seas is fantastic. Well worth the price.

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  • Address: Dover - Bridgetown - Barbados
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