Turtle Inn Hotel

, Placencia, Belize
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Turtle Inn Hotel

, Placencia
Stann Creek District - Placencia - Belize Hotel Website | 523-3244
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Relaxation by the Sea

from A TripAdvisor Member
We did a joint stay at the Blancaneaux and Turtle Inn. It's best to do your stay in Belize this way if you have the time. The best views of Belize in two different locations. Even though we can say that we liked Blancaneaux better, they are two very different resorts. All the trips we took thru the concierge were amazing! The sunrise every morning is one to take in. The service was one notch lower than Blancaneaux's, but the rooms made up for that! Spacious, luxurious, and romantic! We could have spent all day at the beach bar talking with the bartender! If you plan trips each day, make sure to give yourself at least one day to take in the resort and its beauty.

Beautiful cottages - change the music please!

from jnyc
We had serious hotel envy when we visited Turtle Inn. Our friends were staying at the inn and we were unable to secure 3 nights of lodging in one cottage there, so we decided to stay at Robert's Grove instead. Upon visiting Turtle Inn for dinner my boyfriend seriously considered trying to book a room there, even though our Robert's Grove accommodations were already paid for.

We got to spend one night, our last night, at the Turtle Inn. The cottages are beautifully fitted with ornate Indonesian furnishings. The bathroom and outdoor shower are amazing. Breakfast with fruit and fresh-baked cinammon rolls and muffins was delectable. There are plenty of staff there to address your every whim. I had an in-room massage and the masseuse was top-notch. My massuese reminded me of those in Thailand, she was wiry and strong and stretched me to perfect relaxation.

My only complaint is the muzak they play in the main building which houses the restaurant. It is truly elevator quality. I expect more from Coppola in this department! That and the staff were so formal and polite, to the point of being stiff. A little personality would not hurt.

Not going back soon enough

from A TripAdvisor Member
This could not have been more amazing. I hesitated to even post because I don't want the secret of Placencia to get out. My husband and I shared a 2 bedroom, seafront villa with our dear friends. It was a terrific set up. Everything about the place is pure but simple elegance. The staff is relaxed and friendly but just "hidden" enough so that you feel very private. The outdoor showers are incredible! We had the grace of a full moon which just made the resort that much more beautiful. The restaurant is great on some things but on others just average. The snorkel trip to Laughing Bird is great. OUr husbands went bone fishing with Eloy and caught those and snapper. We only went to town one night but it was great. We enjoyed sunset and dinner at Yoli's Bar (just down from The Moorings). They have no menu yet but we dined on an appetizer of marinated beef tenderloin followed by an enormous platter of lobster, shrimp, fish and chicken with sides of mashed potatoes and rice. You must go visit Yoli and her husband Regan! I only hope tropical storm Gamma has spared Placencia.

Perfection- Turtle Inn

from A TripAdvisor Member
Had to laugh at the reviews of other hotels in Placentia and Belize in general after returning from an extended stay at the Turtle Inn. Folks, the other places are like camping and on the level of a Motel 6 at best compared to the Turtle Inn. Well worth the few extra $ for outstanding location, views, staff, service and food. Placentia hasn't completely recovered from hurricane Iris of 2002 (the locals have been on the wrong side of the political fence - so they say), but the area is still beautiful. Laid back town, good value, most of the locals appreciate visitors.

Incredible!!!

from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just got back from our honeymoon and we cannot stop raving about Turtle Inn. Upon steping into the lobby and seeing the ocean, you just fall in love with the beauty of the entire resort. The service was top-notch; we were treated like royalty. The staff there was great and accomodated all our requests. Our villa was gorgeous and we were big fans of the outdoor shower. We both love this place and plan on coming back sometime in the future.

romantic but the food sucks

from A TripAdvisor Member
If you're a real foodie give this place a miss

We had dinner here; with it being Francis Ford Coppola's place.
The wine list is lovely - but expensive & fine if you like Chardonnay for a choice in white.
The food is very disappointing; way overpriced & poor. The meat was pure gristle & the pasta was uninteresting.
I was very disappointed given that it is much hyped due to its ownership.

By all means - stay here as the cabanas are lovely - but eat somewhere else; De Thatch in the village is great for local food & The Maya Beach hotel serves excellent fare as does Zeboz Carribean resort.

If you're not staying here - don't waste your money eating here.

The definition of Paradise

from ASmartChk27
My husband and I just returned from our first (and most definitely not our last) trip to Belize just a few days ago. We split our 9 day adventure between Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn. Blancaneaux stole our hearts forever, but if it's sun and sea you crave, Turtle Inn is paradise on earth. Friendly staff cater to your every whim, and always with a smile. I did not have the opportunity to see the villas, but our oceanview cabana was absolutely beautiful. Mr. Coppola spared no expense or attention to detail at this resort, creating a truely remarkable embiance I've never experienced at any other resort in any other country I've visited. When visiting Turtle Inn, don't shy away from the private outdoor shower, as it is a real treat for the body and soul. You'll love it so much, you'll find yourself wanting to add an outdoor garden shower onto your own house after you return home. The Belizean soaps, shampoo, and conditioner will leave your skin and hair the softest it has ever been, and there is nothing quite like seeing only moon and stars above you. The food at the open air restaurant was excellent, and you can even submit your own family recipes or try your hand at being a chef for a night. Almost anything you desire will be yours at Turtle Inn. The day trips offered are all wonderful, and if you're lucky you might even have the tour guide all to yourself. We had this privilage on 2 of our adventures. I highly recommend the Jaguar Preserve trip. It was my favorite of all my adventures in Belize. Even Turtle Inn's clientelle is worth mentioning here. If you are like my husband and I, and are leary of resorts that allow children, have no fear. The children we encountered here were extremely well behaved and respectful. Families seemed to all genuinely enjoy each other's company, and couples of all ages all seemed truely in love. The guests during my stay were very diverse in where they came from, and at any time you could hear as many as 3 or 4 different languages being spoken. However, language is no barrier here. Guests from every corner of the world intermingle and find ways to communicate even if it means drawing pictures.... though we found most did know at least a little bit of English, so selfish Americans, such as myself, who never bothered to learn a second language, may still find it fairly easy to make new friends. I could go on and on praising this resort, but no amount of praise can do it justice. You have to visit it for yourself to really appreciate it. I recommend Turtle Inn to anyone who can afford it, and even those who think they can't. You'd be surprised how much money you can save if you eat beans and rice and skip the morning visit to Starbucks. GO TO TURTLE INN and while you are at it, go ahead and try Blancaneaux too. You might just discover, as I did, that there is more to heaven than sand and sea.

Exotic and Beautiful

from LanSluder
This trip, I got to test drive Turtle Inn. The original Turtle Inn was a fixture for many years in Placencia, when the late Skip White ran it. Four or five years ago, it was bought by Francis Ford Coppola and soon reopened as Blancaneaux's Turtle Inn. Then, in October 2001, a nasty lady named Iris paid a visit to Placencia, and Turtle Inn was virtually blown away. After a complete rebuild, Turtle Inn reopened in early 2003.

Turtle Inn knocked me out. My family and I had a two-bedroom sea front villa, and you couldn't ask for anything nicer or more stylish. The villas and many of the single cabaƱas sit just feet from the sea, so the gentle lap-lap of the Caribbean soothes you, and the prevailing offshore breeze keeps you cool. (There is no air-conditioning, so on a calm summer day I do fear it can get pretty warm.)

Our villa was a pure delight. In some ways, the villas at Turtle Inn remind me of those at Blancaneaux Lodge: The bay-thatch ceiling soars high, there's a wide screened porch across the front, and the main living area has comfy seating and a fridge. The two bathrooms are in the Japanese-style, with both showers and tiled square tubs (there also are outdoor garden showers, which are more fun than you'd think.) But, unlike Blancaneaux, the villas and cabanas at Turtle Inn are Balinese in inspiration, with wonderful art and furnishing, and even the doors, picked out personally, I'm told, in Indonesia by Mr. Coppola and his wife, and imported in 14 container loads.

We also got a tour of Mr. Coppola's personal villa, the Pavilion, which is available for hotel guests when the director isn't there. It has several extra touches, such as saunas in the bathrooms, not in the regular villas. Pavilion also comes with its own private pool. We sneaked a swim in the Coppola pool, though normally it is reserved for use by the party in the Pavilion Villa. But even if you don't stay in the Pavilion Villa, you'll be very happy with the main pool. The large turtle-shaped, zero-effect pool, between the restaurant and the beach, is one of the best in Belize. The beach itself is one of the better ones on the peninsula.

Manager Ian Lizarraga is Belizean, young but with a lot of experience in hotel management at Chaa Creek and Cayo Espanto. The upscale made-in-Belize bath soaps, shampoos and lotions delighted my wife and daughter, who also were given Balinese sarongs. We had a walk-talkie to hail our "houseman" should we need anything. The open-air restaurant with a sunken sand floor is as tropical as you could want. The restaurant features seafood and Italian specialties. Like Blancaneaux, Turtle Inn has a wood-burning pizza oven and serves excellent wines from the Niebaum-Coppla winery. Every meal I had at Turtle Inn was excellent, though not cheap. A continental breakfast of fresh-baked breads and fruits is included in the room rate.

--Lan Sluder, ------

Whale Shark Adventure at the Turtle Inn

from Rumrita
My girlfriend and I spent a wonderful week in Belize. We went to Placencia April 23-30, specifically to try to see whale sharks and were not disappointed. We loved the atmosphere at the Turtle Inn - the Balinese style thatched cottages are beautiful and the grounds are well groomed. The staff was very accomodating. It's a pretty small resort, and very laid back, so we got to know a lot of the other guests.Our cottage, #2, was a sea view. It was spacious and had a great open air shower in the wallled garden out back. We had a nice screened porch in the front, and could see the ocean in between the villas ahead of ours.
It was pretty hot while we werein Belize. As for the cottages, there is no air conditioning, but the ceiling fans do really move the air. It was a little sticky, but we never had real trouble sleeping. We liked the food at the Turtle Inn, and ate there most nights - found the fresh fish dishes to be the best. The resort has a nice pool, which was actually cooler than the ocean. A couple of times, we used the resort's kayaks. One afternoon we were in the lagoon behind the resort and breifly saw a couple of dolphins and a manatee. Another day, we took a sit on top and kayaked into town - much cooler than walking or biking.
WhaleShark Diving: We were able to come within feet of several whale sharks on this trip. It's an amazing feeling to be so close to such a large animal. As a snorkeler, on my two trips out, I saw 2 whale sharks, each about 12-18 feet in length - realatively small as whales sharks go, but pretty impressive when there's one swimming right at you! The divers saw more - and at depth (about 70 feet) my GF saw two additional whale sharks of about 30-40 feet. We planned our trip to coincide with April's full moon - the 24th this year. We used the Turtle Inn dive shop for our trips and were happy with their professionalism and service. The dive boat is small, but fast, which is important since the 27 mile ride to the Spit is over an hour each way. The more divers on a trip the better, since it seems that the whale sharks are attracted to the bubbles that the divers give off. Our best encounters were when our group hooked up with a larger group of divers. A great trip- we definitely plan to go back to Belize

Fantastic Family Fun at Turtle Inn

from A TripAdvisor Member
Three generations just spent a wonderful week together in the Family Pavilion at Turtle Inn. The resort is great, and the Family Pavilion was the ideal set up for our group -- which includes a pair of active grandparents, me and my husband, and our two kids, ages 8 and 5. The 2 master bedrooms are spacious and each have delux bali-style bathrooms with steam showers, soaking tubs and outdoor showers. The kids slept in the living room loft, which they absolutely loved. We spent most of the time hanging out right in our pavilion, enjoying the private pool and what seemed to be our own stretch of beach, eating delicious meals at the dining table overlooking it all. We did the snorkeling and Monkey River adventures --- and highly recommend them both. We took lazy bike rides into town each day for fruit smoothies, and one day we joined the crowd watching a soccer game at the sports field. The resort staff was superb, the children's ice cream bar was delightful, and the Thursday night Laurel and Hardy movie screening in the open air restaurant was magical. My husband says, thank goodness for the mosquitos because the only exercise we got was swatting them away. We loved this vacation.

Top Local Tips for Placencia

Leap of Faith If you want a "cab", just go with it. Everyone who owns a car in Placencia is in fact a "cabby". This is the one place I would say you should take rides from strangers. And always have 5 belize dollars on you.

Get the plane! Driving here is too much of an adventure! The road is really not in great shape.

FOOD if your are staying at Turtle Inn, do eat at their restarant once or twice, but make sure in order to get the local flavor you go into "town" (literally 5 minutes away and eat at the local yummy places (especially Auntie Luba's across the street). Food at the resort is expensive comparatively.

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  • Address: Stann Creek District - Placencia - Belize
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