Turtle Inn Hotel, Placencia
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Relaxation by the Seafrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful cottages - change the music please!from jnyc
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 enoughfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Perfection- Turtle Innfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Incredible!!!from A TripAdvisor Member
romantic but the food sucksfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Paradisefrom ASmartChk27
Exotic and Beautifulfrom LanSluder
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 cabañas 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 Innfrom Rumrita
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 Innfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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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