We chose Turtle Beach as our wedding venue after much deliberation - it ticked all the boxes! We travelled as a family - My partner, my son (aged 11) and myself... we were joined in the second week by my partner's parents.
We were very apprehensive once we'd booked, as organising everything remotely is fine, but you don't really know what to expect! We needn't have worried, as I was in direct contact with the Wedding co-ordinator, Kinda, at the hotel. She was very patient and able to answer all my questions, which really put my mind at ease!
Our check-in, overseen by Tara, was quick and easy, with a lovely rum punch served while we did the formalities. Nigel, the concierge was extremely helpful - even if there was a question he didn't know the answer to, he would find out for you! Our room (418) was a lovely size and, although in need of a refurb, still offered everything we needed to make our stay special. The balcony was the best part, with a fantastic view, it also had an extended sun terrace, which we used for relaxing most afternoons.
The maid serviced our room every day, quickly and efficiently - everything was always topped up/changed and items were never forgotten.
In our check-in pack, we were kept up to date with the itinerary for the week in terms of entertainment and which restaurants were offering what on different nights. We got into the habit of booking our evening meal at breakfast, having checked the menus on display, and never had an issue reserving a table.
The egg stations at breakfast were great - fried, poached, boiled, or omelettes - however you wanted them! The usual continental or full English options were available in buffet style and there was also a self service waffle station, which I didn't try as it looked a bit tricky for first thing in the morning! The restaurant staff are lovely and are constantly serving iced water, tea or coffee, and alcoholic drinks later in the day.
Lunch is also very nice, as is afternoon tea - all served buffet style, we were always spoilt for choice. It was nice to see the staff sticking to the rules and not seating people who were soaking wet with only beach towels wrapped round them - why do people think this is ok? It takes five minutes to dry off and slip on something suitable! The restaurant themed nights were good and the entertainment varied. All the staff are pleasant and cannot do enough for you - even the quieter ones are lovely, if you make the effort to engage with them!
The beach is amazing and Captain Sam and his team really go the extra mile to make you feel welcome. The waves here are great for boogie boarding, sailing, etc, but may be a bit rough for younger children. The pools are only a few steps from the beach if you fancy a relaxing swim, so don't let the surf put you off!
Now for the wedding! Although I initially liaised with Kinda, Sinead actually took care of us once we arrived - she had read all my emails and we had a meeting to go over our requests and the details of the ceremony. We were then sent into Bridgetown by prepaid taxi to obtain our marriage licence. This took around an hour and we were back at the hotel in no time, ready to hit the beach! We also had a meeting with the Reverend beforehand and he was very nice - having met us, he was able to incorporate personal aspects of our family life into the ceremony, which, for me, really gave it more meaning.
We booked Colorbox Photography to take photos and a video, which we got to take home with us, so no waiting weeks for albums, etc, was nice! They did a great job - we are not natural posers, so had their work cut out!
On the day I had my hair and make-up done by Kay in the hotel salon. She did a fantastic job (I hadn't had a trial) and I am so pleased I made the booking rather than trying to do it myself!
Sinead did an amazing job of putting everything together - she decorated the pergoda and cake (rum and chocolate!) table beautifully and arranged our flowers with a local florist, who we were also very pleased with. The ceremony went perfectly - it was simple, as there were only 5 of us present, but it was exactly how we wanted it and we have some great memories, never to be forgotten. So, thank you to everyone who contributed to our day!
Sorry this review has been so long winded, but when I booked there wasn't much personal information on the wedding side of things, so thought I should elaborate!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A vibrant blend of contemporary style and informal elegance." A truly magnificent all-inclusive property of 166 rooms situated on a glorious stretch of the south coast of Barbados. Turtle Beach Resort uniquely combines contemporary style, informal elegance, lively atmosphere and a superb range of facilities suitable for all ages, including a supervised Tommy Turtle Kids Club (for children aged 3-11) setting new standards for all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotel Dover
- Turtle Beach Barbados
- Turtle Beach Resort Barbados
- Hotel Turtle Beach
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotels Barbados/Dover