Read and beware, but go if it still sounds appealing to you. Overall, there are better places in the world to go. Incredibly beautiful Balinese rooms and lodge, yes, grounds immaculate, outdoor showers...but you can read about that everywhere else. We visited all 3 Coppola properties this trip. The same odd multiple Limited Liabilities Waivers and Forms were required to be signed at all 3. Wierd and bad introduction, though I must assume they only do it because they have had bad expereinces with unreasonable guests? We stayed in an Ocean View Villa, next door to the "Coppola Villa" for 5 days. (Staff says FFC and family have not been seen at Turtle or Blancaneaux for a few years.) Beach is narrow (15ft-20ft at most), perhaps due to the hurricane, grassy-bottomed water is hence not "caribbean clear" as it is out on the cayes or even on Maya Riviera. Never even saw anyone get in the water. "Oceanview" is really "ocean-slightly-visible-if-you-really-look-between-the-trees-and-buildings-over-there". Two pools, one in front of main lodge is very nice. Another new pool and new villas off to the side, no views and at my visit, still very bare of plantings, so avoid those pool villas for a lettle while. Restaraunt is not great, and very expensive. For example of a lunch, basil pizza had 4 basil leaves (whole) on the entire pizza, was very undercooked and doughy. Average dinners easily over $60 pp without drinks or dessert, and not impressed once with the food. (Know, we live in San Francisco area, so we are used to and expect to pay for good food.) Breakfasts however were tasty. "Fryjacks" and the homemade baked goods were mostly VERY good! Be aware the $25US delivery fee for orders at the beach, even though the beach is 2 ft from the cabanas and only 15 ft wide, and room service charge is $10US. There is another on site hotel restaurant, across the street near the dive shop, though it is not really promoted by the hotel and not well marked. We thought we were in the wrong place, as there were really no lights or signs of activity. We were the only ones there until the other hotel guests, who had told us about it, came by for dinner. Other restaurant options limited and mostly not too good, in town about a mile away. Bikes available to ride, or even walkable, but plan on taxis after one walk to town or one pedal. Town has paved over the famous sand "main street", so now it is really a sidewalk, and a new paved road is becoming the main street. Placencia had always sounded like a great, laid back, not over-developed yet a little hip sorta place, but it doesn' t quite work as well as other such places. Service at Turtle was not up to par for the ratings and the prices. As mentioned elswhere, hotel concierge supposed to book trips didn't seem to know much of anything, and when we asked, just said he was new and didn't know. Didn't offer to find out even basics. Service very disappointing overall. A big bowl in our beautiful open air screened bath somehow filled with water in a torrential rain, and the cleaners never emptied it out, even after I put a tray on top of it so they would see it! They removed the little tray every morning and refilled the soaps, but left the murky water to get even more fetid day by day. No way they could not see it. Asked 3 times for a list of activites/tours, as the concierge was not helpful and the one in our room was illegible due to previous guests' spills. Never got one. When checking out, we left our luggage with the bellhop so we could spend a few last hours on the beach. When we got to the desk at our appointed time for our pre-arranged cab, they had forgotten to call it. Waited 30 minutes. When we asked for our luggage, the unoccupied desk person pointed to the luggage, which was inside the enclosed lobby desk area with them, and told us to come around inside and get it. Not 5 star service, or even 3. And yes, we had tipped the first bellhop, though there is no excuse for the schlep-it-yourself attitude. While we had a nice trip, you can tell we were disappointed. All this being said, if it still sounds good, just plan to spend 2x what you think you would for very average at best food and wine and trips, don't expect 5 star service, you might well enjoy it. At half the price and half the ratings, it would have been a nice find, but as a Top 100/5 Star resort, I can't recommend it. They fabulous decor can't make up for the other shortcomings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury and unspoiled beauty on a pristine white-sand beach.Turtle Inn is a true labor of love. Less than a year after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside refuge in 2001, it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. Turning disaster into triumph, the Coppolas led a two-year reclamation project, creating a magnificent resort that is consistently ranked among the best in Central and South America.This 25-room seafront hideaway combines natural wonders with luxury style. Accommodations are in individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings and naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean ocean. In addition, the resort has two infinity swimming pools for enjoying the day. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Hotel Placencia
- Turtle Inn Belize/Placencia
- Belize Turtle Inn