Well, can I just say, our one week holiday was just perfect!! Barbados is a magnificent island, and the people are ever so kind!!! Thank you for such a warm welcome!! We were travelling as a family: my mum, little brother (12) and myself (16)
Now for the hotel:
We were in the all inclusive package...definitely recommended!!!!! Everything was free (even the room service) except maybe for the spa, but it was nice to have breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner included in the room price, as well as the water sport activities. It is definitely a must!!!
The beach...is beautiful. Turquoise waters (with the occasional peep of a turtle's head - we saw three whilst on the beach), white sand, great beach chairs (really comfy) and the beach itself is quite big. The problem though, was the wind. The locals said that the wind (25 miles per hour -30 miles per hour) was pretty unusual. However, it made the sea pretty rough, meaning the red flag was up and we could not swim. Very taunting to see such beautiful waters (the waves were huge) and not being able to go for a swim. Despite the wind, the south coast seas are usually pretty rough....Overall, it was quite fun during the first few days (the strength of the waves is great for blood circulation!!!!) but eventually, after visiting the west coast, we were longing for a nice calm sea for snorkeling. The location was still beautiful though, and it was impossible to stop gazing out at the horizon.....the waters were always turquoise....whatever the weather. So if you like tonic waters, with never a boring moment...then this is the place for you!!
This leads us to the rooms. I would definitely recommend an ocean front room, or at least a sea view. Every morning, you would wake up with the sea write in front of you, with the crashing sound of the waves, and night, you would hear only the sound of the water. I highly suggest a room from the second floor up -too noisy on the ground floor as they are only a few meters away from the waterfront restaurant or the pools. The room itself is charming, white walls with turquoise and white beds - very harmonious. The tv was not too bad, a flat screen but with mediocre quality images and only a few channels. However, you don't go to a paradise like Barbados for watching tv :)
So, it wasn't a problem!! The bathrooms...well, they're very basic, small bath/shower facilities , large mirror and wide sink area to put all your aftersun lotions (your ARE going to need them-and SUNSCREEN with a HIGH SPF too!!) toothbrushes and skin creams :D However we had a little problem with the shower, it was immobile and fixed to the wall….try washing your skin, incrusted grains of sand and salt when you have to limbo to wash every part of your body. Also, to stop the water from escaping the bathtub whilst showering, a glass window (mobile) is provided, instead of a curtain…let's just say, the flooding of the bathroom was in no way prevented.
The lighting is great, no dark areas in the room....so overall, the rooms are perfect for a relaxing holiday by the beach. Just one tiny little thing (might not be important for you guys so don;t worry about it...but to be honest, i would've liked to have a bathrobe, amongst the towels. It's just more comfortable to relax after a shower on the balcony for example, wearing a bathrobe, than trying to keep your towel up)
Th restaurants...well, there are three: The Chelonia (for Breakfast, starts at 7:30am), tea and dinner (occasionally lunch, on Sundays only I think), the Waterfront Restaurant (mainly for lunch and dinner, but there breakfast was open on the sunday we left...so I suppose it's only for Sundays as well) and the Asiagos, an italian restaurant (diner only). The Chelonia is very good, but i wouldn't recommend the buffet nights...the asian buffet was...well, it was not up to their usual standards. You need FORMAL dresswear for dining at the Chelonia and Asiagos, so pack at least a dress/chic sandals for the women and shirts (collared) for the guys (and a pair of shoes other than trainers/sneakers). For Asiagos...there was a lot of fuss about it, but the food was not mind-blowing (and no children under the age of twelve are authorised). Waterfront was good (hmmmm the chicken wraps for lunch...they were soooo good!!!) and informal, so don't worry about the no-short bit ;)
Also (my mouth waters just at the thought of it) we could get ILLIMITED FRESH FRUIT SMOOTHIES (or pina colada/mojitos, etc if your are over 18). Passionfruit smoothie, fruit punch, pineapple juice or smoothie...whatever you wanted, it could be a wild mix, they'd get it for you, always with a smile.This was one of the best features of the hotel! If you go to Turtle Beach, be sure to try those delicious smoothies!
The pool...there are 3 pools. 1 pool for the children and 2 relatively large ones. They were just great. Inflatable crocodiles, tyres, mattresses and balls were at the disposal of the guests.
The spa.....I didn't try it, but on my first day, I fell asleep at 9:00 am (with sunscreen) on one of the inflatable mattresses, calmly floating about the pool. Waking up one hour later, i seemed a little tanned, but nothing very major, definitely no sunburns. I therefore kept to the shade, after having been exposed during that small period. By midday, i was becoming seriously red...on my front, from head to toes. At 3:00pm, the pain was unbearable, so my mum took me to the spa, where an adorable little woman named Camilla covered up my burns in a cream containing Aloe Vera. The next day, i no longer looked like at red traffic light. I had a little problem with a product we bought at the shop (Hawaiian tropic, spf 80) causing an allergic reaction on my already burnt skin. So Camilla came up to my room every 2 hours or so, to cream me up and cover me with cool wet towels. My skin was so damaged that it was painful to stretch my arms. But, through the day, my skin started to regain it's former colour. And by nigh time, it was almost gone, with only a few blotches of red remaining on my face,bust and shoulders. I therefore could enjoy the catamaran and swimming with the turtles the very next day (which i would definitely recommend!!!). A big thank you to Camilla!! But she was just one amongst many many of the kindest people ever !!!! Be it the staff at the swimming pool or at the captain sam watersports activity hut, or at the hotel entrance….
That's about it....overall a fantastic holiday!! We re definitely planning to return to Barbados....maybe on the West coast this time, to discover another part of the island, but if we do decide to return to the south past...then Turtle Beach it is! We wanted to try her twin, the all-inclusive Crystal Cove, on the west coast.
I Hope you have a great stay in Barbados!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A vibrant blend of contemporary style and informal elegance." A truly magnificent all-inclusive property of 161 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 kids Club (for children aged 4-12) setting new standards for all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean. Complimentary WiFi. ... 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