The Turtle Inn is a lovely location, but clearly caters to an adult crowd. Here is all of the toddler relevant information I wish I'd been able to find about Turtle Inn prior to our departure.
Food: Milk was always available. There is a toddler menu with fish fingers, spaghetti etc, but if you stay for a week it is a bit monotonous. Since they grow all of their veggies on site, they won't always have specific veggies on hand (eg broccoli). I packed several cans of my daughters favorite beans and snacks. The continental breakfast always includes a basket of muffins etc, so my daughter often ate those. In general, pack some extra food to supplement the food at the hotel, and you'll be fine. Pack a plastic plate, cup and cutlery, unless your kid can be trusted with china and glassware.
Room: Our room had a larger bar fridge, and we were able to take items out of it to store our own food. There was a small ice section too, so you can freeze your ice packs. Pack all snacks into Ziplocs because there are a fair amount of little tiny ants that find their way into the room if you leave food out. Ditto for the bathroom (pack any benedryl or sweetened Advil into Ziplocs to keep critters away).
Bathroom has a very large deep square tub. We brought a rubber bathmat to keep her from slipping during baths. It was a tiled bathtub, so not as slippery as some tubs. Probably not essential if you are short on space.
It's hard to find a place to dry kids wet clothes (bathings suits, clothes that you hand wash), so if you have a travel clothes line, it will get a lot of use. I did a fair amount of laundry in the bathroom sink and hung it to dry outside in the "garden" area. (There are no coin laundry facilities, so expect to send things out and pay per item or hand wash and dry yourself).
They provided a crib, non standard size (larger than pack n play, smaller than normal crib), but provided a sheet for it. Also provided a bug net for it on request. Bring some warm blankets, nights get cool.
Lots of bugs at night, including a large flying cockroach that hung out in the bathroom but disappeared by morning. Just go in, turn on the light, and try not to think about it.
Amenities: Kids are only allowed in the round pool. It's about 3 feet deep in the shallow and 7 feet in deep end. It has steps that lead into it, but no really kid paddling splash area. Steps are very sharp; be careful about letting kids climb up and down them. Bring inflatable toys as I didn't see any at the hotel to borrow.
Beach is nice, although there are lots of sea grassy areas (underwater). Some sandy areas can be found though, so kids can sit in water and sit on sand (not grass). They do have some kids lifevests available if you want to go out in the kayak. Bug spray is a must. The no-see-ums will get you if you don't use it. Plenty of shady areas under trees.
Kids bike seats mounted on back of bike and kid helmets are available.
In Town: although we brought all of our own diapers, wipes and swimmer diapers, but there is a mid sized grocery store in town that sells sunscreen, diapers, wipes, kid food, etc, if you need to pick up supplies.
Side Trips: My daughter enjoyed the boat trip to Monkey River. You do hike in the jungle at the end of it, so put on sturdy shoes. The boat goes very fast, so be sure to ask for a life vest.
Other: We opted to give our daughter malaria meds. It was a tough decision. Stann creek district is listed on the CDC website as a malaria region. She got more no-see-um bites than mosquito bites.
- 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