My husband and I stayed at TI for 3 nights which IMO wasn't enough time to enjoy the property and town. We had booked 3 nights @ TI and 4 nights @ Blancaneaux and wished we booked more time at TI instead. The staff was very friendly & attentive. The thatched cottages are very roomy and yes, as previous posts mentioned there is really no ultimate privacy since the only thing separating you from the outside are screened in windows w/ plantation type shutters. But hey, isn't that the beauty of being in another country! At least at turndown the staff ensures all the shutters are closed and you don't have to do it yourself. Let's put it this way, if you're shy and have privacy issues, TI is not the place for you. However, if you love complimentary chocolate chip cookies, TI is the place for you since they ensure your room is never w/out it. Also, I highly suggest you don't book a garden view room near the road. It is very noisy and is bothersome. Due to the high season, in order for us to stay the days planned, we had to unfortunately move from a seaview cottage to a garden view on our last night.
The food is great but expensive so I would recommend eating in town -- a big price difference. Although we never had a bad meal. In fact, the best lobster I had was @ Gauguin. The lobster was huge and flavorful and the ambiance very romantic. I don't suggest purchasing a meal plan since there are so many inexpensive places to eat in town and since continental breakfast is complimentary, all you really need to buy is lunch and dinner unless of course a continental breakfast is not your type of breakfast.
I also suggest going through an outside tour company since it's pricey to book tours directly thru TI. As far as property activities, the pool is nice but can become overcrowded and I'm not sure about swimming in the beach since there were jellyfish present. There are complimentary kayaks although they don't have many so at times we had to wait. TI offers a complimentary shuttle to town, a 5 min drive, in the evening starting at 6P until about 9 or 10P. And is not really that far of a walking distance but we wanted to make sure we knew where we were going our first day there.
Definitely bring bug repellant since I was eaten alive by bugs which I didn't even notice existed until after a few days when I started scratching like crazy.
All-in-all, I would definitely return w/out question!!!!
- 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