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“Somewhat Pretentious”
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Turtle Inn
Ranked #3 of 19 Hotels in Placencia
Certificate of Excellence
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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128 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Somewhat Pretentious”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

While the setting is gorgeous, the decor and service are a bit over-the-top for this casual resort. In fact, service was obsequiously intrusive. Unfortunately my main dish (linguine with seafood) had so much basil in it that I had to send it back and ordered a salad instead, which came with watery blue cheese dressing. Given that the prices are on the high side, this was a pretty disappointing experience.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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Madrid, Spain
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259 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic place, with charming staff, and great food. Rooms are big and fashionable. 3 restaurants, 2 pools, diving center and a nice private beach. Great pizzas cooked in a firewood oven. You can try any of the Coppola wines, because he is the owner of the hotel. And maybe, if you are luckier than us, you'll can meet him. Really close to the airport. Best choice at Belize's coast.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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137 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed April 21, 2014

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!!!!

Room Tip: Don't book a garden view room near the road. It is very noisy and is bothersome.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canada
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4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Went for a lovely dinner. Service was excellent, food was good but the chairs in the dining room are so uncomfortable. As far as I was concerned, it ruined a good evening. Instead of staying longer and drinking some more wine, we couldn't wait to get out. Too bad.. Otherwise a great place.

Stayed July 2013
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Calistoga
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4 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 22, 2014

Gentle breezes, kind and efficient service, lovely archetecture and lush grounds, great swimmingin the sea early in the morning. I loved the quiet of the triangular tranquility pool in the afternoon when the sea breezes and the music from the beach bar got too active. Autie Luba's authentic Belizean food was our favorite, plus it is next to the lagoon where you can sit on the dock quietly reveling is amazing sunsets. Loved the setting and the peascefulness and graciousness of it all.

Room Tip: We had a beachfront villa which was lovely and very convenient to beach, restaurant, pool, etc. How...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2014

The Turtle Inn operates under Francis Ford Coppola’s philosophy: I like simplicity; I don’t need luxury. Of course, achieving the beautiful simplicity of the Turtle Inn is anything but simple. It takes a staff that outnumbers the guests and the expert guidance of general manager Martin Krediet. What they create is a wonderful place to unwind. We recently stayed for a week and came back fully relaxed, although with a touch of sadness about having to leave. Some of the things that made our stay particularly enjoyable were the beautiful oceanfront location, our lovely villa, which included a delightful garden and outdoor shower, dining on the beach and at the Oceanside bar, well prepared food, attentive staff who anticipated our wishes, the chance to catch up on a lot of reading, and the availability of interesting activities such as snorkeling, swimming, and various nature trips. We also enjoyed the fact that this area is very quiet. There are no motor sports off the beach; only the sound of the waves, breezes, and birds. The hotel will help make the quick trip into town where there are other places to dine, interesting galleries, and even a couple of clubs (although we did not explore them). This is not a flashy place with posh rooms, fancy restaurants, and a disco. Instead, it is the perfect place to go when you want to be with family and friends, be outdoors, swim, read, relax, and get away from the bustle of everyday life. This was our second stay here and we look forward to a third.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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185 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed March 14, 2014

The Turtle Inn is a beautifully designed resort with an Asian flair. I loved the woodwork and the garden settings throughout. The service was very attentive, the beach was wide and clean and the food was great. It is very refreshing to see that they embraced the history of the property and the staff were able to share the very interesting history (ask about it). The food service staff was very attentive and the restaurant is worth trying even if you are not staying there. Top notch from me.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Turtle Inn
Address: Placencia Village, Placencia, Belize
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Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Placencia
#2 Luxury Hotel in Placencia
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Placencia
#4 Family Hotel in Placencia
#6 Romantic Hotel in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Turtle Inn 4.5*
Number of rooms: 25
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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Turtle Hotel Placencia
Turtle Inn Belize/Placencia
Belize Turtle Inn

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