This place was absolutely amazing! I stayed in a beachfront villa and the rooms were large and beautifully appointed in Balinese style with a screened in lanai that overlooked the beach. You literally could step out of your cottage and in to the sand where a lounge is waiting reserved especially for you. There is no A/C however, I was never uncomfortable as there are many screened windows one can open within the bedroom to catch a good breeze in the evening. My favorite part of the rooms would have to have been the outdoor shower. It was like nothing I had ever experienced before. You walk out of your bathroom (as there is a magnificent indoor shower as well) and descend into a serene rock garden with a little lantern. My first shower in this paradise was taken outside, just after dusk, watching the stars. The restaurants were also very good, although I wish I had taken the opportunity to leave the inn and go into town for a meal. Speaking of which, the town of Placencia is wonderful! It is not too overrun by tourists and everyone is incredibly friendly. I ended up making many new acquaintances and even friends that I still talk to today. Insider tip: on Fridays and Saturdays (Thursdays, too, I believe) there is either live music or karaoke at a beach bar in town (I think it's called the Tipsy Tuna). I did not try out the spa services; however, I was told by many other guests that I needed to get a Thai massage while I was there. I did go fishing though. It was great fun and the guide, who was very friendly, knew the area so well. Thanks to his expertise, my friend and I caught three barracuda and a 25 pound Yellow Jack, which we took back to the restaurant that night. The Inn's chef used our fish to create three delicious dishes. It felt so satisfying to eat something you caught yourself. That had to be the meal i've ever had. There are many other excursions you can go on while you're there. I spent most of my time laying out by the pool or seaside (as it's about 50 feet from the pool) or sitting at the Beach Bar and making friends with the bartenders and guests. Everyone was so friendly. It was absolutely astounding! Anyway, there are so many more wonderful things I could share with you all, but I think you can get the gist of it. It is amazing. I fully intend to come back here many times. It would be perfect for a honeymoon or romantic vacation.
*Also, make sure you order the Rum Punch. It has homemade hibiscus syrup in it....incredible.
- 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