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Turtle Beach Resort
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Siesta Key
Certificate of Excellence
Lutz, FL
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfectly romantic private paradise!”
Reviewed September 26, 2006

This weekend was a dream come true. My husband's 60th birthday and his best birthday ever!! From the moment we walked thru the gates down the paved pathway of tropical plants and fountains to arriving at our cottage directly on the bay the smile in our hearts grew to overwhelming... Cottage was clean, beds very comfortable and patio with hot tub very private. Even had coffee and wine supplied in kitchen. Fishing and boating great (caught redfish and black drum off living room patio). Gorgeous sunrises both days and walked across to beach to see wonderful sunsets.......Cannot understand any negative reviews posted. ..........If you are looking for a resort with huge pool, housekeepers turning your beds down, etc. this resort is not for you, but it is not fair to write a negative review as David and Gail have worked very hard to create a special, intimate resort for guests looking for privacy in paradise. Thank you for creating this private slice of heaven, and maintaining it so beautifully.. We will definitely be back many, many times.
Jessie & Susie Cano, Tampa, FL

  • Liked — Private, romantic on bay with private decks for fishing
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Tips/Secrets — Small, private romantic paradise, not large resort with bar and beach scene
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne FL
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

My finace and I have been trying to get away for just a weekend to relax. We havent traveled in 3 years and I recently came across The Turtle Beach Resort in Siesta Key, FL. I spoke with Jon who gave us a great deal on a room there on very short notice. It was a short trip and once we got there we were both in shock. The grounds were beatuiful and the views were breathtaking. The rooms were decorated with a very laid back theme. We spent one day there and it was just what we needed from the private hot tubs to the canoe ride to the beach. We had a blast and had a wonderful dinner nearby. The service was great and rooms were clean and gorgeous. I reccomend anyone looking to kick back and forget about life for a weekend go visit the Turtle Beach Resort in Siesta Key, FL you will never want to leave!!

  • Liked — i felt like they catered to us personally
  • Disliked — that we had to leave so soon
  • Tips/Secrets — definately use their boats its a blast!!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Lincoln, Nebraska
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2006

We went to Siesta Key on our honeymoon to see the beautiful beaches and to have a romantic and relaxing time. We found The Inn at Turtle Beach online and decided to stay there. While we had high expectations for this place, we had no idea our expectations would not only be met, but far exceeded. From the moment we arrived we received personal service from one of the owners (David). He greeted us, showed us our room and even took us on a private tour of the island! Thanks David, you really made us feel welcome. The other owner, Gail, was extremely helpful and friendly as well.

Our room was absolutely beautiful. It was perfect, not a single thing wrong with it. The private hot tub was a nice addition and worked wonderfully. The Inn offered privacy, seclusion, and opportunities to intimately experience the island. We took their canoes out to a private beach, rode their bikes down to the village, and used their fishing gear to fish right off of the dock all for free! It was great. Our stay there truly made our honeymoon memorable, romantic, and the best vacation we had ever taken. We're already planning our return! Thanks David and Gail for such an amazing time.

  • Liked — Personal Service, Intimate location, Privacy
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2006, traveled as a couple
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Hudson, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 5, 2006

Ignore the other negative reviews people have given, Turtle Beach Resort is well worth the trip!
The amenities were wonderful, the room was clean and the view was fantastic. The water toys (canoes, paddleboats, fishing poles, pool toys) were all available and in great condition. Everything was perfect and made you feel right at home. The staff was friendly and welcoming and made sure all of our expectations were met. The furnishings inside our cottage were wonderful. The couch, chairs and beds were so comfortable we never wanted to get out, and the atmosphere was fantastic. The pictures on the walls, fake flowers, seashells and books made the cottage warm and cozy. The privacy you receive here can't be beat either. There's nobody knocking on your door or getting in your way. You’re free to walk out on the dock, go canoeing, go for a swim, fire up the grill, take a relaxing dip in your private hot tub, or just lounge around your cottage without anyone getting in your way. It’s truly the perfect place to be.
The only thing to be aware of is the fact that it depends upon who your neighbors are as to how peaceful it can be. The people in the cottage next to us were a group of foreigners who were very loud all day, which made for our “peaceful” days to be tainted. However, if you have well-mannered, quiet neighbors you'll be fine. Also, be aware that there is a $62 charge for each pet you bring, and unlike what is stated on their website, there isn’t a private beach for you to let your pet run free. You must canoe or paddle out to the "beach," but even then, this beach was hidden under 2 inches of water. You can go a few minutes down the road to beautiful Turtle Beach, but pets are prohibited there, so it doesn't make it worth while. I suggest if you have a pet, you think about having someone at home watch him/her because there won't be much for your pet to do here. We brought our pug along and the poor thing had to stay in the cottage while we went out because there was truly nowhere for her to go and play. We had to have her leashed at all times, and being that the cottages are close together and there were always people outside, it made it difficult for her to enjoy herself. We wound up having to take her across the street to use the bathroom each day, as well.
Outside of those aspects, the entire trip was fantastic. The view each morning is phenominal and you truly have the privacy to do whatever you'd like without having people stomping around or interfering with your private time. Quite frankly, I’m surprised at all of the negative reviews people have given, but remember – it depends upon the person as to how true a review is. Perhaps for someone expecting 5-star service and amenities, this isn’t the place to be; but for a down-to-earth couple or family wanting a nice vacation outside of the fast-paced lifestyle, this is the place to be, without a doubt.
I highly recommend Turtle Beach Resort to anyone. It may be expensive, but you do get what you pay for. Privacy, relaxation, beautiful views, an amazing beach just minutes down the road, and a place to escape the craziness of the world. My husband and I cannot wait to return. Turtle Beach Resort will forever be our home away from home.

If you would like any additional input, please feel free to contact me at skcormier@yahoo.com.

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St. Petersburg, FL
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2006

My partner and I were so excited to find the Turtle Beach Resort online...it appeared to be beautiful, and allowed dogs. We had our small dog with us on this trip so needed a place that would accomodate pets. For the price (around $350), I would have expected a great deal more. There were numerous issues: Althought the cottage we stayed in had a beautiful water view, the inside of it was filthy. The tile was dirty and many items in the bathroom (mirrors, towel holders, etc.) were rusty. The couch was entirely uncomfortable...could not even sit there to enjoy a little tv at night. Obviously, this was a very cheap couch that may have been purchased at a walmart or garage sale. The whirlpool, which we expected to be a highlight, had sand in it. The outside of the cottage was in disrepair...needing paint and the gutters were overflowing. The bath towels were damp...it seems they were never dried when put away in our room. Additionally, the pool was very small (not a problem in itself)...different than the way it looked on the website. The kayaks were very old...not something we wanted to take out to the bay. For over $300 a night, you'd think the free equipment would be in better shape. Additionally, there seemed to be a sewage problem as indicated by the disgusting smell around the pool area which was present intermittently. We could not go to the deeper end of the pool due to the smell. Overall, we feel entirely misled and ripped off. Although the cottages have nice views, the "resort" is filthy...go there only if you need a place that takes pets. And, there are probably cleaner alternatives taht can accomodate you, at that.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, FL
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2006

We were so excited to show up at the resort. The website showed a beautiful place!
When we got there we soon changed our mind. We were not shown where our room was, and had to find the Jasmine cottage ourselves. We were not welcomed instead the only thing that was said to us was what our balance was. Very rude.
When I walked into the cottage to put the food away I saw the kitchen. It was very dirty (finger prints all over the glasses, a brown/black sponge to use to wash the dishes, bugs, a drying rack that was filthy, etc). Bring your own cleaning supplies. The refrigerator was not cold and ended up putting the food in our coolers so it would not spoil. The beach was CROWDED on the off season and far away. The puppy islands did not really exist which was one thing we were excited to take the dogs to. The jacuzzi did not work the first night, and THE RULES... You will be charged if you leave a mark on the sheets or the bathrobes (isn't that what clorox is for??)along with MANY other ridiculous rules many having to do with the ammenities (don't let your child tie up the fishing lines or you will be charged!). We felt like children! The maintence man sat on our porch talking on the phone many times, and the pool which looks large in the picture is VERY SMALL. For the money we were VERY disappointed.
On a positive note....they gave us many towels, and Ophielia's, the restaurant which is nor affiliated with the resort, was excellent!
Good luck if you choose to go. Hopefully you will have a better experience than we did!

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed June 11, 2006

My spouse and I stayed at the Turtle Beach Resort for some much needed R&R. We stayed in the new Inn at the Turtle Beach Resort. While we found the price of the room quite steep, we still had a wonderful time. Here are the pros and cons:

PROS:
Check-in takes five minutes and you never have to see anyone from the office again unless you need something (our outside lights weren't working one night and we called the owners and they were fixed the very next day so that we could use them that night).

While there are ten rooms at the Inn (almost all were filled while we were there) we rarely ever saw a soul and NEVER heard anyone. It was as though we had the entire resort to ourselves. We laid in the hammocks, went in the pool, watched the sunset from the upstairs deck and felt as though we had our own private resort.

The location is a bit far from town, but if seclusion is what you want (which is what we wanted) it is PERFECT! The resort is within walking distance of good food and a pub, the beach, and a park.

It is nice to have grills, beach chairs, bikes, etc... at your disposal so that you don't have to go out unless you want to.

The hot tubs are AWESOME and VERY private. We enjoyed our private patio for breakfasts alone and of course the hot tub.

CONS:
The Inn is really a converted motel and not all that luxurious for $300 a night. The rooms have all been redone, but they are still quite motel like and not all of the work was done well.

The kitchen is advertised as a full kitchen, but is not really such. It had a 2 mini burner stove top, no oven, a mini fridge/freezer, small microwave, and toaster. You could easily do breakfast (toast or cereal) and an easy lunch, but nothing more. If you wanted to cook anything up for dinner or anything more elaborate you would either need to use the grill in the pool area or go out. Also, because the fridge was SO small you can't really store much (either food or alcohol, not both).

OVERALL:
In terms of enjoyment and relaxation, we found it. However, I would not recommend this resort if you want luxury of any sort.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Property: Turtle Beach Resort
Address: 9049 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242-2917
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Location: United States > Florida > Siesta Key
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Siesta Key
#7 Romantic Hotel in Siesta Key
#7 Family Hotel in Siesta Key
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Turtle Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Turtle Beach Resort located on Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida is the perfect family vacation getaway with spacious cottages that offer full kitchens, living, and dining areas. Enjoy the beautiful private outdoor space included with each cottage that includes a large hot tub facing the water. Our pet-friendly resort is a two-minute walk to the beach and offers complimentary use of kayaks, canoes, bicycles fishing gear, beach chairs, and umbrellas. If you're looking for a weekend away from the kids, visit our romantic sister property The Inn at Turtle Beach for peaceful accommodations. Plan your trip today! ... more   less 
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