I have just returned home from an absolutely amazing stay at Turtle Bay Eco Resort, Cayos Cochinos. I travelled solo from the UK on my first trip overseas, flying via Miami and then onto San Pedro Sula. Although the journey was long, the arrangements made by Mike at Turtle Bay were well executed, and my connections to the island went very smoothly.
On arrival at Turtle Bay, I was very warmly welcomed by the staff, all of which are very friendly and look after you throughout your stay. There really is a 'family feel' to this place, with everyone working very hard to ensure your visit is just what you want. Never in your face, but always there if needed. In fact, after a few days I stopped thinking of them as staff, and have come home with many new friends.
The island is stunning and brimming with natural beauty, and the calm surrounding clear waters full of wonderful things to see. I took hikes, visited local villages, was introduced to various wildlife, snorkelled, and enjoyed various boat outings, including a sunset cruise around the bay. I truly found it an idyllic place to relax, but you could equally take advantage of the diving packages and have a much more energetic stay. Whatever you choose, you are very well looked after, by very professional and knowledgeable people.
My accommodation was very comfortable and clean. A large room with good facilities, stunning views and more than adequate insect protection. Sleeping came easy every night.
The food was excellent, all made from local produce and prepared to a high standard. I found all the dishes to my liking, including many I'd never tried before! The evenings I spent in the bar area after dinner, enjoying the company of other guests and staff alike.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, it really had quite a profound effect on me. From the stunning beauty of the islands and the friendliness of all I met, to the humbling experience of visiting local people in their own villages, this will stay with me forever :-)
I would like to end by saying a massive thank you to Mike & Cortney and all the guys and girls that looked after me so well during my stay. They all made it so enjoyable and very memorable.
My only regret is not taking time to learn to dive, but that gives me a perfect reason to return next year :-)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the untouched, tropical island of Isla Major in the Cayos Cochinos archipelago, Turtle Bay Eco Resort is situated on a 10 acre site hugging the shoreline of the Caribbean Sea. The crystal clear waters off the coast of the island are enhanced by the world's second largest barrier reef providing a stunning backdrop to your relaxing vacation. Turtle Bay Eco Resort was grandfathered into the Cayos Cochinos Marine Park and to this day, remains the exclusive resort or hotel in the area. This exclusivity remains one of the sole reasons that Cayos Cochinos has preserved its pristine waters, lush tropical forests and it's completely unique experience. Staying at the Turtle Bay Eco Resort is more than just a vacation at a Caribbean hotel, it is the feeling you get upon arrival, the complete relaxation of your body throughout your stay and it's the feeling of leaving more as friends than guests. As a resort with only 5 rooms, our small and intimate feel allows you to get to know our staff and let them guide you through the wonders that this incredible location can offer. We offer private diving, dining, hiking, kayaking, island touring and much more. After a long day of exploring the Cayos Cochinos, why not settle down with a delicious cocktail to enjoy watching the sun as it sets right in front of our bay. Even though we are only 24 miles from Roatan or Utila, our island paradise separates the hustle and bustle to give you what you are really searching for. ... more less