Why we choose Turtle Inn
The spot for adventurous eco-travelers who also insist on impeccable service and amenities
- One of the two outdoor pools is adults-only
- The calm blue bay offers sea swimming and great snorkeling
- Each room has an outdoor shower in a private courtyard
Owned by illustrious Hollywood director Francis Ford Coppola, Turtle Inn transports you to a movie set in a tropical paradise. Coppola and his wife had to completely rebuilt the resort, when, a year after their acquisition, it was destroyed by a hurricane. The reclamation process allowed the couple to construct their magnificent escape from the ground up, resulting in a resort that’s consistently ranked among the best in Central and South America.
Seafront cottages get the view and the breeze.
What you need to know about the hotel
Thatched-roof cottages convey an authentic Belizean feeling while you’re pampered with laid-back luxury
- The three-bedroom Coppola Family Pavilion’s secluded location maximizes privacy, as does the three-sided, high-walled garden surrounding it
- The spa specializes in traditional Thai massage by staffers who’ve studied ancient techniques at the sacred Wat Pho temple in Bangkok
- Flagship restaurant The Mare serves just-caught seafood, produce from its organic garden and pizzas from a wood-burning oven
Barefoot elegance is the approach at Turtle Inn, a beachfront hideaway with 25 individual thatched cottages. The private accommodations are decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings selected by the Coppolas and all feature private decks over white-sand beaches that lead to the Caribbean.
The food, like the villas, isn’t over-the-top fancy—just relaxed perfection. In addition to the Italian and seafood specialties at The Mare, you can dig into still more grilled catches at the beachfront Gauguin Grill or discover local fare at authentic Belize diner Auntie Luba’s Kitchen. There are also two bars serving up cocktails, Belize-brewed beer and Coppola wines.
Where is it and what's nearby
The barrier reef here provides some of the best diving in the world
- Turtle Inn has a full dive operation (with three boats and onsite certification) for snorkeling and diving on the reef
- Tour excavated Maya ruins at Lubaantun, with three plazas and rounded walls created in the distinctive Mayan style
- Explore Monkey River by boat, observing howler monkeys, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles and many other species of wildlife
Turtle Inn is a bastion of luxury and unspoiled beauty in Belize, boasting 17 acres of pristine white-sand beaches, organic gardens, a lagoon and a beachfront that stretches 1,000 feet. Within all of this outdoorsy bliss is a seemingly endless supply of adventures in and around the resort. Guided tours take you through caves, rivers, waterfalls, ancient Maya sites and wildlife sanctuaries. If you want something a little less structured, try the world-class diving and snorkeling (including a whale shark dive) or go fishing, swimming or kayaking.
Eat and play in the local town.
How to enjoy Belize
Jacques Cousteau described Belize as, ‘One of the four must-dive destinations on this blue planet’—explore coral atolls, the Blue Hole and a vibrant, colorful barrier reef. And why not divide your time between beach and jungle...
- Dive deep into the Big Blue Hole to discover marine stalactites that stretch up to 15m in length
- Explore some of Belize’s 200 or so islands and cayes for secluded beaches and fabulous dive sites
- Visit Caracol to see archaeology in action as the site is still be excavated and examined today
Belize delightfully combines ancient culture with rich wildlife on land and at sea. Caracol, tucked away in the heart of the Chiquibul Forest Reserve is one of the world’s foremost Mayan archaeological sites and its main pyramid, Caana, is the country’s tallest manmade structure. The Reserve itself is home to spectacular Scarlet Macaws, equally colorful Keel Billed Toucans and the rare Baird’s Tapir.
Culture is not just about historical remains of course and the hand-painted signs found throughout the nation aptly capture the laid back essence of the country’s culture: ‘No shirt, no shoes, no problem’. One of Belize’s greatest draws is the quality of its dive sites. Warm waters, a rainbow of coral and fish, and barrier reef stretching from Mexico to southern Belize are just some of the qualities that attract divers and snorkelers from all over the world.
When to visit Belize
Independence Day celebrations take place on September 21st. The driest months are December to May. Southern Belize can get very wet during August and September.
You need to know
The rooms have fans but no air conditioning, relying on the sea breezes to cool guests off.
The rustic thatched cottages are elegantly furnished and independent. It’s an idyllic seafront hideaway.
A word from the hotel
The resort’s seafront location with the biggest barrier reef in the western hemisphere makes this a great place to dive or snorkel. There’s a dive center on the beach where you can hire all your kit and you can take a range of PADI certificates as well as introductory and refresher courses while you’re here.
Jason Smith, Guest Services
When you book with us
Because of our special relationship with Turtle Inn, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Full breakfast for up to two in-room guests daily, served in the restaurant
- Guest’s choice of of either Batik Bali Sarong and shirt or two 30-minute Thai massages, once per stay
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