My wife and I have recently returned from a weeks stay at the Turtle Beach Resort. This was part of a cruise package with Thomson holidays. The resort is very well laid out in grounds leading to its own white sandy beach.It is not a huge rambling complex and when we were there, although busy, was not at all noisy. There are two swimming pools with one having a children's section and an outdoor jacuzzi which was as warm as you'd expect your bath at home to be.
Our room, which was on the ground floor was very spacious well appointed, and with the biggest most comfortable double bed we've ever slept in. The bathroom was spacious with the hottest water we've ever experienced in any hotel.
There are three restaurants in the complex. The Asiagos has Italian cuisine and you will need to book if you want to dine here. We did not avail ourselves of this so cannot make any comments. The Chelonia restaurant was within the main body of the hotel and was the restaurant we mainly used. It provided buffet breakfasts and evening dinners and the food was always of a high standard and always hot. The restaurant is open to the front which unfortunately allows the birds in and fly around. We thought this cute at first but soon realised that it could constitute a health hazard when we saw them landing on tables and pecking into left over food which hadn't been cleared away and pecking into the sugar bowls and milk jugs and of course on one occasion with one leaving its 'calling card' on the back of my wifes blouse. This is perhaps our main criticism
The Waterfront restaurant is farther on towards the beach and again open aired. Again the food was of a high standard and again always hot.
The entertainment is primarily low key and music orientated but it starts around 8pm when many people are still eating and ends at 10pm. There's nothing to do after other than drink in the bar. We felt that it might be better for it to start and finish an hour later. Don't expect any late night discos as you'll be disappointed.
The beach was of white sand but the sea was quite rough and we would suggest only suitable for strong swimmers and certainly not for young children. Apparently the resort is on the Atlantic side of the Island not the Caribbean hence the state of the sea.
Captain Sam's watersports look after all the beach activities from jet skis, Hoby cat sail boats, kayaks and sunbeds. One good point is that when you arrive at the resort and register, you will be issued a small plastic card which can be exchanged for a beach towel from Captain Sam's beach hut for use on the beach or around the pools.Just leave the card in a basket, take your towel, return your towel when you finished with it and reclaim your card from the basket. No need to pack a large heavy towel in your luggage !
Would we recommend the resort? Yes for comfortable surroundings and a laid back relaxing place but no if your looking for late night entertainment and clubbing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "A vibrant blend of contemporary style and informal elegance." A truly magnificent all-inclusive property of 161 rooms situated on a glorious stretch of the south coast of Barbados. Turtle Beach Resort uniquely combines contemporary style, informal elegance, lively atmosphere and a superb range of facilities suitable for all ages, including a supervised kids Club (for children aged 4-12) setting new standards for all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean. Complimentary WiFi. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotel Dover
- Turtle Beach Barbados
- Turtle Beach Resort Barbados
- Hotel Turtle Beach
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotels Barbados/Dover