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“More of a beach strip hotel than a resort but lovely beach”

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Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 March 2009

If you are looking for lush manicured grounds to take a relaxing stroll on, Turtle Beach is NOT for you. The property is on a lovely beach sandwiched between two other hotels. The tennis courts are adjacent to the security booth for the neighboring property and the halls have views of the nearby honky tonk St Lawrence Gap bars. The footprint for the property is very small with no gardens or other relaxing outdoor space besides the pool and beach. The hotels in the area are on top of each other comparable to Miami or Aruba.

The service is quite good for the Carribean with both the manager and assistant managers being impressive and extending themselves to accomodate us. Most of the hotel guests were English and I think the reviews here reflect varied cultural expectations.

The place is very expensive for what you get. While everything is paid for due to the "all inclusive" nature of the operations, those of us who don't eat steak or drink a lot are overpaying. The food was very monotonous with the breakfast and lunch buffets the same everyday. Asiagos was quite good but isn't open to kids under 12 so effectively precludes about half the guests. While there are many benefits to all inclusives, I'd rather know what I am paying for the room and what I am paying for food.

We enjoyed the trip but are not likely to return.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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9  Thank WeloveCarib
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

Great time, only complaint was the shower needed a refurb and as it was open plan the birds were in the restaurant too much...apart from that it was great, wonderful people, great clientelle Ed and Dave. Wish we could have stayed longer, get your car and go out and a bout, you can drink the water safely and are not pestered. We had an offer and don't think i would have paid brochure price, but if got good offer would certainly go again

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank sunseekerWestmalling
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Reviewed 2 March 2009

We stayed at Turtle Beach for a week in February.

Had stayed before at Crystal Cove, (part of the same group) near Holetown. Turtle Beach is of a similar standard.

Excellent service, after a poor start. We arrived to find our room not ready, and a promised 10 minute wait turned into an hour during which we were offered no refreshment until I asked for it. The room offered was on the ground floor which my wife did not want. The hotel offered a different upgraded room which was available the following day, so things were looking up.

After that service was excellent, quick and competent

The room was excellent, comforatble bed, spacious, good quiet aircon, and ceiling fan. Bathroom was good, shower and bath fine, big balcony facing west.

The location was right on Dover Beach at one end of St Lawrence Gap. We had never been to the Gap before, and were hoping for the sort of amenities you get in Europe (pavement cafes, casual restaraunts etc. Not so; it was the usual mixture of tatty bars, and generally expensive restaraunts. It seemed to me that you would be pushed to eat out for less than 80-100 ukp for 2. Not the hotels fault but something to consider when choosing a location.

The food in the hotel was excellent. I am picky and could not find fault. excellent choice of drinks (including premium brands like remy vsop.

Good food in all 3 restaraunts, all of which were open most evenings and offered al a carte service . Breakfast and lunch is at the beachside restaraunt and buffet service.

The beach is good, sea is rougher than on the west coast, and the waves are good fun.

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Service, food, room, friendly staff

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It's a nit, but there is no view of the sea when eating in the beachside restaraunt because of the (very nice) planting between the restaraunt and the beach. Also there is somewhat tatty canvas and clear plastic covering the side of the restaraunt to protect it from the sometimes strong easterly winds.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank richard_williamsUk
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Reviewed 28 February 2009

Stayed at Turtle Beach for 2 weeks in Feb on an All Inclusive package. The hotel is in a good location at the south end of St Lawrence Gap where local bars and restaurants can be found.
The hotel is set in nice grounds and is right on Dover Beach, so most if not all rooms have a sea view. The grounds are quite compact and the 3 pools are relatively small but we never had a problem finding a bed where we wanted one, even though there are numerous people doing the early morning towel on the bed thing and you never seeing them. The beach at the front of the hotel is kept clean and tidy but I think there needs to be more shaded areas or umbrellas. The sea is a bit rough but fun none the less.
The room we had was spacious and clean, no problem with hot water morning and evening. Although it was a bit tired looking it was perfecrly adequate for our trip and nice in the early evening to sit on the balcony with a rum and just kick back.
There are 3 restauarants here and during our stay they only opened 2 at any one time and this was done on rotational basis. The food in the evening is al a carte with about 4 main courses to choose from which we found to be a welcome change and breakfast and lunch was always a buffet style.
Asiagos is the Italian restaurant and doesn't allow anyone under the age of 12, so for that quiet meal this is the place. We never struggled to find something eat even though I am a fussy one. Although this is called the Italian restaurant you won't find pizza and we only had pasta once here!
There are 2 main bars and a small beach bar by the watersports area. These we found to be well stocked and never had to wait too long for a drink, even when the waterfront bar closed in the evening on a few occasions.
We found the staff to be helpful and friendly and during the day walk around offering drinks.When the hotel is a bit full service at the table could be a bit slower.......but hey, you're on holiday in the Caribbean. What's the rush?

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank MarkMFC
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Reviewed 23 February 2009

We had a fantastic time here.
The food was excellent as was the service.
Beach was lovely, the sea was great fun.
Rooms are spacious and basic.

Only negative comment was that the Italien Restaurant should either be Italien or Bajan and not try to combine the two.

Value for money was excellent but we did get a late deal with Virgin.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank davros
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Additional Information about Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Address: Dover, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Dover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dover
Price Range: ₹ 26,154 - ₹ 82,500 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels 4*
Number of rooms: 161
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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Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotel Dover
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