My girlfriend and I, both divers, stayed at TIL for a week this past May. This was my second trip to this resort, and it probably won't be my last. There just wasn't much to complain about, and a lot to rave about.
The resort itself is well maintained, clean and inviting. We had one of the private cabanas, C1. That upgrade was a bit pricey, but we had our own outdoor shower that came in handy after each dive. The food is good and plentiful. I would have liked a more extensive wine list, or a wine list at all. The house stuff left something to be desired, but we were on a tiny island, after all. The deck outside the restaurant was the meeting place each evening, with the divers and the fishermen swapping stories of the day's efforts. Everyone was pleasant and classy without being snooty or arrogant.
The reef and the various dive sites are in good condition and only minutes from the resort. We would do a dive, and then return to the resort to relax until the next dive. The dive boats are small, but the number of divers was too, so there was no overcrowding. The staff has your gear on the boat, assembled, prior to each dive. You only have to bring your mask and fins from the storage room adjacent to the dock. The divemaster was the same fellow who was there ten years earlier. He knows his stuff, but may be a bit burned out. The entire dive staff was friendly, helpful and fun. Same for the rest of the staff.
Getting to and from the resort was fairly easy. Fly into Belize City. The resort staff picks you up at the airport, takes you to the dock, loads your gear on the big boat, and an hour and a half later, you're in paradise.
Overall, this is a somewhat expensive place to visit, but you get your money's worth. We never had the impression that the management was scrimping on anything. Five stars!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Turneffe Island Resort is a secluded 14-acre private island located 35 miles off the coast of Belize. We offer 7 night, 4-night, and 3-night Diving, Fishing and Resort packages. Packages include airport transfers, deluxe lodge accommodations, scheduled activities, all meals and hors d’oeuvres served throughout the day. All accommodations are located on white sandy beaches. All rooms include indoor and outdoor showers and spectacular ocean views. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com and Expedia so you can book your Turneffe Island Resort reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Turneffe Island Hotel Turneffe Islands
- Turneffe Island Lodge