This hotel has all the hallmarks of a Caribbean retreat – a peaceful beachfront spot, private palm gardens and luxury rooms. Yet it’s just minutes from lively St Lawrence Gap.
This peaceful place is parked right on a beach. Palm gardens shelter a pair of pools, while the white sands showcase an in-house watersports centre and a sea-view restaurant.
Location isn’t the only thing that scores gold here – it’s got a rosta of off-the-wall activities like mixology lessons and boogie-boarding.
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2 outdoor pools
Freshwater pools, surrounded by parasols and sun loungers.
Chelonia buffet restaurant
Open-air restaurant offering a variety of international dishes for every taste. The breakfast buffet has a waffle station, or if that doesn't take your fancy there's cereals, juices, breads, muffins, bacon and sausages. For dinner there's themed buffets such as Bajan, seafood, grill, Italian or Mediterranean. And there's also an option to dine from the à la carte service*.
The Waterfront restaurant
Dine in style at the Waterfront restaurant, you'll be right on the sea front, or alternatively you can arrange a private sunset dinner on the beach with that special someone. Days the restaurants open may vary.
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junior suite with sea view and balcony or terrace
These junior suites come complete with air-conditioning, a phone, iPod clock radio, a mini-fridge, hairdryer and a balcony or terrace with a sea view.
junior suite with pool view, garden view and balcony or terrace
These junior suites come complete with air-conditioning, a phone, iPod clock radio, a mini-fridge, hairdryer and a balcony or terrace with a pool and garden view.
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Perfect Part of our Vacation
We stayed at TB for a week and enjoyed every day here! After many all inclusives in the past, we had taken a few trips "off" before we tried this resort in Barbados. First, Barbados is a very friendly place and this was true of the staff...from check in, to the bell men, housekeeping,the beach staff, to the bar and food staff. We are avid Trip Advisor users and found the prior reviews to be accurate. We usually disregard the top and bottom reviews and study trends we find on TA over several months before booking. Turtle Beach was exactly what we expected. We loved: TB is on the smaller side; laid back, not crowded, good food and good food options; the staff we encountered were superior; the shoreline and scenery was picture perfect. Our room was garden/pool view but we also had a lovely view of the beach and ocean. It was nicely furnished and parts of it had been redone. No, the mini fridge is not stocked, but our bell man happily brought beer and water as we arrived. There are no outlets in the bathroom we had, but the desk happily provided a mirror for my wife to "do her hair". Our late February early March trip found most of the visitors from the UK and Canada...all extremely nice. Older crowd with families and a few youngsters, several honeymooners. We absolutely enjoyed our trip to Turtle Beach. Thanks to all.More
Nice short break, Great Staff & Location
We just had 5 days at Turtle Beach and had a great time. Located Ocean front in a bit of a bay, the resort is nicely kept although some bits are a little older but they are upgrading & maintaining pretty well. It's not a very big resort which we kind of liked. a couple of nice pools & plenty of sun loungers on the beach. We had an ocean front room on the third of four floors. It was clean & very well kept. I don't know if we just got lucky but we had no problems with the room or bathroom as some other reviewers have. Our room was 339. The food that we had was good but we went off site a 3 of the 4 nights as we wanted to explore the local restaurants & the Friday fish Fry at Oistins (a must do) Breakfast & lunch was a hot & cold buffet. We were up pretty early for breakfast but as it got later, there was a line to sit down. So as a tip, get up early for breakfast! The drinks were good, strong & well made (Richard & Daniel were both excellent & on the ball 100% of the time - thanks Guys) If you like to get off site & explore, the St Lawrence Gap is a 10 min walk from the resort & safe to do a night. A couple of good bars playing live music and we ate a great meal at Irie Foods, a small family owned Jamaican restaurant that had fab food and very cheap also. Another thing to do, take the local bus ($2 Barbados dollars, $1 USD) into Bridgetown. The bus ride is a real fun experience & pick people up & drop them off pretty much anywhere along the main road. We spent a day walking the streets & markets of Bridgetown (Saturday) and it was a lot of fun. When we were there, I would say the resort was probably 95% British and the bartenders said that the Brits are the majority that visit. However, England were Playing the Windies at cricket (the reason we visited!) and the resort virtually emptied that day as everyone was going to the game! The age group was was older, maybe 50's plus but there were some families with kids as well. so a decent, relaxed mix. All in all, we had a very relaxing, fun break and we got to see England trounce the West Indies at cricket! - We would recommend Turtle Bay resort & we will go back again!More
The place is definitely not up to the standard it is marketed.
The stay was disappointing and would not recommend it- certainly not for the money we paid for the stay! The hotelâs website will give you false impressions but trust me- it is just a marketing trick! The room (upgraded ocean view!) was totally substandard with ill-fitting old worn units and very cramped. The bathroom was very dated, tired and the toilet did not flush (the handle was broken inside). We had to stick the hands in the water cistern to flush it. The shower looked very rusty and scaled up. The cot for the baby was not a standard size and was way too small for 16 month old. The night time entertainment was directly below us and the noise is very loud despite the doors and windows closed. We moved to a different room away from the entertainment (which we were grateful for) but it was just as dated and eventually water was dripping from the ceiling in the bathroom every evening, making the tiled floor unsafe to walk on. Despite reporting, the water continued to drip throughout our stay. In fact it is the worse resort we have been at. This we base on the experience over the last 10 years with the same budget travelling all around the world. Turtle Beach has complete lack of management and quality control. It took 6 days in a row to organise mashed vegetables with cheese for my sonâs lunch with heap of reasons why it was impossible- from poor handwriting on the form, wrong formed, ordered to wrong restaurant to the meal accidentally given to another child! I must say- not once it was on time, the longest we waited was 30 min. On the 7th day, we got chased after by staff from the kids club letting us know that we can kids meals can be ordered there. In our opinion the members of staff have lack of knowledge and training about their hotel and services offered, they are incompetent and bordering on being rude and very unhelpful. To order a glass of milk for my son was another saga every night- we ended up tipping large amounts to waiting staff just to get milk for my son. Also, Turtle Beach does not have service lift and it was very long waits to manoeuvre around the hotel ( the lift was essential as we had a stroller), it was heavily used by staff moving trolleys and spare mattresses. As for the food- it was not bad but quite bland, however, anything decent (beef Wellington, steak, carvery) finished half way through the dinner and even earlier - so if you were not quick, you had no chance to get it! The drinks of any brand were served reluctantly and it was more than apparent that the bar staff were extremely grumpy if you asked for one, never mind a second serving! There is nothing happening during day- an odd pop up bar for a couple of hours serving coconuts is not exactly fun filled activity! There are poor sanitary facilities (1 toilet serving all outside area!) very dirty coffee pots for breakfast, some particularly rude and arrogant staff at activities centre and so on). In our opinion this hotel is absolutely not worth the money. This might be to some peopleâs liking â spend the time on the sun loungers, drink local beer and have lots of average foods but certainly think twice if you travelling with a small child. Be prepared to constantly chase around stuff for the simplest of things. Really sorry for such a lengthy write up- I just wanted to make sure I include as much detail as possible, so you can make a better choice of hotel for your hard earned money!More
Good Service, Great Beach BUT dated !
Good Customer Service, Great location and excellent beach BUT the rooms, food and activities disappoint ! Good Customer Service â every single associate that we came in contact with was more than willing to help and accommodate our needs. I Location â Excellent beach with plenty of swimming and beach activities. Clean Beach and safe. Resort is close 15 min walk to Lawrence Gap (area with restaurants and bars). The rooms are dated though and in need of some serious upgrades. The rooms are old with uncomfortable beds, less lighting, not enough power outlets etc. The bathrooms donât have a separate shower and area and just generally old. They provide free WiFi and had 2 networks one open and one secured. None of them worked properly and had spotty connectivity all the time. Food â Very disappointing. I understand this is All Inclusive so my expectations are set accordingly. Needs more choice and spread on food. The omelet station at breakfast needs to be staffed properly to serve the number of people. It is VERY slow. Lunch and dinner buffets were disappointing. Asiago (Italian restaurant on property) is better of the lot. Activities â Should have some âenergyâ day time activities. Overall, it was good but not worth the money spent. Expected better facilities.More
Salil S, 36669
Wonderful, Relaxing Holiday
Returned two days ago from Barbados and this comfortable, relaxing hotel. We added a week at Turtle Beach as part of our Cruise & Stay package following a 7-day cruise around the islands on board Tui Discovery (see separate review). We chose this hotel as it was situated on St. Lawrence Gap, which we knew about from a previous trip to Barbados. The check-in was well organised, greeted with a rum punch and shown to our room within 30 minutes following our transfer from the ship. The resort offers all inclusive suites and we had chosen a Junior Suite with a sea view on the 3rd floor (room 331) which was spacious with a good-sized bathroom, large king size bed and plenty of wardrobe space. There were also tea/coffee making facilities, a fridge, iron / ironing board, aircon and a ceiling fan as well as a large balcony overlooking one of the 3 pools and a good view over the lovely beach. The hotel has 3 restaurants - two of which, Asiagos (the Italian) and the Waterside, must be booked in advance - plus Chelonia, the main buffet restaurant. The food in all three was excellent with good service on drinks and a good range of food choices with a different daily theme in Chelonia. The food was all covered as protection again any visiting birds and also attention to clearing away used plates saw very little of the feathered friends which is a big talking point in some open-air restaurants. The wines and spirits were of a good quality and soft drinks were readily available as self-service at the Waterside bar and new additions included a new Ice Cream Parlour and a Coffee Shop which also had a lovely range of cakes and pastries all included in the AI deal. Pop-up stalls also appeared on a daily basis offering cocktails and treats as a nice surprise. Entertainment in the evening was centred around the courtyard in front of the Chelonia restaurant and we found it to be first class with 4-girl group, Virgo, outstanding with other quality bands Bred Alone and Sool Play also very, very good. All finished by 10.30pm. Colourful dancers, a DJ night and a steel band for the Saturday beach BBQ plus a Sunday early evening Karaoke made up for a very good selection of entertainment - all set out in advance in an informative 'Weekly Activities' sheet. There is also a Managers Cocktail Party on a Tuesday evening. What else is there? Free Wi-Fi and water sports, swimming pools with no loud music,low-key daily activities , a wonderful beach with sun beds with your own personal sunshade attached and a good position that allows nice walks along the magnificent famous stretch of the wonderful island known as St. Lawrence Gap. What have I missed? The most important thing of all - THE STAFF! Everyone at Turtle Beach deserves the highest praise. They are smiling, efficient and cannot do enough for you. The beach and water sports are well managed by Captain Sam and his wonderful team who cannot do enough for you ( including drinks and fruit delivery) ,service at the restaurants and bars are good and everyone you meet says 'hello' and asks if you are having a good time. The Tui rep, Mezan, was also very good and informative and insisted on being told about any problems that we may encounter. Everyone will always nominate one employee that they have had exceptional service from and in our case we nominate our wonderful maid, HARRIETTE. I had undergone a major operation last year am still feeling very tired, so she insisted on cleaning our room early in case I needed an afternoon nap! She also called in from time to time to make sure everything was OK. Thanks. In fact, thanks to everyone for a great holiday and we hope to return as soon as possible.More
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