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Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside resort in 2001 and created an idyllic refuge for those seeking a relaxing or adventure-filled getaway to Belize.

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This 25-room seafront hideaway delights guests with individual thatched cottages, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings, naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes.

Poolside Garden View Cottage

Nestled in our lush gardens and a few paces from the Caribbean Sea, each Poolside Garden View Cottage has a private screened porch, spacious bathroom with a Japanese bath, and a private walled garden with an outdoor shower. All Belize dwellings feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor, and ceiling fans.

Garden View Cottage

Nestled in our lush gardens and a few paces from the Caribbean Sea, each Garden Cottage has a private screened porch, spacious bathroom with a Japanese bath, and a private walled garden with an outdoor shower. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor, and ceiling fans.

Poolside Seaview Cottage

Each Poolside Cottage has a private screened porch, spacious bathroom with a Japanese bath, and a private walled garden with an outdoor shower.

Seaview Cottages

With a partial view of the Caribbean Sea, each Seaview Cottage has a screened porch, spacious bathroom with a Japanese bath, and a private walled garden with an outdoor shower. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor, ceiling fans, and thatched roofs that naturally cool the cottages.

Seafront Cottages

Just steps from a beautiful stretch of beach and the Caribbean Sea, the Seafront Cottages are our most desirable dwellings for couples or individuals. Each includes a private garden with an outdoor shower, screened porch, and a bathroom with a Japanese bath. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor, ceiling fans, and thatched roofs that naturally cool the cottages.

Garden View Villas

Nestled in our lush gardens and a few paces from the Caribbean Sea, these 2-bedroom/2 en-suite bath villas provide luxurious proportions with a living room, separated seating areas, and an extended screened porch. Each is surrounded by a private walled garden with an outdoor shower. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor, ceiling fans, and thatched roofs that naturally cool the villas. These dwellings are most suitable for families or couples traveling together.

Seafront Villas

Our most desirable villas are just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea. These Balinese themed 2-bedroom/2-en-suite bathroom villas provide luxurious proportions with a living room, separate sitting rooms, and an extended screened porch surrounded by a private walled garden with an outdoor shower. Ceiling fans and thatched roofs naturally cool the villas, as do the sea breezes.

Starfish Cottage

Feel as if you are staying in your own private seafront home, fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, full bathroom on the main floor, and two air-conditioned bedrooms. Each bedroom has a queen-size bed, and there’s a shared bathroom on the second floor. The Starfish Cottage is ideal for families or two couples traveling together. The cottage also features a private deck and swimming pool. Special additions can be added such as a private butler to attend to your every need, a golf cart for drives into Placencia, or even a private yoga class on your deck.

Roman’s Lagoon Bungalow

Roman’s Lagoon Bungalow features a full kitchen, an expansive living room and bedroom, and a private pool and large deck offering spectacular sunset views. The house is cleverly designed with a mirror and wall which open up on either side of the bedroom for an open-plan feeling (but can be closed for privacy). Should the creative spirit move you during your getaway, there is a very spacious desk with plenty of room for a writing project or an afternoon of watercolor painting. There are many areas inside and out to curl up with a book–and when you are ready for a change of scenery you can wander across the street to the two resort pools and beach.

The Lagoon Bungalow is best suited for 2 adults and 2 children, as the second small bedroom features bunk beds.

Francis’ Family Pavilion

This exclusive Balinese-inspired pavilion, located at the southern edge of the property and surrounded on three sides by a high walled garden, is designed to maximize privacy. There are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a third loft bedroom accessed by a ladder. Francis’ Family Pavilion features antique hand-carved wooden doorways and detailing, stone sculptures, and artwork selected by Francis and Eleanor Coppola. The two spacious bathrooms feature indoor showers and beyond the airy bathrooms are private walled gardens with outdoor showers. The two bedrooms flank a living area and screened porch with comfortable sofas, writing desk, and wet bar area with an espresso machine and refrigerator.

Overlooking the pool is an open air, thatch-roofed dining terrace with a spectacular view over the beach to the Caribbean Sea. Below the dining terrace is the private pool crafted with original tile art and surrounded by a tropical walled garden.

Sofia’s Beach House

Sofia’s Beach House is a one-of-a-kind modernist-tropical hideaway just steps from the Caribbean Sea, and shares a beach and all the luxury amenities of Turtle Inn. Designed by architect Laurent Deroo as a stylish and soothing getaway, comprised of an open-plan main house and two guest bungalows, the Beach House opens to the ever-present sea breezes while connecting to the romantic, Balinese-styled resort it adjoins.

Special features of Sofia’s Beach House include a full kitchen, an open-air living and dining room perfect for a few couples or a family’s enjoyment, a seafront media room ideal for a late night movie or board game playing, and a full bathroom on the main floor. The second floor master bedroom has a king bed with private bathroom and adjacent children’s bedroom (with bunk beds suitable for children up to age 14). The Beach House also provides bicycles, private butler, private entrance, a private pool, and outdoor barbeque. The two guest houses each feature one king bed, en-suite bathrooms, and decks.

Location

Placencia Village
Stann Creek District, Belize

Turtle Inn is located between the Garifuna settlement of Seine Bight and the charming Creole fishing village of Placencia, at the tip of a narrow 26-mile long sandy peninsula. To the east, the Caribbean Sea is studded by a patchwork of coral cayes and the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage site.

Directly behind Turtle Inn to the west lie the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon and spectacular views of the Maya Mountains and Victoria Peak. South of the Placencia Peninsula is the Monkey River, formed from the Swasey and Bladen rivers that flow from the jungle-clad peaks of the Maya Mountains.

Staff & Dining

The Mare Restaurant

Fresh seafood and traditional Italian cooking come together at Turtle Inn’s flagship restaurant. Local fish is brought in daily from the fertile reefs just offshore and fresh vegetables are delivered from our organic garden.

The Gauguin Grill

Our beachfront restaurant features fresh, charcoal-grilled seafood including lobster, jumbo shrimp, and snapper all served on woven plates accompanied by a choice of Balinese-inspired sauces and spices. Tables are set just a few feet from the sea, affording fantastic views of the offshore cayes (tiny islands) and starry night sky. The sandy-floored bar and lounge also offers an excellent selection of Belize-brewed beer, wine, and cocktails.

Auntie Luba’s Kitchen

Our own authentic Belizean diner, Auntie Luba’s, overlooks the calm, shallow waters of Placencia Lagoon. The menu of our rustic-style restaurant is filled with regional fare like curry chicken, coconut shrimp, seasonal conch fritter, beef stew, and the best home-baked key lime pie. The atmosphere is casual yet festive and a memorable event may include finishing the evening with s’mores made over the firepit and sending off wish lanterns over the lagoon.

The Laughing Fish Bar

Just steps from our luxurious infinity pool, a towering thatch roof provides a shady retreat to enjoy a wide selection of drinks. Bar stools sit directly on the golden-sand beach, offering panoramic views over the sea to the offshore cayes (tiny islands). You may even catch your bartender preparing your cocktail in a coconut, picked from the palms above.

Skip White Bar

Named after the charismatic original owner of Turtle Inn, the Skip White Bar displays antique microscopes used by Skip and his marine biology students. This open-air bar offers an excellent selection of drink options throughout the day and into the evening, and is an ideal place to chat about the day’s adventures over a glass of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery or a Belize-brewed beer.

Kid’s Gelato Bar

Neatly tucked to the side of the Skip White Bar hangs a sign ‘Gelato Bar – No Adults Allowed.’ Superb local gelato that changes seasonally makes this a favorite hangout for children of all ages.

Things to Do

There is no shortage of activities at Turtle Inn to keep the entire family busy. Snorkeling doesn’t get any better than in the waters off Belize. You can snorkel directly from our beach or, if you’re seeking deeper waters, head out on our boat to see the reef where you might spot turtles, dolphins, or seasonal whale sharks.

The Caribbean’s largest barrier reef lies just offshore from Turtle Inn, offering divers a magnificent diversity of coral and marine life to explore. In addition, a number of easily accessible cayes (tiny islands) have their own reefs and underwater ecosystems, cementing Belize’s reputation as one of the world’s great scuba destinations.

The productive sand and coral flats off Placencia combine to offer the chance of salt-water fly fishing’s grand slam: permit, bonefish, tarpon, and snook. Our waters provide some of the best fishing in the Caribbean and we offer experienced and professional local guides.

The sunset over the distant Maya Mountains is nothing short of spectacular and there is no better place to see it than from the calm waters of the Placencia Lagoon. The cruise generally lasts from 60 to 90 minutes and includes hors d’oeuvres and wines from Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

We offer complimentary beach cruisers to guests who wish to cycle around the beautiful surroundings.

The often calm waters in front of Turtle Inn provide an ideal opportunity for beginners to try stand-up paddle boarding for the first time. It is also perfect for the seasoned paddler to go for a long ride to one of the Mangrove Islands, or try to spot manatees in the lagoon.

Bocawina Adventures boasts the longest zip-line in Belize and is the hotspot for waterfall rappelling. We offer day or night zip-lining with 12 platforms, and one of the longest zip-line runs is 2,300 feet long!