Turtle Beach Resort
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We chose Turtle Beach to take our daughters and get married as it had some great family reviews and we also had 20 of our family and friends join us. It was a beautiful resort, very clean & well looked after. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, nothing is too much trouble for them and they go out of their way to make sure everything is as you want it. They really made an effort to make sure our wedding was perfect too, and it was! The food and entertainment each night was great, as was the kids club where our girls had such fun building sandcastles, making bead keyrings, watching DVD's, designing T-shirts, etc. We opted to get married in the gardens overlooking the beach, where the views were spectacular and we had steel pans because, why not! We then had our photos on the beautiful beach! It was simply wonderful! Our room was wonderful too, as were the pools and restaurants. We can't wait to go back one day, it was pure perfection. We could not find anything to moan about 💗
OK maybe a 4 star rating is a bit mean for a superb hotel but that is down to unfortunate marketing either by the hotel or the tour operators. The title of this piece is ‘Ocean Glimpse’ for a reason and that being that the main view from some of these rooms is anything but an ocean view more, as indicated by the title, a glimpse of the ocean if you look hard enough. We paid extra for a view of the ocean, which we thought would be a good aspect opening onto a full ocean view. What we got (room 114) was a full on view of a swimming pool and, if you looked hard enough, a side glimpse of the ocean through a dense covering of palm trees. (See photo). To be fair we were tired after the 8+ hour flight and time difference but I did talk to reception about this immediately. It has always been my opinion that, if not entirely satisfied, then this needs to be communicated to the hotel management at the first possible opportunity. On this occasion the management came up trumps and we agreed that we would spend one night in room 114 and then move the next day to a more suitable and upgraded room, which is what happened. As stated, the next day the management were as good as their word and we were shown to an ‘Ocean Front’ room which had a magnificent full view of the sandy beach and the ocean (see pic).The porter showing us the room remarked that ‘Ocean View’ accommodation varied in the amount of ocean that was actually visible from the room. Therefore be warned, if you want a full ocean view then you need to book ‘Ocean Front’ and NOT ‘Ocean View’! Having said all this, from then on there was no looking back; excellent service, friendly staff and good food was the norm; even the all inclusive ticket uncharacteristically included brand name alcoholic drinks. The hotel does literally boarder the sandy beach although all the beaches are public so beware of beach peddlers who can be a nuisance but not a threat. The hotel beach ambassadors keep an eye on this and also service the beach and I mean service, from arranging sun beds (never a problem on the beach) to serving drinks to guests from the hotel. All these ambassadors are professional and friendly and have a lively and enthusiastic approach that never fails to bring a smile to your face and enhance your holiday experience. Keep an eye out for Marridonna (beach ambassador), and the like, who has a knack of making all the guests feel welcome, valued and special. This really is a fantastic place to be, a fabulous hotel on a real paradise island. Just be aware and check that what you are booking realistically matches your expectations.
(Late post for a birthday vacation November 2015 ) I’ve been to a few island destinations and you become accustomed to a certain type of treatment upon arrival and during check-in. Unfortunately, there were no welcome and warming smiles and hellos or wait staff with cool umbrella drinks to kick off my stay. There was a group checking out when we arrived and it seems the bellmen were more focused on the departing passengers, to the point that arriving passengers seemed to be given only a cursory acknowledgment. The check-in process itself is different from any I’d experienced and while it wasn’t necessarily a bad experience, I prefer the more traditional approach (i.e., a registration desk/area that accommodates several guests at one time and moves quickly). They say your first impression is usually a lasting one but I am glad to say, my initial displeasure was short lived. After checking into our room, first stop was the all-day dining area. They were putting away the hot food/salad bar when we arrived but the staff was kind enough to let us grab something quickly. Once the hunger was abated, we walked over to the beach (right across from the all-day area). I loved the beach area and I believe one of the beach staff told me that this area is near a coral reef so, you have to be careful because there are always bits of coral that are brought in with the waves. During my stay, the water was a little rough at times which meant those bits of coral were hitting against your body which would sting and sometimes it was calm enough for a swim. I didn’t utilize any of the water sports that come with the stay because the water was too choppy to me for going out on the boat or even jet skiing. Overall, the food was good. Of course, watch out for the birds during breakfast! The moment you leave your table unattended, they will swoop in to pick what they want. In the all day dining area, I was entertained by watching the crabs come out of their hiding places. You can also sign up for the specialty dining during the evening. There is an Italian restaurant onsite but it was undergoing renovations when I visited.Each evening there were live entertainment acts. Some of the acts were pretty good and some were not to my liking. Nothing against the particular entertainment just wasn’t my kind of entertainment. I especially enjoyed the “Manager’s Event” which gave you an opportunity to meet the management staff and give feedback about your stay and experience at the resort. Because I like to explore whenever I go on vacation we walked down the main street outside the resort and a few small bars. It seemed that karaoke is a big hit in the local bars. We found one that played good music. Further down from the resort (yet still walking distance if you like to walk) is Oistin’s, the happening spot on Friday night; unfortunately I flew in on Saturday and was leaving Thursday and Oistin’s is only open on Friday night. I hear it’s a big event so if you want to mingle with the locals, I suggest including a Friday night in your stay. On another outing, I took a cab to the museum. By comparison to other museums I’ve visited it was small but it does give you the history of the island and how their commerce evolved. I’m a history buff and museum lover so I enjoyed the museum and the green monkeys. Of course the locals call them pests (they probably feel about the monkeys the way New Yorkers feel about pigeons). From there we went to downtown Barbados where they have a shopping mall. It’s your typical mall area but didn’t have anything I couldn’t get back in the States. The only benefit was it was duty free. You can also request to spend the day at one of the sister resorts but you have to arrange your own transportation. I considered taking the day trip to see if the waters were calmer near the other properties but, at the end of the day, I was content to stay where I was.My trip was in November and it was hot. I was told it was the beginning of the “cool season”. If that was cool then I don’t know if I could handle their summer heat. Word to the wise, make sure you drink plenty of water. I suggest drinking at least twice as much as you normally drink. Wear sunscreen and reapply during the day. If you’re out in the sun, wear a hat with a full brim to provide shade or use an umbrella, especially if you are walking around during the day and, oh yeah, drink plenty of water.All in all, I had a quiet, laid back, relaxing trip. This is a family resort but, since I wasn’t traveling with kids, I can’t tell you about activities for kids. Perhaps because it is a family oriented resort, the entertainment ends around 10:00. I want to give a special thank you to Tracess Yarde, one of the management staff there. On behalf of the resort, she made my birthday a special one and was always available if I had any questions or problems. She was always pleasant and helpful. Also, the guys who make up the beach staff – they were the best! I never really encountered the housekeeping staff but the room was always clean whenever we returned. I would definitely recommend staying at this resort. While I’m used to being in go/go/go mode on my vacations, my trip to Barbados seemed to teach me a new concept – one I’m sure that many of us, with our tight schedules and multi-tasking lives have forgotten – Barbados taught me to “slow down” because “in Barbados, we do nothing fast”!
Stayed here for 2 weeks in January 2016. The room was lovely and big and the cleanliness was second to none. Most of the staff were pleasant but there was a certain few that never smiled! The pools were small but my children enjoyed the ones they were allowed in. The food was good. The beach was not, it was way too rough to swim in the sea safely with out children so this was a major disappointment. We traveled up to crystal cove for the day where it was much more pleasurable if you are looking for a beach holiday.
We returned to Turtle Beach for the first time in thirteen years to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary with our grown-up family. We were hopeful that we would have a similarly enjoyable experience to 2003. We were not to be disappointed!On arrival our check-in was efficient and concluded with a complimentary upgrade for our family. Our sea view rooms were all comfortable and indeed had a good view. Upon settling-in we proceeded to have nine days of total relaxation whilst being amply fed and watered!The food was certainly of a higher standard than we remembered. Although the evening buffet in the Chelonia Restaurant provided a good variety of food, we preferred the a-la-carte in the Waterfront Restaurant (our favourite) and the Italian Asiago’s Restaurant. We did not have one bad meal during our stay and were served by attentive staff.On the subject of staff we found everyone to be very willing to serve (don't be put off if they don't smile all the time), even the chefs who were always happy to chat at breakfast time. But special mention must go to Argyle Forde, the Service Delivery Manager Director, who not only arranged our anniversary night private beach dinner but also ensured one of our daughters was supplied with gluten-free food during our stay.Indeed a good example of the hotel’s willingness to serve came at our private beach dinner which took place just as Tropical Storm (soon to be Hurricane) Matthew was about to hit Barbados. Despite the island preparing for shutdown, Argyle agreed to bring forward the time of the dinner as he knew it was our anniversary day. We had a very special time despite the heavens opening as the main course was served which was no problem as Argyle had erected a tent to shelter us. As a result we had a memorable family evening. The next day Barbados was indeed shutdown and the Turtle Beach staff came into their own. Some staff appeared to work 24 hours as guests did not suffer despite the weather. Crucially the bar stayed open and the food did not stop being served during this time!One of the best surprises of our holiday was the standard of evening entertainment that was much higher than we previously remembered. We did not have one bad evening as all the singers and musicians were of a very good standard.Captain Sam and his watersport staff were another highlight. Always on hand with beach towels, to keep an eye on swimmers and to take guests out on the hotel hobbicats. The beach, by the way, is long enough for a lovely walk and is a great place of sunset photos. It also didn’t have as many hawkers selling their wares as we previously remembered although this was probably due to the higher level of security.We made two trips out. The first one was to Oistins for the Fish Fry Night. Despite a favourable build-up we didn’t find it anything special other than the food. But our trip on the Good Times catamaran to swim with the turtles was memorable and worth the money.Overall, we had a fab time. Yes, there are one or two aspects of the hotel that probably need refurbishing. But the hotel more than makes up for this with the lovely (quite British) atmosphere created by the staff. This contrasts with the Sandals next door which looked slicker (despite the building site next door) but too loud for our liking. Well done Turtle Beach!
Vacations packages include round-trip flights, accommodations, round-trip transfers (unless outlined below) to and from the hotel, and tourist cards (if required, unless outlined below).
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Items not included:
- Travel insurance (mandatory if traveling to Cuba)
- Tourist cards ($10USD)if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing Airlines
- Departure taxes ($20USD) if traveling to Dominican Republic with Sunwing or Signarture Vacations
- Hotel transfers for packages with WestJet to USA (with exception to Honolulu)
- Hotel transfers for packages to Europe
- Items of a personal nature
- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 7am-12 midnight)
- Hobie Cats
- Boogie Boards
- Exercise classes (Aerobics, Cardiovascular workout)
- Daily activities
- Evening entertainment
- 166 rooms in one 4-storey building
- 4 la carte restaurants (International, Italian, Health food, reservations required, dress code)
- 3 bars including Beach bar, Grill bar
- Evening entertainment
- 2 outdoor pools
- 18-hole golf course (20 minutes away)
- Meeting facilities (fee)
- 2 lit tennis courts
- Fitness facilities
- Exercise classes
- Scuba diving nearby (fee)
- A range of watersports available
- Internet/WiFi (fee)
- Ceiling fan
- Living area
- Sofa bed
- Cable/Satellite TV
- iPod docking station
- In-room safe
- Balcony or Patio
- Full Bathroom
- Tea and coffee
- Mini-fridge (not stocked)
- Max occ 4 up to 3 adults
For the Kids - Kids 3 to 12 enjoy supervised activities daily at the Kids' club. Babysitting service (fee), Playground and Kids' section of main pool.
Golf & Wedding Packages - Please inquire for details.
Early Booking Bonus - This hotel may offer early booking bonuses at certain times of the year. If early booking bonuses apply to your vacation, prices shown online have already been adjusted accordingly. Please inquire for complete details.
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Turtle Beach ResortBridgetown,Barbados
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Some restaurants may be open for certain meals only and limited visits may apply. Reservations required and dress code in effect for a la carte restaurants. Time restrictions may apply for water sports.
Child pricing may only be available with select tour operators and valid for select dates and durations. Child pricing rules are subject to change without notice. Please contact one of our vacation specialists if you require assistance with child pricing.
Photo identification and/or credit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.
Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy. Rollaway beds and cribs (infant beds) may be available and should be requested at the time of booking; fees may apply.
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