Turtle Beach Resort
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Wow, where do I start, we stayed in room 415 for a week, and the room took my breath away, the bed was bigger than any bed I'd ever slept in and was so comfortable, we had a lovely sofa, and plenty of storage space, the room was massive! Tea and coffee making facilities which were restocked every day as were towels, beds were changed every day. Our room was an ocean front and had a stunning view of the sea, a view a would never ever get bored of. Good size bath, even if it was a bit low, complimentary smellies also restocked daily. The second we arrived the bell boy opened our taxi door and greeted us with a warm and friendly smile, he sorted our bags from the taxi and escorted us to reception, we were told to take a seat while the receptionist got our documents sorted, she offered us a glass of champagne while we waited. The hotel has 3 restaurants, Chelonia is the main restaurant which is buffet and self service, there are hundreds of birds that fly around, not a problem for us, but I know some ppl moaned about it, waterfront a la crate restaurant it right on the waterfront and is much quieter and smaller than Chelonia, the only sound to be heard is the crashing of the waves, the 3rd restaurant is asiagos, the Italian, we can't comment on as we didn't eat there. The food was very nice, we always found something to eat, and ate some things that we wouldn't even consider eating at home, they have a different theme every night, taste of Asia, Mediterranean, Caribbean and Mexican, Mexican is the only night we struggled with as we're not keen on it, but we still didn't go without. The captains BBQ night on Saturday night is in our opinion the best night for food, a buffet of steak, jacket potatoes, various salad items, garlic bread, breakfast was amazing, everything you can think of, fry up, bread, cereal, bagels and muffins, cakes, pancakes and omelettes, the list goes on. Lunch is served mainly in waterfront restaurant, it's buffet serving everything you can think of, we had one of the nicest cheeseburgers we've ever tasted, and hot dogs and pizza is available all day to eat round the pool.At 4pm they provide afternoon tea to hot drinks, filled rolls, cakes and biscuits, it's a wonder ppl don't come home a stone heavier as you really can eat all day, the hotel itself in our eyes is the nicest hotel we've ever stayed in, ppl complain that's it's dated and needs a complete refurbish, I don't think it does, its perfect the way it is. All the communal areas are nice and clean. The pool area is spotless and plenty of sunbeds and parasols, we never had a problem getting one. There are two pools both are so so warm. We took a taxi into Bridgetown for a change of scenery, again, very nice and quite fast paced, and they have a Woolworths (God I miss that shop) got lots of nice souvenirs. We also took a walk into st Lawrence gap where we fell perfectly safe, again there are plenty of shops. We didn't go to oistins and we didn't really want to go off resort at night, why would we, when there is nightly entertainment, some of it a bit hit and miss, some amazing. The girl group, Virgo were amazing, sing a bit of everything to suite all ages, and the limbo dancers were also amazing and got the crowd involved (not us) also the steel drummers, wow, just amazing and a real taste of the Caribbean. The beach is beautiful and captain Sam does a wonderful job with his water sports and keeping ppl safe in the sea, the waves are very strong and knocked my husband off his feet a few times, talk a walk over the rocks to the next beach where there are hardly any waves at all. The beach ambassadors walk the beach and the pool area offering us drinks. Soft drinks we available via a help yourself machine, various cocktails, spirits, beers and water also available, I developed quite a liking for strawberry daquiris, the managers cocktail party is a must,the staff come round with tapas style nibbles, glasses of champagne cocktails, rum punch, and the manager walks round taking to us all asking us how our stay is, the chef, head barman and head of housekeeping also walked round talking to us, it makes you feel like they really care about their guests. Finally I must end with the staff, we've never ever met a kinder, friendly more helpful bunch of ppl, nothing was too much trouble, be it topping up our water, wine and beer at dinner, to saying hello as we pass in the corridor, to the waiting staff at breakfast, everyone had a smile on their faces, finally it was my birthday while we were there and i got a card hand signed by all heads of departments. All in all, we had a wonder holiday and could have easily stayed another week. We will definitely be returning at some point. Thank you turtle beach for the best holiday ever.
Lovely Caribbean hotel, spacious rooms on a beautiful beach. The staff were fantastic very friendly and welcoming. Food was good and the rum punches/cocktails were very tasty. We ventured out and it was safe, had a great day on the island tour with Ricardo booked through our virgin rep John who was very helpful. Had a great time, came home with a bottle of rum and some punch recipes supplied to us by our friendly bar staff.
I took the hole family in August to turtle beach. I had reading some of the reviews on trip advisor and I was look to see if there was any improvements. In both restaurant The food was all covered so the birds couldn't get to it. You still have a problem with the birds if you left your plate on the table and walked away I will come down and eat from your plate. Yes I agree the hotel does need to be refurbished. We had a few small problem in our room. And after seeing the reception and the manager our room was upgraded to a Seaview. When we first got there we could actually use the restaurant by the pool to have breakfast in the morning but this closed after a few days, we then had to use the main restaurant for breakfast and meals, this was due to the hotel only having around 300 people staying at that time. Our group tried both à la cart menu. The only one they didn't enjoy was the Italian along with other people.We found the staff very friendly and willing to help you out if you had a problem. The people we spoke to around the pool area and in the hotel, felt comfortable to let their children play around the hotel.We sat around the pool area with our five-year-old granddaughter, when she had had enough swimming would ask if she could go back to room herself and rest, as our rooms were on the ground floor, and we could see her coming and going we would let her after she asked to go back.Around 4 o'clock we would meet the people we were talking this holiday in the pool and have drinks and cool off.I've booked a table in the UK for our first reunion for our group of 10, in December. My son is still going out with a girl he met at the hotel.Yes I would probably go back to the same hotel I think the best time was when the turtle came up the beach at night to lay its eggs in the sand.
As with most reviews there is a lot of repition, so I will aim to give some headlines.Check in: Quick and efficient, shown to our room (436) which is an ocean view and not ocean front. But it's right on the corner so we got the best of both worlds.Room: A good size, clean with an effective bathroom and shower; could do with an up lift, which is due, so this would be interesting.Air Con was effective and very welcoming.Could improve with the addition of a Kettle for tea making, they do have a filter coffee machine however. Fresh milk and water need to be collected from the restaurant and bar, but there is a fridge to store them in.Tip: if you like an early night (before 22:30) do not get a poolside room or the noise from the entertainment will drive you mad.Communal areas: A bit tired now, but with a bit of cash splashed the place could be stunning. But very clean all the same.Restaurants: all very different, with a different ambience.The Italian is very nicely decorated and the lighting provides a nice relaxing mood.The Waterfront is pleasant and open to the elements at the sides.The main restaurant is open at the front, so does get invaded by birds, who are more than happy to stick their beaks in your food and drinks. If you do not like birds please do not go this hotel, as in a Morning this is full of them.There is no air conditioning in the restaurants only ceiling fans, I suppose it could get a bit oppressive in the summer. Food ...Italian a la carte was very nice (menu changes twice a week) Waterfront a la carte was very average ... steaks were bland and tasteless.Buffet .... lunch was bland and tasteless with very limited choice. The evening meals were better, but choice still limited. Tip: don't book your restaurants for an evening meal until the day as the menus are put out at breakfast and you can make an informed choice. Also you have to ask for ice cream, a small point but the ice cream is gorgeous and is a nice supplement to some of the deserts (all restaurants)Staff: I can't say enough about the staff, they were friendly and very helpful. Any issues were resolved immediately and with a smile. Beech: great location and plenty of sun beds (hotel was full) - regular visits from staff for drinks etc. The sea was warm and amazingly there are some waves, when these started to gain power captain Sam and his team were quick to ensure the safety of all concerned. Pool: never an issue getting a sun bed, and never a need to get up early to reserve a bed. Kids.., yes they are allowed ... I wouldn't want to have been here in the school holidays as the pool areas are compact and I don't care much for other people's screaming brats. However the small number of kids in the hotel were a credit to their parents, but do you really want to take the risk.Drink: plentiful and branded ... quick service and good cocktails ... normal wasps around the soft drink dispensers, but that's anywhere you go.Safety: the local area always felt safe and I had no issues walking out into St Lawrence Gap for a change of scenery. We also jumped on the bus van for a day out in Bridgetown for the grand sum of $1 ... Weather: for those travelling in November, we had short showers most days and one torrential down pour (lasted most of the day) otherwise sunny with some cloud. The breeze off the ocean is lovely.Trips.... everyone raves about OISTINS ... not sure why as people were queuing for an hour to get into the better restaurants and those that didn't (that would be us) were punished with poor food but the beer was the same. This is touted as a place to embrace local nightlife, but too many tourists there for that to be the case (oops).Car Hire.... a must if you want to see the island.Not cheap but get a decent vehicle as the roads aren't great and a motor with some suspension is advisable. However ... there are very few road signs making navigation interesting so my top tip is take a map and navigate by the churches of which there are hundreds. But if you get lost it won't be for long and if you really start to panic just follow the bus route into the city... we got lost, but we had a laugh and never took it to seriously, as the place is safe and people friendly.Medical .. I had to go to a local clinic for an ear infection on my third day ... treated very well and the Ecourt medical drop in centre is only a 5-6 min walk... so no worries on that front.Checkout: we were not due to be picked up until 18:20 so decided to pay the $75 US addition to keep my room. Unfortunately you can not book this until the day of departure and the room I was in was already allocated to guests arriving. I was offered an alternative, which was fine and allowed me to enjoy my final day in peace. The hotel does offer a courtesy room for half an hour ... but this didn't interest me, but it's there all the same.Transfers to the hotel and airport were easy (private transfer) Tour Rep .... the Virgin Tour rep was a real gent and at the hotel each day (except Fridays) .... I have to say that John was a complete gent and very helpful and knowledgable. So the question is would I stay there again. I think I would once the place has been refurbished... I spoke to a number of people who have returned over the years and they all said the same. Some of the the little nuances that make a place great had slipped a bit and this had tarnished their experience a bit. It's the attention to detail that makes the difference between good and excellent and that why I have marked the hotel accordingly.If the management from the hotel read this I would ask one thing of you ... please reconsider the Sunday Karoake session... what a debacle and most guests run for cover, hence it's the staff on it. Your guests come to relax and this genuinely spoiled two Sunday afternoons during my stay !!!! I have returned home tanned and relaxed and would like to thank the staff for their part in making our stay enjoyable.
The hotel has been around nearly twenty years and now needs a total refit. This is going to happen. Having said that the hotel staff, location and overall atmosphere make this a great venue.Starting with the beach, this is managed by Cap'n Sam and his team of Keiann, Dario and Dexter. I love these guys, they are so friendly and look after all your needs from beach chairs, towels, water sports and even drinks. They are fun to talk to and to be with.The restaurant staff and management team cannot do enough to look after you. I do have favourites but I cannot mention them all although I struck an accord with Iteri, a junior manager. I also want to mention Ross the restaurant manager. You couldn't meet a more friendly smiling guy, very helpful but for some reason some Europeans pick on his looks. Why are some people so nasty! Keep going Ross.The General Manger is Adrian Grant and a very professional manger he is. He was always polite and courteous to me and my wife and he does a good job. I just wish the management could find a way for guests like me who want to give an overall tip to be shared by all staff whereby I could contribute to a collective fund. At the moment I have to walk around with a hundred bucks giving 10 here and 10 there. I did it but I felt bad about the staff I had to miss. I know it is all inclusive but we can and should still tip to supplement the staff low wage structure.I used to stay at Cassurina next door way before it became Almond Beach and now Sandals. To my mind the Turtle Beach is now much more a Bajan experience.I can't finish without mentioning Virgo, the female singer entertainers. Kimberley leads a great group but I must also mention Faith the latest singer to join the group. Virgo provides brilliant entertainment twice weekly at the hotel. Keep the TUC band coming, i love those guys. Also take the courtesy bus to Oistins Friday night and dance!!! is
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- 3 meals daily plus snacks
- Christmas and New Year's Gala Dinners
- All drinks (International brands, Domestic beer, House Wine, 7am-12 midnight)
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- 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
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- 2 outdoor pools
- 18-hole golf course (20 minutes away)
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Turtle Beach ResortBridgetown,Barbados
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