Turtle Inn

Island Luxe

Placencia Village  
Stann Creek District,

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A 25-room seafront hideaway combines natural wonders with luxury style. Each guestrooms is an individual thatched cottage, decorated with handcrafted Balinese furnishings and is naturally cooled by the ever-present sea breezes. Just steps beyond your private deck, the white-sand beach dissolves into the clear Caribbean Sea. In addition, the resort has two infinity swimming pools, three restaurants, a rejuvenating spa and idyllic seafront setting. A wealth of exciting activities include exploring the coral reef just offshore with some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world, and our dive shop can accommodate both beginners and experienced divers. Inland hikes to hidden lagoons, boat trips up the Monkey River and a short bicycle ride into our local, typical Belizean town will enrich guests' experience of Magical Belize.

Exclusive Amenities

  • Full Breakfast for two daily at Mare. Also available through Room Service
  • $100 credit (applicable to tours only)
The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure: 
  • Upgrade 
  • Early Check-In 
  • Late Check-Out

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM


Number of Rooms: 25

Gardenview Cottages

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

Poolside Seaview Cottages

With a partial view of the Caribbean Sea, each poolside cottage has a private screened porch, spacious bathrooms with Japanese bath, and private walled garden with outdoor shower. All our luxury Belize resort dwellings feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor.

Seaview Cottage

With a partial view of the Caribbean Sea, each Seaview cottage has a screened porch, spacious bathrooms with Japanese bath, and private walled garden with outdoor shower. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor.

Seafront Cottages

Just steps from a beautiful stretch of beach and the Caribbean Sea, each cottage has a private garden with outdoor shower, screened porch and bathroom with Japanese bath. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor.

Gardenview Villas

Nestled in our lush gardens and a few paces from the Caribbean Sea, these 2-bedroom/2-bath villas provide luxurious proportions with living room, separated seating areas, and extended screened porch. Each is surrounded by private walled garden with outdoor shower. All rooms feature Balinese hand-carved doors and décor.

Seafront Villas

Carefully placed on a beautiful stretch of Caribbean Sea beachfront, these Balinese themed 2-bedroom/2-bathroom villas provide luxurious proportions with living room, separate sitting rooms, and an extended screened porch surrounded by private walled garden with outdoor shower.

Pavilion House

This exclusive Balinese-inspired pavilion is designed to maximize privacy and is located at the southern edge of the property, surrounded on three sides by a high walled garden. There are two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a third loft bedroom accessed by a bamboo ladder. The 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 in addition one of the bathrooms incorporates a luxurious steam room. Beyond the airy bathrooms are private walled gardens with outdoor showers. Between the two bedrooms is a living area and screened porch with comfortable sofas, writing desk and wet bar area with Delonghi espresso machine and fridge.

Overlooking the pool is an open air, thatch-roofed dining terrace with unbroken views 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.

Guests at the Pavilion also enjoy monogrammed bathrobes and wine glasses, locally produced organic bath products, goose down or hypo-allergenic pillows, iPod docking station, WiFi Internet access and a Shellphone intercom system linked to the resort’s front desk. The Pavilion also has a full time attendant to anticipate your every need. The attendant is on call using a walkie-talkie radio system.

Guest Services


Laundry Service

Multilingual Staff


Business Center

Dive Shop

Gift Shop

High-Speed Internet Access





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. Our changing daily menu offers such dishes as ceviche and gazpacho, fish cooked in a sea-salt crust and a selection of pizzas made to order in our wood-burning oven. The Mare offers a relaxed dining experience beneath the towering vaulted thatch roof, with incredible views out to sea.

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 giving fantastic views of the offshore cayes 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 and hearty beef stew, all served in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

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 in the golden-sand beach, offering panoramic views over the sea to the offshore cayes.

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 Coppola wine or a Belize-brewed beer.


Adventures & Explorations

"I enjoy doing many things while at Turtle Inn; taking long walks to the charming fish village of Placencia, swimming in the sea, going on adventures to Monkey River, eating, playing cards - or just doing nothing while gazing out at the sea."

- Francis Fold Coppola

Monkey River
Explore Monkey River by boat for the chance to observe howler monkeys, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles, manatees, and many other species of wildlife. On the return trip downriver, we stop in the village of Monkey River for a lunch of local Creole cuisine.

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
The world's only Jaguar reserve is a superb place for birding, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Take a picnic lunch and cool off under refreshing waterfalls.

Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit Mayan Sites
Located in the beautiful rainforest in the Toledo District of Southern Belize, the ruins of Lubaantun and feature a host of archaeological treasures such as pictorial stelae. Nearby, the mysterious Mayan underworld of the Blue Creek Caves is a fascinating area for swimming and hiking. Enjoy lunch with a Mayan family.

Sport Fishing
Troll, spin, cast or fly-fish in some of the most productive waters in the Caribbean. Barracuda, king mackerel, snapper, grouper, tarpon, snook, bonefish, and permit are among the many species that thrive here.

Lagoon Kayaking
Enjoy a guided tour through the unique mangrove estuaries in the Placencia lagoon. Search for manatees, dolphins, and a variety of birds.

Windstar Rentals
Enjoy the fun and freedom of sailing your own personal trimaran.

Map / Location

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Directions from Belize City to Turtle Inn in Placencia
Take the road from the International Airport into Belize City which is about 15 miles.  On entering Belize City you will come to a round-about with our Central American Flags turn right onto the Belcan Bridge; over the bridge you will head onto Central American Boulevard; continue on pass the two stop signs to another junction which will have another round-about with a Metal hand holding a yellow leaf turn right at this junction onto Cemetery Road which leads to a cemetery and then the Western Highway.
Continue on the highway for the next 47 miles which will take you to the junction of the capital city of Belmopan. In arriving at the over head direction sign you’ll see to: Belmopan, Dangriga and Punta Gorda take a left passing drive for about a mile and a half until you arrive at a round-about with a concrete structure in the center. Continue driving straight for about an hour (avg. 55 mph) until you get to another turn off which is approximately 6 miles from the town of Dangriga.
There is a bus stop on the right with an over head sign that shows direction to Placencia, Punta Gorda and Hopkins. Take a right, you’ll find yourself driving between orchards (many along the way). Continue on this road for another hour of driving. Keep a constant look on your left hand side you will be passing villages by the name of Silk Grass, Hopkins, Maya Center and South Stann Creek after passing South Stann Creek Village you will see Banana plantations about half a mile from there you will see   a sign that reads Placencia on your left. From here you continue and you will meet the Shrimp Farm continue on your left until you get to an old Gas Station sign then you get to here take a right  and  just follow the road for about half an hour where you will come to a village by the name of Seine Bight. From there you will be heading on to Placencia and Turtle Inn which is about 6 miles ahead.

Nearby airports: Belize City [Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport], Belize
Distance: 6 hours

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