Turtle Inn, relaxation by the reefs of Belize
The Caribbean Sea is scattered with thousands of islands where it meets the eastern coast of Central America. There, in a corner tucked away between Mexico and Guatamala, is the little nation of Belize. The coast of Belize runs north and south, and in the center of the country a long peninsula projects into the warm Caribbean waters. There stands the village of Palencia, where scuba divers from around the world come to enjoy the diving at the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is also where the Turtle Inn stands, large enough to cover the peninsula from east to west, and where the family of Francis Ford Coppola has created a perfect tropical beach resort. Within a twenty-minute boat ride of the huge coral reef, studded with perfect little islands called cayes, the Turtle Inn offers splendid comforts in the splendid isolation of the Belizian paradise.
A Grand Estate on a Tropical Cape
The Turtle Inn stretches across the Palencia Peninsula at its narrowest point, with beaches on both the Sea side and Lagoon side of the land. The Palencia Road, which goes through the middle of the resort, leads to the village to the south, where the nightlife and entertainments are the main attraction for many leagues around. The Turtle Inn features 25 rooms, mostly in the form of thatched cottages, all featuring luxury accommodations, and decorated with teak wood, with furnishings and accessories designed in Balinese accents. Water sports are the easiest and closest entertainments at the Turtle, and the estate features an infinity pool in the central area. The Belize Reef is filled with marine life and is perfect for snorkelling and family entertainment, and the staff of the resort will be glad to arrange bespoke visits to the most lively and entertaining parts of the reef, for both experienced divers and young waders as well.
Bespoken Adventures on Land and Sea
If you wish to visit a true island paradise, one of the cayes in the bay, the Coral Caye, is privately owned by The Turtle Inn, and upon consultation can be visited or occupied for extended stays. The island has no electricity, but it has a caretaker who can guide the residents on tours of the extensive mangroves on the eastern side. If you prefer bespoken explorations of the Belize rainforest, there are several Mayan ruins that can be visited on day trips, including the Nim Li Punit Maya Ceremonial Site and Blue Creek Cave. For those travelers who wish to study the brilliant green rainforest of Belize, the Monkey River Wildlife Adventure. Upon your return to the Turtle, you might allow the kids to enjoy the resort’s unique Gelato Bar, located next to the Skip White Bar near the center of the resort.
A Peaceful Rest on Luxurious Beaches
Independent since 1981, Belize is a small nation of just over 350,000, and it is settled mostly along the coast. This is why the village of Palencia, the nearby scuba centres, and the entire area are so pleasant – the whole nation makes a living from rest and relaxation! When you have enjoyed your day in the reef waters visiting uninhabited cayes, or visiting the tropical jungles of the mainland, a return to the Turtle will surely revive you, with a visit to the estate’s lavishly appointed Sunset Spa, or just a fine seafood meal at the Mare Restaurant. The Coppola family has ensured that good Italian fare is integrated into the local menu, and a wood-burning can provide the finest pizza in Belize. At the northern end of the resort, the Gauguin Grill features charcoal grilled seafood in an al fresco setting. The resort can even provide a bespoke boating cruise at sunset, as the evening comes.