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Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
Dartford, United Kingdom
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“Not paradise but ok”
Reviewed 21 May 2012

Stayed here for our honeymoon lasy year, Hotel was ok, clean and rooms a nice size.
Restaurant staff tho were so rude except one or 2 bubbly lady's most days we struggled to get a Glass of water and if we asked staff would be so rude!!
Food was excellent however all 3 meals were lovely and so much choice, I wouldn't go here as a couple it seemed only ok if you were in a large group or had kids really.
They played the football so loud in the restaurant which is in the middle of the pools and sea and so at times felt like we may as well had gone to benidorm!
The location is ok but on a very rough part of the sea so we didn't get to enjoy the beach much.
The spa was lovely Tho had a great massage.
The guys in Captain SAMs were great tho, they would find you beds every day and bring drinks round. The rest of the staff need to learn from these guys!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 May 2012

We changed our hotel at the last minutes as the Almond beach and spa had terrible reviews and thank goodness we did (it looked like Colditz !!) Turtle beach had good reviews and it more than ticked all the boxes. Short journey from the airport, room ready to walk into, cold beer and food that no one should be able to find fault with.
Also made a trip to the sister hotel the water was much calmer there so it was easier to swim in....
everything was super.. could not fault it in any way

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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somerset
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

We spent 10 days at Turtle Beach. Had a great time. Sea was warm and great for body boarding. Captain Sam is always there to make you feeel safe in the water. My son made lots of friends and played cricket on the beach. Breakfast was american style-pancakes,french toast, bacon, sausages, bean, eggs cooked to order, friut, yoghurts, porridge, cereals etc and is avalible 7.30-10.30. Lunch at the waterfront was wraps made to order, burgers, hotdogs. fish, pasta, salads, chips, fruit, pudding, cakes etc, and is avalible 12.30-3.30. Dinner at both restaurants was lovely. The Chelonia is always a buffet, and the Waterfront is a la carte, with perfectly sized meals. There was also afternoon tea every day from 4pm-5.30pm serving sandwiches, cakes, scones. You will not go hungry!!!
We went on the Habour Master boat trip. Did snorkeling and swimming with turtles. Then they moor by a beach and lower a 70ft slide into the sea.Great fun! Then they take you back along the west coast playing music which people could dance to.
All in all a great holiday.

Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

We have just had the most wonderful holiday at Turtle Beach,the room was fabulous on the beach ( a junior ocean front veiw suite ) the staff are amazingly freindly.Food wonderfull in all 3 restaurants and a full house breakfast to die for !Fabulous beach area with plenty of padded sun loungers and thanks to Captain Sam and his staff for watersports.The sea is pretty choppy with it being on the South Coast so not reccomended for young children.We where so impressed that we wanted to stay another week,our room was vacant and the Hotel only at half capacity,however Virgin-SHAME ON YOU ! wanted £142-00 each for the following week admin/ticket charge back to Manchester.However we will be back next year as this was our third visit to this wonderful island paradise and will book 2 weeks instead of one

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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NJ
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

As Vtt870 said we totally enjoyed our stay at Turtle Beach. For the the price and what you recived we felt we did very well. The room was spacious and comfortable with a TV couch plenty of light,terrace and nice bathroom. Upon check-in, the room was not ready as we arrived earlier than the appointed time but we were taken down to lunch and notified when our room was ready. Check-in was a breeze. The whole staff could not have been nicer. Everybody was extremely accommodating and extremely pleasant. The beach was beautiful ( a little crowded) with enough chairs for everybody. The water itself was a little rough but once you went past the breakers standing, you could jump the waves and enjoy the water. There were trade winds which though a little breezy, the sand was not hot and you did not feel scorched. Beware though (you could get a sunburn very easily) .During the morning somebody from the bar came out on the beach and served you a coconut pop, creamsicle, or fruit salad. In the afternoon it was a nice cool drink (This was a great touch) If you walked from the end of the resort to the end of the second strip the distance was about a half mile. It was great to walk this beach. These are public beaches so licensed vendors were allowed on. However if you did not want to avail yourself of what they were hawking (mangos. tours of the town, Jewelry), you said no thank you and you would be left alone. As for the food, it was average to very good but with enough of a choice that you did not go hungry. Of course the Ala Carte (it is all inclusive) restaurants were a little better than the buffets. There was some entertainment six of the seven nights. There is a business center with five computers for the guest's use, as well as tennis courts and a gym to work off the three meals a day and unlimited drinks.. And I found one of the best things is that the hotel is trying to be ecofriendly.

The only gripe that I had with the resort is that even though the restaurants were no smoking, ash trays were set up on tables just outside the open air restaurants and the smoke would waft its way into the restaurant.


Other than that it was a superb restful vacation with a very friendly population and I would have no problem visiting Barbados and Turtle Beach Resort again (even though I did not see any Turtles).

P.S. I did not have to exchange U.S.dollars for Barbados dollars as my money was accepted everywhere.


Kudos Elegant Hotels.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jamaica
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Reviewed 15 May 2012

I only spent one day at this hotel on a day pass while i was waiting for a connecting flight. This hotel made me want to return to Barbados. We arrived just in time for breakfast which was usual all inclusive buffet style. Everything was fresh and kept topped up, the waiting staff were very attentive, especially to my need of coffee that morning!
After breakfast we made full use of the sun loungers situated just past the pool on the beach. The staff were very helpful explaining the sea and safe swimming areas, giving us a little knowledge of the area etc. We were haneded drinks and boxes of fruit while we were sun bathing, you really dont have to lift a figer in this place.
Lunchtime was up to the same excellent standard as breakfast. There was again a buffet outdoors with a choice of european/american dishes and also local caribbean cuisine. I spotted someone famous from the UK at the restaurant!!
All of the staff in this hotel were very helpful and attentive from the lady on reception to the waiting and watersports/pool staff. Unfortunately I cannot comment on the dinner or rooms but hopefully next time i'm in Barbados I will be able to add to this review!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2012

Just returned from a stay at the Turtle Beach Hotel. This was our 1st experience of an all inclusive Caribbean holiday and we were not sure what to expect.
All i can say, is how much we enjoyed it, which was all due to the weather, beautiful white sand turquoise waters, lovely room, view and surroundings, not to mention the friendliness and helpfulness of all the staff, too numerous to mention, but Lenelle, Michelle, Jaqueline and Damien spring to mind as exceptional, so thanks to all for making our stay so good!
The hotel and grounds were very clean and well kept. The famous birds didn't present much of a problem. The food was hot and the drinks plentiful!
If there was any small negatives it would be, the very rough sea and the entertainment could do with a bit of a revamp and possibly finish a bit later!
All in all, well done to all at Turtle Beach

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Address: Dover, Barbados
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Region: Caribbean > Barbados > Christ Church Parish > Dover
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Dover
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels 4*
Number of rooms: 161
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"A vibrant blend of contemporary style and informal elegance." A truly magnificent all-inclusive property of 161 rooms situated on a glorious stretch of the south coast of Barbados. Turtle Beach Resort uniquely combines contemporary style, informal elegance, lively atmosphere and a superb range of facilities suitable for all ages, including a supervised kids Club (for children aged 4-12) setting new standards for all-inclusive holidays to the Caribbean. Complimentary WiFi. ... more   less 
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