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Review of Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

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Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Fab holiday / wedding / honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2012

My partner & I flew to Barbados, knowing the island quite well, and wanting to go to the South Coast rather than the west for a more lively atmosphere (although the west is rated the platinum coast, apart from the high end dining there is very little by way of entertainment), in a nice resort where we could stay in or go out depending on our mood & we were not at all disappointed, staff / food / cleanliness / wedding package all excellent.
Location - This resort is ideally situated a 10/15 minute walk from St Lawrence's Gap or just 25 Barbados dollars from Oistins Fish Fry - the place to go on a Friday eve. That said, it is great for families or people wanting quiet too as the resort itself is located far enough away that it isn't affected by the evening revelers. Yes the sea is not as calm on the south but due to this the sand is softer & not as uncomfortable at the water's edge (quite a lot of coral / shell on west coast) also I find there are less sand flies - and as someone that gets bitten quite regularly this is a definite bonus! Obviously there are still a few mosquitoes buzzing about but this is around about dusk and to be expected everywhere on the island, just remember some spray - the only times I was bit I didn't have any repellant on.
Workers - The restaurant staff were excellent Sherral, Michelle & Lucia in particular were wonderful, but to be honest there was not one rude or unhelpful person, everyone went out of their way to help.
Bar staff, Ryan, Durran, Damian, Wendy & Winston were fabulous, they always had a bit of chat whether it was in the day time getting a soft drink or evening requesting a cocktail that wasn't on the list! If they know what's in it they will make it and if they don't you tell them and they will.
Rosalind the wedding co-ordinator & the activities team are great, will assist with any additional requests & go out of their way to make your wedding / holiday as memorable and perfect as possible. - Thank you!!!
Water Sports team - Although we didn't use any of the equipment, Captain Sam, Ricky & Dario always had a chat and they were lovely, lovely guys.
Salon - I had my nails & hair done for my wedding and the prices were very reasonable, and the ladies lovely!

Food - excellent, the lovely Trevor one of the chef's in the Waterfront always has a smile & chat, and there was a decent variety, however if you do have dietary requirements or aren't happy if you let them know they will take requests & do their best for you. Waterfront & Chelonia are a mix of buffet & al a carte the menu is put out in the morning, but Asiago is always A la Carte and we had a few meals there and every single time it was fabulous!

Rooms - Clean & a very good size. We experienced a couple of problems with the amenities. My husband went to iron his wedding suit & thankfully left it to heat up, rather than getting straight started as we would at home as someone had put coffee in our iron & it was spitting black liquid out all over the place. (I had been planning on steaming my dress with it too so thankfully I hadn't got it out yet!!!) We took it back to reception and they said it would get replaced but didn't hear anything back or get a replacement. This isn't the sort of behaviour you'd expect here as all the holiday-makers are happy & lovely so not sure what a*se staying there did it but thankfully it didn't end in disaster! Just thought I'd mention it as I wouldn't want it to happen to anyone else, wedding dress or everyday clothes!
The air con was a bit intermittent but maintenance were generally very good at getting it fixed, however it was broken (or maintenance day) on my wedding day so getting ready was not a pleasant experience as it was roasting so if it feels a bit warm before report it ASAP! & the hairdryer didn't work the entire time we were there but I'd packed my own so I left it. These were the only problems we experienced the entire time though and compared to the enjoyment we had we didn't make a fuss.

We would definitely like to recommend Turtle Beach and we hope to return to catch up with fellow wedding / honeymooners we met, next year!

Room Tip: We had garden / pool room on ground floor rather than balcony and were quite happy. It meant we cou...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dartford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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somerset
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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.


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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank njtraveller13
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Jamaica
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lulu B
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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 3 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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