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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotel Dover
- Turtle Beach Barbados
- Turtle Beach Resort Barbados
- Hotel Turtle Beach
- Turtle Beach By Elegant Hotels Barbados