Turtle Inn, filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola's beachside retreat, sits between the sparkling blue Caribbean Sea and the quiet waters of Placencia Lagoon. Sea-facing breezes cool each of the individual thatched guest cottages, with hammocks strung up over beachside verandas and interiors filled with hand-carved Balinese furniture. There are a handful of more expansive villas too, and guests can even book a stay on a Robinson Crusoe style private island, eight miles from the resort.
The UNESCO-protected Belize Barrier Reef sits just offshore, with its dozens of coral cays and fantastic snorkelling - during certain weeks of the year, it is sometimes even possible to spot enormous whale sharks. The Balinese style spa specialises in Thai massage, and there is a myriad of watersports available on the pristine beach, while the laidback fishing village of Placencia - with its artisan boutiques, lively bars and traditional restaurants - is just a short walk or cycle away.
Signature Italian restaurant Mare offers a daily changing menu of locally caught seafood and pizzas from the wood-burning oven, and beachside Gauguin Grill serves up juicy jumbo shrimps and lobster with a Balinese bent. For more casual and authentic dining, there is Auntie Luba's Kitchen, which juts out over the lagoon and offers rustic Belizean dishes including chicken curry and conch fritters. There are two bars: the feet-in-the-sand Laughing Fish Bar and the open-air Skip White Bar - both of which stock wine from Francis Ford Coppola's winery in Sonoma.
Couples & romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE RESORT:
Wake to a tranquil sunrise yoga session soundtracked by birdsong
Traverse the pristine coastline on a sailboat, kayak, paddleboard or water-cycle
Delve beneath the waves and explore Belize’s teeming underwater world
Cool off in the swimming pool with stunning ocean views
Relax with a blissful selection of treatments at the Sunset Spa
Recline in the warm sunshine on the resort’s palm-fringed beach
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Set out on a boat trip in search of manatees
Visit the Cockscomb Wildlife Basin, home to hiking trails, rich birdlife, playful monkeys and refreshing swimming opportunities
Experience world-class snorkelling and diving on the Belize Barrier Reef
Explore the small town of Placencia with its laid-back charm
Hone your fishing skills with a full day of reef trolling, sports fishing of fly fishing on the flats
Set out on a sunset boat cruise and enjoy cocktails under magical skies
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