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.
Spa with an array of treatments
Watersports including sailing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking, water cycling and paddle-boarding
Two swimming pools (one adults-only)
Boat trips and local excursions
Things to do nearby
Visit the Jaguar reserve
Snorkel and dive on both the barrier reef and the blue hole
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