Fodor's Expert Review Turneffe Island Resort

Turneffe Atoll, Turneffe Atoll, Belize District, Belize Fodor's Choice

The uniformed staff lined up to greet you upon arrival, the preserved colonial-era buildings, and the oxidized anchor of an 18th-century British warship––all this set the tone at this upscale, legend-filled resort. This was Turneffe Atoll's first dive lodge, and it bagged the best spot a few hundred yards from the legendary Elbow. If you came to Belize for the diving, this is an ideal base, though fishing, snorkeling, beachcombing, and in-room massages are also top-notch. The rooms, in palm-shaded, lemon cottages with sea views, have been refurbished without spoiling the cozy feeling created by the varnished hardwood fittings, which envelop you on all sides. Even buildings that are not colonial carry the aesthetic, giving the island a unified feel. The staff-to-guest ratio is among the most impressive in Belize. For some, it can feel a little hoity-toity. Meals, served group style, are quite delicious.


  • breathtaking atoll near incredible diving and snorkeling
  • delicious and varied meals
  • you're sure to be pampered


  • may need to dive for a treasure chest to pay for this vacation
  • no alternative dining options
  • group dinners aren't everyone's cup of tea




Phones: 800-874–0118-in U.S.


22 units
Rate Includes: All-Inclusive

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