Fodor's Expert Review Turtle Inn

Placencia Rd., 2 miles (3 km) north of Placencia Village, Placencia Village, Stann Creek, Belize Fodor's Choice

Francis Ford Coppola's second hotel in Belize is nothing if not exotic, with the furnishings, art, and most of the construction materials bought in Bali by the film director and his wife. The entrance, on a footbridge over a small pond, leads you to a gorgeous open-air reception area, lobby, and restaurant. Despite the cost, go for a seafront cabaña to catch the breezes, as there's no air-conditioning, and the units at the back can be very hot. Two-bedroom villas have not one or two, but three bathrooms (two Japanese-style ones indoors and one in a walled outdoor garden). The restaurant, Mare, is great for pizza (baked in a wood-burning oven) and other Italian dishes, plus seafood and Neibaum-Coppola wines; a second restaurant, Gauguin, specializes in beach barbecue, and a third in Belizean dishes. Service is warm and welcoming, as it should be for the price you're paying. You're only a short bike or taxi ride into the village to sample the restaurants there. There are two pools and a nice stretch of beach. Turtle Inn offers diving, snorkeling, fishing, and other tours.


  • exotic Balinese furnishings
  • delightful outdoor showers
  • beautiful seaside setting


  • no a/c
  • lodging
  • food
  • and drink are surprisingly pricey
  • you'll need your Platinum Amex
  • lodging, food, and drink are surprisingly pricey
  • you'll need your Platinum Amex


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Phones: 824-4912 | 866-356–5881-toll-free reservations in U.S. a | 866-356–5881-toll-free reservations in U.S. and Canada


25 villas
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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