Turtle Beach is a popular, premium all-inclusive resort on the south west coast of Barbados, set within 6 acres of lush tropical gardens. Part of the Elegant Hotels group, the property is named after the sea turtles that nest their eggs on the superb, 1500 foot stretch of beach.
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels has a stunning entrance hall with waterfalls, stone columns and palm trees, as well as seating at mezzanine level overlooking one of the two swimming pools. Each of the 161 junior and one bedroom suites has a private balcony or terrace with bright, Caribbean décor and modern touches.
Dining venues at Turtle Beach are varied and cater well for children, with regular evening entertainment featuring steel bands and calypso. The Waterfront Restaurant is a beachside venue with ocean views and a nautical theme, serving snacks throughout the day and offer an informal area for lunch and dinner. Breakfast is at Chelonia, another open-air restaurant which also serves themed buffets in the evening, while Asiagos is an elegant venue which serves fine Italian cuisine for dinner. Guests at Turtle Beach are also welcome to dine at Crystal Cove as part of the all-inclusive package, another of the Elegant Hotels which is located about 10 miles up the west coast - find out more about the other hotels in the group.
There is an excellent range of activities on offer including a large gym, two floodlit tennis courts and a good selection of non motorised water sports. Adults staying at Turtle Beach from 1 October 2017 onwards also receive one complimentary round of golf every weekday at Barbados Golf Club, including round trip transfers.
Turtle Beach has a newly refurbished complimentary children’s club which is operated by trained professionals and caters for children aged from 3 to 12 years old. The new ‘Flying Fish Kids’ Club’ offers an authentic Bajan experience including fun lessons about the history of Barbados and to learn the local dialect as well as classes in Calypso dancing, steel band and Bajan cookery.
A selection of lively bars and restaurants can be found within easy walking distance but out of earshot, while the weekly Oistins Fish Fry can be reached on foot within 10 minutes and allows guests to mingle with locals. St Lawrence Gap, one of most famous areas of southern Barbados, is a short taxi ride or a 20 minute walk away, offering an even wider choice of bars, restaurants and nightlife.
Elegant hotels have put together a beautiful resort here, with a strong attention to detail that would create a great Barbados holiday for anyone. The hotel’s central area is the beautiful pools and beachside restaurant and bar. The main restaurant is set further back with the lobby overlooking it, the feeling throughout the resort really is welcoming and spacious.
The suites are nicely decorated and are again quite roomy, there is a living area in each and a balcony with nice views over the beach or resort. I loved the kids club, and there is really something for everyone, many water sports, gym, tennis, bars and more.
You may be aware that on the South Coast the beaches get more swell and waves than the West Coast, don’t panic because this is not a surf beach at all it just has a few small waves coming in, personally I love this as the beach feels natural and there are kids and adults alike having a ball in the water. If you are either a family looking for a fun Barbados holiday or a couple looking for all-inclusive relaxation with much to do and nightlife nearby – this ticks all the boxes.
For more information about Turtle Beach or alternative resorts, read Joni's Barbados Trip Diary.