Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

The hotel

Turtle Beach is a premium All Inclusive, all-suite hotel located on the south coast of Barbados. The spacious, attractive suites at this elegant hotel look out over the pristine gardens, breathtaking ocean and swimming pools. With a wide selection of water sports included you will be hard pressed to fit everything in. The refreshing breezes of the south coast make for excellent Hobie Cat sailing. Children are really well catered for at Turtle Beach, with their own pool, organised activities and an excellent, complimentary kids' club for ages 3-12. Guests over the age of 17 can now enjoy free daily rounds of golf, just minutes away from the resort. With three different restaurants, ice cream parlour and coffee bar you are spoilt for choice when dining and the hotel is just moments away from the lively St Lawrence Gap.

Amenities

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wedding
  • Families
  • Honeymoon
  • Kids Club
  • Kids Eat Free
  • Children's Pool
  • Room Service
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location

Where is it

On Dover Beach, within walking distance of St Lawrence Gap. 15 minutes to Bridgetown. Transfer time from airport: 15 minutes.

Hotel information

161 suites on 4 floors in 4 interlinked buildings with 2 lifts. All with private balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi access, flat-screen satellite TV, iPod dock, mini-fridge (not stocked), safe, iron and board and hairdryer. Junior Suite Pool/Garden View with 1 queen-size bed or 2 twin beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. All rooms are non-smoking.

All Inclusive of: all meals including afternoon tea and snacks, all premium and local-brand drinks (fine wines and Champagne at extra charge). All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated.

Junior Suite Oceanview are as Junior Suite Pool/Garden view but with sea views, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suite Deluxe Oceanview with 1 king-size bed and includes sitting area with sofa bed and sun loungers on the balcony, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Junior Suite Oceanfront are closest to the beach, with 1 queen-size bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. Wheelchair accessible Junior Suite Oceanfront available with roll-in shower and king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

1-Bedroom Suite Pool/Garden View with separate bedroom, bathrobes and daily replenished mini-bar, with 1 king-size bed with a sofa bed in the living room, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

1-Bedroom Oceanview Suite with separate bedroom, bathrobes and daily replenished mini-bar, with 1 king-size bed with a sofa bed in the living room, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

Family Connected Oceanview Junior Suites consist of 2 Junior Suite Oceanview Rooms, sleeping maximum 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children.

  • Complimentary golf: receive a daily round of complimentary golf, including 18-hole golf fee, club rental and round trip transfers. Terms and conditions apply, please call for further details. 

  • Kids stay and eat free: Up to two children (2-5 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with one or two adults for travel completed between 5 Jan '19–4 Jan '20. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

  • Booking Bonus: Book by 1 Dec '19 to receive up to 35% off the accommodation cost between 5 Jan '20–2 Jan '21, minimum stay applies.

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.

  • Kids stay and eat free: up to two children (2-5 years) stays and eats free when sharing a room with one or two adults for travel completed between 5 Jan '20–2 Jan '21. 

    Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable. 

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

We love Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels for its enviable location and fantastic premium all inclusive board basis

A perfect option for those wanting a family holiday, Turtle Beach has an excellent kids' club to keep the little ones entertained!

Couples and groups needn't look elsewhere though, as the hotel offers a wide range of activities and facilities to suit all ages, with complimentary water sports and fabulous spa and beauty treatments

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Express check in
  • 15% discount at the spa
  • 15% discount at Daphne’s Restaurant

Chelonia Restaurant, open-air restaurant serving International cuisine for breakfast and dinner, newly redesigned beachfront restaurant, Sand Trap, offers a taste of authentic local flavours, Asiagos Restaurant serving international cuisine with a Barbadian infusion (over 12 years only, reservations required and some dishes are at a supplement). 2 new dining outlets now open — Half Moon Coffee Bar & Deli serving up signature hot and cold lattes, tea, sweet and savory snacks and Grab and Go small bites. Freeze Ice Cream Parlour provides the ultimate cool down with a variety of ice cream flavours and cones as well as sundaes and classic milkshakes, all sprinkled with your favourite toppings! Beach Ambassador service, with afternoon treats including ice cream and fresh fruit. Taste of Elegance Dine Around Programme* at select sister properties (transport not included, meal and drinks may supplements apply). Room service*. All restaurants are non-smoking.

Live, local entertainment. Pop up bars delivering tastes of local drinks and snacks.

2 freeform swimming pools and children’s pool, Jacuzzi, 2 floodlit tennis courts, fitness centre, on-site beauty salon and spa services*, aerobics and aquacise. Complimentary non-motorised water sports: boogie boarding, kayaking, Hobie Cat boat rides, (water-skiing* at sister resort Crystal Cove. Transfer extra*). Flying Fish Kids' club (9:00am-9:00pm, 3-12 years) with full activity programme, marine programmes and golf lessons*. Family activities such as scavenger hunts, Calypso, limbo dancing and live cooking demonstrations. Bespoke tours including Pepperpot Culinary tour*. Experience Soft Adventure Packages at Turtle Beach — including nature hike and go-kart racing*, Family boot camp, tennis clinics with professional tennis coach, yoga and neighborhood walks.

Complimentary WiFi in suites and throughout the property. Green Globe certified. Comprehensive activities programme for all ages.

This hotel has a Tourism Levy fee of $9.63 per room, per day (payable locally, subject to change)

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

1 night between 5 Jan-21 Dec.

7 nights between 22 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge

Please note: child ages up to and including 16 years.

Dress code: smart casual in the evenings, with trousers and collared shirts for gentlemen. Asiagos offers fine dining and requires semi-formal attire including full-length trousers for all guests and dress shoes. To maintain the elegant atmosphere desired, guests wearing the following will not be seated: jeans, capri-style trousers, sleeveless men's shirts, t-shirts without collars, shorts, tank tops, bathing suits, hats on gentlemen, trainers or bare feet.

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Traveller rating

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Jun 25, 2019 642SARAHH BOWLING GREEN

The resort is outdated and in need of renovations. The wall mounted AC in our room “froze up” and dripped water everywhere at 10 pm; we had to call maintenance to our room after 10 pm. It took over an hour to repair and then, 2 hours later, it wasn’t working again. Had to call maintenance again. They came back into the room at 1 am. He offered to… Read more
The resort is outdated and in need of renovations. The wall mounted AC in our room “froze up” and dripped water everywhere at 10 pm; we had to call maintenance to our room after 10 pm. It took over an hour to repair and then, 2 hours later, it wasn’t working again. Had to call maintenance again. They came back into the room at 1 am. He offered to “let us sleep in another room” (on the other side of the resort at 1 am). We declined. So, I didn’t sleep well at all. I told the desk clerk that I didn’t feel well (no sleep) and so I wasn’t going on the excursion we had planned. I wasn’t paying for the deposit. The female at the desk said, “Yes and they offered to change rooms?” (As if that sufficed, at 1 am) I said yes they did, at 1 am, which wasn’t practical. Then, later in the day, we found out the room near ours had the same type of AC issues and maintenance tried to fix their AC three times but never did so they had to move rooms. With that said, it appears it’s not just a random occurrence for our room and the staff probably knew about it all along. The WiFi is intermittent and unreliable. Three specific employees (Sharon the chef, Karen, + female) provided excellent customer service and went above and beyond to be kind to us during our stay. These 3 employees are the most positive asset of this resort! I found the food to be very good, overall, especially the grilled fish. I observed employees taking food temps frequently. Some servers don’t refill your water glass. A female employee (carving the roast beef) tried to ration me by giving me 3 small little slivers of beef at lunch. I disagree with “rations” at an all-inclusive. It’s a “bait and switch” in my opinion. I dislike the restaurant reservation system at this resort and there are not many options (only 2) for dinner. The buffet is the best option on most nights unless you can get a reservation at Asiago’s, but beware, some items on the Asiago’s menu carry a price tag, which contradicts the purpose of booking an all inclusive resort. The sand trap a la carte restaurant serves a menu worse than bar food at Buffalo Wild Wings in the US. The times the restaurant(s) begin to serve lunch (12:30 pm) & dinner (7:00 pm) is later than I prefer. Even at those times, they act like they’re “not ready” yet and you’re unwelcome, even though they are the one who set the times. The resort conducted mosquito fogging at 5 pm on Sunday which made me skeptical of the safety associated with it. There was a notice stating to “leave the doors and windows open.” No information was provided regarding the insecticide used. I saw empty rum bottles being removed from the pool bar and the bottles appeared to be very old, worn, and foggy. Yes, they were taking the bottles to “refill them” with rum (per a pool bar employee) which also made me very skeptical of their safety and sanitation practices. I strongly disagree with this practice and this is a major red flag (not to stay here). Bird management is non existent in the main buffet style restaurant & at the resort in general. Black birds walk on the tables, walk on food, leave droppings on the chairs, and on my shirt, while I was eating breakfast. I took my shirt to the manager to have it washed, then had to call the desk to eventually try to get my shirt back. Protect your plate and glass at all times! It’s like Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds, at breakfast. They fly directly at you, trying to scare you from your plate so they can eat it. I heard one employee say, “Birds have to eat too.” The birds leave droppings on the chair backs and then people sit in the chairs and get it on the backs of their shirts. The blue & white beach chairs are kinda junky compared to the neighboring resorts. The red flag was up and the water was dangerous. The ice cream shop & the coffee shop are both assets to the resort. I like the coffee shop and it usually has the friendliest employees. The pool bar is the only bar where you can get drinks during the day (remember, the bottles are not authentic and they have been refilled, so BRING YOUR OWN ALCOHOL). The bartenders are all mostly male and they are not friendly, at all. I would rate the Pool Bartenders as poor. There is a charge associated with Room Service at this resort. Again, another unacceptable practice, in my opinion, at an all inclusive. If you like to sleep in a Caribbean climate with no AC, birds leaving droppings on your table while you eat, and drinks made from refilled alcohol bottles, this is your place! Read less
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Jun 25, 2019 VandMBowen

Just returned from another lovely holiday at Turtle Beach! As usual staff were super attentive and made our anniversary celebration very special. Special thanks to: Chef Angela,Jacqueline Thompson, Wade, Herman, Sherrall and all the restaurant and bar staff.
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Jun 25, 2019 E2684FYjohns Kingston, Canada

Stayed at the Turtle Beach for 4 days for a little break from reality (in other words, a break from the chaos of parenthood). I would have to say that the hotel was very nice, and I would definitely recommend it. The service, across the board, was excellent for our entire stay! The rooms are fairly basic, but are very clean. Food was very… Read more
Stayed at the Turtle Beach for 4 days for a little break from reality (in other words, a break from the chaos of parenthood). I would have to say that the hotel was very nice, and I would definitely recommend it. The service, across the board, was excellent for our entire stay! The rooms are fairly basic, but are very clean. Food was very good; we didn't venture to the a la carte, and stuck primarily to the buffett, but that did not disappoint. The only negatives I would comment on as far as the hotel is concerned, is on a couple of nights the nightly entertainment, which was right outside our room, felt like I was at a rock concert it was so loud. Due to the smaller size of the resort, this is bound to happen, but I was definitely not thrilled to listen to music blaring till 10pm after a day in the sun. A couple of hidden gems at the resort that deserve mention are the coffee shop, which has great coffee, treats, and paninis, and the ice cream shop. Enjoyed both of them every day! The last point I will make has really nothing to do with the resort at all, and is more a complaint directed towards mother nature, but it is about the beach, which was a jaw dropper to say the least. It was almost unusable for our entire stay due to seaweed. It was so bad, the waves that were crashing into shore were black, and it really didn't smell good either. The beach was essentially empty while we were there. I envisioned beautiful tourquise water when I booked Barbados, and could not have been more disappointing. Spoke with a staff member that told me the seaweed is a bit unusual. He also mentioned that the resort's on the west coast have much calmer waters (the water here is very choppy) which were the waters that I had expected. Oh well, lesson learned, next time I will pay more attention to better water conditions at the places we are going. As far as a vacation was concerned, we enjoyed ourselves at Turtle Beach, however if I'm being honest, I expected more from Barbados, and likely won't return. I'm not sure if my expectations were just to high, but if you factor in price, time spent travelling, beach etc... For us travelling from Canada, the Bahamas are a much better option. Read less
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Jun 25, 2019 Helen-harry85 Bristol, United Kingdom

Lovely hotel amazing views from the rooms if you have a sea view food was lovely especially sandtrap hotel also the location was nice however the gap was disappointing little bit dirty, we did the turtle boat trip and light show booked with tui was fab would recommend,
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Jun 24, 2019 msmbp Garden City, New York

the staff is very nice. the beach is beautiful. the island is gorgeous! the hotel uses towel "keys". the lunch and breakfast are buffet. Unless you make special reservations the dinner is buffet also.