Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels

Barbados, Caribbean

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 2971 reviews

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. With three different restaurants, 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, 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 28 Feb '19 to receive up to 20% off the accommodation cost between 22 Dec '18–16 Apr '20.

    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, Waterfront Restaurant (Caribbean cuisine) now with new Seafood themed dinner menu, 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 entertainment nightly. New Acts — The Caribbean Goes Global Dance Show, Ricky Brathwaite Jazz quartet led by award-winning trumpet player Ricky Brathwaite, Black Out Murder Mystery Dinner (seasonal).

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 $5.50 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 '18 and 5 Jan-31 Oct '19.

7 nights between 22 Dec '18-2 Jan '19.

*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.

Trip advisor rating: 4.0 Based on 2971 reviews

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Feb 18, 2019 toni_m_kelly Liverpool, United Kingdom

My husband and myself were married here in August 2016 and it couldn't have been more perfect. We travelled with our three children and our parents. We all loved it. From start to finish everything was so laid back and relaxed. The most stress free wedding and holiday you could want! This place is beyond beautiful and the beach is absolutely… Read more
My husband and myself were married here in August 2016 and it couldn't have been more perfect. We travelled with our three children and our parents. We all loved it. From start to finish everything was so laid back and relaxed. The most stress free wedding and holiday you could want! This place is beyond beautiful and the beach is absolutely stunning. The cocktails were the best I've ever had, the pink turtle one was incredible!! We can't thank the staff here enough for making our week and wedding so amazing. Turtle beach will forever hold a very special place in our hearts 💕 Read less
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Feb 12, 2019 Zaffronnaz1 Chester

We visited the resort last August with 2 teenagers. Stayed in a suite beachfront room. Although the rooms are a bit snug it was not a problem as we were never in the room. The hotel was perfect for our family as our teenagers made friends from day one. So much to do for their age group. Water sports, gym, unlimited food, etc. And most importantly… Read more
We visited the resort last August with 2 teenagers. Stayed in a suite beachfront room. Although the rooms are a bit snug it was not a problem as we were never in the room. The hotel was perfect for our family as our teenagers made friends from day one. So much to do for their age group. Water sports, gym, unlimited food, etc. And most importantly a safe environment where they can roam around with nice people. We didn't use the pool much and spent most days on the fabulous beach. Plenty of drinks were served to us on the beach and Sam looked after us with the water sports. The hotel is not five star and could do with a few cosmetic refurbishments however the staff and quality of the food outweighs this. We visited the other sister hotels 3 times free of charge which broke up the holiday. We are returning again this summer and meeting up with the family we met last year. Have upgraded to the large Seaview suite this time based on recommendations. I am a frequent long haul traveller and have to admit the people of Barbados are one of the most friendly and welcoming. The island is super safe and we always felt safe wherever we went. I would definitely recommend the hotel to families for older children. As it is safe, full of lovely guests and lots of activities for them to do. If you want a low key and more up market experience I'd recommend the 2 other sister hotels. My husband and I will definitely be staying at one of them in the future! I would recommend Waves Hotel. Read less
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Feb 11, 2019 watchtheblue

This is the first review I have written and I felt moved to do so to balance some of the negative feedback I have seen from other reviewers - I understand some people may have experienced issues which affected their stay, but some of the generalisations about staff, hotel and area were not at all what we experienced. Turtle Beach is an excellent… Read more
This is the first review I have written and I felt moved to do so to balance some of the negative feedback I have seen from other reviewers - I understand some people may have experienced issues which affected their stay, but some of the generalisations about staff, hotel and area were not at all what we experienced. Turtle Beach is an excellent all-inclusive - not "fine dining", but not fine dining prices either. The hotel is in a great position on Barbados' South coast. The water can be lively here compared to the West Coast, but is safe, warm & clear. The water sports team are really vigilant and will let people know if they are straying into areas bets avoided. I have seen reviews suggesting people felt threatened or intimidated by beach vendors / drug sellers. This is my second visit to The Gap and this is not my experience at all - people will approach you, but they are always polite and friendly and respect a polite "no thank you". Perhaps if tourists are impolite to them they respond in kind? Food at the hotel is very good, well cooked and regularly checked. There are always meat, fish and salad options and these are all fresh. ALL staff are friendly and helpful. The rooms are a bit dated but are comfortable and have great views - we stayed in a room shown as pool / garden, but we had a fantastic sea view as well. Don't be put off, this is a friendly, clean, welcoming and relaxing place to enjoy a holiday in Barbados! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Elegant Hotel, without the elegance

Feb 9, 2019 Terence S

This was our fifth visit to Turtle Beach but our first for seven years. We stopped staying there each winter because we felt that their standards had dropped and that the rooms and public areas were looking tired and in need of serious renovation. But the adverts we saw and Elegant Hotels’ own website led us to believe that the hotel had undergone… Read more
This was our fifth visit to Turtle Beach but our first for seven years. We stopped staying there each winter because we felt that their standards had dropped and that the rooms and public areas were looking tired and in need of serious renovation. But the adverts we saw and Elegant Hotels’ own website led us to believe that the hotel had undergone a serious make-over and was now in the luxury class. We were misled. The staff at Turtle beach are very welcoming, very friendly and genuinely happy to help. My problem lies with the management. Parts of the hotel have been improved and smartened up and I am sure that some of the guest accommodation has been re-modelled. But the so-called luxury ocean view suite we were shown to certainly didn’t fit into that category. Our bathroom had a dirty old bath which had been painted over in places, a broken hair dryer, a broken shower head and a door which wouldn’t close and probably hasn’t for years. The view was mainly of a side wall with a little bit of sea visible through the trees. In the lounge and bedroom area, I doubt very much whether the electrics would have passed an inspection back in Britain. I can’t think why I didn’t demand a new room immediately – I don’t usually unpack until my wife declares that she is satisfied with the accommodation. Maybe we were tired after a long journey. Next morning, after we had unpacked, it was too late to think about moving and the duty manager, to his credit, ordered immediate repairs. Nevertheless, the bathroom door took two days to fix. I looked forward to speaking to the general manager at her cocktail party on the Tuesday night. But after a few brief conversations with other guests, she ended up chatting with her staff behind the temporary bar. If the hotel is all-inclusive and the drinks are free and she is not going to inter-act with guests, what’s the point in her having a party – or us attending. My other main criticism is the failure of management to enforce the widely-displayed dress code. Guests are required, say the notices, to dress in smart casual clothes in all the restaurants for dinner. My wife and I like to return from the beach, shower, dress in clean clothes, have a drink in the bar and then go into dinner. The pleasure of this is ruined when the overweight guest at the next table is bursting out of his dirty tee shirt and scruffy shorts and waddling around in flipflops. I respect his right to dress how he likes on holiday, even if it very different from me. But Elegant Hotels should not mislead potential guests by claiming that they enforce a strict dress code when they do exactly the opposite. Again, this is a management failure not the fault of staff without the authority to turn people away. My wife and I paid more than £7,000 for 15 nights at Turtle Beach (air fares were separate). For that sort of cash, we expect a hotel to live up to its owners’ boasts of Caribbean luxury. I doubt we will be going back. Read less
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Feb 8, 2019 NickS1975 Swindon, United Kingdom

Beautiful beach location between Oistins and The Gap with powdery white sand. The staff take a real pride in the beach & hotel grounds & we saw them cleaning the beach daily. The pool areas are also spotless with plenty of helpful staff around. The hotel has a nice layout with high open air rooves giving a cool escape from the heat outside. The… Read more
Beautiful beach location between Oistins and The Gap with powdery white sand. The staff take a real pride in the beach & hotel grounds & we saw them cleaning the beach daily. The pool areas are also spotless with plenty of helpful staff around. The hotel has a nice layout with high open air rooves giving a cool escape from the heat outside. The rooms are very spacious and plenty of room to relax with sofa area and large balcony. The buffets were also very good with different selections each day. But most importantly this hotel/resort is a good option if you just want to relax and switch off. There is no hustle & bustle here and the evening entertainment is there if you want it - without being overpowering. Would definitely return here! Read less