Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards – Top 15 Resort in Central & South America, 2007-2010, 2012
“Turtle Inn is where Belize meets Bali (and a few other places). After the original structure—which Francis Ford Coppola had acquired and modified in 2000—succumbed to Hurricane Iris, the director built a new one to his exact specifications (and "personal joy") in 2003. The result: 25 rooms ranging from the Seaview Villas (private gardens, outdoor showers, Balinese woodwork) to the Chinese Matrimonial Suite (antique Chinese fertility bed, Chinese bath, screened-in porch), to the Pavilion House (private beach, steam shower, Japanese bath). Other sea-influenced attractions include the Mare restaurant (Italian, complete with Neapolitan brick pizza oven); the hotel's dive shop, which runs all manner of snorkeling and diving trips (Placencia is on the country's south coast, about 20 miles by boat from the reef); and a waterside spa."
Travel + Leisure World's Best 2009 - #5 Best Resort in Central & South America
In Travel + Leisure's 14th annual poll, readers were asked to rate the best hotels, cruises, airlines, outfitters, cities, islands, and more.“This year’s results reflect our readers’ travel interests in this challenging economic reality - value, intimacy, service, and discovery are top priorities,” says Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief.
Anne Wood, Managing Director of Coppola Resorts comments, “I’d like to dedicate the award to Mr. & Mrs. Coppola’s unique vision and to the wonderful staff of Blancaneaux Lodge and Turtle Inn. The awards reflect two world-class locations and superb amenities yet it is the individual service, creativity and flexibility offered by our dedicated team that has ultimately been recognized by the readers of Travel + Leisure. We work hard to differentiate ourselves through attention to detail, personal service and unique experiences and the staff are proud to know that their efforts have been recognized."
2009 Silver Sage Readers' Choice Awards - #1 Resort Spa in Central/South America
The importance of preservation has been learned by many Central and South American nations in recent years, as evidenced by an ever-increasing number of national parks. In this atmosphere of renewal, spas continue to flourish.
Congratulations to the Sunset Spa and it's staff on this well-deserved recognition.