Forbes Traveler - One of the Top 400 Luxury Hotels in the World, 2008
“If the smell of fresh napalm in the morning isn’t your cup of tea, how about the aroma of a jungle along the edge of a tropical sea? Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola created Turtle as his own personal escape from 'the world' and then decided that other people should be able to savor the inn’s isolated, earthly delights. Wedged between the Belize rainforest and the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, the Turtle Inn’s chic shack vibe is about as far from apocalypse as you can get on this planet.”
Travel + Leisure magazine – 500 Best Hotels in the World, 2007-08, 2010-11
"...the hotel offers everything from massage therapists from Thailand to administer treatments in authentic rice houses (which Coppola had shipped over from Indonesia). Ultimately, Turtle Inn's most powerful draw is its location. There's some of the world's best diving and fishing right offshore. A half-hour boat ride away is the Monkey River, in a primeval jungle that's home to more than 50 species of birds, as well as colonies of howler monkeys. Nearby Placencia gives a taste of the Caribbean circa 1968, with its hippie cafés and funky guesthouses. The ideal way to get to the village is on one of the resort's fleet of wildly painted retro bikes. It's those kinds of stylish details that are making Turtle Inn the talk of the region..."
Elite Traveler – 101 Top Suites in the World, 2005
“There are always new incarnations of luxury, but true luxury is unmistakable and at its best—transcendent. And luxury doesn’t just mean over-the-top opulence; sometimes it’s simply in the exquisite attention to detail, the outstanding service that makes you feel like the sole guest of the hotel or the overall experience of feeling absolute comfort in your temporary home-away-from-home. So whether you’re heading to St. Barths to relax in a sumptuous beach haven, to Tanzania for an up-close look at the Serengeti’s abundant wildlife or to a nearby city for an impromptu getaway, we’ve scoured the globe to bring you the best of the best new suites, plus a few established classics, that will surpass any notion you had of luxury and redefine the standards to which you hold all others.”
Explore Monkey River by boat observing howler monkeys, tropical birds, iguanas, crocodiles and many other species of wildlife. Your experienced guide will take you through mangrove estuaries at the edge of the lagoon, which is home of the manatee.