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HERO Beach Turtle Inn Exterior

LOCATION

Only two minutes drive from Placencia Airport and situated on its own 17-acres bordered by beach and lagoon, Turtle Inn’s location allows you to swiftly slip into vacation mode. Its Balinese-style thatched cottages have private decks that face the sunny shallows of the Caribbean Sea and allow the cooling sea breeze inside.

For a more active approach to relaxation, check into the Sunset Spa. After admiring the hand-painted murals, settle in for a powerfully relaxing Thai massage—the specialism of the house.

WHAT MAKES THIS HOTEL UNIQUE?

Besides being one of the country’s most enjoyable beachfront resorts, there are whale sharks offshore in the summer and the Coppola link adds a certain Hollywood frisson.

More overt is the chance to sample Coppola’s Sonoma-derived wines while you’re here. Explore the resort’s Wine Aquarium to see 1,200 bottles encased in glass before enjoying a tasting paired with cheese.

You can do your own pairing at the various excellent restaurants, with Italian available at Mare and beachfront Balinese barbeque at the Gauguin Grill, while Auntie Luba’s Kitchen brings you the Caribbean flavors of Belizean cuisine.