This Turtle Island Beach Resort review is all you need to realize you’ve found the perfect private island in Belize where you’ll want to spend all of your time. Check it out!
If you’ve ever wanted to stay on a private island but it seemed something unreachable, rethink it. Turtle Island Beach Resort, Trademark Collection by Wyndham is a striking hotel located on a private island off Ambergris Caye in Belize.
The island is named after Lucy, the resident rescued turtle that comes every afternoon to the island to get fed.
Turtle Island Beach Resort is part of the Trademark Collection by Wyndham, so you can expect the highest comforts and attention to detail.
I’m personally a big fan of Wyndham resorts and properties. If you’re part of the Wyndham Rewards program like me (I’m a Diamond member), you’ll be happy to know that you can redeem your points here (30,000 points for one night in a one-bedroom beach house).
Check out this hotel review to find out if this private island in Belize is the one you’ve been looking for!
Turtle Island Beach Resort is an island getaway destination on one of the most gorgeous Belize private islands. It’s situated on the west side of Ambergris Caye, right across the sea from San Pedro town.
This private island is 38 miles off Belize City. You can get to San Pedro from Belize City by choosing either a short flight or a comfy ferry ride – either way, it’s pretty easy to get here.
Once you’re in San Pedro, you’ll get to the resort by boat transfer (10 minutes by boat), which is provided by the hotel and included with your stay.
In fact, don’t let the resort’s location away from the town deter you from booking a stay. The hotel offers a complimentary boat transfer from/to San Pedro 6 times a day. If you need transfers at different times (even late at night if you want to stay late in San Pedro), you can book an additional transfer for 30 USD.
As soon as you arrive at the resort, you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink (rum cocktails in the Caribbean? Yes, please!).
Turtle Island Resort offers different types of accommodation, from one-bedroom beach houses, to beach suites with a kitchen, and 2-bedroom villas.
All the rooms feature a king-sized bed, fully-equipped private bathroom, a seating area, balcony with garden views, and a flat-screen TV. Some even include a full kitchen with fridge, dishwasher, coffee and tea making facilities, and kitchen supplies.
And some of the beach houses and all of the villas also come with their own private plunge pools like te beach house down below.
We were lucky enough to stay in one of the best villas in the resort. The two-bedroom villa is 138 square meters, and it’s stunning!
It boasts a private plunge pool, a full terrace, an outdoor shower, a fully-equipped kitchen with an island, and a seating area. The bedrooms feature king-sized beds and desks that are perfect if you need to get some work done.
THE FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
Turtle Island Beach Resort features a fantastic infinity pool overlooking the sea.
The pool is truly beautiful and makes up for the fact that there isn’t a proper beach on the island. However, this is the norm in all of Caye Ambergris, where beaches are pretty much non-existent and most hotels just feature a pier with a few beach chairs.
However, there are tons of activities you can enjoy during your stay so don’t worry, you won’t get bored at Turtle Island!
I highly recommend booking a snorkeling or diving tour through the hotel (for a surcharge). The hotel works together with Belize Pro Divers, an excellent diving and snorkeling school. They offer tours to different reefs and diving locations in Belize – after all, that’s what the country is most famous for!
Trust me, a snorkeling tour in Belize is not your regular snorkeling tour… and I say this after being on countless snorkeling tours in Thailand, Mexico, Australia, and more. We first went to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve where we saw plenty of turtles and stingrays.
For our second stop, we went swimming with sharks! Nurse sharks are harmless to humans, but it was quite the experience nonetheless!!
You can also take the free kayaks and paddleboards out to the sea. We listened to the suggestion of Daniel, the manager, and took the kayaks out before sunset.
The island where the resort is located is actually much bigger than just the resort, so we kayaked for a while till we got to an abandoned pier that had the perfect view of the sunset. 100% worth the effort.
We also enjoyed an incredible massage in the comfort of our own villa. You need to book spa treatments in advance as the masseuses will come from the mainland, but how cool is it to be able to have a full spa set up on your terrace?!
The message was firm but relaxing, exactly as we asked, and the massage oil and the relaxing music in the background helped me release stress.
BREAKFAST AND FOOD
This Wyndham resort in Belize features an on-site restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and that offers traditional Caribbean cuisine and international dishes. This is the one point where the hotel could improve. The food is good, but there are very few options to choose from, so a more varied menu would be nice especially for guests who spend multiple days on the island.
The restaurant is located by the sea, so you’ll get to enjoy a wonderful view while eating. Otherwise, for a special experience, you could ask for in-suite chefs to cook at your own villa, and have a private meal on your balcony.
You’ll also find a beach bar where you can get your favorite cocktails to sip as you relax by the pool.
Breakfast is included in your room rate. Guests can choose between American and Belizean breakfast.
Rates at this private island resort in Belize start at $260 for two guests. The final price may depend on the room and dates you book your stay.
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary stay in exchange for coverage, but truly loved this hotel and highly recommend it. Where else can you stay on a private island?