Turtle Inn Belize Is The Idyllic Hideaway For The Petset

Francis Ford Coppola’s intermix of eco and pet-friendly with luxury

By Si Si Penaloza

As the coastal outpost of Francis Ford Coppola’s trio of Central American resorts, Turtle Inn in Belize fuses eco exoticism with a hint of stylish rusticism. Fragrant gardens are lovingly landscaped with tropical flowers, shady palms, Japanese-style raked sand and stately stone sculptures. Your pet is most welcome at this resort, the ideal base from which to explore this landscape of natural wonders. For more tips on getting to Belize with your furry mate, scroll down to the tail of this feature.

Wake to the best coffee in creation in your Balinese-style beach shack upon a divine stretch of pearl white sand; snuggle away the day in cozy hammocks after splashing in the sapphire sea. All Turtle Inn’s villas and cottages are roomy and showcase the best in Balinese craftsmanship. All accommodations feature iPod docks, minibar, and hand-crafted organic toiletries.

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Villa design features exotic wood to great effect with a decidedly Eastern vibe – lacquered mahogany coffee tables and carved headboards. Vibrant rugs and local textiles give character and warmth and plush sofas add a touch of elegance. Coppola’s cool signature conch-shell telephones command every cottage desk, giving a deliciously unique sense of place and character.

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For baby making romance minded guests, the Chinese Matrimonial Suite beckons with prime beachfront location and a 200-year-old hand-carved four-poster fertility bed. When Francis Ford Coppola is in residence, he’ll typically kick back in the two-bedroom Pavilion House, which features an intricately tiled private pool and sprawling terrace.

Pools only seen in dreams exist at Turtle Inn

Speaking of pools, Turtle Inn has two options; one is a calm emerald green circle on the lawn by the bar, moments from the sea, the other is a signature triangular infinity pool nestled between the cottages. Kayaks and paddle boats are complimentary to use for guest excursions from the resort’s beach. Staff will deliver one to you at the beach, or pick them up at Tides dive shop, where you can also arrange scuba or snorkeling trips. Diving is at its best here in April and June, during whale shark migration season. Pack a mask and snorkel for sighting sea life, although you can always buy them from the boutique.

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The hotel keeps up its eco cred by keeping the carbon footprint down by favoring natural ventilation and ceiling fans over air-conditioning. All its villas and cottages are built from locally sourced material (thatch, bamboo, limestone and wood) and kitchen ingredients are grown on site.

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