The Celebrity-Owned Luxe Hotel in Placencia, Belize You Need to Try

by Carolee Chanona

We all deserve a much-needed break from 2020, and what better way to do so than with a vacation (when it’s safe, of course)? Make like the rich and famous and indulge in a star-studded stay at this celebrity-owned luxe hotel in Placencia, Belize. Never forget: You deserve it.


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Dine barefoot casual at any one of Turtle Inn's four eateries.

Turtle Inn

Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola owns a plethora of equally award-winning retreats throughout the world in The Family Coppola Hideaways; and one of our favorite hotels by the celebrity is the uber-glamorous Turtle Inn in Placencia, which is located near the Belize Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Site, the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Coppola, who has always been drawn to the rustic, al fresco Balinese style of living, brings that same relaxed ambiance to Turtle Inn. Working with architect Made Wijaya, Coppola incorporates Balinese design details within the property; including individual thatched roof villas and cottages.

However, the most ‘extra’ offering here is the rental of Coral Caye, your very own elegant private island. Two dwellings and a great house are the only buildings on the island and can accommodate from two to 10 guests, with amenities including a full bar, music, bathroom, kitchen, dining table, board games, dart board and all meals prepared daily. There’s a wine cellar, gelato bar and, of course, an Italian eatery, a necessary nod to Coppola’s heritage. Every guest — private island and otherwise — is offered use of beach cruiser bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards, trimarans, water bikes, snorkel gear and fishing gear; can play Bocce Ball; and can borrow a guitar to jam on, free of charge.

Placencia Village, Placencia, Belize

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