The Ultimate Beach House For The Summer in Placencia, Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Skip squeezing into a hotel room or competing with anyone else to snag a spot by the pool. There’s another way, and it’s as exclusive as the resort you’re staying within: Sofia’s Beach House. By the way, it’s Sofia, as in Sofia Coppola — found within Turtle Inn, a boutique Hideaway by the Family Coppola in beautiful Belize. Think of all the privacy of having a space on the barefoot-perfect Placencia Peninsula to yourself, in a modernist-tropical hideaway at that, while having direct access to Turtle Inn’s four eateries, spa, gift shop, and much more luxury amenities. 

The Layout

Stylishly sleeping up to 10 persons, the airy and open-plain Sofia’s Beach House is actually much more than just the main house; renting also includes a private pool and two guest bungalows inside its secluded stretch of sand to the Caribbean Sea.  

Sofia Coppola’s Beach House at Turtle Inn

Order in with room service (from your shellphone, of course), or make your meals inside a full kitchen—perfect for entertaining inside an open-air living and dining room. And while all Turtle Inn guests get complimentary non-motorized beach toys, there’s even a seafront media room for the late-night movie or board game. How can you not binge the Godfather trilogy while staying inside a Coppola Hideaway curated by owner and film director Francis Ford Coppola? Bicycles, a private butler, a private entrance, a private pool, and an outdoor barbeque are also complimentary services with Sofia’s Beach House. And yes, summer tastes even sweeter with sips of the namesake Sofia wine. 

On the second floor, find a master bedroom complete with a king bed, private bathroom, and air-con, with the latter intentionally left out from Turtle Inn’s typical thatch-roofed cabanas. After all, ever-present sea breezes cool just as well, if you’d like to sleep with your veranda doors open. Adjacent is the children’s bedroom, sleeping kids up to 14 years old with always whimsical bunk beds. 

Most Importantly, Discover Turtle Inn As A Destination

As perfect for summer as it is, Sofia’s Beach House is just one destination within a destination; you also have full access to Turtle Inn. Found where the Caribbean Sea melts into Placencia’s 16-mile-long golden coastline, Turtle Inn is actually home to 25 characteristic thatch-roof cottages and villas.


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Not to mention, fit for an epicurean with Belizean-Creole flavors from Auntie Luba’s Kitchen, beach casual charcoal-grilled seafood of Gaugin Grill, authentic Italian from the flagship restaurant Mare, and unmissable Neapolitan pizza from The Pizzeria at Turtle Inn. Gelato or rum punch in hand, the pinnacle of luxury in Southern Belize spells bright interiors with gorgeous seaside views throughout, quick access to Placencia Village, and incredible family-like service with Turtle Inn, a Coppola Hideaway

All images via The Family Coppola Hideaways.

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