Turtle Beach Resort Siesta Key
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So the Nature Coast. Floridians love to name their coastlines don't they? We've done the triple whammy of Emerald, Forgotten and Nature now. The main purpose of visiting Crystal River was to go swimming with manatees. Swimming with dolphins was the original idea for Florida but you're hard pushed to find a dolphin co. that will take toddlers. And …
... won’t consist of rampant reptiles or snoring co-pilots, but rather the citrus aroma from the bowls of fresh fruit picked from the trees in the backyard. Perhaps the nights of playing catch with the neighbors followed by dinner with my parents and grandparents always consisting of a raw shrimp appetizer while the meal was being prepared. The nights of dressing up to eat at the Seafood Shack just down the street, or the cookouts in ...
... Kathe’s restaurant. It was a full size statue of a fisherman pulling in fish netting. It served as a memorial to the fishermen of Cortez and also the veterans of this diminutive fishing village. Behind the statue lay a historical marker adorned with the history of Cortez. After reading the sign I walked further down the road to the U.S. Coast Guard’s gates and peered through to catch a glimpse of the bay, which seemed to be busy with ...
... t sure if it made me sad or hungry, although I don’t enjoy seafood. When we decided to leave the beach I realized visitors were allowed to stay until midnight. I always thought movies and television shows were breaking the law being at the beach at night but now I know I was wrong.
The night ended home at the fisherman’s shack with a Jack’s frozen pizza and another movie on the laptop. Tomorrow promised to be a much busier ...
... Amy, Ben, Margie and Tom, Cari, Rick and Karen, all gathered at the house for a reunion in a belated celebration of Father's Day. Rick and Karen had been in Europe during the same period as us, but on a cruise of the Mediterranean. It was fun to compare notes. We were even lucky to have a visit from Barb's cousin, and his wife, who we hadn't seen in years.
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Paradise for the Nature Lover
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you both so much for allowin us to enjoy paradise this past week. I can not tell you how very much we both enjoyed all that Turtle Beach had to offer. I think that Ken and I probably spent 90% of our time on the water, enjoying the pure beuty of nature. Tutrle Beach has now become my most favorite place to escape the realities of everyday life. Ken andI will definately be back!Owning a business ourselves, that requires our attention 24/7, I know sometimes you find yourself saying "why do I do this, Is it all worth it?" I hope that you both realize exactly how much pleasure and joy you provide people. I can't think of anything or anywhere I would rather have been for my 20th wedding anniversary than right there.Again, our many thanks to you both. It was with a very sad heart that we left our paradise this morning!!
It's My Husband's Fault
I knew I was in trouble when we drove right past the resort. It looked like a gypsy camp.There were hanging baskets of half-dead flowers with the Wal-mart stickers still on them. Give me a break! We then parked our car in the lot which was located 2 feet from the main road. Cars were speeding by, very noisy. I refused to even go and check in with my husband. When he didn't come back to the car,I got out to find him. He couldn't even get into the office because it was the size of a broom closet and someone else was in there. We finally went in and I asked the manager if I was roped in to staying and he said, "pretty much". He showed us around, what a hole! I was raised in the Everglades and lived for a year without electricity so I have seen some pretty strange things. This place ranks right up there. The place was completely run down, in need of paint, landscaping, there was a beer bellied odd ball with cut off jeans sitting there eating some type of take out (not the type of clientele you would expect at a resort) The pool was disgusting and about the size of a large bathtub, there was a dead, bloated Sheepshead (fish) floating up against the seawall with flies all over it. The smell was disgusting.When We asked about fishing poles, he pointed over to a chair with three K-mart fishing poles. One was a Zebco! A Zebco! I thought I was going to freak out. We came to this place to relax, fish and have some time to ourselves. I knew that wasn't going to happen. When he showed us to our room, the hot tub looked as if it hadn't been drained....ever. We were told to sit in it with the cover propped up against the wall and risk the chance that it would fall on our heads, knock us out and drown us. We went into the room and I felt like I was back at a motel. It smelled as if it had flooded and had a window airconditioner. The furniture was DEFINITELY from Wal-mart, and their website boasts that the owner is an interior decorator. Yeah right. I would like to see her degree. If she has one it is probably from K-mart, circa 1964. There was a sign on the toilet that said do not flush tampons and due to poor pressure, you must hold the handle down. By this point I had broken out in hives. It looked as if it was never cleaned and these was some woman's make-up on the matlasse (bed linens) There were cheese ball hat boxes covered in floral material displayed on the armoire which had it's doors put on upside down. There was a wall hanging with a watermelon on it hanging in the kitchen. The couch looked as if it were from Nationwide Warehouse. The tile was gross, the wood floor was gross, the location was pittiful! There was so much wrong with this place that I can't even go on. I am breaking out in hives again just thinking about it.
Needless to say, I am disputing it with my credit card company. It is peculiar how they mention the words "non-refundable" so many times when you are in the reservations process. Now I know why. This is a prime example of bait and switch. When you're paying over $500.00 for a weekend stay you expect to get a pretty nice place. When you actually get there, you're screwed. Oh yeah..I left. I went to the Hotel Escalante in Naples. It is absolutely marvelous! It is a mediterannean style hotel in down town Naples, Fl. The location is great,(3 blocks from the beach, across the street from shopping and FABULOUS dining) the rooms are ABSOLUTELY beautiful,IT IS PROFESSIONALLY decorated, the staff is SUPERIOR! And it costs less than Turtle Beach. I will be telling my story to all who will listen.If anyone stays at this place after reading this review I have one word for them....sucker.
Exactly what we were hoping for. . .
My husband and I stayed in the Rainforest Cottage from May 4 - 9th. It was really, really difficult to leave.We found Gail and David's place on-line and tried to book our stay a few months ago but no rooms were available for the week that we could both get away.We then decided to try Naples instead - so, somewhat dissapptointed we made reservations at a luxury hotel inside the city.Gail called us three weeks prior to vacation and informed us that she had an opening. We were impressed that she called us back (like she said she would) if she had something open up for us. We cancelled our original reservations at a four star hotel in Naples and booked our stay at Turtle Beach.Then I read the negative reviews.Knowing that Gail and David were from Brooklyn, and that they would understand a skeptical New Yorker's concerns, I called Gail. I spoke with them both and David assured me that if I was not comfortable with staying at Turtle Beach based on the negative comments I read in the two reviews, he would gladly refund my deposit - no hard feelings.We decided that peace and quiet was what we were looking for and not the royal treatment of a four or five star hotel. My husband and I have stayed at many a Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons and this time, we were looking for something a little different. . . peace, quiet, privacy, comfort and escapism.Everything was perfect. Turtle Beach Resort is edenic. Everything was spotless. The landscape is lush. The fish really do jump out of the bay water in the morning. The birds are beautiful and provide the only sounds we wanted to hear - no car horns, no garbage trucks and no neighbors' conversations were audible. The lizards are a blast - a welcome change from NYC wildlife. David, Gail and Ray are gracious hosts and extremely helpful if you need anything but somehow know when their guests are content. They are un-obtrusive and respect their guests' privacy.Are we going back? As soon as possible.Michael & Lisa, New York
Loved it & can't wait to go back!
My fiance and I stayed in the Caribbean Cottage two weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I would go back in a heartbeat. It is like staying in a friend's guesthouse, they provide wonderful personal touches to the rooms, and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. It is a great laid back and peaceful to stay, the perfect place to unwind. I loved our cottage and found it to be beautifully decorated and well maintained. If going I would recommend a waterfront cottage for the privacy and views of the bay. It is a great place for those who prefer the small bed and breakfast atmosphere to the typical hotel chain.
Best of the Best
We have been staying at the Turtle Beach Resort for the past 10 yrs. When we first stayed their the pool was only a dream, and David & Gail had only 3 villas. Every year they improve on the villas and the grounds. Over the years we have met many people who as we do keep coming back for the peace and quiet and excellant service that is only found at the Turtle Beach Resort. Each year we try out a different villa and now we have been in all of them. Gail does a excellant job in decorating each one with a different theme. The staff is always asking if every thing is ok and do we need anything.We tell all our friends about Turtle Beach and many have stayed their and loved it.We look forward to spending our vacation with Gail & David every year, the only problem is leaving, David is always asking us to stay another day, maybe someday we will.
Private Garden Paradise
My godmother found Turtle Beach Resort when my husband and I came to visit her in Sarasota. We had no idea what it would be like, but we were totally enchanted with the Rubenfeld's secluded retreat! We're quite private people, so we were amazed that so much charm and privacy could be ours in one of the beautifully decorated "homes, which is how our unit felt to us. Each unit had a different theme and made me wish I could have stayed in them all! Not only did we have the comfort and privacy of a home-like setting right on the water, we were also within minutes of one of the most beautiful beaaches in the world. We would not hesitate to recommend Turtle Beach Resort to anyone seeking the truly unusual, a private hideaway far surpassing anything we have experienced anywhere else that is run by lovely people.
A Little piece of Heaven!
We have recently had our second stay at this fabulous, intimate, friendly resort and once again we ahve been made to feel so welcome by David and Gail. Our first stay four years ago was to celebrate our engagement and we vowed then that we would return to get married on the deck. This we did in Jamuary 2003 and stayed for a week in Country French which is such a sumptious cottage, even if smaller than the Tropical Rainforest we stayed in on our first trip. Finances were somewhat tighter this time so we went for a smaller cottage but the experience was worth every penny/dime. The atmosphere owes so much to David and Gail who just couldn't be more wonderful and seem to treat everyone as if they were the most special guests! The wedding itself was so wonderful and they and other guests joined in to add to the wonderful surroundings and make it a fantastic experience.The pool, the gardens, the cottages, the views, the boats, the bikes, the treasured memories. What a place for that special vacation.I have also just read the other 2 negative comments on this site and just cannot believe we went to the same place and met the same people!Anyone planning to visit is more than welcome to e mail us and ask any further questions. All we can say is that we are already saving hard and looking for another excuse to visit what to us is a little piece of HEAVEN. Lawrence and Rachel Wood
Can't wait to get back there...
As I write this, we are counting the days until our next trip to the Turtle Beach Resort. This will be our 16th or 17th stay at the resort. Having read a few of the reviews, I feel the urge to put in my two cents worth...The Inn is romantic, if you want it to be...two people who feel something for each other create their own romance no matter where they are. The TBR is just the icing on the romance cake...After 3 or 4 months of working, attending school functions, and child-rearing, it sure is nice to get away to a place where the staff is like family, but the best kind: they are there when you need them, but have the uncanny ability to disappear when you want to be alone.Furnishings and decor are in keeping with the theme of the cottage. Before anyone reading this thinks a WV hillbilly would be impressed with any property in the "flatlands," be advised that we have travelled extensively, live within 3 hours of a 5 star world-renowned resort hotel, and have stayed in some of the nicest hotels in the country. We choose to return to the Turtle Beach Resort for many reasons. Among the reasons we return: the staff, the fishing, the chance to take it easy, and to make a few new memories as we journey through the second half of our lives...
Biggest ripoff of the century
Found this resort on the internet. Looked at all information presented and was prepared for a luxurious vacation. Should have known when a deposit was required (non-refundable-1/2 of the stay had to be paid in advance) that it was a sham. It is little more than a fishing camp. one can not even bend over in the bathroom without bumping your head on the wall... this place doesn't even have bathtubs. Ask the owner to show you the place and he'll even tell you that his hottubs have "ickies" in them, but, he treats them with chemicals. He does not drain the hot tubs and clean them. Have complained all the way to the governors office in Florida and I don't think we'll ever see out $1250 again. So much for spending vacation dollars in the state of Florida. I'll bet there are more americans like us who have tried to spend their vacation dollars in the U.S.A. only to find they have been taken. Please beware! The ads all look marvelous and if you call and talk to the owners you will also be impressed. Unfortunately, when you arrive and see the "resort" you will immediately be sorry.
High priced disappointment
We made reservations for two nights at the Turtle Beach Resort Cottages. When we arrived, we were terribly disappointed with the accommodations. Our first night was to be in the County French Efficiency at a price of $195.00 plus a 10% cleaning fee plus tax. The decor was straight out of Kmart. In fact, the Kmart stickers were still on some of the decorations. The silk flower arrangements still had the $3.95 price stickers attached. The room was small. It had not seen a good cleaning in quite some time. The bathroom shower was barely large enough to squeeze into and came complete with cracked tiles and mildew. The bathroom sink was clogged and leaked. There was a thick layer of dust covering the plants. Cob webs were hanging from several corners of the room. Dust has hanging from the tops of the kitchen cabinets. An open light socket with bare wires was next to the kitchen counter. The blinds on the room door was missing two slats. The hot tub was full of sand. When the manager was advised that the accommodations were unacceptable, they refused to return our $250.00 deposit. When we requested to speak to the inn's owners, they refused. I would definitely not recommend this "resort" to anyone.