This is one of the two hotels I found in Coxen Hole. It's not a luxury hotel. Just remember that Isla Roatan is not a develop province and it's not a tourist town.
There are no luxury hotels in Isla Roatan because it is not a tourist town. There is one that is being built on West Bay. There were two small hotels I had seen in Coxen Hole which is located at the main market.
It's called Hotel Roatan.
We didn't spend the night here so I cannot give a good review of the hotel.
I stayed at the Crystal Beach cabins in 2010 and in 2011. They are located at the south end of West End, just across the road from Fosters. The owners manage the place extremely well, and are welcoming, pleasant, and great to talk with. I was welcomed back by Rosita with a warm hug, even though i woke her up on Mothers Day, and had no reservation.
The cabins facing the water are a little smaller and harder to cool as they face the sun all afternoon. I strongly recomend the others which are a bit further back in the yard.
In 2011, I rented cabin 6. It had two large beds, TV, AirCon, microwave, refrigerator, ceiling fan, and all the hot water you would ever ask for. The beds were comfortable and the air con kept the place cool and even cold at nights. The daily maid service was reliable.
The veranda has lawn chairs, table, and a hammock.
The location at the end of town makes for a bit of walk for meals but more places are opening close by. Rudy's is within a 100 metres and has great meals- try the spaghetti lunch. They close early but the Rotisserie chicken next door is fantastic. The noodle shop is just next door the the cabins and has great food. There is also a new bar just next door but it was pretty quiet. Finally, there is a small mini-mart closeby and an Internet cafe, so you never have to go too far for the essentials.
I cannot imagin going back to Roatan without staying here.
Nice beach just across the road for paddling about on hot days.
All amenities within 100 metres.
Quiet most nights except when Fosters stays open late.
Family run business who live on premises.
We stayed in Casita # 2. This was one of the smaller casitas with a queen bed and minimal floor space. The room had a microwave, coffee maker and a small fridge. There was AC, no TV and no bugs. The casitas are nestled among tropical gardens that are frequented by hummingbirds and kittens. The beach is a 1 minute walk away.
The first day our hot water pump was not working and it was immediately fixed. The owner, Guy, was extremely hands on, always present and at the end of your stay asks what he can do to improve his resort.
Cruise ships do frequent this area, so find what days they are coming and plan your day accordingly. We dove most everyday, but during breaks we would arrive to a very crowded beachfront. Fun people watching though!!
We payed $1200 for two people in a casita, breakfast and 10 boat dives each for 8 nights. This was a discounted rate because we were part of a large group.
Breakfast was small, but filling and included. If you are diving that morning, it is your only option, but if you can wait until 8 am, Mangiamo Market and Deli is a 3 minute walk away.
Chilles offers a number of cabins in a garden setting well off the road and away from the street and bar noise. My cabin was rated for three but frankly would be a squeeze with two people. It had a nice veranda for relaxing, a clean bathroom with hot water, and good beds. The location behind the main house and well off the road provides a nice quiet stay. They also give a small discount for every day that you dive with native Sons Divers who are co-located on the property. They take payment in travellers cheques and credit card. There are no strong boxes in the rooms but the property seems well guarded and I had no, nor heard of any , problems with theft. My only negative experierience was an outbreak of ants on my last night. They didn't bite but they had the run of the room.
The rooster who roams the property will ensure you are up early enough to go diving.
When my husband surprised me with a trip to a water access only eco lodge in Roatan, Honduras, I did not know what to expect. Mango Creek Lodge was not an normal eco lodge. Their cabins were were not built in the jungle, but over the water in a style usually seen in the south pacific. Our cabin was spacious, airy, had solar hot water system and composting toilet and a hammock and hammock chair so we could enjoy our own private dock.
The grounds were spectacular and the property, while the cabins are on the ocean, was property is in the jungle. We took the kayaks and snorkel gear and explored the nearby reef. The reef was great. We also hiked in the area and did side trips to some nearby islands. We even went to the caves where they found the famous crystal skull
All food and beverages were included in our stay. The lodge has a casual dining area with great food. The sea food soup is not to be missed.
I would highly recommend this lodge.
Roatan is very much geared towards diving vacations. The waters surrounding the island are fantastic, warm and full of sights to be seen. Therefore, if you are interested in a diving focused vacation I feel that Anthony's Key will satisfy all of those needs. It is a very quiet and relaxed environment with the staff sort of blending into the surroundings so that you only really see them when you need them.
You will receive your own locker on the dock for your equipment and typically be assigned to a specific dive boat and dive master so that you do not dive the same sites twice. Most dive locations are within 10 minutes of the resort and are all pretty unique.
There is a medical clinic at the end of the dock with a recompression chamber and doctor on premises. I and friends easily went to the clinic, took a number and were treated ( basically we were having our ears checked out and received decongestant type medication ).
Also, many of the dives are filmed, so you have the option to buy DVD's of a memorable dive. Additional, optional dives, include: diving with 3 resident dolphins at 60 ft ($82), diving with approx 25 sharks at 70 ft ($112) and snorkeling with 16 dolphins ($75) - all well worth the price.
Personally I would recommend staying in the higher priced air conditioned rooms out on the key, for the following reasons:
1. You'll be right near the pool where most people hang for a beer after the diving day is done and before dinner.
2. The air conditioned rooms are sealed tight and therefore bugs and mosquitos cannot get in.
3. Mosquitos are actually bad flyers. On the key you get more of a breeze and therefore you can sit on your deck in the evening with much less bother from these critters.
4. I witnessed the literally hundreds of bites on some folks who were staying in the non A/C cabins up in the hillside jungle.
The resort offers a limited daily menu but the food was always good. Events such as a mid-week BBQ dinner, some entertainment and a day trip to a location around the island for a picnic and chill out afternoon were all arranged.
The ocean waters on the north side of the island where Anthony's Key is located are much less choppy than those on the south side. Also you're only a short cab ride to the West-End where the main nightlife exists.
We rented a condo for ten days at Lawson Rock. It's a beautiful complex set on a private beach and, depending on the unit you rent, you'll be on the beach. The units are beautifully appointed with slate floors, granite counter-tops and marble bathrooms - the mains have jacuzzi tubs. You can chose to cook for yourself or hire a cook for the duration of your stay. We enjoyed cooking and shopping for ourselves. Maid service is also provided - the ladies tidy up, wash linens, refresh flower arrangements (!), clean floors and bathrooms. It was nice to come home at the end of the day to a freshly cleaned unit.
The units are split so that bedrooms are on either side of the main living area - perfect for couples or families wanting a bit of distance from one another. Each bedroom has a bath, plus there's a powder room near the entrance.
The exterior setting is lovely - rooftop pools, lush gardens. And if you snorkel, you can access the protected reef off the shore. It's a bit of a swim, but you can see quite a bit. Between the four of us, we glimpse a 6' manta ray, numerous sting rays, puffer-fish, cuttlefish, conch, parrotfish, lobster and the list goes on.... The island is a dive-Mecca, so you can find locations to dive up and down the West side of the island.
The staff in the office is very helpful. The gaurds around the facility are cordial. And you can grab breakfast and lunch at the restaurant on-site. Or head into West End for something to nibble.
You're a bit outside of any towns, so if you'd like to get round the island, a car rental is best.
Beautiful, quiet location.
Very nice accommodation.
Friendly, helpful staff.
We decided to go, last minute, to Roatan for Christmas. Conquest Vacations has been flying to Roatan for a few years now, offering all-inclusives and the Henry Morgan was one of these resorts. My partner had been in Roatan before and wanted to be close to West Bay town as well as the good SCUBA and snorkelling on the West side. So Henry Morgan was a good choice for us.
I took advantage of the on-site SCUBA lessons and enjoyed it. The SCUBA team at the resort were good people (www.tgidiving.com). Professional without being stuffy and very helpful. I was pretty nervous and had some trouble equalizing, but they were patient.
The beach is great. And the snorkelling is fantastic. When we booked, I didn't know that the reef is the 2nd largest in the world and is protected by a marine park. I do now! At the end of the beach (to the left as you exit the resort) just past a wharf, the reef is about 25' offshore. Lots of marine life, fish, etc. We spent a pleasant hour in the water goofing off.
We liked the resort, but we weren't typical resort-goers. We found a scooter in West Bay within hours of touchdown and spent a good portion of our time roaming the island. I think we ate one dinner at the resort (it was nice), most lunches (good) and all of our breakfasts (lots of choice and tasty). So the food we had was good, but we weren't there consistently for dinner.
The facilities are nice. We particularly loved the lamps which were made of wood frames with jersey material in various colours streteched over the frames. It was cool. The staff were great. And the lobby bar mixes a mighty fine (strong) cuba libra. The beach was nice with warm water only steps away. There aren't many vendors on the beach. And the Honduran people who were selling things were very polite and not at all pushy.
Our room was cute and very clean. Think of a bunch of semis (duplexes or row-houses) attached off-set with one apartment up and one down. We didn't hear anyone above us, which was nice. We had two hammocks on the porch. Very nice for hanging out with a drink in the evening. A convenient bar fridge in the room was handy for wine, water (not potable out of the tap) and a few snacks.
Our only complaints were
a. the sand fleas on the beach (can't be helped by the hotel and we should have had more bug spray)
b. the loud music. The "dj" was right behind the beach chairs, so if you were hoping to have a little snooze or read a book. Forget it. You could go farther away from it, but you have to go early to get a chair.
Other than that, we had a nice stay! For those of you relying on this review, please remember; we used the facilities, but spent a lot of our time off the resort bombing around on a scooter.
Cute rooms. Good location next to the reef.
Be forewarned: Posada Arco Iris books up fast, so don't expect to walk in and get a room.
Posada Arco Iris is located on the main drag in West End, just behind the Argentinean Grill (which their friendly staff also run). The hotel is a serious of buildings in luscious palm-tree filled grounds. All rooms have a queen and twin bed and mini-frige, an extra $5 or so will get you a full kitchenette. The rooms are spacious, clean and have screens on the window, however the hotel is beginning to show a bit of wear and tear. Although the hotel is in the heart of the action, it's very quiet with the exception of the neighbouring roosters having a good crow every morning. The staff at the front desk are helpful and have one computer for guests to check their email on, as well as a book exchange. Posada Arco Iris is one of the only hotels in the area to offer free sun chairs and kayaks on the beach, just for guests. If I were to say one negative thing about the hotel, it would be that the damp palms attract quite a few mosquitos. You might want to consider bringing a plug-in mosquito coil to make sure you don't get bitten during the night. The hotel keeps two caged monkeys on the premises: parents, your kids will love them; animal-rights activists, consider staying elsewhere.
I stayed in Posada Las Orquideas for about four nights in January 2008. The hotel is very new and the facilities are excellent: each room has two comfortable beds, traditional bedspreads, a new, clean bathroom (with hot water) and a mini-fridge. I believe some rooms also have kitchenettes. The hotel isn't right on the beach, but there is a pier behind the hotel with a hammock and some beach chairs, and I think you could go swimming off the pier if you wanted. Each room also has a sea-view patio with a hammock for relaxing. In the office there is a book exchange, so bring a book for swapping when you arrive!
The ONLY downside to this hotel is its location. To get into town from Las Orquideas, you have to walk down an unlit dirt road that is literally crawling with large roaches and huge centipedes. It's fine during the day, but at night I personally found it terrifying (because I have a phobia of bugs). If you don't mind bugs you'll be fine, but if you're a bit squeamish then consider staying at Las Orquideas' sister property - Posada Arco Iris.
An absolute blast! The beach was fantastic- white sand- never wore shoes (do bring DEET though). Diving was awesome! Other guests were very outgoing and a group of us teamed up and made a go of dives and dinner several times. Very laid back, casual and relaxing atmosphere.
Dive shop was great. Marco was fantasic Dive Master! very professional and good descents and deco stops. great site picks too.
beautiful white sand beach- a rariety in Roatan. Owner Louis was always on top of things making sure every one was taken care of. If you asked for something to be fixed or needed something, it happened right away, just like he said it would.
What a great place this is. It's a little pricey, but I got a discount for offseason. The service is excellent. The rooms are spacious, with full kitchen. The pool in the center of the complex is really nice. The location is excellent, right on West Bay beach overlooking the wonderful blue waters of the carribbean.
We did not stay at Mayan Princess Beach Resort & Spa because we arrived on Roatan by cruise ship. But when I was doing research on Roatan I came across the listing for this hotel. I was interested because at first I thought it was one of the Fairmont Princess Hotels which I really like. Apparently, it is not connected with that group though.
However, it seems to offer a good location and many amenities. It is located on West Bay Beach only 20 minutes from the Roatan airport. There are one and two-bedroom air-conditioned "villas" with fully equipped kitchens, a very large swimming pool, room service, a restaurant and bar, wireless internet for a charge, satellite cable TV, live entertainment on the weekends, a tour desk, and more! Don't forget they are on the beach!! To book activities & tours on the island, stop by their tour desk.
The "Mayan Princess Beach Bar & Grill" offers breakfast, lunch & dinner. A new restaurant, ""Caliente" sounds like it will be quite a jewel when completed. Located on the beachfront, Caliente will be a gourmet, beachfront restaurant featuring a decor emphasizing mosaics inside and out.
UPDATE: Room rates on the hotel site can be confusing so it is imperative to verify prices in writing. Rates change depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend day and low, medium or high season. Prices are per person!!
Doubles $119 weekdays; $149 Weekend
2012 High Season:
Beach front Weekly $1,949 to $3,499
Room rates will vary depending on the season, days of the week and whether your suite/villa is facing the pool or the beach. A one-bedroom, beach front room booked for Sunday through Thursday (January 1st thru Sept. 30th) will cost you $190 per night including breakfast. The same room on a weekends will run $219. On top of that price you must add 16% tax.
The hotel offers special 7-night packages with special features such as numerous diving trips, all meals, taxes and airport transfers which cost roughly $1,400 per person + tax. This seems very expensive to me but diving trips by themselves can cost over $100 per person each time, so maybe it's a great bargain!!
I wouldn't say the rooms look lavishly furnished, but they are still a cut above the norm. The beach would be a huge draw as would the pool and surrounding grounds. Another plus would be the included breakfast and airport transfers. Having a tour desk on the premises would be handy if you don't rent a car.
An average 3 star. Food was good. Pillows a little too small. IF you are into diving or just relaxing I would recommend this resort.
Dive shop and dive masters. Mark our DM was probably one of the best. He spotted a dozen sea horses.
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