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Historical Traveler Reviews Barefoot Cay Roatan
Barefoot Cay....The perfect spot!
Barefoot Cay was one of the most wonderful spots I have visited in the Caribbean, to have a private and relaxing vacation! We spent half of our time out on the breezy palanca (a prime spot to avoid the no-see-ums) sitting in the hammocks or snorkeling, and the other half in the lovely and refreshing pool.
Milesse and John run an extremely comfortable and attractive resort. To be honests, I'm jealous! I wish we could live there! The staff was great, ...especially Hadee, who was very sweet, motivated, and extremely attentive. She always had a smile on her face (and she also made the most wonderful local-style meals for us and served them on our patio overlooking the sea... )!
Barefoot Cay is truly perfect if you want to feel like you're a world away... Santos was very helpful in arranging island tours and deep sea fishing, and everyone else went above the call of duty to make our stay comfortable. We loved the accomodations.... rustic chique, decorated with attractive art pieces; flowers tucked in little corners and spread out on the comfy beds when you arrive.... the open-sky showers are an especially wonderful treat!
All in all, we would definitly reccommend Barefoot Cay to anyone looking for a unique and special vacation experience, and we will be returning for sure!
K Boylon and B Horn
Paradise on Earth
There are several reasons why staying at Barefoot Cay reminds you of a Paradise on Earth.
First, the gracious and warm hospitality of John and Milesse Kennedy and all of their staff really make you feel welcome and at home, down to the last detail.
Second, the cay itself is attractive, well groomed, and offers plenty of activities. These include snorkeling, kayaking, scuba, swimming, plus more.
Third, the bungalows are decorated with a wonderful island flavor and are top notch in quality.
Clearly, a stay at Barefoot Cay will provide you with a feeling of Paradise that lasts longer than the time you spend there.
Barefoot Cay is #1!!!
Barefoot Cay is absolutely wonderful! We had planned to stay on West End but decided to stay at Barefoot Cay instead. After visiting West End we were SO happy with our decision! West End is busy and crowded where Barefoot Cay is quiet and private. We felt as though we owned the island by ourselves most of the time! The staff is wonderful, most accomodating when you want, and respectful of your privacy when not needed. Although the island is private you have very easy access to the mainland whenever you want. You will love the bungalows, especially the shower! Although isolated, we had TV, AC, internet access, full kitchen, nearby grocery store, etc... There is a great dive shop there that will pick you up at your front door (Subway). We have traveled the Caribbean extensively and vote Barefoot Cay #1!!!
Barefoot Cay Anniversary
My wife and I chose Barefoot Cay to spend our 10-year anniversary. It was the best vacation of our lives. The island is peaceful and quiet. The staff is very accomodating and friendly.
We experienced the perfect balance of relaxation while on the cay, while maintaining easy access to the main island or Roatan.
The accomodations were new, clean and private.
We hope to return in the future.
We visited Barefoot Cay for the first time (and not the last time) in late January/early February this year. We had a great time! The management team (John, Milesse, and Santos) is awesome! We think the people made the trip. They were there when we needed them and left us alone when we didn't.
The facilities are new and top rate. There are currrently two one bedroom deluxe bungalos and we saw plans for two additional two bedroom bugalos to be built this summer. They have TV and internet connections in the bungalos. The staff is super friendly and efficient. In fact, everyone we met there was friendly and helpful. Nice people!
Barefoot Cay has an operational large boat marina. I thought it was a lot of fun watching the boats come and go. We met even more fun people from the boats. The boaters don't seem to have any negative impact on the room guests. There is a very nice pool and lounging area. Our favorite spot was the "palapa". It is a covered dock that is built out in the lagoon. We spent a lot of time snorkling, sitting, sunning, and just enjoying our vacation out on the palapa. There are two old sunken sailboats in front of the palapa, they are recent additions and are just starting to add growth and attract fish.
There is no food facility on the Cay. However, the rooms have a well equiped kitchen and there is a very good (3 kinds of Oreos) grocery store just a short cab ride away. There also several very good eateries in French Harbor. The couple from the other bungalo and us took one of the resorts skiffs into French Harbor for dinner one evening.
The island is a very pretty, typical, tropical type. There are places to shop and creatures to see. The iguana farm was fun. West End has lots of shops.
The only two problematic things about the area were the trash and the bugs. With the prevailing winds and current, some trash gets swept onto the cay. They have a full time crew cleaning the area and beaches. It was never a problem for us. Sand flies are there too. Those nasty little bugs are managable though. See Meliise for a great combination sunsceen and bug repellant that works very well.
There are rental cars available. However, the cabs are inexpensive and we never had to wait for more than a couple of minutes to catch one.
We would recommend staying at Barefoot Cay. It is a great place from which to get to know Roatan.
We came back for more
This was our second year to stay at Barefoot Cay. For this second trip, we researched all over the Caribbean looking for the perfect place, then realized that what we were looking for was exactly what we'd experienced the year before at Barefoot Cay:
--clean, well kept accommodations
--lovely people who are kind, personable and not intrusive
--a beautiful physical environment where we could relax and play
--excellent snorkeling, swimming and diving
--a well appointed kitchen where we could prepare our own meals when we wanted to
--the best possible reef life to explore
Barefoot Cay has it all. Kayaks and snorkeling equipment are provided if you want them. The Internet service is wireless. The water is drinkable. If you are into diving (we learned here) Subway Watersports will pick you up at the dock. For us it is the perfect place for a hassle free, totally relaxing vacation.
The biggest plus, though, are the people. Milesse and John have really thought this place out well and are keeping it low keyed. Milesse pays attention to visitor's needs. Santos and the staff are pleasant, kind and helpful. This place is a rare gem.
Peace and Privacy at Barefoot Cay
Spent a week at Barefoot Cay in March, 2006.
This is a wonderful place. Hosts Milesse and John Kennedy are warm, welcoming, and extremely helpful to vacationing guests. Charming, spotless bungalow with excellently-equipped kitchen and every comfort. Beautiful, beautiful swimming pool (lap swimmers, this is the place you want to go!) Manager Santos and housekeeper Juana will also make your stay enjoyable.
We enjoyed snorkelling at the Cay, and also (with a vehicle) found it easy to explore the island and access the beaches at West Bay and Half Moon Bay. There are lots of taxis if you prefer not to rent a car, as well as a nearby, well-stocked grocery (Eldon's).
Perhaps what we enjoyed most is that this is a small place; just two guest bungalows, with two more being built. You will not be part of a "mob" on Barefoot Cay, and if your idea of a great vacation is quietly reading or relaxing by the pool, or on your balcony overlooking the beautiful surf and reef, it doesn't get better than this!
Loved staying at Barefoot Cay!
My husband and I just returned from a vacation at Barefoot Cay, on Roatan (part of the Bay Islands of Honduras). We were there for three weeks and while the weather was a little iffy about half the time, Barefoot Cay is the best place on the island. We arrived late at night and were greeted with a basket of fruit in our bungalow--just right for a quick late night snack before retiring.
Milesse and John Kennedy are the owners and are wonderful hosts. They seemed to always be available and anxious to accommodate any requests. They have done a great deal of work to create a relaxing atmosphere on the Cay. With only two bungalows (and two more in progress), you really have a sense of peace and relaxation. Plus they were always willing to talk about the history and social climate of Roatan, and their experiences as new residents.
The bungalows are charming and very comfortable. You have a full kitchen, an extremely comfortable bed, and a generous sized bathroom. They keep the grounds clean and clear of the trash that can float in from mainland Honduras, and which is a general problem on Roatan. In addition, John keeps the pool absolutely sparkling. We heard comments from other visitors on how beautiful the pool was, and it definitely is the nicest pool we saw on the island.
Santos, the general manager, is also wonderful. He does so much around the Cay, as well as being a complete source of info on Roatan itself; such as where to go for different interests, giving us a harbor tour, and even allowing guests to rent his truck for excursions around the island.
Juana provided our daily housekeeping service and she was a delight. She was always smiling and made our bungalow so inviting with artistic displays of flowers and palm fronds. It's just one of the many touches Barefoot Cay provides its guests.
We wouldn't stay anywhere else but Barefoot Cay!
The best place on the island!
My wife and I just returned from our honeymoon at Barefoot Cay. We were there for a week and had beautiful weather and were able to get out and really find our way around the island (first time to Roatan for both of us) and I must say, without a doubt, that Barefoot Cay is one of, if not THE, best place on the island.
Santos, the general manager, is wonderful: he took us fishing, showed us around the island, let us "rent" his car to explore. He is your one-stop shop for anything you need on the island: information on & booking for bonefishing trips, places to buy fresh local seafood, directions anywhere, etc, etc...
Milesse and John, the owners, are absolutely wonderful to be around and are tremendous hosts. They have really done a lot of great work to that little island and have designed everything with pure, simple luxury in mind: the architecture and planning in the bungalows is amazing; the grounds are beautiful and clean; the pool; the decks...I could go on and on.
Barefoot is located on the south side of the island and has a great view of mainland Honduras. It's beautiful to see on a clear day and there is a constant, refreshing breeze blowing from that direction through the bungalows and across the entire Cay as well. While this breeze is one of the Cay's best features, it also has a quasi-dark side: there is a fair bit of trash in that floats in from the mainland in the wind. While you can see litter floating in the water anywhere on the south side of Roatan, I was so glad and very impressed that at Barefoot Cay, they have a whole crew to clean and rake their beaches at dawn every morning to remove and debris that gets past the reef. The litter is an island wide problem, but they really do a great job managing it on the Cay.
We can't wait to get back down there!
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