Luna Beach Resort
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... out again.
Having already bought drinks in the bar, we were able to use their sun loungers on the beach. We did however buy more drinks, two for one Piņa Colada's made with overly generous servings of Roatan rum. Sitting back, drink in hand, it was fascinating just watching people - a group of maybe 20 were drinking in the sea, a lady dropped a friends tablet in water when trying to take a photo and a couple was teaching their Dobbermann puppy to swim.
... the length of the street checking out the shops and restaurants. David decided to buy a cheap T-shirt instead of doing some laundry (that's the second, and last, time he's doing that!!). Without power, none of the shops had fans or AC running so we jumped in the sea to cool down. We have noticed that in Guatemala and Honduras you don't need togs to swim, you just jump in the water with whatever you are wearing because everything dries off ...
... They were headed out to a dance club but that didn't really interest us so we stayed at the dock and had a few libations under the stars. We called it an early night again to try and give our bodies a chance to fight of this cold before the more physical activities start on the next leg of our journey including climbing volcanoes. Tomorrow we have a free morning before catching an afternoon flight to Tegucigalpa. We then have a three hour drive to Leon in ...
... dive, we went off down to the Southern tip of the island. Past the pretty West Bay beach and along to the rocky southern end. It was a wall dive - with a wreck down below around 40m. Again it was so so so blue and pretty corals. But rather lacking in creatures! Annoyingly it was still raining when we finished. I hadn't had any breakfast, so went back to the Baleada cafe and had the same as yesterday - a flour tortilla with beans and cheese! These are a ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLuna Beach Resort West End
Muy bonitas las instalaciones y casitas y habitaciones.
Muy buena atención por parte de las señoritas de limpieza y recepción.
La atención del restaurante y bar fue buena pero la faltaba vida al lugar. No invita a quedarse y pasarla bien. Varias noches no había nadie.
A la casa le faltaban varias cosas basicas en la cocina como trapos, escurridor de pasta, etc.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Luna Beach Resort West End
Great Place, Great Diving, Great People
This was one of the best vacations I ever had. We stayed there in April 2004. Me and my girl got a bungalow, beachfront and everything was fantastic! We hooked up with 16 of our other buddies there and had a fabulous time. The bar tenders were extrememly nice contrary to what I've read in 1 other review. You have to be nice to people to get nice out of people ya know! Anyway, Chuck the owner was really cool and let us throw our own Pirate's Ball where we all dressed up like pirates and had a grand old time. He even opened the beach bar for us in the slow season! That's service!
Diving! The diving was incredible and the dive staff: E.J., Joanie, Tim, Jose, and Edwin did a fabulous job! They are by the book in the dive world and very safe.. Plus they're a whole lot of fun to hang with so if you're a diver this is paradise. Diving is extremely cheap here too compared to most other places in the Carribean! (ask Joanie about the sign language for Grouper and get everyone a big laugh.. Ask Jose the sign language for a big shark and get another laugh!)
As far as getting to and from the airport I would recommend having a person find you a cab prior to going you might be able to ask Luna to recommend someone but we didn't do that so I'm not sure if they do that, you can always ask! An airport ride to Luna Beach would be from 15 to 20 bucks but think about it in the states: it's aroud 30 to 50 bucks depending on where you're at. Also, once you get to Luna ask Jimmy the bartender to hook you up with a decent cabby and they'll help you out. Negotiate a better rate by not taking the first cabby that comes along, asking them how much to go where you want to go, and if it's too high decline! Common sense goes a long way here! Use it!
Anyone that likes diving, partying, safety in a 3rd world country, and good company all around, please go to Luna Beach, you won't regret it. However, if you want to stay in a place where there's 40 people working every minute dressed in little white suits and asking what you want to drink every second, go to Cancun because you won't find that in Roatan anywhere. Luna Beach Resort is the best place to stay on Roatan.. If anyone disagrees besides the owner of another resort, please stay somewhere else and you'll come running back!
Another Excellent Trip!!!
I'm shocked at the person before me who had a negative review, I guess it's hard for me to understand how someone could not enjoy Luna, but then everyone's experiences are different but remember it's Honduras folks, and a lot of the things the other review mentioned were not within the resort's control, so not really fair to ding them on!
We had a group of 18 of us there for two weeks, and had been to Luna back in 2004 and loved it. In fact we are going back for two weeks in 2007 where my fiance and I, who incidentally got engaged there this year are tying the knot. The sunsets from the dock, and also from the balcony are breathtaking. They put Key West's to shame, and thats saying a lot!!
Out of our group of 18 there were zero complaints, only positive comments. We all LOVE the resort, and we have high expecations, so if we did have issues, I'd say so. However we do understand it is a caribbean island, so things like the occasional island power outage and such don't bother us in the least. As long as we have great service, great accomodations and enjoy ourselves we are happy! And we were definitely happy this trip and can't wait to return!
It's only a short walk (10 minutes at most.. and I tend to amble pretty slow ) into town. Yes its dark at night but that is why you take a flashlight, or often the moonlight is plenty... plus the stars are gorgeous!!. The slight walk is one of the things that makes Luna great, in that you are close to all the nightlife but just enough distance away to have privacy. You could get a cab if you want, but heck, being a desk jockey at work, its nice to get some excercise so we enjoyed the walk. You could also get a water taxi into West End or back in the daytime for about $1.50 a person.
The pool is definitely an adequate size, I challenge folks to find any big olympic size pools on the island, they just don't exist. Most resorts have no pool, Luna is one of the few with one which was one of the reasons we chose the resort in 2004. We would take our floats in there and just chill out if we didn't feel like straying too far from the bar. Though many days we'd go and float off the dock in the ocean instead.
There is beachfront in front of the resort with chairs you can lay out on, and you can hop a short water taxi over to West Bay beach. West Bay beach is nicer, but you are isolated over there at night and its a pricey taxi into town.
You can also snorkel right off the beach at Luna, I saw a whole bunch of lobster and even an octopus!! There is a reef right at the end of the beach which our friends snorkeled several times. Luna also has an onsite dive shop and takes out divers (and snorkelers too for $5 if the dive area is shallow) three times a day.
There is also a restaurant on site and bar. We found the bartenders more than friendly, but then we were real friendly to them as well and would hang out with them too when they weren't working. Hiram makes some great frozen drinks!!!! Though my spanish is miniscule I had no problem with the politeness of the cleaning staff either. I think i kept saying 'Hola' a couple weeks after I got back!!
There are a couple of different types of accomodations, beach cabanas, tropical houses and premium houses. Our group rented a mix of cabanas and premium houses. The cabanas are beach front with porches and hammocks out front. The houses are on the hillside and are enormous! Ours had four large air conditioned bedrooms, enormous decks with hammocks, a dining / full kitchen and living area. We loved it and I've already reserved my same house for next year!!!
If you read their website it lets you know what to bring, such as a beach towel and hair dryer. Small resorts on islands like these (and Ambergris Caye, Belize is similar) aren't like the Marriott where you have the hairdryer and such in the room, and can handle beach towels being lost or taken. Their towels were really nice quality so I understand why they can't afford them to disappear. Heck, Carnival charges you $20 if you lose your towel on a cruise!
As for the $20 cab ride mentioned in the other review, I guess I negotiated better as ours was $5 per person to and from the airport. Cab drivers are independant operators so just be sure to negotiate with them up front or they can gouge you, no matter where you are staying. We had no problems with the bottled water either and were there two entire weeks. I guess everyone's experience is different but if you look at the majority of the reviews they are overwhelmingly positive. I HIGHLY recommend Luna Beach if you enjoy somewhere that is laid back, with great folks running the resort, great accomodations, privacy but also being close enough to all the nightlife and action in town. Thats why we'll have an even bigger group going back next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Andrea in Atlanta
Absolutely do Not recommend
Contrary to most of the other reviews, my girlfriend and I had a terrible experience. We stayed for a total of 4 nights. Because the resort does not have a shuttle service from the airport, each roughly 15 minute trip to and from the airport cost us $20. Upon our arrival, the woman at the checkin counter could not find our reservations. Checking in ended up taking close to 30 minutes. Other complaints include....
1) Unfriendly bartender and cleaning staff.
2) No usable beach. The beach in front of the resort is used as a road.
3) A 20 minute walk into town through the pitch black if you want anything past 6.
4) DO NOT USE THE PUBLIC TELEPHONE TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL CALLS USING A CREDIT CARD. I ended up with a $39.91 charge on my credit card for a >1 minute call to the U.S.
5) Beach towels are not provided. You must rent them from the resort for a charge.
6) The swimming pool is a joke. It is about 15 feet by 20 ft.
7) Fresh water is provided for drinking/brushing teeth, etc. Our bottle of fresh water was filled with tiny black bugs.
Luna Beach Resort - Awesome vacation
We just returned from a fantastic week at Luna Beach Resort. There were 8 in our party - 4 kids (20, 17, 16, 13) and 4 adults. We rented a 4 bedroom house which gave us plenty of space for everyone - each room was air-conditioned, had a king size bed and it's own bathroom. The house was immaculate and maid service was provided daily. They even did the breakfast dishes for us one day when we didn't get a chance to do them. There is a full kitchen along with a washer and dryer, which we used daily for our beach towels. The main area of the house is not air conditioned, but had a nice breeze when you opened the front and back doors and turned on the ceiling fans. There were 3 screened porches, one off of the upstairs bedroom, and one in both the front and back of the house. The main porch had two hammocks and 2 patio tables with chairs. The porch off of the kitchen also had a table, and served as a great spot to leave our wet gear from diving. They also deliver 5 gallon jugs of water to the house to use for drinking.
The grounds around Luna Beach are breathtaking. All the houses sit onside the hill, surrounded by lush vegetation. It is very quiet and private, with the resort situated some distance from anything else, yet just a short 10 minute walk into the town of West End. There is a nice bar and restaurant, along with a pool and large deck area. The food was very good and reasonably priced. If you are looking for a place with lots of parties, this would not be the place for you. It was very quiet and low-key, which is exactly what we were looking for.
We spent most of the week diving with the dive shop at the resort. The staff was terrific, the equipment we rented (BC's and regulators) was in excellent condition and everyone was very safety concious. The dive boat was large and covered, and many times our family was the only one on the dive trips. They do 3 dives a day, at 9. 11 and 2. My two older kids got their Advanced Certification that week and loved their instructors Tim and Andrea. The dive sites were amazing and usually only a short 5-10 minutes from the resort.
We made our reservations through the resorts' US toll free number, and Debbie was terrific at answering questions and giving information. Her dad actually owns the resort in Roatan, and she has been there numerous times, so she can give first hand information.
This trip was easily the most relaxing vacation we have taken - no TV, no phone, no computer. I can't think of a better way to spend 8 days!
3rd Worl Charm and great Divivng
If you like to Dive .. Eat.. And Party ... This is the place
Exceptional DiveMasters .. Good Boats .. Good Air
Good Food .. Get The Breakfast and Lunch package and go out on the town for dinner then drinks. ( Eitheir West End to the South, Or West Bay to the North ) and you are guaranteed a good time. (Easy Walking distance)
The Owner Chuck actually cares that you have a good time.
Don't forget to ask Jimmy Brooks the Bartender why he loves turtles so much?
Simply the Best
This resort is simply the best I've ever seen on Roatan. Compared to any of the others, it's no contest!! The rooms are big, clean and superbly-appointed. It's far nicer than I ever imagined! (and I have a -great- imagination - ask my husband!)
When I was researching it, I found their website to be extremely helpful and informative. Debbie was really on the ball with information when I wrote to them. Google them up, they're easy to find. The DiveMaster's blog really gives you a feel for the place - and there's a -ton- of pictures in their gallery and on their Flickr page (linked off the blog)
By the time I got there, I felt like I'd had a complete and -very- intimate tour of the Resort and met all the staff! No one else goes to this much trouble to show their resort on Roatan. No one!
Their Guestbook was what finally convinced me.
People were OBVIOUSLY thrilled with the place.
I can't wait to go back!!
I wanted to give you my view of Luna Beach. My wife and I normally visit the more established Caribbean Islands, where we stay at good resorts.
This was to be our first visit to Roatan and I admit we had no idea what we were getting into. After arriving and being settled into our house at Luna Beach, we were went in search of the beach bar, so that we could celebrate one of the best vacation decisions we've made in ages.
The resort is really beautiful. It is about a ten minute walk from the tourist village, where we shopped, had some meals visited more beach bars to celebrate. The restaurant at Luna Beach and the bar were both open until late.
I will say that the beach at Luna Beach is nice, but West Bay Beach was in our opinion the best beach on the island. We hailed a water taxi, which took us to West Bay Beach for a couple of US $. The week spent on Roatan was wonderful and we will definately return to Luna Beach and to Roatan.
We also booked through Tropicalrez and they spent a lot of time with us on the phone, talking us through the different areas on the island, and the options available in each. I thought that they were extremely knowledgable about the island and the resorts and they placed us in the resort that was perfect for us.
We don't agree with the post of the other guest, who didin't enjoy their time at Luna Beach. But everyone's tasts are different and that is what makes the world interesting.
I would really recommend Luna Beach to you, but maybe it isn't the right resort for you. Chat to Rodi or Sandra (the only two I spoke to) at Tropicalrez.com before you make your decision - tell them what you are looking to get out of your vacation and I am sure they'll place you somewhere that fits.
Rob & Sara
Did not like it at all
I have to disagree with the other reviews. We stayed at Luna Beach Resort for our honeymoon this August, and left after two days because we could not stand it. I admit that we did not go there for diving, but Roatan is recommended for snorkelers and beachgoers, too. The first thing is that the hotel does not have a shuttle service, which one might expect for a $100 per night hotel. We arrived in the evening around 7, and well, the bar and restaurant were closed. This turned out to be an every day thing, and is not what you expect on a honeymoon. (One of the barkeepers told us that the American owner does not trust the local workers and this is why it closes so early) Also, we noticed a really bad smell, which supposedly comes from mosquito spraying, but my guess it comes from all the feces in the parrot cage (although I admit I never went to close to that cage). The biggest problem became apparent when we got up the next morning: Luna Beach does not have a beach. The small strip in front of the hotel is used as a road, and plenty of vehicles passed right in front of my toes (see pics of beach). It is true that you can walk to West End, but once you come back to Luna (after walking 10 minutes on a pitch black beach road), there is zero things to do. No drinks at the bar, and a fridge to rent is 5$ a day. Fed up, we left after two days and found a new, clean place in West Bay. Luna Beach's owner, however, refused to refund us for the time we did not stay at the hotel, and he probably even cashed in the money twice with new guests. I had booked with TropicalRez, and while Sandra was friendly, they said that there was nothing they could for us (I would think that since a lot of booking comes through them, they should have means to pressure a resort that treats people this way). Well, these are the disadvantages of booking online, where most places now try to charge you upfront. If you don't like the place, you're stuck. It took me three months to get to writing this because we used to live in New Orleans and our house just got destroyed. I also want to add that we're laid back and in our twenties, and like to hang out. TropicalRez now does not even respond to my emails anymore. Thus, I cannot recommend Luna Beach, nor TropicalRez. Go elsewhere!
Luna Beach was perfect for us
This was our first trip to Roatan and the purpose was for our daughter's wedding. I did A LOT of research prior to chosing Luna Beach because our requirements were narrow in that not only did we have my immediate family of four, but also had my mother and mother-in-law traveling with. So, my requirement was for a larger house, I wanted to do some diving, and after looking at the lay of the land, decided I wanted to be close to, but not in West End, but with easy access to West Bay for the beach. Well, I just described Luna Beach Resort!
We chose house #10, which is a beautiful, 4 BR, 4 BA, premium house with breathtaking views over the Caribbean. Two master suites w/king beds flank a open living/dining/kitchen area. Upstairs there is one queen bedroom with a fabulous balcony facing the ocean, and another queen suite. This set up was perfect for us. If you are looking to get away from it all, but be within reach of good restaurants and nightlife, this is the place for you. Oh, it also had a washer and dryer, which we used a lot.
They have a nice bar area which is the hub of activity for dining, lounging around the pool, or relaxing after a dive. The folks are very laid back and as courteous as you could ask for. Food is good, but not great. I recommend any of their chicken sandwiches or burgers, but the rest is average. No worries because West End is a short walk along the beach and there is plenty of variety there.
The Dive shop is top-notch and the instructors are exceptional. I did a refresher course with Nicole and my son got his open water certificate. To dive with him for the first time was a once in a life time memory and I couldn't have asked for a better group of folks to share that with.
OK, so I know, pretty much all blue chip so far. But guess what, there is no downside! Well, maybe one. It would have been nice to have a Luna Beach Shuttle at the airport. Not a big deal, however, as taxis are abundant. It shouldn't cost more than $25 to get from the airport to Luna. To have this inclusive with your Luna package would be a nice touch.
If you have never been to the Bay Islands before, there are some things to prepare for.
1. mosquitos and sand flys are a problem. Bring bug repellent; you'll use a lot.
2. Taxi cabs. Like most of Central/South America, they are abundant and eager for your business. Negotiate your price up front, however. Duh!
3. Don't fight the local customs. When you arrive, let the islanders handle your bags, get you a taxi, and do other service related things; and tip appropriately. Don't be the ugly American.
4. Be sensitive to their culture and keep your tongue in check. What you may think is a joke will probably offend a local (the ugly American thing again).
5. Most importantly, RELAX. You're probably a taking a well deserved vacation, so enjoy it. The folks at Luna Beach will ensure you do.
Would I book with Luna again? Absolutely!
Luna Beach Fan
Loved Luna Beach
I had such a good time in Roatan in April, I decided to go back in May! Last time I stayed at Anthony's Key Resort (See review under that heading), this time I stayed in West End Town at Luna Beach. Beautiful resort in a prime location. It is a five minute walk to the center of West End Town. The resort sits on a prime stretch of beach. The rooms were large and clean and had a hammock on the porch. The owner "Mr. Chuck" and one of his daughters, Debbie made me feel right at home. The dive operation is top notch. Not quite as hard core dive oriented as AKR but still very good! The food at the resaurant was very good and the portions, HUGE. The Supreme nachos can feed two easily. Jimmy Brooks behind the bar mixes a mean Monkey Lala. He also took me on a tour of the island all the way out to Punta Gorda for $40.00 US. He is well known and respected on the island. He even got up at 5 AM to take me to the airport ($20.00 US) He was on time and I had no doubt he would be! He also has a nickname...DR. Cool! This resort is quiet and beautiful. It would be a perfect location for couples, singles or families who want seclusion, but at the same time want to be able to walk to town for drinks/dinner. The resort is also a 2 minute walk to the Black Pearl Bar...which is a pearl to be sure. Find out what night the band is playing and what night the toga party takes place.....grab a bed sheet!!!! I'll be happy to answer any and all questions. Email me at Pdmargie@aol.com