Luna Beach Resort
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... Lodge. Talked to the staff and they said that they had a room that would be opening up in the morning. They asked someone staying if I could poke my head in and look at the rooms and I liked what I saw so decided to jump at this opportunity. I would be able to come back around noon the next day and check in right before heading out on my dive.
With the hard work taken care of it was time to relax and enjoy ...
... Robyn & Mark anyway). I went to the doctors in the morning and put my name on a list, and told to come back at 2.30pm. The orientation part of the dive course was at 2, so I joined in before I went to the docs, just incase he said yes. I went for my 2.30 appointment and left the others watching their boring theory videos about how to use the diving equipment. The doctor showed up at 4pm. Apparently the football game that was on that afternoon got ...
... soon realized that my discomfort with closed quarters, while breathing through hoses in deepwater was not up my alley. I'm glad I gave it a shot, but happy to call myself a life-long snorkeler. We have included a number of pictures of us and our underwater adventures! We enjoyed getting to know a variety of people - both travelers and locals - from all over the world. A number of the restaurants we went to, if not owned by locals, were owned by ...
... like night diving, diving deeper and wreck diving - AWESOMENESS!!
- If you’re cheap then its Baleadas all the way. These can be as little as $0.50 (10 LMP) each for a “Baleada Sencilla” which has only bread, refried beans and cheese. You may need 2 of these to fill you up, or for $1.50-$2.50 (30-50 LMP) you ...
The first day we circumnavigated the island and the second day of diving we are on our way to our 4th dive site I formed that opinion, surprising myself. "Black Hills", a bommie, was very interesting. There's good coral cover and high diversity. The fish populations were good, too, but that might be the case because it's a pinacle (35' minimum). Among the predators, I saw a striped marlin (confirmed by captain), which is exciting; I din't expect ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Luna Beach Resort West End
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!
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!
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....
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.
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?
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!)
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!
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!
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