Palmetto Bay Plantation
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While we hiked to and from Marbella Beach last evening, we noticed that there didn't seem to be any "adopt-a-beach" or other clean up programs to remove debris likely from the cruise ships or the mainland Honduras, that washed ashore from the shoreline past our resort's beach. It could be because we were quite isolated from "civilization" on this …
After peering out the window at blue sky and blue ocean for two and a half hours we approached The Island of Roatan. Situated 35 miles north of mainland Honduras, the approach to Roatan's single runway airport gave us an aerial view of the popular West End and West Bay areas we would be visiting later in our trip. The runway is situated adjacent to …
What was once a pirate's island occupied by some of the infamous pirates including good old Henry Morgan and Blackbeard, this Island was used as a supply base for buccaneers raiding the Spanish territories. The British military took control and their presence has remained here until 1982. Roatan is located between the islands of Utila and Guanaja …
Amazing drinks, good memories, gorgeous sunsets, glorious sunrises, and great swimming... I would call it a good summer.
... to charter a smaller boat to take us on an island tour and do some snorkeling. The trip was really great. We snorkeled Spooky Channel (which is a portion of reef that drops from roughly 20 feet deep to well over 200. The extremely deep blue below made it eerie to swim over. We picked up starfish, played with kittens on a small island and got dropped off on a portion of beach that was completely untouched by man. ...
How has this resort rated in the past?
- Shuttle bus service
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Palmetto Bay Plantation is a great spot on the north coast of Roatan away from it all. The grounds are full of tropical plants and trees and the beach is pristine. The villas are open-air Balinese-Style, but could be closed up and air conditioned if needed. Our Villa was spacious enough for 6 with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a full kitchen. We could have eaten in, but the restaurant was not to be missed. The menu had a good selection of various cuisines, and the Key Lime Pie was fresh and amazing! I would go back, and I would recommend this property to anyone who is looking to get away from the tourist areas of Roatan and relax!
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I'd been traveling to Roatan for years, and thought this wonderful Bay Island was a secret paradise known only to divers. Just about a year ago, I "discovered" Palmetto Bay Plantation, after a friend mentioned to me that this north shore community of private homes had the "biggest, best, and finest" beach on the whole island, with calm bay waters, and a relatively unexplored reef.
Fabulous Place to go!
My Husband and I have just returned from a wonderful Honeymoon.
Although we have been married for over 5 years we had never taken a proper Honeymoon.
Palmetto Bay resort was more perfect for our break than I could ever hoped for. The Accommodations were great and the resort was breathtaking, Landscaped beautifully and the beaches were pristine and secluded.
The people who worked at the resort were both friendly and provided great service. We would love to go back anytime. Pictures does not do it justice and we can only say that the snorkeling there was unbelievable.
Lastly the cost was great, We felt as though we had a "5 Star" holiday for a great bargain.
Our thanks and good wishes to everyone at Palmetto Bay!
S& G Meates
Although my wife have travelled the world, we continue to return to Palmetto Bay Plantation about every 2 years. This newly developed, quiet but beautiful resort is mid-island - away from the bustle of the West End, but now easily accessible by a reasonable coastal road in just 20 minutes. Incredible reef right off the beach. This is true paradise - not manufactured or Disney-fied. You can easily experience real island life by just walking down the beach and being friendly with the locals in this area. Palmetto Bay is the Gem of Roatan.
Incredible beachside resort - Palmetto
We spent a week at the beautiful Palmetto Bay Plantation - could have been more! Our family of five spent hours on the private beach and swimming pool. The snorkeling in the bay seemed untouched and very private. The open aired restaurant serves great food and a wonderful variety of live music on the weekends. The fresh lobster and steak is a must.
The beach houses are well designed and roomy with full kitchens. The trees, gardens and melody of birds make for a truely unique and relaxing atmosphere. Because it is a smaller resort you are able to get to know the personal staff and managers who made our stay very enjoyable. We felt like we were not too far from the main attractions on the island.
It is a place to remember!!!!!
Quiet Location, Inviting Restaurant
Have lived here over a year now and love the people - especially Gary and Cecilia - they always make you feel so welcome, entertainment at the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays is Great! Not a pool person but the pool and beach are very popular here. A quiet retreat, not for an action type vacation - you will enjoy for a uncomplicated but top of the line environment to rest and relax.
We just returned from 8 days at Palmetto Bay and had a wonderful trip. The property is lovely, the houses were clean and well equipped, and the staff were very helpful (especially Cecilia, Larry and Luis). There were nine of us, including one baby, and they were very accommodating in meeting our needs. The restaurant and bar were very good, and we were able to cook our own meals as well. Lots of fun activities on the island, and the folks at Palmetto Bay recommended an excellent Dive Shop (Subway Watersports). It's helpful to have a rental car as Palmetto Bay is a bit remote, but we took many daytrips to West End (fun/touristy area), West Bay (nice beach) and Coxen Hole (bank, grocery store, fish market). There is a beautiful/isolated beach, horseback riding, a great Canopy Tour nearby, and excellent snorkeling just off the resort's shore. The bugs were definitely an issue but we weren't bothered when we used repellent or cactus juice (were very bothered when we didn't). This is not a five-star type hotel, more like independent houses with resort amenities-a terrific place for families or large groups.
The Charming Resort
We arrived in a hotel in Roatan's Westbay and decided to look for another more quiet place. Fortunately we found Palmetto Bay Plantation by local recommendation. Coming from Old Europe we must say that this resort was exactly what we expected: a quiet and friendly place, very comfortable bungalows, great beach, clear waters, good drinks and excellent food. If you expect a five star hotel than you are completely wrong. If you expect caribian nature, only a handful people and a friendly athmosphere than you found the right place. We will come back from Germany!
I've been traveling to Roatan for about 25 years now. I've seen it grow, and I was there when there were no Spanish speaking people at all. The island was in the hands of the British for some time, but today Spanish and English is spoken everywhere. I remember the first hotel I visited, very basic, no A/C, and it was easier to get there by boat than by car.
Palmetto Bay Plantation is not a hotel or resort, it is an unfinished real-estate development where they rent out your holiday home to tourists for you when you have bought it. We visited in January 2005, out of season, and were underwhelmed. The food was mediocre, even by American standards ("Lunch special - hotdogs and fries") and the winelist amounted to a choice between red or white. As mentioned in the previous review, the insect life is voracious, though I don't suppose that is anybody's fault. On the plus side, the snorkelling on the reef beyond the beach was really excellent. We borrowed the sea-cycle to get out beyond the seaweed and moored on a buoy by the reef itself which was a great way to do it. Unfortunately they only have the one sea-cycle so what happens at peak times when other guests want to use it, I do not know. The development is very isolated and unless you have a car, you are a $30 taxi ride away from any alternative sources of food or entertainment. However, you do get a mile or so of white sandy caribbean beach to yourselves which can't be bad.
We just returned from a one week stay at Palmetto Bay Plantation. While the villas were perfect and the grounds were beautiful and the staff was friendly and accommodating... the bugs thought so too. Now I know that one should expect bugs, but the severity of the problem was not adequately expressed to us, despite direct questioning prior to booking. We had a local doctor tell us once we arrived that we should have in fact taken the anti-malaria medication, specifically because of our accomodations location. I am not talking about a few annoying bug bites, I am talking about 100's of itching swollen bug bites, despite thorough and repetitive applications of 100% deet and cactus juice.