Another Excellent Trip!!! A review of Luna Beach Resort
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