Luna Beach was perfect for us A review of Luna Beach Resort
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!
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