The Roatan Arrival

Trip Start Aug 04, 2011
Trip End Aug 13, 2011

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The Resort at Palmetto Bay Roatan
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Thursday, August 4, 2011

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 the ocean and the angle of approach leads you to believe you may be landing in the water as dry land stays hidden until just before touch down..  Thanks to a smooth,organized flight from Continental, we arrived safely, and were immediately greeted by the extreme humidity that the Bay Islands are known for.  The 88 degree temperature with 80% humidity was actually a bit of a relief considering we had been experiencing 105 - 107 degree heat at home in Austin. 

Once through customs, we quickly gathered our bags and located the driver that would be transferring us to our first resort, Palmetto Bay Plantation.  Our driver was very courteous and offered to stop at the supermarket so we could stock up on food and drinks before arriving at such an isolated resort. It was a bit of a rough ride as we climbed the hills that run down the spine of the island, but the views from the top were magnificent!  We emerged from the jungle at our destination and were greeted by Eric, the restaurant bartender, with a round of Rum Punches.  The cold, sweet drink was just what we needed after our dirt road journey across the island.  Eric passed us off to Runey for a quick tour of the resort before checking us in and escorting us to our Luxurious Balinese-Style Villa.  We found out that many of the villas are privately owned and pay a management fee for the resort to manage the booking and cleaning.  Approaching the large villa with a wrap-around porch, I was sure that it would be divided into two separate accommodations, but it was all for us.  With 2 bedrooms,2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, dining, and living room, and the wrap around porch with partial view of the ocean, all we could say was "wow"! The open air Balinese design, combined with the ceiling fans kept us comfortable, even in the heat of the day.  Although the villas seem to be about 50 feet apart, you feel as though you are in your own private jungle with all the tall dense tropical landscaping and animal-life that surrounds the units.

After familiarizing ourselves with our unit we stepped out onto the deck for some peaceful observation of our surroundings. Relaxing in the hammock, we saw them! We had our own colony of bats roosting near the top of the outside wall of our covered porch.  We sized each other up, but quickly came to an understanding.  Let's just leave each other alone.

We  headed to dinner at the resort restaurant, set back just a short distance from the ocean.  This is the only place to eat while staying at the resort unless you utilize the cabin's kitchen, rent a vehicle, or take a taxi into town.  Although most of the menu items looked appetizing, we enjoyed our selections of the Spicy Jalapeno Red Snapper and the Asian Noodles with Shrimp.  During dinner we heard a sea plane land off our beach and began to dream about what life down here would be like.  We dined next to Brent and Julie from Los Angeles, California, one of the couples that had shared the shuttle with us to the resort.  It was relieving to learn that they are experienced divers and to hear their experiences prior to us taking our first breaths underwater. 

After dinner, and eager to catch our first Roatan sunset, we headed to the fine sanded beach and a 100 yard long pier ending with a quaint palapa.  We gazed towards the horizon a bit from within the palapa before trekking down the beach for a better view.  Our short hike took us to the beautiful, palm-lined Marbella Beach.  We had it all to ourselves.  The sunset was absolutely gorgeous, and we managed to snap a couple great shots of it before it quickly disappeared into the Caribbean.  It was a great end to a great day!

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Dawn Peffer on

Beautiful pictures! Looks like a great time.

Steph Lee on

Beautiful pictures Chris! The resort is gorgeous... can't wait to see/read more!

chrismyers on

Thanks Dawn! Thanks Steph! More to come!

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