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“Anniversary Trip” 4 of 5 stars
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Palmetto Bay Plantation
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Carretera Ms Vecinal, Palmetto Bay, Crawfish Rock, IB3100, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #34 of 41 Hotels in Roatan
Boston
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Anniversary Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

My wife and I decided to visit Roatan for our 1-year anniversary and split our lodging among a couple of different venues. Palmetto Bay was our first stop for three nights.

Location:
Palmetto Bay is in a pretty secluded and less developed are of Roatan. This is both a good and a bad thing. On one side of the coin, you are away from the hustle and bustle of civilzation and days are very tranquil. The other side of that coin is that the rest of the island is not readily accessible. While it's nice they have a dive shop and restaurant on site, it's a respectable trip (at $15 a pop) in their van on winding dirt roads to reach even the closest civilization (about 20 minutes).

Grounds/Facilities:
The grounds are beautifully kept with a nice jungle rustic decor. The beach side is plentiful with a enjoyable Pallapa stretching off the beach. The food was acceptably priced and modestly good, but not great. There's no gym or anything like that, and the pool is modest as well. I can't speak for the dive shop because it's a small shop that's often vacant/closed if they have a trip scheduled. As it were, we were never able to set up any activities with them, so it's recommended to do that in advance. The real killer here is the bugs. The sand fleas/flies are merciless. I think in their green efforts, they attempt to avoid spraying the grounds. Mosquitoes can be quite a menace as well. This is to be expected if you stay on the jungle coast. During the offseason they offer lots of incentives to mainland Hondurans to vacation there or else it is completely dead. You'll often see large families weekend there.

Lodging:
The room was spacious and way more than we needed. It was a gorgeous building with many modern amenities. It's important to note that AC is an extra $40/day surcharge. It's possible to manage without it, but depends on the time of year.

Overall, I'd say Palmetto is a nice find at an affordable price. I wouldn't promote it as a romantic getaway. The bug problem hinders the prospect of romance. This would be a nice place to go with several friends however.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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tucson,az
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Just returned from a fantastic stay at Palmetto Bay Planation-9/1/12-9/8/12. Treated to a huge 'bouganvillea' unit for just my husband and myself. Nicely appointed 3 bed, 2 bath unit and can certainly see all the potential for great friends and family times! We headquartered ourselves (when not in the water or at the restuarant) in the masterbedroom suite--clean and comfy. Had it been another time of year I know we would have made more use of the fabulous design features that cool the rooms via the high ceilings, numerous shutters and sliding doors opening to the deck, but coming from a long, hot summer in Arizona we enjoyed the bedroom air conditioning.

Now, the staff: Eric, Ivan, Tricia, Darren, Mario, Marilyn, Maritza, Emily, Cecilia--all superb. Enjoyed fresh fish at leash twice a day, fresh fruit, Honduran style breakfast, fruit juices,great drinks from the bar! What more can a couple of old 'boomers' like ourselves hope for?! Low season, and had one unbelieveable evening where Palmetto may have been down to about 4 guests (before a new and nice small group of Honduran families checked in), and that was the night Eric arranged a splendid romantic dinner on the beach---yes, table for two set up on the beach with tiki torches, hibiscus, heart drawn in sand. You can't make this stuff up! Thank you Eric for a special 12th anniversary dinner we shall long remember. If you opt for this special treat you can order anything from a lovely dinner menu--including the lobster!

Beach is lovely, yes, the bugs bite but bring your 'OFF' and we found that worked very well.....sit on a beach lounge and not in the sand (with 'bug dope' of your choice) and you'll survive with a few welts to show the folks at home. My dearest friend thought to include little beach shoes in my birthday gift this year and I wore those things faithfully. The beach has 'beach grass' (it's pretty and green like an underwater lawn), but if don't don't like the sensation of walking on something other than sand, the little beach shoes are great. Did lots of swimming off the dock on the resort property....jump off there and no grass--just lovely water. Subway Sports Dive Shop on property I'll review separately--more fantasic folks there as well!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort McMurray, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I just returned from attending a wedding at Palmetto Bay. We rented Casa Sunburst which was a lovely property, however, not really set up for short term rentals as there are no "basic staples", i.e, salt, pepper, spices, etc. Otherwise the kitchen is well stocked with utensils and appliances. Also it would have been nice to be able to use the washer and dryer at the property - Emily offered her staff to do laundry but with a washer and dryer in the unit, it would have been more convenient to do our own. The staff here are second to none and the wedding was a beautiful affair with all our needs taken good care of. Cecilia and her staff are wonderfully attentive. Special acknowledgement to Emily for her great attitude and willingness to go the extra mile. The only downside - the biting insects...

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

If you are looking for a off the road place to get away, go to Palmetto Bay. They have spectacular staff (kudos to Emily and Eric) with beautiful reefs for snorkeling/diving two minutes out. The villas are well equipped, clean, and very peaceful.

We got there mid-week and it was quite tranquil. We had a bit more people on the weekend, but nothing like the big resorts on the other side of the island. Pre-order your lunch and dinner and the food will be ready for you on time. Stop by the supermarket with the driver on your way in and you can get pretty much anything you need to complement eating at the restaurant.

The bugs are a force to be reckoned with but just wear bugspray and long sleeves/pants after 4pm (I have lived here for years and it is the only failsafe option). Try to stay inside around dusk and inside screened areas or around the main lodge afterwards where you can find a nice sea breeze.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mill Valley, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

We spent 8 days here in the Coconut Villa and loved it. Yes, it is a little out of the way and down a dirt road but out of the way is what we like. I would suggest a car. We had a 4 wheel drive and there were no problems. The villa itself was a beautiful Balinese style. It was well appointed with everything you need, comfy beds, and a perfect size plunge pool in front. The beach is beautiful with soft white sand but unfortunately the water is full of sea grass so we didn't swim off the beach but there is a dock with a large palapa and 4 hammocks and a swimmimg platform a short swim away. We spent most of our time at our pool or on the swim platform. We went diving and snorkling with the dive shop there a few times and they were great. Very knowledgable and professional. Snorkle the wreck . It is AWESOME. The food was quite good and the service was great. (I didn't enjoy the buffets so much but they only have those for breakfast on the week ends.) I found the staff to be so friendly. The waiters and bartenders were great !! Cecelia and the rest of the staff were attentive to our every need. If we asked for something they got right on it. The bugs are a part of Roatan and i must say I have never seen such voracious ones and you never saw them !! 99% deets didn't work that great on them but I did find a natural spray at the pharmacy that was citronella and it worked great. The bites themselves itch for weeks but we got some atarax from the pharmacy and it stopped the itch immediately. We loved Palmetto Bay and felt very safe there and had a wonderful stay there. The Coconut Villa could use a hammock though but I would definately stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is very fare from anything and it takes 39 minut to get to the hotel ón a dirt road which in the rainy season makes it very difficult to get to and from the hotel. Our house rigth ón the Beach was beautiful with our own littel swimmingpool. Which was really good since the Beach is not very inviting due to seaweet and the main swimmingpool serveral days occupied with divers. The resturant extremly slow - up to one hour to serve dinner and breakfast. All in All In a hotel that mainly caters to surfers.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

My wife and I went to Palmetto Bay for our honeymoon last week and we had a great time!
when we arrived cecilia greeted us with a big smile and drinks, and then showed us to our villa and it was beautiful we stayed at the "Casa Sun Burst" it was even better than we saw on the web site and the it's probably the only villa that gives you free air conditioner and direct tv. The staff was pretty awesome, they would go out of there way whenever you asked them for something. The dive shop and the people that work in it were so great! and most of the time it felt like we had a private house on our own private beach. however it wasnt perfect, the bugs were brutal! if you dont have good bug spray you will be eaten alive. The food was a hit or miss, sometimes it was good and other times not so great. They would bring us breakfast to our private pool side deck which was great but a few times they were late bringing us breakfast. sometimes they would run out of food, and they wouldnt get it back for a few days. all in all it was a great vacation we really enjoyed ourselves. we did the honeymoon package and all the activites they planned for us were wonderfull. I highly recommend you do scuba diving at the local dive shop and swimming with dolphines at anthonys key, it was a very nice resort and i would reccomend it for anyone who wants privacey on there vacation and dont like big crowds and crazy night life.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera Ms Vecinal, Palmetto Bay, Crawfish Rock, IB3100, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#17 Top resorts Hotel in Roatan
#21 On the Beach Hotel in Roatan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Palmetto Bay Plantation 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Palmetto Bay Plantation is a natural paradise situated on a sparkling bay, surrounded by a coral reef. Pristine beaches friendly faces and rhythm that allow you to appreciate the natural beauty are your constant companions. From our white sand beach, you can walk for miles and not encounter "modern civilization". See why so many people have chosen to make Palmetto Bay Plantation their vacation destination and why seven major television shows have filmed programs at our resort including "Temptation Island" on Fox TV. ... more   less 
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