We spent the first two weeks of May as guests of Sue and John at Hobbies Hideaway in Sandy Bay, Roatan. The facilities and atmosphere are exactly as described in so many of the reviews. The setting is very relaxed and easy going. On the mornings we were not rushing off to go diving, we had a leisure coffee on the beach. Mornings are the best time to go snorkelling on the reef immediately in front of Hobbies. John took the time to take us out and give us a tour of some of his favourite spots on the reef.
Sue provides an unofficial concierge service. She ordered us a rental car, helped up plan an island tour, directed us to the best grocery store and told what the taxi fair should be (occasional you have to negotiate with the taxi drivers). Taxi's were inexpensive and passed by the end of Hobbies laneway at regular intervals. After a day touring the island, diving, or hanging out at West Bay, we'd come back to Hobbies, pick up a couple of cold brews (the local beer is excellent) and head out to the end of the pier where the steady breeze keeps the heat in check and the sand flies at bay.
In the afternoon and evening the activity at the bar and restaurant picks up with a mix of locals and expats. We met some of the regulars, who, like our hosts were great people, generous and fun. Other times, we sat by ourselves at the back of the restaurant, reading, or enjoying a leisure beverage while watching the sunset. John and Sue made a point of ensuring that we treated the restaurant like an extension of the apartment.
There are only two apartments, both off the bar/restaurant facing the beach. The apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen and we made many of our own meals. However, when we needed a break, or wanted something special, Hobbies Sunshine Cafe has great food. They have everything from burgers, to spaghetti, to lobster tails (we had that twice). They served a local Mothers Day supper that was excellent. Prices were very reasonable and portions are large. If you ask, Sue will match your meal with a nice wine.
Free internet allowed us to keep on top of things back home including the election and playoff hockey. John even put the hockey game on the big screen above the bar (This was certainly appreciated as I don't know that John is a big hockey fan).
We had a great vacation at Hobbies and Roatan in general. John and Sue are excellent hosts. I would have no problem recommending this place to others.
Steve, Anne, Ben & Dave
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Sandy Bay,just off the main road on a secluded beachfront area that is quiet and tranquil. The white sand beach parallels the reef and inside the Roatan Marine preserve . Here is a pristine reef system with a abundance of tropical fish and corals within swimming distance from your accommodations Hobbies Hideaway offers affordable prices and a excellent location. Close to West End for the night life,bars and restaurants yet far enough away not to hear the bands at night. Coxen Hole has the new supermarkets and sovenier shops. Best prices on the island just a taxi ride away. $2.00 a person ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hobbies Hideaway Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands