Unfortunately, I have to agree in most parts with the traveller from Moses Lake, Washington who posted a first review titled "Save your money, stay elsewhere". But lets start off with the good things first: the place is in a nice location right at the shore and in very nice condition. The rooms are spacious and clean, although do not expect phone service or TV. Rooms do have a refrigerator and are fully air-conditioned with a private patio and a hammock. The service staff, maids and handyman are very friendly, shy but forthcoming. They all seem to be young local people fresh out of school trying to make a living. The owners are a english couple, who try to be friendly, too. However, I always had the feeling that their friendliness is just a commercial necessity. I just didn't really warm up to them. The food is mediocre at best, very monotonous. There is a dinner menu you can chose from in the morning which has about 3 to 4 dishes. Yet, you order fish of the day 2 nights in a row and you get tuna until there is no more left. The advertised lobster is still hiding at the bottom of the sea. The whale sharks is another story, although we were searching for them at "high-season" 6 hours minimum a day, we didn't encounter any of them. Well, life is tough and I don't hold that against the resort. However, the 50 year old boat, that broke down on our way back to the airport, is just ridiculous.
Now, the divemasters the owner works with were fantastic, intelligent, funny people I would go on a dive with in a blink of an eye. Thanks to Nora and Jeff. However, the pay is lousy if not non existent. But that's supply and demand, if they are ok with that, I don't mind it. All in all, to me it seemed that the owners overstretched financially when undertaking this venture and now don't have the means to actually live up to their quality promise. The prices for the quality are absolutely not adequate. On top of things you are urged to tip a certain amount for the service staff which tells me they don't get paid well either. If the owners would just be a little more reasonable and wouldn't oversell their promises, it would be an ok location for budget travellers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- PADI Resort and an all inclusive scuba diving vacation venue. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Deep Blue Resort Utila Hotel Utila
- Deep Blue Hotel Utila
- Deep Blue Utila