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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sandy Bay
New York, New York, United States
1 review
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“exceptional vacation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Just returned from a fantastic week at TS with my girlfriend. We went for the R&R and the diving. I am an amateur diver while she had never dived before! Another couple there was in a similar position. Chris was able to find instructors (Kent and Di - wonderful people and exceptionally knowledgeable dive masters) that catered to all the needs of our motley crew - from diving, to instructions, to an amazing boat trip to Cayos Cochinos.... to food and drink... It was in its own class of luxury travel - enough attention to create a thoroughly customized experience with as much privacy as you need. It was kind of like going on vacation with friends... who take care of everything. I can't speak highly enough of what Chris, Monica, and Paul are doing down in Roatan, in terms of creating a hand-crafted, beautiful, sustainable, vibrant, eco-lodge, a world-class dive service, and in protecting the aquatic habitats. These are genuinely decent people, surrounded by a fantastic community, doing great things, and focused on making sure you have a fantastic trip.

I've traveled over much of the world and have stayed everywhere from dirty hostels to the Four Seasons, and Tranquil Seas is unique. If you like diving and want more than just your average vacation go here - if you're going to complain about bugs and the lack of room service then you don't get it.

Room Tip: Hummingbird is closest to the water - my favorite
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  • Stayed October 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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    5 of 5 stars
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  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

While I didn't stay at the hotel, I dove frequently with the dive shop while staying on Roatan. Good operation, good equipment. A little more expensive than other options, but it's worth it for the resort's proactive commitment to reef conservation. My main DM was Kent, a local who knows the reef from the ground up. This is his backyard, and his knowledge is passionate and inspiring. I also dove with Diane, a highly skilled instructor who turned a blown o-ring at 50ft into a positive learning experience. (Occupational hazard, guys!).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012 via mobile

This is a small resort with excellent staff who went out of their way to makes us feel like family. We went to Roatan for a quiet holiday. Chris and Monica made that happen. The snorkling was great whether from our dock at the lodge or around the island. As has been mention in a previous review, the final day trip to Cayos Cochinos was awesome. I would highly recommend this resort to my friends that dive and to anyone who is seeking a quiet eco friendly lodge.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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South Bend, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This was our second trip to Tranquil Seas. We had excellent dive instruction and outstanding accomodations. The final day trip to Cayos Cochincos was awesome. This is the way to do diving in Roatan! The dive instructors, Kent and Diane, were both rigorous and patient. One of us was quite apprehensive and she came out of the experience loving diving. If you want to avoid the loud, busy atmosphere at main stream resorts this will be the place for you.

Room Tip: We liked tree frog. The view is great. Some of the other rooms are larger.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

What an amazing tiny resort with so much character. Chris and Monica were extremely nice and helpful. Monica is also the best chef I have ever encountered at a resort. Juan was the most interesting and coolest bartender ever too. He helped us with our Spanish over many drinks. Kent was an awesome dive master. Very knowledgeable and flexible.

If you want a big resort with fancy rooms, an expansive spa, a swim up bar, and tons of people, this is not for you. However, if you want a romantic, unique experience with no screaming kids that you will cherish forever, this is for you. I've never been more sad to leave a vacation...

Thank you to everyone at Tranquil Seas for being so great!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Tree Frog and the view was amazing. Basically a tree house.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Look no more Tranquilseas is the place to stay on Roatan. My family of 5 spent a week here in August 2012 and it was glorious! We stayed in the Octopus and it was the perfect mix of quite, comfortable, clean and rustic - ideal for a beach vacation. Tranquilseas is truly about relaxation, snorkeling and diving. There is decent snorkeling right off the dock and you can swim out to the reef where it is rather remarkable. The ocean is clean and warm and could not be better!
Kent, the dive instructor is terrific. He is safety conscious, perceptive and very knowledgeable about the dive sites and sea life. Diving along the reef is absolutely incredible! So much fun!!
Chris and Monica were wonderful hosts. They check in regularly to make sure all your questions are answered and will take excellent care of you. And, Juan in the bar is a real gem.
I've read that people mentioned sand fleas being a problem. We experienced maybe 2 bites each, however, you don't feel them bite and they don't itch whatsoever. So honestly they are not a problem.
I always research thoroughly before booking lodging and Tranquilseas is the perfect family vacation spot.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Don't let my subject line put you off, this place is awesome. However, if you want a traditional hotel experience, keep looking. If you are a savvy traveler and know how to make yourself at home and only need a little guidance along the way, there's no place better than TranquilSeas! We considered a couple other options on the island and after seeing them, we are especially glad to have been at TranquilSeas. The location is ideal. Remote enough, but easily accessible to West End and West Bay. Beautiful, clean, well-kept. And as with any smaller business, the people make all the difference. Chris, Monica, Paul, Alex, Kent, Barry, Juan, Victor, Isabel--I hope I'm not forgetting others (even Scrumpy, P, and Feo) were incredible. They even made my birthday extra special with a TranquilBreezer, amazing paella, and gooey chocolate cake with candle! I really could go on and on about the place, the people, the food, the atmosphere. We did all the requisite traveling around the island and never found a place we loved as much as TranquilSeas. I'll close with a couple of tips: This is probably not a great place for toddlers/little children (lots of stairs) and PLEASE consider bringing school supplies to be donated to schools in need!

Room Tip: View didn't matter to us. If you are in Turtle and you are a light sleeper, keep in mind there w...
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  • Stayed October 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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Address: Cahoon Ridge, Sandy Bay 33166, Honduras
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Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > Sandy Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sandy Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquilseas Eco Lodge, Dive Center, Restaurant & Bar, Roatan - Unique island accommodation & Padi Dive Resort set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, secluded from the hustle and bustle and yet easily accessible to some of the great adventures to be had on Roatan. ... more   less 
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Tranquilseas Eco Lodge And Dive Hotel Sandy Bay
Tranquilseas Eco Lodge And Dive Center Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands

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