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“Relaxing and welcoming” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tranquilseas Eco Lodge and Dive Center

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ONLY $95 PER NIGHT
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Sandy Bay
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Fairbanks, Alaska
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“Relaxing and welcoming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

From the moment that Chris picked us up at airport, we felt welcomed to Roatan and Tranquilseas. The layout of the lodge is breathtaking. It is just like a tree house, as another guest mentioned. We stayed in Hummingbird, but most of our time was spent out on the boat (snorkeling) with Barry and Kent or relaxing in the multiple public areas throughout the lodge. We loved the food (especially since they had vegetarian options for every meal) and the atmosphere. Christmas dinner was a special treat with divine food and fun games.

We spent the second week of our vacation with extended family in Half Moon Bay. Many times I found myself saying, "Chris told us... Kent told us... Monica told us...." I felt as if we had our own personal guides to the island.

Thanks for a great experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Whitby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We searched long and hard for a country and a resort which would offer us beauty, tranquility and culture. Tranquilseas not only delivered but surpassed our expectations. Our stay was from December 29th 2012 through January 5th 2013. Chris the owner was eager to help make our vacation everything we desired and he is a pleasure to spend time with. The staff at Tranquilseas are friendly, laid back and committed to make every experience an enjoyable one. Chris and Monica took us on a boat tour around the island which was a highlight of our stay. It's refreshing to have an owner so invested in protecting the beauty of the country and having such a positive impact on environmental awareness.
The grounds are impeccable with countless spots to kick back and relax. I can't remember the last time I felt that relaxed! We often felt as though we had the place to ourselves. The food is great, the drinks even better!
A tip for divers, wear a full wet suit no matter what the water temp. I unfortunately learned the hard way and suffered multiple stings from juvenile jellyfish on my last day of diving which has made for an unbearably itchy week post trip! Otherwise, the diving was terrific.
All in all, we had a fantastic time and look forward to returning one day. Thanks Chris, Monica, Scott, Kent, Diane and all the staff at Tranquilseas. It was SUPA DUPA!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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 Reviewed January 10, 2013

This year my fiancé and I decided to avoid the chaos that is christmas and head to the sun for a week of relaxation. A work colleague suggested the Caribbean island Roatan due to our shared passion for diving, and we were very lucky in our choice of resort. To be honest we picked Tranquilseas because of its prices but we were both very pleased with the level of service we received at the place. Combine this with reasonably priced food, friendly staff, and some fantastic diving trips in groups as little as 4 and 5 people and maybe you can start to understand why we feel like we hit the jackpot by selecting to stay at tranquil seas. We would definitely recommend this small but beautiful resort to anyone intending to visit Roatan.
(Ps. not a cruise ship in sight, they all dock at the south side of the island, total bliss).

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

I have just spent my second christmas on the Island of Roatan and can honestly say it is the perfect place to escape the winter blues...

I was greeted like an old friend by the staff at Tranquilseas and this is one of the main reasons why i chose to return to the island, Kris & Monica made me feel so at home the first time around. They have expanded the resort in the last two years but the general feel and energy of the place is pretty much the same as i remember, hot, quiet & very very tranquil.

Once again a big thanks to Monica & Kris for making Winter seem so very far away...

We will definetly be back AGAIN for some more Tranquility.

  • Stayed December 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The best way i could describe tranquilseas is Tarzan with sand. The whole place seems to be crafted from wood and covered in layers of exotic jungle plants. All the cabins, sorry, cabanas in the complex are made from some form of wood, so are the walkways, the stairs, the restaurant, the bar, the roofs, the walls, the tables, the chairs, the sun loungers.... even the toilets... : )

The main social area consisted of a semi open air palm leaf roofed bar & eating area which directly overlooks the carribean and opens out onto a large sun terrace where i lost a few hours topping up my xmas tan (hey don't hate, its my little present to myself, a tan in December, always goes down well in my books!)

There's a small swimming pool on the lower floor which is mostly used by the scuba instructors and the trainee mermaids, i'm more of a snorkeller but my wife is a fully qualified bubble blower and believe me, whether you are into scuba or snorkelling Roatan has so many great and easily accessible dive sites to enjoy. One of the Tranquilseas staff named Monacka or Monika tipped me off on the 1st day about a great snorkel point located barely 20 metres from the beach in front of tranquilseas. This site looks like an old crumbled pier and is home to octopus, lobsters, morel eel, and tropical fish of all shapes & colors, and its right on the doorstep of the resort.

Convenient or what?

"mmm? Shall i snorkel before breakfast or shall I snorkel after breakfast?" He He He!

Tranquilseas has got a cozy little bar run by a bubbly local named Scott who seemed to have a smile for everyone. I tried 1 or 3 of his delicious tropical cocktails, if i remember correctly it was the "Monkey LaLa" or was it the banana flavoured ice drink that got the better of me on more than one occasion... (Ps If you get to read this, thanks for the interesting conversation as well Scott, good luck for 2013).

They served a scheduled breaky, lunch and dinner menu offering a variety of reasonably priced dishes. But as already pointed out by some of the previous posters in this thread (gotta love TripAdvisor) for a few dollars you can also jump in a taxi down to a local hot spot for travelling gringos and ex pats called the West End, which although bearing no bloody resemblance to London's Oxford St or Soho, this west end does contain lots of places to eat (some good and some avoidable) and a few bars with LOUD music, so if you fancy a noisy night out away from the Gekos and your hammock, try the west end.

The island seems to be a haven for canine dogs aswell as old sea dogs. The entrance to tranquilseas is along a wee dirt road with hut housing on each side and the neighbourhood dogs like to bark when any one walks past. It made us jump the first couple of nights but dont be scared by all the barking, the dogs are quite harmless, and will bark at any excuse, a great eco friendly security system ensuring that no one can get within 50m of the resort without the dogs sparking up a chorus.( if you bump into a dozy Rottweiler called Macey please please please give her a ice cube from me, what a lovely hound).

The electricity supply for the WHOLE island cut out 3 times during the week we were on the island and it stayed off for about 1-4 hours each time, so do yourself a favour and pack a torch and some batteries alongside that mosquito spray and suntan lotion...

Oh yeah, the name "Mosquito Coast" is truly & aptly earned. Between the mosquitos and the sand flies my arms and feet were devoured. I would advice anyone going to Roatan to look into vitamin B12 supplements that repel the little blood suckers and plenty of garlic in your diet leading up to your trip!

http://mosquitocontrol.lifetips.com/cat/61207/mosquito-prevention/index.html


Overall we had a truly relaxing and recharging stay on Roatan which i personally attribute to a winning combination of the lazy seclusive nature of the tranquil seas resort and the genuinely nice helpful team who work there!

Happy New Year to Scott, Kent, Monacka,Chris, Feo and the anonymous kitchen staff,

Thanks for everything guys!

(Sorry about the size of the tip).

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

My wife and 2 daughters spent 3 days at Tranquil seas before moving to a more commercial resort at West Bay. We should have stayed at Tranquilseas. If you are a diver, it is much less crowded. You might go down on a dive with 4-6 people but so much better than the 20 people going down with you on the other side of the Island. Kent is the diving guide and he is very good, knowledgeable and easy going, like everyone else at TS.
Monica made us wonderful Paella but all of the food is very good and the hang out spots are excellent with beautiful views and quiet.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We just got back from 6 nights at Tranquilseas. Family of 4, scuba diving every day. Very relaxing place to stay...some of the highlights for us: The hangout spots on the deck are great. Diving is easy, and we liked all the divemasters and boat drivers. The reefs right in front of Tranquilseas are incredible. Breakfasts were good, food was good in general. The dinner choices are limited but it was fine for us. The staff are all friendly. We felt safe and generally just relaxed. From what we could tell, Roatan is either backpacker crash pads or over-the-top resorts. Tranquilseas has found a happy medium...Sorry to have to go home!

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) 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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