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“A Paradise Found!” 5 of 5 stars
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“A Paradise Found!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2010

Automobiles, Trains and Planes....a Paradise found
After taking a totally different route along with an Amtrak Train and 26 extra hours to get there we arrived one less suitcase on Roatan. We were met at the airport by Chris and Monica of Tranquil Seas. Chris helped with the delayed bag and Delta. While we were gathering what arrived of our luggage Paul arrived on a different flight got his stuff, then we were off to Tranquil seas and 5 days on the Island. During the drive Chris was speaking to a Hank, and then informed us he would be meeting us later that afternoon back at the hotel. Who was Hank? It was Capitan Hank of the Sunyata; he was coming to discuss the week’s weather with us. We arrived at Tranquil Seas and Chris helped us to the Hummingbird Room with the bags and then let us knows to meet him at the bar when we were ready for a complementary drink. We got our drink and Monica gave us the scoop on how Tranquil Seas is run. A great set up for both the guests, giving them abundant privacy and Chris and Monica, who don’t have to be around 24/7 to ensure everyone has whatever they need. We went for a walk and on our way back were met by Capt. Hank. After discussing the week’s weather with us and Chris, we rearranged our time on and off Island to have the cruise the last three days (best weather window) instead of the middle. Once again, Chris and Monica went out of their way to ensure we had a pleasurable stay on Roatan. Because of the delays in arriving we ate at Tranquil Seas that evening and Monica prepared the best Greek Salad for super. Believe everything you have read about her cooking and then some, she is GOOD! You also have to try her breakfasts, pancakes are awesome and Tapas’ night saw by our estimate 50 or so people attend, a great time was had by all.
During our stay at Tranquil Seas we had pizza from the end of the road, not bad just don’t eat the black olives. We ate at the Lighthouse Restaurant twice, the food was very good and we would go back again, just give yourself extra time for a slower than normal service (worse at lunch than super), still well worth the wait. The food at The Eagle Ray was good, would we go back, yes with a large group of people, their deck over the water is large and has a great view especially of sunsets. We also had breakfast at Blue Bahia, just down the beach from Tranquil Seas. Very good food and when we go back in September we will be trying their smoked meat and ribs.
We did a lot of walking; one of our favourite walks was to Melvin’s. He was just down the beach located across the road from the church in Sandy Bay. You could take a short cut through Anthony’s Keys to get there (saves walking the roads). Melvin is a local character who grew up and has lived all his life on Roatan; we ended up with two of his carvings. They are more like Maritime Canada folk-art but really reflect Roatan culture and we are happy to have them in our great room. Anthony’s Keys was beautiful to walk through, the paths were well kept and the gardens and grounds were well taken care off. A great place to take pictures.
You could snorkel right off the dock at Tranquil Seas; it was better than anything we saw off Akumal / Tulum area of Mexico. There were more fish and the coral was in a lot better shape. Chris actually helped map the reef system for the Roatan Marine Park and some of his pictures are featured in their calendar for 2010. (They are available at the office at Tranquil Seas) Octopus Dive School located just down the beach from Tranquil Seas at the Blue Bahia offer great dive packages and Kent and Eva are great dive masters. I did my introductory dive with them (ended up in Flowers Bay due to a bit of chop on our side) and Kent made the whole experience feel more than comfortable. I highly recommend them for either the beginner or a more experienced diver.
We probably spent a total of one day exploring West End and West Bay, they are great little villages / towns to visit but only stay their if you like hussel and bussel especially when the cruise ships are in, Tranquil Seas lives up to its name, nice and quiet. The cabs are more than fair in their prices, just confirm what that price is before getting into one (Cab 190 was great). It also went up when the sun went down, just beware of this. Water taxies from West End to West Bay also cheaper than taxies between the two places, though the view from the top is worth taking a taxi once. On a clear day you can see way past Mahagoney Bay (the new cruise ship pier and shopping area) on one side and not sure how far on the North side.
It’s now Thursday morning and James has arrived to take us to the Sunyata for our 3 day cruise of Cayo Cinchinos and two nights moored off Big Hog Island in the Marine Park. After a quick stop at the store in Coxen Hole for some supplies (still no bag from Delta) we get to Dixen Cove and the Sunyata. Capt. Hank and James help us load our stuff on board then we cast off and its three days of rolling seas and even more serenity. After a 4 hourish crossing we moor off Big Hog and while we make ourselves at home Hank prepares a LIGHT lunch. We spend the rest of the afternoon snorkelling around trumpet bay and pelican point on big hog. If we thought things were nice off Tranquil Seas then the reef and fish here were better than being at the Atlanta Aquarium. Super the first night was great so were the rest of Hanks meals. All the fish was fresh and well prepared. Friday morning while we waited for the dug out for our tour of the islands and lunch out at a small fishing village we hope into the dingy and go to shop to look around. After an hour or so we visit the Plantation Resort, the only all inclusive on the islands. They are well located and offer great dive packages, or just a secluded place to vacation. Back on board Capt. Mario arrives and we hop into his dugout for our trip to the other side of the island to see a small village and a school there. After walking around and talking to the villagers (even saw a Columbian drug boat that was washed up on a reef and wrecked) we get back into the dugout for our trip out to the village for lunch. After picking our fish from a chest we wonder until our lunch is ready, whole cooked red snapper, fabulous. Served with rice and plantain chips and some sort of tomato and onion sauce that they called ketchup; it was one of the best meals we had while we were away. After lunch it was back to the Sunyata for more snorkelling and then sunset. With not a cloud in the sky it was a perfect final evening to a perfect paradise found. After the sunset, the start came on one by one over our heads as we stretched out on the stern of the boat. After super we did some more star gazing then off to sleep, lulled by the roll of the boat, for the final night of our vacation. Bright and early then next mooring we cast of for Dixon Cove, one passenger more, he was hooking a ride back to the island to catch a changed flight. After a relaxing 5 hours, we were once again met by James who helped us to the Van with the bags and took us back to Tranquil Seas for a shower and change of clothes before Chris took us back to the airport (we finally got the lost bag, only to recheck it two counters down for the return trip home) and wished a good trip home. This was also over and above the call of duty, just their way of ensuring a good time is had by all their guests. The flight on TACA (booked over the internet) was great, comfy seats and lots of room. Landing in San Salvador was wicked. You circle a volcano before you land. The airport is very easy to get around. Everyone speaks English and is more than willing to give you a hand with any questions. The flight to Washington was good as well, a full hot meal (two choices) with complementary drinks was served followed by a feature presentation, and we have no problems flying with them again. Landed in Syracuse all luggage accounted for, then drove home, picking up the dogs from Matthews Kennels (great care, they truly love dogs, highly recommend them as well).
We loved the island so much that when a seat sale came up, Cheryl and a girlfriend decided to go back for another week, this time to Turquoise Bay. She wanted to stay back at Tranquil Seas but they were both fully booked, Chris did offer to check around but we knew he was busy and Tranquil Seas looked like a good place for Andrea. We also spoke to Kent, who made the same offer from the Blue Bahia, as they were fully booked as well.
All in all, we give Roatan Island, Tranquil Seas, Octopus Dive and the Sunyata Sailing Charters 6 out of 5, recommend it to all.

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

We stayed with Chris and Monica at TranquilSeas over Christmas and New Year, 09/10, for 2 weeks. It was perfect. A true escape. Not only is the resort amazing - the cabanas are lovely, the open bar and restaurant are delightful, and the pool is beautiful, but Chris and Monica are wonderful as well. He truly knows everything about the island and makes every effort for his guests to enjoy the full experience, whether they want to just relax in a hammock on the dock, or make dive trips around the island. You can ask him anything and he will give you informative and opinionated advice. Follow his advice and opinions! We always did and never regretted it. He can tell you the best dive instructors, restaurants, and beach spots on Roatan. We ate at the restaurants he suggested and were very pleased. By the way, there are some great eating spots in West End and Sandy Bay, but don’t miss tapas night at the resort restaurant -Monica is an amazing cook. But not only did Chris dispense helpful advice, he goes out of his way to make sure everything is perfect for his guest, even without being asked. One day we were scheduled to dive at the reef by TranquilSeas, but the trip had to be cancelled due to weather. (Tip: for new divers or those who want to learn, go to the dive shop beside TS and ask for Eva -the best instructor, probably ever!) When we mentioned that in passing, without us even asking him, he took it on himself to call around the island to find another trip going out where we could go along to dive. We were very impressed by this and truly appreciated it. That’s just one example of how he ensures his guests have a great experience in Roatan.
TranquilSeas itself is a paradise -the cabanas are surrounded by foliage, so not only is it quiet and dark, you have the feeling of being in a jungle treehouse, far removed from everything and everyone. Many times we had to remind ourselves that there were other cabins and other guests. It’s so calm and serene, you can’t avoid relaxing and forgetting about the ’real world’. But just take a few steps out of the ‘jungle’ and you’re immediately at the beach! There are no radios, clocks, or Tvs, which we thought we would miss, at first, but the restaurant/ has a lending library, and Chris set up a big screen and media center, where we could watch movies at night, with the sound of the ocean and the warmth of the breeze surrounding us. Soon we appreciated the peace that comes from not watching BBC/CNN/MSN around the clock. If you want to truly unwind, this setting cannot be beat. At sunset, we would take the hammocks down to the dock and lie over the ocean as the sun lowered; it was truly bliss.
The location of TranquilSeas is perfect too -on the sea, with beautiful views, far enough away from West End to escape the noise and crowds around the restaurants and bars, but still just a few minutes cab ride away, so you can go every evening if you life. Sandy Bay is just a few minutes further, by cab or water taxi (definitely take the water taxi -it’s fun and you have great views of the beaches as you go).
I can’t really complain about anything related to TS, but a few tips: take bug repellent! And make sure it has Deet. The natural stuff does not work and the bugs are fierce! Also, the restaurants all over the island are extremely expensive for Honduras -everything has to be shipped from the mainland, or further, and the customers definitely pick up the tab. Don’t be surprised if you end up paying as much for burritos in West End as you would for steak in Chicago. However, there are a few decent grocery stores in West End and a great Euro-style deli/grocery in Sandy Bay where you can get most things much cheaper. Do this if you have access to a kitchen. You can also buy fruit cheaply at many street vendors. Ask Chris about great restaurants -he is the expert! And he can tell you where to eat for less as well. Do not miss the Argentinian Grill - Right next to Woody's Groceries, great steaks and reasonably priced. We also loved Tong’s Thai and Cannibal Cafe in West End, and The Beach Club San Simon in Sandy Bay (do NOT miss!!).
Another thing we encountered was a continual breakdown of ATMs. If you find a working one, get as much cash as you can, because you don’t know when you’ll find another ATM in service. However, nearly every single place takes US dollars, so if you bring plenty of cash with you, you’ll be fine.

  • Stayed December 2009, 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 February 17, 2010

Hello,
This is Marius and Alina; we wanted to share our experience of staying 9 days at Tranquil Seas. If somebody will ask me if I ever was to the Garden of Eden, I will say that Tranquil Seas is. No exaggeration, this place has a beautiful landscape perfectly harmonized with the wooden cabanas. The hosts Chris and Monica deserve an
" A+" grade for making feel us so comfortable. They shared with us very useful info about the activities and places to see on the island. The coral reef is right off the beach, so you can snorkel at any time you want. Chris did all the arraignments to reserve a car for us. It was very nice of him. I have to mention the Spanish Tuesday night, with the tapas and Spanish guitar live performance. That was beautiful. One more thing that we were pleasantly surprised was the "honesty bill", were we wrote down all that drinks that we had from the bar.
In other words this was the best ever vacation that we had.
Thank you Chris and Monica!
We will definitely go back to Tranquil Seas, and recommend it as well.

  • Stayed February 2010, 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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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2010

My boyfriend and I spent a wonderful week at TranquilSeas. The place is idyllic: boutique-built, lots of wood and greenery, and lots of comfortable communal spaces for just a handful of cabanas. The hosts, Chris and Monica, make the place even more special.

We stayed in Hummingbird, which has a breath-taking view of the ocean. The room was simple and comfortable: comfy bed, ceiling fan, AC (which we did not use), screened windows, hot and plentiful shower. The kitchenette is minimal (a fridge, a toaster and a coffee maker) but was fine to fix ourselves breakfast and a lunch salad to enjoy on the cabana's terrace. For dinner, Monica's cooking at TranquilSeas is not to be missed (paella and shrimp curry were scrumptious!). West End (a 5 min cab ride away) has plenty good options too.

Chris and Monica know the area well and their tips and recommendations were spot on. We were a bit nervous about running into the cruise ship madness in Roatan but Sandy Bay is out of the way. Chris produced a schedule of ship arrivals, and advised to stay away from West Bay on those days, which was not a problem and all it took to avoid the crowds. From TranquilSeas' own pier, you can swim out to the reef for great snorkeling, and Octopus Divers next door was so handy for diving (Thanks, Kent!!). On top of that, Chris arranged other diving trips for us at the drop of a hat.

We will go back to Roatan, to TranquilSeas, and recommend it wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, WA
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2010

My name is Erica and I went down to Roatan with my boyfriend Greg for 2 weeks. During that time we stayed with Chris and Monica at Tranquil Seas. I am one of those picky travelers, who wants something a little unique, classy, quiet, fun, social, good diving, good food, etc. etc. and this place hits the spot in every way imaginable. Chris built the place and the wood work is amazing, everything is made from mainland (Honduras) and with incredible detail. The natual feel, of the resort, towering tropical plants, vibrant flowers and being right on the ocean really makes it feel like you are on an island all to your self. Chris did a great job of making the cabanas private and with a great view you can enjoy from your own provate deck. The bar is a fun place to hang out and the crowd that comes is fun and lively. There are lots of board games, great wine, beer and of course Monica's amazing meals to enjoy. Right off the dock you have an aquarium of sea life, or if you prefer to just relax on the hammock and read, that's always an option too. We spent Christmas there and Chris and Monica made us feel so at home.They brought out some great Champagne, we did some skits, they gave us all gifts and we laughed until we drifted off to sleep. A perfect night.

During our time we traveled around the island and saw a lot of other places in passing. We always found ourselves wanting to go back to Tranquil Seas. Chris's sense of humor and Monica's company is just the best. I could keep going, but then I wouldn't want to spoil it all for you. If you can get a room, do it. Of all the places I have traveled and stayed overseas, this is by far the best run, most hospitable and just amazing in every way.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2009

Hey. I live in Honduras. And there's nothing I like better than forgetting about the rest of Honduras when I go on a trip. We latched onto the tranquil seas after a recommendation from a friend back in September. We went first with friends, and then with FUSSY FATHER AND STEPMOTHER. And well, even though it rained (hard for three days) we enjoyed it. We had (almost) the run of the place. No, we didn't see Chris or Monica 24/7 but we didn't need them. They were a responsive phone call away.
My favourite parts? The pool, small, but lovely. Great for kids.
The privacy. Again, if you have kids, your kids can run all over and you don't have to worry about them. (except around the pool I guess).
The honor bar. Nothing like a well deserved beer in the morning.
Rooms: For me this place had my minimum. Air con. Fans, fridge, internet, hammock, coffee pot. That's pretty much covers the necessities doesn't it?

Chris set up a video and tv (after the 3rd day of rain) for the kids. I love the set up of the bar. Monica did a kids menu. All good.

Nice swimming around the dock. Lunch just a step away down the beach. Very gourmet dinners prepared by Monica (I know what's available and what's not in Honduras). it was yummy.

I also recommend the Indian restaurant. ooloontoo or some such thing. Excellent indian food. I mean excellent and subtle.

Recommendations: Maybe a local cell phone for your guest to contact the owners/managers? A list of reliable taxi drivers to call for lifts to other restaurants etc. More sheet/towel changes on rainy days.

As for the political situation. Tranquillo. Everything is sorted out. And nothing to worry about on Roatan.

saludos,

Lorna

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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England UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2009

This is a small cabana complex offering excellent service and bespoke scuba diving. The rooms were clean and well maintained with fridge, aircon & ability to make a hot drink.
The food was excelent, usually cooked by Monica who is from Spian so lovely Tapas & Paella & the local beef is very tender & highly recommended.
The swimming pool is big enough to swim in & deep enough to train those new to scuba diving.
For the experienced Scuba Divers Christopher personally organisers all day off-shore expeditions to remote Islands. This can be combined with a complete tour around Roatan by sea. There is stunning views both above & below water. Some of the most prestine coral in the world on the second biggest barrier reef - and in my opinionbetter than the Northern Barrier reef in Australia. There is also an abundance of fish life and apparently at the right time of the year lots of sharks. We saw sharks on a few dives but not as many as I expected.
If you are a diver or someone just wanting to chill out and do some water sports away a beautiful place to be with attentive service.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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 ( WiFi ) 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
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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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