My husband and I stayed here for a week and wanted to provide a review as non-divers. We chose the Splash Inn for the proximity to great snorkelling and a chance to enjoy the culture and get away from the all-inclusive scene, which we experienced a few years ago at West Bay.
We paid for half-board at Splash and found the meals to be very good, of good value and offering an excellent variety of lunch and dinner menu selections. The breakfasts could use a bit more creativity, though I enjoyed the big bowl of yogurt and fresh fruit and Honduran coffee each day. Our waiter Ben concocted a special breakfast fruit shake for us as an alternative to plain orange juice. Service in the restaurant and throughout the hotel was consistently very good.
The West End strip offers a dozen good restaurants and some stores. We recommend the Argentinian Grill and Tong’s Thai place.
The room was quite spacious and nicely decorated, with good mattresses and a huge shower for two. It would have met our needs very well had it not rained for six of the seven days, or perhaps if we had been divers. Being cooped up during the wet (but warm) weather, we would have liked to have a comfortable and shaded place to read in a guest area if not the room itself. Edith was kind enough to find a comfortable chair for me, the only one. Because of the open hallways, we kept our curtains drawn which contributed the feeling of confinement. We did not need the air conditioning, even with the windows closed at night.
Night-time noise was a problem for my husband. The inn is centrally locally on a busy urban road – a bit like Key West. You will hear barking dogs, crying babies, motorcycles, loud music until 2 a.m. and then roosters (we were in room 25). Even so, I had no problem with it.
We snorkelled 4-5 times during the week, walking in our bare feet a few hundred metres down the (recently paved) road to Half Moon Bay, just behind the white church. There, just a few minutes’ swim away, we saw enough variety of coral and fish to satisfy most snorkellers: a resting barracuda, a family of reef squid, French angelfish, blue tang, parrotfish, needlefish, a spotted eel in the grass, and dozens of other colourful fish, many of them a foot long. On one day, we joined the Splash Inn divers to a nearby dive site, but found the wildlife at that site disappointing compared to Half Moon Bay.
We recommend Splash Inn for a unique experience, but next time would stay 3-4 days and then spend time at a quiet place on the island with better opportunities for walking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located in West End, on one of the best beaches on the island. The Hotel Splash Inn Dive Resort overlooks one of the most beautiful barrier reefs in the world. We will offer you personal attention and our trained staff will make your stay on Roatan an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Splash Inn Dive Hotel West End
- Pura Vida Hotel Dive Center
- Pura Vida Resort Dive Center
- Splash Inn Dive Resort Roatan, Honduras - West End