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“Unbelievable Wedding!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Carretera Pavimentada Principal, West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in West Bay
Jupiter, Florida, United States
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“Unbelievable Wedding!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

After much Trip Advisor research, my fiance and I decided on having our wedding at the Island Pearl- sight unseen. My wife communicated with Sofia, Cori, and Angela for almost a year leading up to the trip on the details of our stay and the ceremony. They were very responsive the entire time. We brought with us 21 family and friends and were more than a little concerned that the facilities of the Island Pearl / Bananarama complex would not stand up to the hype. People thought we were crazy for having our wedding in Honduras in the first place and then to never have seen the place was sort of the crazy icing on the cake.

Every expectation we had going into this was completely exceeded. Both resorts are extremely nice but the Island Pearl is ridiculous. We stayed in the studio at Island Pearl. It was basically an incredibly beautiful and huge shower with a bed next to it. The porch was private and beautiful and we loved the hammock there. The room was nice but next time I think we stay in one of the other homes on the property where some of our family stayed. If you can get the beach front homes, run with them as they are fantastic.

The beach is glorious, diving exceptional, drinks and food yummy. We loved the swim platform 30 yards off the beach and all congregated there throughout the week. Understand that you are on a tropical island so if it takes you an extra couple minutes to have a server take your order it is not a big deal- relax!

We arranged for a rehearsal dinner for everyone in the courtyard of the Island Pearl near the Vintage Pearl restaurant and the staff helped set up a barbecue outside with a steel drum group playing. Food was great, atmosphere beautiful and a good time had by all. The actual wedding ceremony took place the next day at the other end of the courtyard, right off the beach. Nadia did the girls hair and makeup and did a incredible job. Birds of Paradise flowers all around, beautiful white linen everywhere, they even trimmed some trees in advance to make sure everything was perfect. Devin Stevens did our photography and did an absolute unbelievable job. We have the most beautiful wedding pictures I've ever seen, all bias aside.

The reception took place at the Vintage Pearl restaurant which was extra cool because there are no shoes allowed in there making it feel extra beachy. The food was fantastic and we hired Kristofer Goldman's band to play afterwards. We partied all night with the staff in the restaurant- Terry and Angela rock!

The next morning my wife and I just laughed and both said that we had pulled it off. We had the wedding our friends are still talking about 8 months later. An absolute epic trip of a lifetime. We will definitely be back and can not thank all those involved enough!!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

Beachhouse #25 was our home away from home! It was cozy, comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. The kitchen was perfect, we had all we needed to cook a full baked chicken dinner, mashed potatoes, the works! We did eat a lot of our meals at the local restauants on site (Thirsty Turtle and Vintage Pearl) both were excellent and delicious food! The staff at the resort we found to be very pleasant all the time. From the grounds workers to the cleaning staff to the servers, everyone was very accommodating to our needs. I liked that they always seemed to have a smile and and Hola for us! We liked the relaxed atmosphere at Bananarama and Island Pearl resort....I noticed while walking the beach every day that some of the other resorts were more the traditional modern condo type places, while Island Pearl were more rustic homes! I felt like I was truly in a tropical paradise and not just another hotel room. The air conditioning kept it comfortable, especially for sleeping. You really don't spend a lot of time in the rooms during the day....too much to enjoy outside that is for sure! The beds were comfy, and the cleaning lady came every day to see if we needed anything at all. We didn't feel the need to have her clean each day but she brought us towels and always emptied our trash. We had the breakfast everyday at the Thirsty Turtle (which comes with your room stay) We found it to be great all of the days! Plenty of food and really tasty. If you didn't like the breakfast they were featuring you could always have the fruit plate and cereal. The coffee was hot and ready and it was wonderful to sit out and watch the morning activities on the beach while enjoying breakfast! We had different sandwiches, chicken and pizza while there and never had a complaint! Dinner at the Vintage Pearl was quite elegant in comparison and were pleasantly surprised at the amount of food we were served. A lot of of fine dining restaurants tend to be skimpy on their servings, not the case here at all. The wine selection was wonderful also. We were there during tropical storm Ernesto and the managers made sure to inform us what was being done as precautions etc....turned out of course not to be anything serious and ended up enjoying the waves that the storm brought in! We loved that we could do everything that we wanted right there...they also have a great tour center were they can show you things to do around the island and even set some of the excursions up for you. Great service for the guests! It has only been a few short weeks since we've been there and already we're trying to figure out how soon we can go back!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Morristown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is my second time staying at Island Pearl and fourth time at Bananarama/Island Pearl complex. This stay we were at Bananarama for the first night (reviewed separately) and then a beach view 2-story villa for 5 nights. We received substantial savings by booking in advance. Even though there were only 2 of us, we wanted the extra room that the villa provided over a room at Bananarama. The villa has a kitchen with table, bathroom with huge shower and bedroom with 2 twin beds on the first floor. Second floor is a bedroom with Q bed and screened in porch. The first floor has a very large outdoor porch with chairs, a hammock and rope chair.

The chairs at the resort (at bar, breakfast, on the room patios and in our kitchen) are very hard. On the patio they have cushions, but they are somewhat flat. We sat on folded towels in the kitchen. The cusions could use a washing. Same for the rug at the outside of the room and in the bathroom.

We were there when Ernesto hit. Luckily we just lost one day when it rained on and off and the water was rough. We were glad to have the extra room of the villa. Everyone made it to breakast as there was a lull in the rain, but it was pouring at lunchtime. Staff came by to see if we wanted to order lunch. This was a nice touch. They also waived the $2 charge for renting movies. By dinner the sky was showing clearing in the distance and things were back to normal.

There was quite a bit of beach erosion and washed-up debris along the whole beach. However, the next morning, the entire beach had been cleaned and restored and the water was back to normal. The only sign that there had been a storm was the Bananarama diving platform was still chained to trees on the beach.

The staff at this resort is very friendly and helpful. Service is a little variable. Paying customers get taken care of first, and quickly. Sometimes we were taken care of quickly and sometimes we had to wait a little. But the staff were always friendly, happy and hustling. The view is beautiful so a short wait was not unpleasant. They have lots of drink and food specials every day so dining is reasonable. The brick oven is a new addition and the pizza is delicious.

The beach is beautiful here, but it was a little more crowded than 2 years ago. Chairs are provided but we never encountered anyone to help move them out onto the beach. And they need to be wiped down and cleaned once in awhile. Beach towels are now charged - $5 a week. I protested this as I felt that the price of a villa (more than double the rate of a room at Bananaram) should include a towel. No one wants to waste space in a suitcase carrying beach towels. They should do what other hotels do and give you a card that you can exchange for a towel. At the end of your stay, when you return the towel you get the card back. If you don't return the card at check-out then they can charge you for a towel.

Check-in and check-out was very quick. All in all, this place is a good value and has a nice atmosphere.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Worth, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

We stayed in beachfront house #25, really a great location. I choose Island Pearl based on reviews and location.
House...large enough for the four of us with one large bedroom up and one down and one bathroom on the downstairs level. Really thin pillows on the beds, you may want to consider bringing your own. Kitchen was adequately equipped. Have the driver stop on the way in from airport and get groceries. The small market near Island Pearl only has the basics. If you want anything more than beer, wine and canned goods you'll need to stop.

Service...We didn't have any problems with the staff, but our experience was they never went out of their way to be helpful. Reception staff when we arrived not at all welcoming. Wait staff not much better.

Food...Good pizza and that's about all I really cared for. If you like a hearty breakfast consider making you own. The hot item in the morning was adequate but not very well prepared. Fruit plate also just okay.

This is an ideal location, close to snorkeling, water taxi's and restaurants but don't think we would return.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We stayed in one of the beachfront houses for a week and did not want to leave. The house was perfect for a family of four (queen bed upstairs, two twin beds downstairs) and the kitchen enabled us to cook in every night and eat on the balcony while watching the sunset and waves. The best part was the location: right on the beach. Breakfast was at the Bananarama Restaurant next door -- and while we ate, the kids usually played in the sand. The beach was clean, and there is no undertow in the crystal clear water. The kids called the Caribbean their 'pool' and spent most of the day in the 'pool'. Great snorkeling about 10 minutes down the beach. Fantastic staff, particularly the security staff. The only drawback was the daily influx of cruise ship passengers who would fill up the beach from 10am until around 2pm, but with the privacy of the Island Pearl grounds, even this wasn't much of a problem. We are definitely going back again next year!

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Copan, Honduras
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

The room was nicely located, I think it is the only one in the Island pearl for two people..just beside The vintage Pearl Restaurant and Wine Cellar so you get to smell food aromas from the kitchen...the room is very oddly designed, the bathtub is in a different place though than you´d expect, so I guess some people may not like it that way but the price is good, you´ve got the beach right in front of you, a private porch, hammocks, beach chairs at your disposition, kayaks, the rooms are all in the same area, the banarama is right next door, the Thirsty Turtle is also there...breakfast was good...mini fridge, water, microwave, coffee maker all included in the room, you can relax in this place and watch beautiful sunsets.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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College Station, TX
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2011

My husband and I stayed in Island Pearl beach front house #24i
(Bananarama Eco Dive & Beach Resort). We went to Roatan for our 15-year
wedding anniversary, and can't wait to go back! Our house had
everything you'll see on the website...little kitchen/dining room,
downstairs bedroom with 2 twin beds & A/C, upstairs bedroom with queen
bed & A/C, a bathroom with a large shower and a HUGE front porch that
faces the ocean (there is also a smaller, screened in porch off the
bedroom upstairs). It was a perfect space in the best location (best
views of the beach/ocean).

I would like to mention that it was the 'low' season, so there weren't
that many people on the island, which made it seem like we had it to

We spent a lot of time at the Thirsty Turtle, each night was a different
event, and the people that work there are SO much fun. They are eager to
make sure you have a great time. We never had any issues with service
(some visitors mentioned slow service)-in fact, it was awesome service!
Vilma was especially nice, taking us on an island tour (a must if you
are visiting the island for the first time), taking us ziplining and
letting people play their own music at the bar. She was so much fun, and
we've made a lifelong friend. Others I would like to give a shout-out
to were Eddison, Chile (Adolfo), Derry, Steven, and Ana! There are many
signs around the bar with the names of specialty drinks on them and, if
you are brave, you can try and knock them out one-by-one (not in one
day). It's tough, but my husband did this and became the first to
tackle what we named "The Texas Challenge". Every day, someone would
ask us how far along he was.

We also went diving for the very first time. We initially talked to
Malek and Tyler, who were both very nice and informative. We ended up
going on our discovery dive with Malek, who was patient and made us feel
very safe. The water is gorgeous and there were fun things to look at
everwhere (coral, lobsters, flounders, shrimp, even a sea turtle!).

There are many places to eat, drink and relax along the shoreline, just
a short walk from Bananarama. We really enjoyed renting snorkel masks
and fins at the resort, and then making the short walk to the end of the
beach, where there are hundreds of yards of coral to snorkel and kayak
through. Not to mention the iguanas all along the rocks.

For lunch at The Lighthouse (recommended) and some shopping we went to
West End. West End was a short water taxi ride away, however, after
visiting one afternoon, we preferred to stay in West Bay the rest of the

For a nice dinner, you HAVE to eat at the Island Pearl at the resort.
The food and wine, not to mention the service, was exceptional! Fine
dining in the middle of nowhere...just leave your shoes in your room,
though, as they are not allowed inside, which made the atmosphere even
that much more relaxed. They also have a new wood-fired pizza oven. We
thought we were going to get the first one, but due to rain, the oven
was not finalized before we left.

I highly recommend visiting Roatan and staying at this resort!!! We met
lots of people staying in other places on the island and they all
thought our location was the absolute best (many said they would prefer
to stay where we were instead).

Notes for stay: bring extra ice cube trays, a HB feeder, lots of bug spray.

Room Tip: The beachfront villas are completely private with perfect views of the beach & ocean
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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: Carretera Pavimentada Principal, West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > West Bay
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in West Bay
#5 Family Hotel in West Bay
#6 Romantic Hotel in West Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Uncover a little known wonder in the Caribbean, where you can bask in near perfect weather steps from the silken sand. With intimate villas and a spacious owners villa, Island Pearl provides a serenity undiscovered in Roatan. Canopied by swaying palms, the beauty and intrigue of an Island Pearl visit has always drawn guests who are looking for something more. ... more   less 
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Island Pearl Hotel West Bay
Island Pearl Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

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