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!!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Island Pearl West Bay
- Island Pearl Hotel West Bay
- Island Pearl Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras