We decided to visit Roatan mainly for diving, and based on our local dive shop owner's recontamination we picked Mayan Princess.
We stayed the week of November 12 to 19.
Upon arrival at the airport we were loaded in a bus pretty quickly, although us and another couple we ended up in a bus that had to drop off everyone else at a different resort, but that was just a short delay.
I was very surprised, and to a certain extent worried, when i saw that the luggage did not go in the same bus with us.
Upon arrival at the hotel we were checked in quickly.
We had a 1 bedroom pool view on the second floor, and i have to say that i was really impressed with the apartment. I see others made bad comments about the furniture, but i can say that our room was great. Typical Caribbean furniture, was nice and clean, the kitchen was stuffed with any appliance imaginable, should one wish to cook anything in the room.
I absolutely loved the idea of the electricity being activated with the key card as to avoid unnecessary usage when out of the room, and we made sure we removed it every time we left the room.
The better insulation and the tiles floors, maintained the room at a comfortable temperature and once you returned and the A/C kicked in the room was cooled right away.
Unfortunately we noticed a lot of people left their lights on when out of the room.
The grounds were well taken care of, as well as the beach. With the higher winds there was always seagrass coming onto the beach but someone was always there to clean it off.
The beach vendor are indeed very annoying, some of them are quite pushy and if you ignore answering them they will come in your face to ask, so i resorted to wearing my headphones.
I read a comment from someone about the beach towels not costing $50, all i can say is "get around more", every single AI resort we went to they told us that in case of loss it will cost $50.
Definitely not as much food as in other AI resorts we visited but it was tasty and you could tell was made from scratch and not out of the can. We were happy with the drinks offered, the local beer was great and we were never refused our favourite cocktails, mine gin and tonic and my husband's margaritas or roatan ice tea.
As far as the snacks go i can say that it was hit and miss, the staff was walking around the beach serving them so if you happened to be in the water or away you were out of luck.
Also the times were random, some days in the morning others in the afternoon.
I would prefer to see the snacks in the main restaurant, available morning and afternoon and ready for anyone to walk in and get some.
Even though Sunwing does not tell you about your allowance for a-la-cart, if you're staying a week you are entitled to two.
The first one was set up on one of the tables outside, everything was great except that the lighting was too low so we could not read the menu. We had to use our phone's flashlight.
The second a-la-cart, in the glass enclosed part, was quite a disaster. The waitress didn't seem to understand what we are ordering, if you go make sure you point out your choices on the menu. We ordered chicken soup and two kinds of steaks.
After waiting 45 minutes there was still no sign of the soup, and all of a sudden i am presented with a plate of pasta and chicken. I explained that we ordered the chicken soup, so i expected to see that next, instead we got the steaks. After we finished the main course the waitress brought over the soup!!!!!!!!! When i told her that i already had the main course and i don't want soup now she was very surprised and replied "You don't want it?" We were never asked if we would like some dessert either so we just left. Nobody ever apologized for the whole experience.
Something needs to be said about the Sunwing rep, we attended the briefing and while it was informative and told some useful things, including the fact that we should definitely get some Honduras rum and coffee, she failed to mention that there is no duty free at the airport!!!!!! so you should get that stuff from the stores in town.
On a positive note, we wanted to take a tour of the island so we asked her to get us a cab, which she did but based on other people's experience seems she overcharged us at $100 for about 5 hours.
The driver though was great, he stopped everywhere we asked him to and took us all around the island. I doubt it he got even half of the fee we paid so we tipped him generously at the end.
The Dive Shop was absolutely great. From the owner to all the guides to the boat captain and the two cute dogs, it was awesome. Excellent service, very friendly and helpful.
All i can say is that when we go back even if we don't stay in the same resort we will definitely dive with Mayan Divers.
Upon departure we were told that the suitcases will leave in a different bus and half hour before us.
That is absolutely unacceptable. In this days when security is so high i do not want to be separated from my luggage. What are you supposed to say at the airport when you are asked if you left your luggage unattended?
Further more, once we retrieved them at the airport one of the suitcases looked like it was dropped, was covered in scratches and embedded mud and was badly bashed in.
This practice has to stop. People need to be in possession of their luggage at all times so they can truly be responsible for the contents of their luggage.
To add assault to injury, they make you go at the airport 3 hours ahead. There are only two gates, and the terminal is barely big enough to accommodate perhaps 200 people.
So we ended up sitting around for 2.5 hours.
The check in was quick but they do not have printed tags for your suitcases, they still have the paper handwritten ones with a string. Somehow they managed to write the same number on both tags which caused some problems later on.
While we were sitting in the airport the sunwing rep came around asking who has a black suitcase with purple. We have a black suitcase with blue and Mickey Mouse on it, so didn't think anything of it. Soon a staff member comes around saying something and getting everyone to form a line, but we could not hear first because she was not loud enough and second of all who could hear anything over the hammering and heavy drilling going on behind us?
Turned out they called one of our security so when i went to ask her why she was calling that number she told me to go sit because she's getting confused!!!!!!!!!!
When the gates opened sure enough one of our Mickey Mouse suitcase is on the tarmac.
They took me in a crammed in room full of 5 people, along the tarmac, and i was told someone put the wrong number on the suitcase and they need to do a random check!!!!!!!!
So i stood there while they rummaged through my suitcase looking for God knows what.
I have to admit that i had my doubts that the suitcase will make it to the plane but it did. When we retrieved them at Pearson we noticed both tags had #32 on them instead of #32 and #34.
As for the sand flies i'm not sure what works any more, we had coconut oil, we had Off, and at the end i came home covered in bites and my husband only got a couple.