I was in Honduras to build a house with Habitat for Humanity and 10 of us decided to spend a few days in Roatan after we had finished building the house.
We were picked up promptly from the Roatan Airport and transported to the resort which was about a 20 minute drive from the airport. We checked in at 10:30am and were only able to get 1 of our 5 rooms at that time (but check-in isn't until 3pm). By early afternoon we were all checked in.
The rooms are all condo style. The ones that I saw were either 1 or 2 bedrooms with a bathroom. The rooms were clean and spacious. We had a small kitchen that appeared to be properly outfitted for cooking but I didn't investigate this too thoroughly as we ate out all the time. The bed was comfortable but I don't recommend sleeping on the fold out couch. The mattress on the couch was fine but the frame for it was flimsy and I kept waking up in a crumpled ball in the sagging center. If you are planning on using the couch for a bed I would just put the mattress on the floor at bedtime. The condo had fans in the bedroom and the living room and also air-conditioning. The wi-fi wasn't free so I used the wifi at the Javavine Coffee Bar (more info follows further into this review).
When you reserve your room I would ask for one that has patio furniture. We had five rooms and only 3 of them had patio furniture. The few times it was raining it was nice to be able to sit on the patio as it was covered from the rain. We had a great staff member named Jesse that would bring us drinks from the bar to our patio, There were 10 of us so maybe they only do that for larger groups.
We only paid for breakfast when we reserved our rooms and I would do this again. The breakfast was buffet style in a restaurant between the pool and the beach. There was always pancakes, yogurt, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, other Honduran type dishes (plaintain, refried beans etc), muffins, bread and a made to order omelette station. Coffee and juice was included.
We were only in Roatan for a few days but we enjoyed walking down the beach to try out other restaurants at lunch and dinner. We ate a few times at the Thirsty Turtle Bar at the Bananarama Resort. At lunch they always had specials combined with beer or drinks. They have very good pizza which I had a few times and we enjoyed the fish dinner, the calamari, the burgers etc. We also had great frapuccinos and lattes at the Javavine Coffee and Winebar (and FREE wi-fi). It is located about block off the beach in a small stripmall that also has a small grocery store, a small drugstore, a couple of gift shops and a liquor store. You can get there on the walking path next to the Bananarama Resort. We also had a nice dinner at the Argentinian Grill which is a short walk on the beach in the other direction.
The beach is beautiful and the water was very calm while we were there. I didn't have any problem with the grass in the water or on the beach. I found the water to be very clear with great visibility for snorkelling. The water in the ocean was warmer than the water in the pool. I saw reviews that mentioned being bothered by sandfleas but I wasn't bit by anything and I was out all day and in the evening. I also laid on the sand on my towel numerous times without any problems.
The resort was very quiet when were there. If you like to party then n November wouldn't be the time to go. We had fun dancing to live music at the Thirsty Turtle on a Saturday night and they had fire dancers and crab races there on Sunday night.
The hotel shuttle to the airport was only running at 6am and 10am in the morning and we wanted to be on the road to the airport by 9:30am so the front desk booked us a taxi to the airport which cost us $25 usd. The airport was empty and it only took a few minutes to clear customs and security as our flight was from Roatan to San Pedro Sula and there were only a handful of people on our small plane. If you are flying on a larger charter flight then you might need more time at the airport.
We all enjoyed our time at this resort. It wasn't shiny and new but it was beautiful and the staff were very nice. I am planning on returning to Roatan and I will likely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An elegant Roatan resort on the island's best beach, Mayan Princess Beach Resort features waterfront hotel accommodations and service. Just steps from your luxurious condo, a white sand beach leads to sparkling turquoise waters, perfect for scuba diving Roatan's spectacular undersea gardens. Nominated for Honduras' Leading Hotel Award in 2007-2010, this Roatan beach resort offers a variety of vacation activities, first-class amenities, and beachfront restaurant. Welcome to paradise and comfortable relaxation in a tropical oasis. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mayan Princess Beach Hotel West Bay
- Hotel Mayan Princess Beach
- Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras