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West Bay Lodge
Carretera Pavimentada Ppal West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras   |  
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“Wonderful Stay!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

We spent two weeks at West Bay Lodge and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We had never been to Roatan before, and thought West Bay would be the best choice for our first visit. Generally we prefer accomodation right on the ocean, but were concerned that on cruise ship days it would be too noisy and crowded, so opted for this small property literally a three minute walk to the beach. We were able to enjoy the beach (purchased beach chairs through Bananarama for $10) but leave for the peace and quiet of the pool at West Bay Lodge when needed.

We stayed in a Queen Bungalow, small but clean. Met our needs, with a full sized refridgerator that was replenished daily with pop, beer and wine, small safe for passports and money (not large enough for IPad). A large cooler of drinking water was provided and refilled as needed, along with a coffee maker (with complimentary filters, coffee, sugar and creamer), a new flat screen TV (which we didn't use), and microwave. Air conditioning and Wifi were included in the cost of the room. A full complimentary breakfast was also included, although we dove most mornings and usually only had the fresh fruit, juice and toast. Beach towels were provided and could be exchanged daily. The outside covered deck, with hammock, was a great place to spend early mornings and late afternoons.

Airport transfers were included, and we were met promptly on arrival. The driver is willing to stop at the grocery store in Coxen Hole on the way to the Lodge. As well, we had free laundry service available throughout our stay, which cut down on the clothes we needed to pack!

We ate at Celeste's several times for lunch and dinner- the baleadas, salad and lobster dinners were wonderful! Celeste, Milos and all the staff were friendly and would do whatever they could to make our stay enjoyable.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

We stayed in Bungalow 7, my husband, daughter (10 years old) and I. One of the reasons we choose West Bay Londge was the pool. After a day at the ocean our daughter couldn't wait to get to the pool to play. She had a great time there!

The bungalow has a room with a queen bed and closet area, the other queen bed is in the shared livingroom area with a futon, coffee table, TV, and chair with a slidding door to the balcony.

The kitchenette is functional but we really didn't cook, just popcorn in the microwave.

Everyone was very nice and friendly. It feels more like you are visiting Celest and Milos and all of their animals, the watusa(sp?), turtles, parrots (watch Malibu he steals food!) and every so friendy cats. Mama kitty being a favorite!

If you don't like cats not to worry they don't bother you!

I went horseback riding and then ziplining, then the next day I got a deep tissue message in the spa. Their spa is wonderful, quite comfortable rooms, candles, with aromatherapy,
a top quality experience.

If you are looking for a relaxing vacation with a short walk to the beach this is the place!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Meeker, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

We enjoyed our time at the West Bay Lodge. The owners and staff were all very nice and accomodating. The bungalow was clean and what we expected. We were able to enjoy the beach scene and retreat to West Bay Lodge where it was quiet. The West Bay Lodge is a great value in that price range.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed at West Bay Lodge the last week of January 2013 - it was everything we expected and we had a great time. When booking in Roatan we were looking for something low key (but nice!), close to the beach, not too $$$, and overall just a place that would be fun to spend a week in. WBL definitely met all our criteria. I would love to stay directly on the beach, but WBL was literally a 2min walk and we had no issues with the location.

It was great to be picked up directly from the airport - price included w/room - and then be welcomed at the lodge with a fabulous rum punch! The Celeste Rum Punch was my favoriite drink on the island, and Troy was such a friendly and accomodating bartender.

The rooms are certainly not fancy or upscale, but we were not expecting a Ritz Carlton so it was fine for us. They come stocked with a fridge and snacks at very good prices. The room was also very clean and we were provided with all the standard toiletries/towels/etc. The rooms also have A/C and a ceiling fan, so it was nice to have both options. The deck and hammock were a great addition and provided a little extra space which is nice - we stayed in the smaller Queen bungalow.

It was great to get a full breakfast every morning that was included in the rate, and the food was very good. I actually found Celeste's to have some of the better lunch/dinner options and quality of the restaurants in West Bay. Plus, then you can get the yummy rum punch!

Overall we had a great time and would definitely recommend West Bay Lodge to anyone looking for this type of place. Milos, Celeste, and their entire staff were so welcoming and warm. I am looking forward to a return visit!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Belleville, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The best of both worlds, we had it all...sun, sand, and the bustle of beaching, AND shade, swimming, hammock swaying, and serenity!

This year was our fifth time to stay at West Bay Lodge, and each visit has been a trip of a lifetime, and rewarding in a variety of different ways! We never had a "dull" moment at West Bay Lodge, even when we were swaying lazily in the hammock on our bungalow porch while reading a book, taking a break from beaching, snorkeling, shopping, taking a vigorous walk across the top of the island, oh, and we won't forget...eating the delicious meals at Celseste's!!!

Celsete and Milos are awesome hosts, accommodating our every need, and the staff members, wonderful young people, were so sweet and helpful, that we felt right at home, away from home.

With just 8 bungalows nestled among banana trees and other gorgeous tropical foliage, West Bay Lodge gave us privacy and the feeling of seclusion though we're only 3 minutes from the beach! And that's the best part...in just a three minute walk down a little street across from the Lodge, we had the ocean, sand, sun, and people from cruises and other resorts. And, when we were "done with the sun" we just went back to our tropical paradise of shade and pool, quiet and privacy to relax around the refreshing pool or hit the hammock!

Where some other resorts charge for drinking water, Celeste and Milos supply each bungalow with 3 gallon water dispensers, unlimited without charge. And, wifi is complimentary for anyone who just needs to "be in touch"! The bungalows are so pretty and "islandy", and each is individual and unique.

For the past 4 years Bill and I have stayed for 2 weeks, and each stay at WBL just makes us certain that we'll be back the next year. Only this year, I was spoiled, and Bill and I were there for our 2 weeks, then he returned home on the flight that brought 2 of my friends for a third week! It was fun for me to "show off" our home away from home to my friends, because I knew they would love it at WBL and they did!

If you want a quiet, relaxing, happy place to be on Roatan, WBL is the place to stay. From there, we could reach and enjoy all the wonderful and funfilled aspects of the island, and return "home" to our own little bungalow, complete with all the charm of "the island"! And, incidentally, we found that WBL is where we got the biggest bang for our buck!

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  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Gardner, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I dined here for their Valentines Day Special! The food was amazing (as usual) and the service was great! We have been to Roatan twice and and this is always a favorite place to go! Excellent service and amazing food!! I already miss it!!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We had the pleasure of enjoying a stay at West Bay Lodge for the 2nd time! We where traveling with my 4 year old and by mid-week she was calling our bungalow (#6) “home”.

Airport pick-up was included in our stay, and we asked the driver to stop at the grocery store on our way so we could stock up on some essentials for our stay.

We where warmly greeted upon our arrival by Celeste and Milos, the friendly owners. Check in (and check out) was a breeze. Our luggage was brought up to our bungalow and Milos then showed us around our bungalow and then prepared tree famous rum punch for us (minus the rum for the little one!). They where fantastic! Jacob, the owner’s son quickly came to greet us when he returned from a daily walk on the beach with another guest. He made us feel right at home.

Our bungalow was very clean, sunny and perfectly suited for a family. It had 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. The air-conditioning worked like a charm and the safe came in handy to hold our money, travel documents and passports (it can’t hold a DSLR camera or iPad mini). We found an umbrella and a beach umbrella for our use if needed.

The kitchen was fully equipped, and we made good use of the fridge, microwave, stovetop, as well as the coffee maker. The unit had everything we needed to make our own meals or light snacks when we felt like it. The fridge was well stocked with a variety of drink and a snack basket with cookies and potato chips. The water cooler in the kitchen was very helpful.

The beds where very comfortable and there was lot’s of closet space and shelving to store our belongings. The bed linens where in excellent condition and very clean. The bathroom was beautiful with a big shower and a glass wall. Fresh towels and a big sink and mirror completed this little sanctuary.

The balcony was by far the most used ‘room’ in our bungalow :) With 2 hammocks, a table & chairs, a porch light and an overhead fan, we spent most of our ‘down time’ there. Surrounded by tropical vegetation including a flowering banana tree that you could actually touch from your balcony! Watching pink/orange sky as the sun set from our balcony was relaxing and romantic.

There is a security guard in the evening and at night at the entrance of the restaurant/office. We felt safe at all times. Everyone on the staff is very friendly. The maids did an amazing job at keeping your floors clean of sand (no easy feat!) and we used the complementary laundry service and where pleased.

The pool is the perfect size for the location and number of guests.
The deck has sun chairs to lie out on, and Muskoka chairs with side tables perfect for reading and enjoying quiet time by the pool. The pool’s shallow entry point is great for kids. The table and swinging chairs next to the pool are a cute addition, and enjoying a breakfast there is something special to experience.

Celeste’s Island Cuisine restaurant serves wonderful food! The lobster dinner should not be missed! It’s well worth it – trust me! And the BBQ Pulled Pork Baleada, and the Shrimp Quesadilla will have you licking your fingers! Dining with the parrots was fun, and sure made for great conversation with neighboring tables. The staff where great, and accepted to make some modifications to the items ordered for my little one, who like most 4 year olds is a picky eater. The warm corn tortillas quickly became a favorite at our table.

Breakfast is included every morning and was always super delicious, starting with the fresh fruit bowl, fruit juice, coffee and 2 options there was no way to go wrong. The breakfast buffet included: toast with butter or peanut butter, yogurt with muesli and dried raisins, cereals with milk, and breakfast pastries. You can also have your breakfast brought up to your balcony if you want to enjoy a more private morning.

I had the unique pleasure of enjoying a few services at Serenity Day Spa. The experience was a wonderful and relaxing one. I even brought my just turned 4 year old to get a pedicure with me and the staff was so attentive and sweet with her. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her experience. I also got a full body massage with essential oil and sensory candles, and a papaya facial ~ a tropical bliss!

The property cats where one of the highlights of my daughter’s vacation. She loved having them come around every now and then and lay out on our balcony in the sun. She also enjoyed watching the turtles in the 2 ponds.

A fruit vendor comes by a few times a week, and you can buy fresh locally grown fruits from the back of his truck at a very reasonable price. An island experience that we won’t soon forget :)

If you get a craving for something… let’s say and Ice Cream Popsicle ;) you can go across the street to the mini-market/convenience store. They have a wide variety of food for sale. And they make fresh sandwiches to order. They also sell roasted chicken meals made fresh daily on site. There is also a little dairy bar where you can get vanilla or chocolate soft serve in a cone or cup! And a coffee shop in that mall too.

West Bay Beach is truly amazing. A little piece of paradise for sure! You can rent beach chairs at Bananarama, and I would recommend it since it’s very affordable (and it’s a challenge to find a public spot on the beach - especially during Cruise Ship Days). Local vendors walk along the beach selling everything from cigars to ice cream, jewelry to hammocks. But they aren’t pushy at all, and are very few unless the Cruise Ships are in port. The awesome thing about Cruise Ship Days is that you’ll see a big blow up structure out in the water. It has a super big slide and a giant trampoline! You can pay $10 for the day and get to play on it as much as you want! That afternoon was another highlight for my daughter and I.

West Bay Lodge is in a fantastic location, providing privacy and tranquility. But it’s just a short walk to the beach and nightly entertainment. You don’t need to pack your own beach towels since you can just pick some up (complementary) at the front desk on your way to the beach! You can also rent snorkel equipment. If you need things like sunscreen they sell that to. I would not hesitate to stay here again and have recommended West Bay Lodge to all my friends asking for my opinion on the best vacation destination. :)

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Address: Carretera Pavimentada Ppal West Bay Beach, West Bay, Honduras
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Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > West Bay
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