We spent 1 week at Infinity Bay (Nov 12 – Nov 19, 2012) and had a fantastic time. I will definitely return! One of, if not the nicest resort on the island. Our group had several adults, teen and youth in our party. We were on an all-inclusive package out of Toronto on Sunwing, and the 2nd group to enjoy the new dining room and food package. The value was fantastic for the money – please remember that we likely got a fantastic rate and I don’t know if those rates will continue. The resort is going through a bit of growing pains with the new all-inclusive, but my compliments to the resort for a job well down!
Accommodations were high-end, food selection a little limited for the all-inclusive but good quality. Excursions available were great, safe beach for adults and kids alike for swimming, snorkeling and walking. Some entertainment on site nightly and most afternoons, but we did make a point of going up the beach. Check out the Thirsty Turtle on Sunday nights for the crab races & fire dancer. There are vendors on the beach, but they are pretty good with a solid ‘no thank you’. If they are troubling you, let the resort security know. Most locals are very friendly and not overly pushy. English is widely spoken. US currency dominates tourist areas. There are cruise ships to the island, try to book your excursions around them. A few came in, and were of no consequence to us. They go mostly to another beach now and not West Bay. Avi the Activities director is great at trying to advise you on best days for excursions. There are bugs. They only seemed to be bothersome at the beach area around feet / ankles. There are mixed reports that Deet harms the coral, so if possible try to use non-deet bug spray. One word of caution – If you are looking to be highly entertained, have a jam-packed agenda, with lots of partying and drinking, likely not the destination for you. If you are looking for low-key, snorkeling, scuba, walks on the beach, relaxing with friends and drinks – right up your alley! This is my 2nd (and not last) trip to Roatan as an avid diver. The staff at Infinity Bay were friendly (my compliments to Dishon at the beach bar, Avi our activities director, and my servers in the dining room). A little tipping goes a long way there – and is appreciated. This is a relatively new “all-inclusive” resort, they are going through growing pains, but the dedication and attempts to make things right is well appreciated. More details:
ACCOMMODATIONS: Upgrade to the 1 bedroom villa. You will not be disappointed. It has a full kitchen, pull out sofa. Some units have access to laundry (ours did not, so don’t count on it). There is a dishwasher – no soap, so bring a couple small cubes for the dishwasher if you plan to eat in your room which we did not. Room has the basics for pots, pans, dishes, glasses, mugs, coffee maker and toaster. NOTE – there is a tiny shop with food in a plaza walking distance but it is not a full grocery store. If you want full groceries, have your taxi stop at the grocery store on your way in. The place is luxurious with pillow top mattress, clean. Tip your maid, and they’ll clean even better & give extra towels.
FOOD: there is the new all–inclusive dining room (I think soon to be open for all folks). Buffet style meals – a little limited on selection, but there was always a good meal to be had by North American standards. There is also La Palapa at the beach – the a la carte dinners were good – I recommend the Azteca soup. I think I preferred the dining hall meals. The drinks do NOT include premium drinks. (i.e. beer, rum and vodka is included, but drinks like the Monkey-lala and Mojitos are not). Ask before ordering each time. Water is filtered / drink the bottled water. A couple folks in our group of 6 were a little 'off', until we switched to ONLY eating the cooked fruit and vegetables.
EXCURSIONS: Good selection. I was there for diving. The on site dive shop is great! Our dive master Adam was fantastic and patient with the new divers in the group. I dove with other dive masters last year (Lindy and Ricardo) who were also great. You can learn to dive onsite / get your PADI certification! The shop rents snorkeling gear as well. We were there in the off season, so sizing was not an issue. They offer full valet service (take your gear to the boat, hook up, remove from boat, rinse & stow). I cannot emphasize how great the service is! Sign up for your dives on-site in case you don’t know how many dives you might get in. The waves were choppy when we were there, so the shop took efforts to arrange diving on the other side of the island. I’m told April is the best time for getting broader selection of fish. They offer a shark dive with reef sharks that is not available anywhere else in the world. For snorkeling the beach has some of the best snorkeling right off shore. Remember to go out past the second buoy. Folks in our group went to Gumbalimba park for ziplining & monkey time. It’s a great trip for the kids and young teens. We did the dolphin snorkel as well – little pricey but still fun. It surpasses the quality and cleanliness of other dolphin swims. My understanding is the dolphins are free to come and go as they please. Its’ located at Anthony’s Key, has an onsite museum (tiny) and Marine Institute well recognized for their research. If you’ve swam with dolphins before (i.e. Cuba) this surpasses that experience.
NEARBY & THE BEACH: Snorkeling just out front is great. For better, head toward the wall at the west. Bring bug spray (preferably non-deet). We didn’t see a lot of mosquitos, but I got a few bites on my ankles and feet. We walked up & down the beach early morning (sunrise) and after dark. It gets dark by 6pm. Bring a flashlight. We felt safe and had no issues. There is a bit of shopping in a plaza nearby and a beach market at the east end offers trinkets and tshirts. Visit the Hungry Monkey for North American subs, ice cream and hot dogs. Penelope’s has some unique jewelry. There are restaurants up the beach. Our favourite ‘pub’ style remains the Thirsty Turtle. Walk up to the very end on the beach for the market – Tshirts and jewelry. The vendors can be a little pushy – especially with hair braiding. We went to West End for a bit of shopping and night life. Turns out the bars were all on ‘prohibition’. They cannot serve alcohol before an election. Be sure to visit in the day to check out the shops. My last word of caution – don’t go to Coxen hole after dark, and certainly don’t be flashing high end electronics and cell phones. The island is quite safe, however I prefer to stay to the tourist zones after dark!
SPA is across the road and is North American prices. One person in our group used the facility and was impressed. I chose not to due to the prices being comparable to back home.
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