First let me say that this is a beautiful, high-end property which sits on a gorgeous white sand beach. It is the quintessential Caribbean scene you often see in postcards – powdery white sand and calm, turquoise water fringed by fluttering coconut palms. Just add Corona, or in this case Salva Vida. Now, allow that image to leave a permanent imprint in your mind, because the “landscape” shifts in the blink of an eye. First comes the audible portion of the “shift”. It starts with some yellin’, hootin’, and maybe some hollerin’. Then comes the visible portion of the “shift” – the full scale invasion of your Caribbean dream. In an instant, tranquil West Bay beach becomes Honduran Disney thanks to the arrival of one, or maybe a pair of cruise ships to otherwise laid-back Roatan.
A few more details on Infinity Bay and Roatan:
We stayed in a one bedroom deluxe unit which had two balconies. The unit has a spacious living room and bedroom, one full bath and one half bath. There is no bathtub in the unit, which would have been a nice touch. All appliances are very modern, as the units are new. The bed was uncomfortable, as were the couches in the living room. In general, I was pleased with the accommodation.
Infinity Bay is a condominium resort consisting of two main buildings, a large central free-form infinity pool, and a beachfront bar and restaurant. The resort sits directly on West Bay beach and all units are a short walk to the sand/water. Many of the units have already been sold, but there are still some units available for sale. I was pleasantly surprised to find no sales pitch by the management. We met several of the owners, who are typically onsite at the pool, beach or restaurant. They were all extremely friendly and interesting people. The spa and formal restaurant are not yet open. There is construction in the back of the resort, but we really didn’t hear it during the day. They take great care not to let the construction interfere with the guests’ enjoyment of the resort.
Infinity Bay has a beachfront restaurant – La Palapa. It is open air style, with a few tables scattered on the sand. There is also a bar with several TVs for watching sports. The lunch and dinner food is good. I particularly enjoyed the curry shrimp and coconut shrimp, while my husband liked the fish sandwich. I was not particularly impressed with the breakfasts, and found their “typical” breakfast to be on the heavy side. The monkey la-la is an island drink that is a must try – kind of reminded me of the Virgin Island “Painkiller”.
The management here has built a great team of employees. The bar, restaurant and beach staff are pleasant, friendly, polite and professional. Garry, Ivan, Freddie, Rommel, Marlon and Emmanuel all went the extra mile to make our stay pleasant. The owners are typically on-site, but they don’t announce themselves as such unless you ask or otherwise take the time to chat them up. They are a friendly bunch and have some interesting stories. They take great pride in their construction efforts, and with good reason.
As I mentioned above, West Bay beach is stunning and Infinity Bay sits smack dab on the most impressive spot. So bright is the contrast between the azure water and white sand that it almost hurts the eyes. The best snorkeling on West Bay beach is directly in front of, and to the left of, Infinity Bay. The reef is very close to shore. The water is extremely calm with excellent visibility. My husband dove with Bananarama and loved the diving on Roatan, as well as the dive shop expertly run by Mal and Sophia. If you like snorkeling, I will tell you how to find my favorite spot. From the Infinity Bay pool, head out of the left side beach entrance from La Palapa. Look for two mooring lines straight out on the reef. Head straight for those buoys and you will come across a few very large coral heads sitting in about 30 feet of water. You must go past the first shallow coral heads and then past another sandy bottom to find this spot.
Restaurants in Roatan
We tried several restaurants on West Bay Beach and West End. I particularly enjoyed the Argentine Steakhouse in West End, and Bite on the Beach in West Bay. Bananarama also has a nice breakfast and lunch. Bite on the Beach is a particularly cool waterfront spot, where you will find three large resident eels and an octopus in the shallows. They were there to put on a show both nights we were there. My favorite dishes were the peanut sate shrimp and pasta with fresh pesto. Vintage Pearl at Bananarama was also nice, but more of an upscale experience. No shirt, No shoes, No Problem sums up most of the restaurants in West Bay – no need to bring any dressy clothes or shoes. One pair of flip flops was enough footwear for the entire trip, and even they didn’t get much use.
I touched on The Invasion above, so you already know what I am referring to. You will immediately notice a drastic change in West Bay Beach on cruise ship days, of which there were three during our stay. Directly beside Infinity Bay, hundreds of white chairs are lined up on the beach in rows about three inches apart. Music is pumped out of a sound system, for the entire beach to hear. Cruise shippers are then shuttled to West Bay beach in droves. Suddenly, you find yourself surrounded and your otherwise empty beach so crowded that you can barely walk from your chair to the beach without stepping on several Carnival towels. Lunchtime rolls around and you are hungry, you decide to head up to a table at Infinity’s restaurant for a bite. After combing the 12 or so tables for a spot, you realize that they are all taken - by cruise shippers who aren’t staying at the resort. So they must be ordering lunch, right? Nope, they are sitting there eating food they have brought in from the ship. I’m not sure how the coral on this beach has survived the onslaught of fins since many of the cruise ship snorkelers I saw were standing on it while feeding bread to the fish. This is the scene that lasts for hours until they leave as quickly as they arrive. I believe that the same thing happens at Bananarama on cruise ship days. I have posted some photos of the cruise ship days so you don’t have to take my word for it.
As beautiful as this resort is, as friendly as the staff and owners are, even despite the spectacular sunsets, I don’t think I would return to West Bay solely because of the cruise ship crowds. Roatan is building a new cruise ship terminal to accommodate even more ships, so I doubt that this issue will improve. It’s very unfortunate because otherwise this resort is 5-star!
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