I'm well travelled and not new to all inclusive resorts. As well, i am an easy going person and do not have super high expectations when i travel as i have backpacked and appreciate any amenities offered since i know how it is to travel with none. Now, Media Luna is beautiful, but small as in not a lot of ground to cover. There is one lobby, one dining room and then there's 'smoker's alley' in between. One bar and a large multi-teir deck. I would say its better suited to couples overall. You have three meal settings a day and if you miss them then you are out of luck; this was not a problem for us as we just planned accordingly. We were not super impressed by the food, but there was always something we found to eat enough to satisfy out appetites. Foodies would likely have a coronary here.
The cappuccinos are great, but not served all day. I found this frustrating. Wait staff are descent and mostly clear plates, but most times you can ask them for a drink and they'll get it for you. I think they shy from asking if you'd like anything because their English is poor.
The one bar was almost always open and the bartenders were really great!! Victor And Eddie were my favorite although there were two girls there who were fab as well just didn't catch their names; one knew English very well. We tipped them well and they often went above and beyond for us including serving us marginally past 11pm when the bar closes. Yes you read that correctly, the one bar closes at 11pm every night.
The animation team is a great group of people! Noel, Nicole, Lina and Jimmy :) they really made the trip fun and got people involved in the activities offered like aqua gym and dance lessons, which were always a good laugh.
The Friday night excursion to west end with Douglas was fun!! Blue marlin was our favorite bar and we ran into all kinds of people from all over there and had a blast. They pour triples so take it easy with the drinks there :)
Douglas runs the excursions from the resort to west end and to shopping etc. he's a sweetheart as well.
The Saturday night dancing at Roa was an experience. It's a sketchy club with lots of shifty looking locals and a person in our group had an expensive leather jacket lifted so mind your belongings if you go, but it was good to go and dance with the friends we made at the resort.
Snorkelling is great right off the beach at media Luna over by the yoga deck towards the dive shop. We went on the hole in the wall cruise for all you can eat lobster and steak. The boat ride was great and food was descent. Stopped for snorkelling on the way back, which was nice as well. Glad we got out on the water and it was only $55.
If you want to get off the resort and explore ask Becky at the front desk to call you a cab and have her ask for Fernando. He knows enough English and is a great spirit. He drove us to punta gorda for a seafood dinner and it was to die for!! Also you can jump to French harbour for the supermarket and stock up on cheap booze for after hours drinks and snacks etc. they also have an ATM at the supermarket. They give you limpiras out of the machine and the cashier changes it to usd for you.
Pack of smokes on the resort is $3/pack. We got a carton of Belmont at the gas station for $22 (ten packs).
Overall I had a blast cause we had a group of 6 close friends and we made our own fun and as I said we are not very picky or stuck up. Are there things you could complain about, sure! Did it provide me with a good holiday? Yes! Now I only paid $880cdn all in for a week here. If I paid more I may have felt differently. You serve yourself a lot, but really.... You just look out over the water and go swimming and realize who cares! It beats bein in Ottawa with snow and frigid temperatures out.
Friends stayed a second week and will be exploring Utila and other islands so I can't wait to hear about their adventures.
In the end the resort was clean, which was paramount for me.
Yes there were a lot of Italians, but the chef and some staff are Italian so they naturally gravitate to their own 'people' but if you make the effort, they are all friendly and treat you well. If you take offence and walk around with your nose up then expect to be treated the same in return. Simple.
Wait for a sale and go to media Luna with an open mind and I think you will be pleased :)
There are scooters to rent and if you dare you can rent a car, just watch for the potholes.
Oh and enjoy the trek into the resort!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Pearl of the Caribbean… refined, precious, endowed with an innate elegance without the confines of time.Are you searching for a refuge in the pure nature?Do you want an eco-Lodge that respects the natural harmony of the elements?Are you seeking absolute relaxation with personal treatment …To you who want the “luna”… Experience…have found it!! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Media Luna Hotel Roatan
- Media Luna Resort And Spa
- Media Luna Resort & Spa Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands