I am a little torn writing this review on Pristine Bay. My husband and I stayed here for the 2nd half of our honeymoon in Roatan. We spent the first half at Xbalanque and honestly would have stayed had we not paid for our villa at PB ahead of time.
The communication with the resort was easy and seamless, and they came and picked us up at our first hotel and were on time. Driving into the resort the views are stunning. Breathtaking and gorgeous, but we noticed immediately how isolated the property felt. We knew heading there that PB was located further from many of the main areas, but didn't realize how completely disconnected the resort would be from the rest of the island.
Upon checking in, we were brought to our villa which was very nice. Spacious and clean (we thought) with a washer and dryer and a full kitchen. The issue was, we were not given very much information other than our keys and that there were a few restaurants on the property. We were left feeling sort of lost after check-in. We felt like we did not have a lot of information on the resort, the activities, etc. It even took 3 phone calls before our golf cart arrived.
We went to Sky Restaurant for dinner that night and the food was terrible. We decided then that we would need to figure out a way to get to the grocery store (no one at the resort told us we would need to do this when we checked in). After a long conversation with the front desk, we were told we could drive our golf cart to the front gate and walk to the grocery, which we did (5 minute walk).
The resort itself has a beautiful beach club with gorgeous pool and friendly and attentive bar staff. It did feel very much like a country club, which my husband and I were slightly turned off by as we prefer a warmer, more friendly atmosphere. The food at the pool bar was much better than Sky, but beware it is pricey to eat at PB. We met a couple that told us about the hotel on the property and found out from them that there is actually a 4th restaurant we had access to, as well as an additional pool. The hotel as beautiful but completely empty.
We did 2 dives with the on-site dive shop and thoroughly enjoyed the dives. The dive master was terrific, we were the only couple diving, and the sites were beautiful and we completely empty of other dive ops.
The only major concern we had was we noticed half-way through our stay that our villa had a cockroach problem. It took a few phone calls before the maids came and then all they did was spray some RAID.
All in all, I would give PB 4 stars for beauty and amenities, but 2 stars for location and feel, 2 stars for food, and 3 stars for ease of stay. There was nothing specifically wrong with our stay (other than the roaches) and the beauty of the resort, the views, the diving and the beach club definitely helped balance it out. I'm glad we had the experience of staying there but I would not recommend this place to anyone the slightest bit adventurous, or who likes to enjoy living life in the place they visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pristine Bay Resort is a 405-acre luxury golf resort on the island of Roatan, located in the Western Caribbean. Available accommodations include 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom private villas. All are exquisitely furnished and uniquely equipped with full kitchens, laundry, living and dining areas, plus a private pool and patio. Choose from spectacular ocean views, golf course views, or both! Pristine Bay Resort also offers you the best facilities on the island, which include our Beach Club with gym, tennis courts and infinity pools overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Onsite dining options include Aqua and Flava, as well as the Sky Lounge with spectacular views over the North and South Shores of Roatan. The centerpiece of the resort is undoubtedly the 18-hole championship golf course, The Black Pearl, designed by famous golf player and architect, Pete Dye. Roatan's finest diving is also available with Black Pearl Divers & Aquatic Center, located onsite at Pristine Bay Resort. Experience incredible diving, PADI training, and many other tours and activities. Stay at Pristine Bay Resort for the ultimate in luxury and an unforgettable experience! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pristine Bay Resort Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands