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The Resort at Palmetto Bay
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

INITIAL THOUGHTS: We have traveled a great deal to various locations levels of accommodations throughout the world. We typically do more self guided trips. We loved our time in roatan and much of that can be credited to the amazing locale and accommodating staff. I would highly recommend it to travels who prefer a more independent getaway and journey.

PROS: Absolutely stunning location. The houses are located right on the beach. Walk out your door to sand on your toes and a tropical forrest around you. They have seamlessly integrated the beach, forrest and surroundings with the apartments. Each house/apartment has plenty of privacy. Each house/bungalow/apartment has great space with full kitchens, spacious bedrooms, multiple bathrooms and incredible deck spaces with spectacular views. There is a dive shop (barefoots divers) right on site with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. The staff at the hotel is very friendly and highly accommodating. The bar/food staff is friendly and fun to be around. The cooks created memorable island style meals. If we any issue at all the staff was quick to help.

CONS: Might want to rent car if you plan on planning on going out around the island a great deal. This may not be a con in the sense we actually prefer having a car so and the "offroading" was a lot of fun on some of the island roads. If you are looking for a nightclub or big party scene this may not be the place for you. There were plenty of friendly guests around but the main hotel/bar area was more of a relaxed feel when we were there. There were still plenty of people around to speak with and party with though. Because you are in a beautiful tropical forest there pest insects around like mosquitoes and biting flies sometimes. Its no worse than the vast majority of the island and with insect repellant its not a big deal but some might find it bothersome. Internet is available at some sites and at the main hotel/bar area but not in every spot. Again this may not be a bad thing for everyone because I see it more as a pro.

CONCLUSION: If you like to "get away" from it all get down to palmetto bay as soon as possible. Travel there was very easy and this spot is simply amazing. The hotel wasn't overcrowded and the staff was great and very friendly. For divers specifically this spot is also a great choice. Bring a group of friends (like we did), your family, or just you and a urge for adventure and you wont be sorry,

Room Tip: Get a beachfront spot if you can. Not all spots are A/C or fully enclosed by windsows. Some are open and screened. When we went though the weather was perfect and we had no issues with the weather, heat or humidity.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with friends
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2  Thank john h
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

I recently visited Palmetto Bay Plantation on a quick getaway vacation and I just loved this place. Roatan is generally a resort island with lots to do, but that means that there are lots of tourists and vacationers around and Palmetto Bay is just far away enough that I can enjoy the peace of the Caribbean, but close enough to allow me the option to intermingle with the action of the rest of the island if I want to. The location really allows for that peaceful island feel and is very relaxing. Cecilia the General Manager was very efficient making sure I was taken care of. The staff was very attentive and always willing to help with any questions I had. I always felt like I was being taken care of and that my needs were a priority.

Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
1  Thank Lucy E
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Me and my boyfriend had a fantastic stay one day when we wanted to get away from West End where we were staying for two months, so we decided to book a one night stay in the honeymoon suite at Palmetto Bay Plantation, and boy it was more luxurious than we thought it was!! We swam in the private pool, did some kayaking and in the night Eric and the staff made a romantic dinner on the beach for us! It was amazing, staff was super attentive (Cecilia) and everyone else, next morning we had brunch in bed before check out with Mimosas, it was the best day we spent together in Roatan and so relaxing, definitely try the couples massage, they are fantastic. We wish we could have stayed longer but unfortunately my boyfriend works and we only had that day off. We will definitely return to that little piece of paradise.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Cecilie J
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

Please people, the reviews on Trip Advisor are accurate. This property is a complete disaster. Located off a brutal 4WD dirt road way way WAY away from "town" - 45 mins is accurate...and past the HUGE municipal dump with a continuous trash and litter trail from there to this property that they generously term a "resort". It is MAYBE as good as a rustic woodsy summer camp, but is it far from a "resort". 1 star at best.

The beach is not much, the pool area is a murky and run down, the bar and restaurant are tiny and lacking any refinement or polish - it is just very run down and decrepit. The "dive shop" is a tiny little broom closet operation. The mosquitos are everywhere and are BRUTAL, you will be eaten alive if you go.

BOTTOM LINE - the is a 3rd world country in every sense of the word, Roatan is covered with filth and trash all over the island, it is very very sad, and the Palmetto Plantation is just well below standards for anything nice. If you go here you will most certainly regret your trip.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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6  Thank nolcol
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

Our adventure at Palmetto began with the 30 min drive to the resort on an unpaved dirt road. Clearly in December it is the rainy season so throughout our stay there it was a trek to come and go so if you are going to stay here be sure and get a vehicle with 4 wheel drive. Then we get there around lunch and decide to have lunch at the restaurant on the resort which was terrible. When they call themselves an eco resort this just means that they don't use pesticides for the sand fleas and instead use some type of natural oil which does not help at all so bring some bug spray or you will get eaten alive. The diving and dive staff at Barefoot Divers made the stay. They were absolutely wonderful at Palmetto and at Barefoot Cay (if you choose to dive both sides of the island). Great area for kayaking, No air conditioning in the villas, everything runs on propane but don't expect the staff to get in a huge hurry to refill your propane if it runs out (we didn't have hot water for a full day). It was a good trip all in all but if I was doing it over I would probably choose a different place to lodge.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank aefranks7
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