We stayed at Royal Playa for 14 days and had an incredible time. One of the best vacations ever. There is so much to write about this place. I will start with the most important: the people. Everyone at Royal Playa was not only an employee but quickly became good friends. Randy, Mr. T - our scuba diving buddy, Eloise, Lorraine and off course Corrine, Matt, Archer - their son and Mr. Jennigs were all incredible people, full of wormth, full of generosity and full of stories. Incredible human spirits and we enjoyed meeting them. There is a sense of easiness about the place, no formal schedules to adhere to and no structure - you simply come and go.
Incredible privacy and eco-friendly design, places you in your own private cabana with aweome views of the ocean, reef and nearby islands. This is a "no frills" type of place, so bring your favorite soap,shampoo and the likes. The beds are comfortable and the room offers a truly islander design - there are lots of open windows and don't expect an air conditioner - your best cool-off device is the breeze from the ocean and a room fan, if you need one. I am not sure why you would want a TV or a radio while on vacation in paradise, but if you have to be connected - bring your own own devices. I don't think you will use them at all. This place is intended to get you unplugged and connected with yourself, your family and friends and enjoy the silcence. We learned how to play cribbage and became fans of the game.
Awesome - Awesome - Awesome - enough said
In almost 20 years of traveling to many islands and diving many places, the Roatan reefs remain pristine (especially on the east side of the Islands). The amount and variety of marine life is incredible. My husband did on average two to three dives per day and registered over 30 incredible dives during the stay.
Plan on enjoying local, home cooked meals. Everything was freshly made and we never went hungry. I have never had such awesome papaya and mangoes and pineapples in my life. The variety of food was also very good and we enjoyed learning about a few local favorite meals. My favorite was yucca cake and corn flour pastolites. I learned a few new recipes that I am bringing back to the States.
This resort is not for people seeking non-stop adventure. it is a low key, laid back and comfortable home like atmosphere. Please come prepared to deal with sand flies and yes, they do bite - i recommend lots of bug sprays, baby oil and a tube of hydrocortizone just in case you start reacting to the bites and start itching. The entire two weeks, we wore our swimsuits and a few shirts during the day. Flip flops is all you truly need, unless you want to do some heavy duty hiking. I found a pair of lightweight long pants to be very helpful for the evenings.
Diving, snorkling, kayaking around the local islands and swimming in the warm waters is the key to this adventure.
Matt and Corrine - thanks a bunch - not only have we found an awesome place in the Bay Islands, we made some incredible new friends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Royal Playa is a botique resort located in Port Royal, Roatan offering diving, snorkeling and other resort activities. Away from the crowds, privacy is assured with our intimate atmosphere and five waterfront cabanas with thatched roofs. The cabanas are tastefully decorated and have four poster beds. We offer diving and non diving packages. This is Roatan at it's most pristine, with 2200 acres of National Park surrounding the resort. The diving is unsurpassed. We have complete rental gear from Scuba Pro. We dive from Calabash Bight east to the Peigon Cayes. Our dive boats handle small groups, guaranteed to provide personal service. Come and enjoy Roatan with us! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Royal Playa Dive Hotel Roatan
- Royal Playa Dive Resort Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands