We stayed at Las Rocas recently and it had its good moments and bad moments.
Prior to arriving, I had corresponded with Pasquale regarding our room since we chose to upgrade to the "standard plus bungalow" and was told we would have an amazing ocean view worthy of $500 a night. Mistakenly I was expecting a view like the picture of the cabin with the hammock. Upon arrival, I discovered that was not the case at all. Our cabin had so much foliage blocked in front of it, you could barely see the ocean. When I inquired with Pasquale, I was told the cabin behind us was actually a "superior bungalow" and has a different price point.
Please update your website Las Rocas and give your guests clear expectations! Nowhere on your website under accommodations does it list a "standard PLUS bungalow". Its confusing and the way you talked about the $500 a night ocean view did not give me realistic expectations. Our room was "ok". After speaking with other guests we were thrilled that our bathroom was enclosed and not open air. We also would have loved a foot bath for our room since even though there was an outdoor shower, you had to walk through sand still to get back to our room. Our entire cabin felt like a sandy beach, bed included the entire week.
The staff at Las Rocas was hit or miss. We loved Winston and Alex and found them both to be extremely friendly and helpful. The dive staff was a little rude to non-divers. We did not find them to want our business at all. My husband and I do a little freediving and they have signs posted on the dive shop about snorkeling tours, island tours, whale sharks, and a freedive class sign. I was not a fan of this dive shop, and I found many of the others on west bay such as bananarama and west bay diver's dive shops to be WAY more friendly. *as a side note, the individuals we met who were doing scuba with Las Rocas had nothing but good things to say about the dive staff; the dive staff is just indifferent to non-scuba divers*.
The food was decent. Breakfast was edible most days and lunches were hit or miss. We never ate dinner at the resort since it was so expensive compared to every other restaurant on West Bay. At dinner the restaurant looked almost closed. I don't think I ever saw a guest eating dinner there and their specials stayed the same for several days during our visit.
The beach vendors. This was one of the worst parts. You expect to have people asking you to buy stuff when you're walking along the busy section of West Bay, but they swarmed the resort too. People would be trying to sell you stuff while you were eating breakfast, enjoying happy hour, lounging in the sun, sitting in the pool, etc. It was AWFUL. One older lady came up to me in the pool and asked us if we wanted a massage and we said no, but she just started massaging my shoulders and said "free five minutes". Well my shoulders killed from the rock hard beds and flat/non existent pillows so I figured I could just tip her a little at the end of five minutes...this woman would not let me get up to leave and then asked for $60 at the end. It was all around a horrible experience and she was being really mean about my husband who was scared and huddled as far in to the pool as possible so nobody would try massaging him. Your resort should be somewhat of a refuge.
The best part of Roatan and Las Rocas was the ocean and the new friends we made.
The water is amazing, even if you are not a diver. We took a dive flag and swam out to the reef in front of the hotel and saw huge barracudas, sea turtles, grouper, etc. We also walked all the way down to West Bay Beach several times to snorkel the reef over there. It is absolutely amazing. By far it has been some of the best shore snorkeling/diving we have ever done.
We also made some fantastic friends at Las Rocas and that is a great benefit of staying at a smaller resort and bonding over bats in cabins, shredded towels, and happy hour.
Overall - we would not come back to Las Rocas and we would more than likely not go back to Roatan. If we were to return to Roatan, there are plenty of other resorts and villas to rent that are comparable in cost and probably better maintained.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on Roatan's most beautifull beach, Las Rocas Resort & Dive Center offers the perfect setting for your intimate getaway vacation. Dive Roatan's marine park from the doorstep of your cabin. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Las Rocas Resort And Dive Center
- Las Rocas Resort & Dive Hotel West Bay
- Las Rocas Resort & Dive Center Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
- Las Rocas Hotel Dive Center