This was our first trip to Roatan (young couple, adventurous but non-divers), and the agency we booked through lodged us at Las Rocas. Here's our experience:
STAFF: Christina and staff are wonderful. Very friendly, professional, and patient with our (many!) questions, and when we needed to get out increments of our cash from the central safe. Housekeeping was very accommodating, brought extra pillows and restocked the mini-fridge with goodies each day. A new towel animal and hibiscus flowers awaited us each time they visited. Dive staff was super helpful with any questions we had about pricing and trips. We were able to just add staff tips to our hotel bill via credit card - also handy.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Resort was tidy and sweet, fenced in with a nightly security watch. Towels/bedding/rooms were freshened daily. The resort's bungalow rooms are a budget/value option priced a bit lower than what we saw on the rest of the island. They are appointed with basic amenities, and nice air conditioning. We stayed in a value bungalow on the first floor - they're two stories with one guest room/bath on each floor. Given the opportunity to do it over, we would have definitely requested the top floor of a bungalow (good views, no overhead foot traffic noise, less humidity inside) or paid the bit more to upgrade to a superior bungalow, since it seems like they have nicer bathrooms and newer furniture, and they're independent one-story bungalows (if you are looking for luxury/higher end lodging, these are more rustic lodgings). Either way, we had no complaints being steps away from the water and had what we needed!
BREAKFASTS/BAR/RESORT FOOD: Breakfast also included in agency booking cost. 8-10 AM each day. Great to roll out of bed and hit the Adirondack chairs on the deck for coffee, fresh fruits, pastries, and a surprise "hot plate" each day (eggs/toast/peppers, french toast/eggs/sausages, and Christmas morning, traditional fare - beans, plantains, sausage, etc). We did not try the bar for other meals (light snacks throughout the day then nearby Beachers late-night for most dinners since Las Rocas bar closes at 9-10), but we did grab beers and mixed drinks, which were great. Don't forget 2-for-1 happy hour. Also, the rooms have mini fridges with bottled liters of water, candy bars, Pringles, chili peanuts, beers, and soft drinks, all $1-2/each. These snacks were awesome to grab and go, and they just tally it on your end bill upon checkout.
CONNECTIVITY: There's a desktop computer with free internet connection in the lobby. We didn't opt for wi-fi and just checked email in the evenings while at dinner - most West Bay restaurants have wi-fi free of charge. Cute little book exchange and DVDs are $1/each to rent if you need your movie fix and bring a laptop. Our room didn't have a tv, but we didn't miss it! The front desk was very accommodating of folks who needed to make a local call (and happily translated for guests, too). The front desk also has odds and ends - rum, toothpaste, and bug spray - which dear lord you will need, with Roatan's infamous sand flies.
TRANSFERS from Airport: Flawless, and cost included in agency booking. A driver met us as soon as our flight landed, and the staff already had flight-time notes of when to have a driver pick us up for the return trip.
NEARBY: Las Rocas is a 1 minute walk onto West Bay Beach (without sitting directly on it, being a little secluded was awesome) to the left. We headed to this beach and met a local lady who toured us around the island ($45/person) and led us to a zip-line spot in Coxen Hole and to her mom's restaurant/house for traditional Machuca dinner. We also negotiated a couple day-tour boat rides from captains on the beach and snorkeled around. Directly to the right of Las Rocas is a quiet stretch of beach and water taxis to West End.
TIPS: Pack bug spray with deet (or heavy Badger Balm, etc) for the sand flies at dusk. ** Bring lots of small bills; change is scarce in West Bay even for USD $20 bills. ** Also feel free to bring a good amount of cash and store it in the resort safe with your passports/IDs - staff keeps a detailed receipt of anything you stores there, and we were able to avoid having to use credit cards all over the place. ** Room keys are on big chunks of wood - tie your key onto a hair elastic and wear on your wrist instead, then re-tie at the end of the week ** Be frank and firm with locals on the beach who will offer massages, jewelry, knick-knacks, sunglasses constantly - a quick "I just bought this no thank you" works wonders (and if you do want it - everyone will haggle a bit). One boy selling jewelry was very persistent and eventually started claiming he was just so hungry - so the bartender had a good laugh when we responded by offering the kid an order of french fries, instead of Lempiras for his shtick. ** Do not buy natural trinkets - conch shells, mahogany boxes, sea horses - customs is not a fan and it is evidently quite bad for the local environment ** A little Spanish goes a looong way - everyone appreciated our (sorry) attempt to be respectful and offer a smile and an Hola!
- 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