We stayed for a week in the Island Pearl studio #28 and found it to be a bargain, Although the room is small, it really is quite practical for a single or couple. There is strong ac, a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and safe in the room and enough nooks for storage if you utilize it efficiently. The shower area actually takes up half the space which comes in handy for rinsing and hanging snorkel gear and bathing suits. This is not a luxury set up, but that is part of the fun. There also is definitely sound next door from the Vintage Pearl restaurant's kitchen area, but we came prepared with a "sleep machine" to block this out when we were in bed.
The real plus here is the staff and how the entire operation is so well run. Everyone is smiling and quick to help with any request. One of the owners (Jeff) was consistently on site during our stay and he made a point of interacting with guests and making sure things were running smoothly and that everybody was happy. He and all his workers obviously take sincere pride in the job they are doing.
We had the breakfast each morning and enjoyed the food/drink specials a number of times for lunch or dinner. Everything was tasty and service was never on "island time," even when it was busy. You also can get anything brought directly to your lounge chair on the beach. It all contributes to the relaxed vibe that we were looking for in this tropical paradise.
The only negative was the crowd from the cruise ships on three of our days, but the staff handles this as best as can be expected. It is only for about three hours in the middle of the day, and we just made sure to be active and on the move. It's a great time to take a snorkel trip, hike or jump in one of the free kayaks. Or better yet, rent a paddle board from Anita on the beach in front of the resort. She is delightful and will take you out herself if you're a novice and have you cruising across West Bay in in no time!
We have already booked our return trip for next year with relatives. This time we plan to get certified and use the resort's dive operation that everyone raves about. We can't wait!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uncover a little known wonder in the Caribbean, where you can bask in near perfect weather steps from the silken sand. With intimate villas and a spacious owners villa, Island Pearl provides a serenity undiscovered in Roatan. Canopied by swaying palms, the beauty and intrigue of an Island Pearl visit has always drawn guests who are looking for something more. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Island Pearl West Bay
- Island Pearl Hotel West Bay
- Island Pearl Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras