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Reviewed June 13, 2013 via mobile

This is the place to stay in West Bay!! Great location, there's a Reef right off the hotel Beach, just a short walk away! It's beautiful ! The Rooms are very nice and you can't beat the free breakfast everyday. The Hotel Staff was excellent, so friendly ! I will definitely recommend the Bananarama Resort !

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Thank 1SaltyGirl
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

I stayed only 2 nights in this hotel - fortunately. The location of the hotel is good, just next to West Bay beach, the ground is well kept. We had the cabana no 13, very avarage, not really clean, hot and noisy. Altough this is a beach hotel in a remote island, for this price I expected a bit more.
The breakfast was awful, I really questioned the hygenic conditions of the kitchen. Lunch and dinner we always had at the next door hotel, cheaper and better quality.
The staff was so unfriendly, rude, bored and unpolite, horrible service, except the dive centre. If I stay longer in Roatan, for sure change hotel.
I chose Banarama based on the reviews and I was really surprised having this bad experience.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank AndreaK2222
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Reviews are by definition, highly subjective and are strongly influenced by what your expectations are and where you have been before.

My wife and I are in our early 30s and have traveled to AI locations over 20 times, rarely in extremely luxurious but never in less than a 4 stars. We've stayed at some places I'd qualify as excellent.

The Bananarama and Roatan itself however score 11 on a scale of 10! Never have we come back from a trip and felt that way - We needed to visit this place again, and ASAP.

Roatan is a beautiful island and the beach in West Bay certainly ranks high among the most beautiful I've had a chance to visit. The Bananarama sits directly on this beach.

There are tons of excellent reviews out there so here are the outstanding points that, to us, made the Bananarama our new home away from home:

The staff:

Never have we cared much for this aspect on our trips, in fact it ranked pretty low on our list of important stuff to look for. Our trip in Roatan changed that - Having genuinely friendly and efficient staff makes a world of difference. In many upper scale resorts you'll have great service but rarely will you experience that true sense of "We're being nice because we want to, not because we are forced to". At the Bananarama, people are themselves, they work hard and yet manage to make you feel welcome like a friend, not royalty. They can be proud of having such a consistent and authentic bunch of people!

The food:

Until then, we had never eaten a good pizza down south. We've also had very few meals that were worth remembering on our previous trips. To put things in perspective, the wood oven cooked pizza was excellent and the meals we shared at the Vintage Pearl are now sitting on my "Top 5 best meals I've ever had, anywhere in the world" - that is a huge statement! I'd easily qualify the food over at the Thirsty Turtle as great Pub fare food. Lunches at the Vintage Pearl were also ridiculously outstanding (salmon panini, blackened gator tacos.. finger lickin good!)

The Hotel:

Rustic is an appropriate description, clean, charming and convenient are also. From our room we never were more than a minute away from either the reception, dive shop, restaurants or the beach. How amazing is that !? The themed nightly animation is sincerely fun making the Bananarama a great place just to hang out at.

Diving an the beach:

As mentioned earlier on, the beach is gorgeous. Besides being a few seconds from your door step, it also happens to be one of the nicest snorkeling spot we've ever visited. Soft sand, no rocks or obstacle of any kinds, from shallow to deep and deeper it is the perfect beach for everyone. A bit crowded on busy days, yes, but that never was a problem. The Dive center is second to none, having once again an amazing team (got certified and Advance with Marc, awesome guy) and well organised operation. This is THE place to dive, period.

We visited the Bananarama for the first time in February 2013, we are booking our second upcoming visit for August 2013! Not even 6 months apart, that should say something.

Enjoy your visit and thanks to the owners and staff for managing such a wonderful place.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Astralmind
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Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

I didn't stay at this resort, but was a short walk from mine. Great lunch specials! Loved their pizza!! They also have yummy ice cream in their dive shop. Friendly staff. Numerous activities you can book! We did an dolphin encounter. It was amazing!

  • Stayed: May 2013
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Thank Justina T
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

We chose Bananarama Resort and Dive center after doing extensive research and we couldn't have been more pleased with our decision and experience. The location of Bananarama is in the heart of West Bay beach - a spectacular palm tree lined sandy beach full of restaurants, bars, and activities. There wasn't a need to go anywhere else on the island, with the exception of a scooter excursion just to see different parts of the island and a water taxi to West End to shop, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy drinks along the ocean.

Emily, Sara, and Britney at the reception office took great care of us and made sure our entire week went smooth. The arrival started with a friendly and welcoming orientation with a walk around the resort and within the first half hour we were in full vacation mode. We stayed in the private condo offered at Bananarama located just a few minutes walk from the beach. The condo was nice - and the few minor issues we had when we first arrived were resolved immediately by the reception office.

The Banarama Dive center was outstanding. Marco did a great job getting us set up for the week of diving, and Martin and Zoe were fabulous to dive with as they took us to some of the best diving spots and helped us get the maximum out of each dive. Roatan has some outstanding reef structure and marinelife and we did some of the best diving I've experienced. They did a great job balancing safety with the fun factor so the overall experience was outstanding! Martin was a great instructor with a passion for teaching as he helped us with a couple of new advanced courses. The bioluminescent night dive ("String of Pearls") was spectacular - a must do if you happen to be in Roatan during completely dark nights - usually within 5 days of a full moon.

This is a definite repeat trip for us!

Room Tip: The two bedroom private condo offered at Bananarama is a good alternative if you want a place just a little more out of center of activity of the sleeping accommodations in the middle of the resort and want a place with a full kitchen and living room for a family or two couples. It's located just a few minutes walk from the resort and beach.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank GregT8KITEZ
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