Bananarama has an undeniably beautiful location on West Bay beach, but this is a very long beach; all the resorts there have a great location. While I enjoyed my first stay here, I no longer think this is a great value for the money. And this is coming from someone who used to be a fan and was recommending this place to friends a few years ago! Management seems to have changed in between my visits to Roatan, however. If you try to book with them, read the fine print: they have added a mandatory "charity fee" of $2 per night to the booking charge, which they claim will support local charities. They don't say who these charities are, and the fact that this donation is compulsory seems highly suspicious. How is it charity if you're being forced to do it? Don't get me wrong: I would be happy to help a local Honduran charity, but I don't believe for a second that this money is going anywhere besides to the resort. Why don't we get donation receipts detailing the amount and the recipient (like we would with any other charity)? The breakfast that comes with your fee is pretty average - if it hadn't been rolled into the price, I can honestly say we would never have eaten there. I also had a very negative experience with them when trying to get a refund that they fully admitted - in writing - that they owed me. But while they admitted it, the catch was that they mysteriously didn't have the ability to credit my card (though they had no trouble charging it in the first place). They claimed the refund check was "in the mail," but week after week it never arrived. Thankfully my credit card company agreed this was fraudulent behavior and credited my card. So - you might enjoy your stay here if you don't require any kind of customer service (and if you don't care that the breakfast you paid for is mediocre or that you're being forced to contribute to an invisible charity). Just cross your fingers and hope nothing goes wrong and you don't need to ask or anything. Trust me, there are better options. I will say, though, that the fine-dining restaurant on the grounds of the resort - "The Vintage Pearl" (this is not the same place where you eat your breakfast, which is the "Thirstly Turtle" bar on the beach"): Vintage Pearl is expensive, but worth every penny. If you have a special event to celebrate, it's quite a treat. As far as I know the ownership is independent from the resort itself. Also, I've had no complaints about the dive shop that operates within the resort. Highly professional and helpful bunch working there. Luckily you are welcome to frequent both of these fine businesses, restaurant and dive shop - and even the Thirsty Turtle if you want to - without actually staying at this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on West Bay Beach, our Roatan Eco Friendly Dive and Beach Front Resort is blessed with the turquoise waters of the Caribbean shaded under an amazing tropical canopy. We offer an island dream vacation for those who want to escape the stress of everyday life and relax Roatan style. We offer clean, comfortable and affordable rooms with a hammock on every porch and offer free breakfast, wifi, beach chairs, kayaks and smiles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bananarama Beach And Dive Hotel West Bay
- Bananarama Dive Hotel
- Hotel Bananarama Dive
- Bananarama Beach And Dive Resort Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras