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“Perfect Get Away - St. Mac's Upper Level"”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
West Bay, Roatan, Bay Islands

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Cindy M
Scottsdale, Arizona
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“Perfect Get Away - St. Mac's Upper Level"”
Reviewed October 30, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

We stayed at St. Mac's last December and will be going back again this year. Excellent views from the upper patio and the perfect place to have breakfast, lunch, afternoon cocktails or just get out of the sun for awhile but still enjoy the beach. The home is comfortable and clean but not as upscale as the home next door and behind. They both have been recently remodeled. We debated on getting the one next door on the beach for this coming December, but decided we liked the large upper deck where you can watch all the action, but feel a little safer and have no worries about anyone coming on your patio from the beach. There is a security guard that patrols the area, but with upstairs deck we could leave all our gear outside and not worry about it disappearing. We also loved the convenient location - the beach in your front yard, restaurants 1/4-1/2 mile down the beach, amazing reef 50-100 yards away, fishing boats, water taxis, dive boats stop in front of the house as well as all the beach vendors bringing you everything you could want and more, which can be a good or bad thing.

You can basically stay in your beach chair and be brought cigars, cold beer, empanadas, banana donuts, coconut juice, ice cream, jewelry, sunglasses, massage, etc. Some advice, be firm when you say "no." Do not say "maybe" if you are not interested as they will keep coming back. Also be careful of the "free 5 minute massage." Once they start and you get relaxed, there is no turning back. If you want a message make sure you firmly establish a price first. All the venders know who is new because they walk up and down the beach all day long. They also know you have more money when you first get there. There are police that patrol the beach to keep the venders from taking over, but they are still there. One of our favorites was the donut man. Also watch out for the middle men when booking an excursion, negotiate your own deals with the captains.

We rented snorkel gear from the Bananarama which is about 1/4 mile to the right down the beach for a week for about $30. Highly recommend this. Snorkeling was best to the left of St. Macs all the way to the far left.

Loved paddle boarding with Anita. She has a booth with her daughter Delaney near the Bananarama Hotel. Anita is a great instructor. They are reasonable and treat you like family.

Lots of great restaurants just down the beach. We also enjoyed the Hermit Crab Races at the Bananarama in support of a local charity. Look for specials as different restaurants have a deal one night a week. I believe the Bananarama had $5 hamburgers on Mondays or something like that and other restaurants had lobster specials.

Some additional activities we enjoyed were:
Frenchy's 44 - enjoyed the zoo and the tranquility of the island. No venders. It was nice to have one afternoon where I did not have to say "no thank you" 20 times.
Anthony's Key - we did the training session with the dolphins - great experience.
Fishing/Snorkeling trip - do not combine the two, do one or the other. We caught one Barracuda over a few hours. Had to go out past the reef and the water was rough. We loved snorkeling near Sandy Bay where there was an area with lots of starfish and another area called the Blue Channel.
***Find out the cruise ship schedule and book your activities on the days they are not coming to shore.***

We liked West Bay and the home. It was perfect for our needs. However, if you are looking for total peace and quiet, this is probably not the best choice.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Would like for it to be more updated like some of the other homes nearby
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Michelle...
Bakersfield, California
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“Loved Every Minute at St. Mac's - Beautiful View and Close to Everything!”
Reviewed September 1, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful place to stay in Roatan. The upper level of St. Mac's is spectacular. 3 bedroom, 3 bath, safe, very clean, spectacular views, close to many restaurants, shopping, entertainment, water taxi's are literally right out front of the house, the best snorkeling can be experienced walking out the door a few paces to the water. Not kidding. We snorkeled several times a day on all areas of the island and had a wonderful experience right in front of the house. Wonderful. Sam and Ruth were accessible during our entire stay and were exceptionally helpful with everything from searching things to experience, booking excursions, tips on where to go etc. The owner we dealt with prior to booking was great to work with as well. Her name is Kasey. We made the deposits with her and she made our arrangements for pickup and drop off at the airport. Really everything went wonderfully.

Marty picked us up from the airport and took us to the store so we could shop for snacks, ice and beverages then we asked if he would take us to a gas station so that we could air up our rafts so we were ready to hit the water upon arrival! haha. Marty was fantastic and we hired his wife and daughter to come prepare an island meal for the 4 of us at the house one evening. The food was fantastic as well. "Blackie's Island Cooking."

One minor incident with security:
For 7 days we had a security guard we called "E". He was wonderful. Friendly, always there, watched everything on the beach for us, just fantastic. Our last few days we had new security as they rotate and we had one minor issue that was quickly resolved by Sam (property manager). What happened is that some vendors walking by shouted up to the patio where we were relaxing and although we said we would let them know if we were interested in a massage later, one of the ladies took it upon herself to walk up the stairs, come into the house and knock on the patio window where we were sitting. We escorted her out and immediately contacted Sam to come assess the situation and at least we wanted to let someone know what had transpired. Although we had no big problem, it was uncomfortable that security did nothing to stop her from walking up and into the house. Our previous security "E" wouldn't let anyone pass the rope separating the property from the beach. Anyway, all worked out... the vendors know not to do this. Security knows not to allow this but you might want to lock the doors even when you are in the house just in case.

The housekeeper came about 3 times over the 10 days we were there. Everything was wonderful. The living room area is very spacious. Water was provided, a local pre-paid cell phone was provided to us to make arrangements for transportation and book excursions with. We had free WI-fi..We were completely happy with St. Mac's upper level. It really was wonderful. I'll post photos of some of the inside space, house and patio views. We'd absolutely come back again. Very pleased with our experience at St. Mac's. Thank you Sam, Ruth, Marty and Kasey for a memorable experience. Greatly appreciated. We love St. Mac's!

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Liked best: The views from the patio could not be beat! Lovely!
Liked least: having to leave. lol =)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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