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If you’re dreaming of a tropical escape, Roatan should really be on the top of your list. While it’s still relatively unknown, for now, an increasing number of people are discovering its pristine beaches, warm turquoise waters and authentic Caribbean charms. Surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world, the island is one of the best places on earth for divers and snorkelers who have the opportunity to see thousands of marine creatures as well as drop-offs, canyons and the largest variety of coral and sponges in the Caribbean.
When you want to take a break from the water, you’ll find plenty of things to do on land too, like close encounters with capuchin monkeys and macaws at Gumbalinda Park as well as high adrenaline activities such as zip-lining through the jungle. You’ll have a wide array of accommodation options to choose from too, including these top properties.
The Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort sits on a coconut-palm lined shoreline with lush, tropical vegetation, soft white sands and azure waters which all await just outside the door of your luxurious Spanish-style villa. Each villa is elegantly furnished and includes a flat-screen TV, furnished terrace and a fully equipped kitchen. When you aren’t soaking up the sunshine on the beach or exploring the breathtaking underwater world, you can enjoy the massive pool with outdoor bars or indulge in treatments at the spa offering services like facials and massages. Multiple gourmet-style eateries are also on site, along with entertainment like cultural shows and live music.
One of Roatan’s top-rated resorts and the winner of numerous travel accolades, Barefoot Cay Resort is built around a privately owned four-acre cay. Located on the south shore of Roatan, it offers the chance for the ultimate escape, far away from the chaos of the modern world. Guests arrive by boat and stay in secluded one-bedroom bungalows and two-bedroom villas that include spacious living areas, sophisticated furnishings and louvered wooded doors that open to reveal the glistening Caribbean waters and gentle sea breeze outside. The walk-on pontoon boats cross the 75 feet between the cay and shore property at a moment’s notice, day or night, allowing visitors to get out and explore whenever it’s convenient. The resort’s Barefoot Divers is a PADI five-star Instructor Development Center hosting a dive shop, retail center and courses for all skill levels. You can also take advantage of the spa with a long list of treatment options on the menu, including everything from heavenly body scrubs to massage, reflexology and facials.
Located on West Bay Beach, Infinity Bay Spa and Beach Resort is a gorgeous eco-friendly property with an ideal blend of upscale accommodations, fine dining and an amazing waterfront location offering access to onsite diving just steps from your door. Three-story complexes surround a narrow lap pool and a tropical garden landscape. Choose a luxurious apartment and you can enjoy a spacious interior that includes a kitchen as well as a balcony overlooking the sea. Enjoy lounging on a one-third of a mile white sandy beach or alongside the freshwater pool with waterfalls and an infinity edge. Kayaking and canoeing equipment is complimentary, and you can also access the full-service spa and health club.
Splash Inn Resort is an intimate boutique hotel located in the heart of West End, a charming village set upon the brilliant blue waters of Half Moon Bay. Rather than high rises and endless duty-free shops, you’ll find lots of quaint cafes, eateries, dive shops and establishments selling locally-made art. Snorkeling boat tours, scuba diving and shark diving are all offered by the resort, while activities like fishing, kayaking, glass bottom boat tours, paddleboarding and horseback riding can all be arranged by reception. The open-air terrace bar and grill offers a fabulous 2-for-1 happy hour where you enjoy sipping cocktails while watching a glorious sunset.
Known as one of Roatan’s best dive resorts, Anthony’s Key Resort offers tropical bungalows that are tucked within the hills of the main island, all providing stunning views. In addition to diving, guests can enjoy snorkeling, kayaking, and the only dolphin encounter program on Roatan, which includes a variety of activities like dolphin training and feeding sessions. You can also get your diver certification, join an island field trip, watch marine life shows and enjoy beach picnics. Telephones and TVs are blissfully absent here, so you can spend peaceful afternoons in a hammock overlooking the ocean or snorkeling the crystal-clear waters in search of marine life, while the on-site is ready to pamper you.
One of the most luxurious resorts on the island, the Grand Roatan takes things to a whole new level with its style and sophistication, along with a perfect spot tucked between the dreamy Caribbean waters and a forest sanctuary. This beautiful hideaway offers spacious, modern suites with unparalleled views as well as wade-in access to the world’s second-largest barrier reef. You’ll enjoy a beautifully designed living space with island-inspired hues, a fully equipped kitchen, flat-screen TV and more. Wonderful for a romantic escape, you can even dine by candlelight at the Iron Shore Grill and take a horseback ride along the shore. You may even want to take an all-day excursion for two to nearby Pigeon Cay. Other highlights include a grand infinity-style pool, poolside palapa with dining and swim-up bar as well as a beach club with cocktail service.
Seagrape Plantation Resort in West End is known for its spectacular ocean views and beautiful sunsets from its Caribbean bungalows. This tranquil, intimate resort offers a private, secluded experience while still being just a short walk away from a number of bars and restaurants. In addition to the bungalows, deluxe rooms are found at the center of the resort. All offer easy access to the beachfront freshwater swimming pool where you can enjoy unwinding with views of the Caribbean. This inviting luxury resort also features an on-site dive shop.
Pristine Bay Resort is a sprawling waterfront resort encompassed by the only golf resort on Roatan, an 18-hole championship course known as The Black Pearl, the centerpiece of the property designed by world-renowned golfer and architect, Pete Dye. It features one to four-bedroom private villas that offer a level of luxury and comfort previously not offered anywhere on the island. Each is exquisite with fine furnishings as well as full kitchens, laundry, living and dining rooms along with a private pool and patio. Choose from a golf course view, ocean view, or both. Its dining options offer stunning views and international cuisine as well as a number of bars. Activities include swimming in the expansive, lagoon-like pools, diving, paddleboarding, tennis, and, of course, golf. Diving is available with Black Pearl Divers & Aquatic Center, located right on site.
Surrounded by lush gardens and winding sandy footpaths, Bananarama Dive Resort is located just steps from the sparkling waters of the Caribbean. Whether you want to be active or relax, you’ll find plenty of options for filling your days, from snorkeling right off the beach to daily dives and a variety of activities like fishing charters, sunset catamaran tours, horseback riding and zip-lining as well as just lounging on the soft sands and taking in the scene. The PADI 5-Star Bananarama Dive Center is located inside the resort, offering a variety of fun adventures and unique diving experiences. If you aren’t into diving, you can also rent snorkeling equipment and kayaks. After a long day of play enjoy dining at the Thirsty Turtle, the brick oven Pizzarama or the Vintage Pearl Restaurant. Accommodation options include everything from modern condos to beachside cabanas and two-story beachfront villas.
The Fantasy Island Beach Resort, set on a 21-acre private island off Roatan’s southern coast, offers a particularly enchanting stay. This intimate, all-inclusive resort features three magnificent, powdery white sand beaches sitting at the edge of tranquil cerulean waters and offers an array of fun activities, including diving. The Fantasy Island Dive Centre offers expert instructions so that even beginners can enjoy exploring the massive barrier reef. A number of popular excursions are offered as well, including the chance to travel via glass-bottom boat to Coxen Hole, West End and West Bay Beach. Or, you can cruise to Punta Gorda and Jonesville by powerboat. Other activity options include snorkel tours, diving with sharks, horseback riding, sunset cruises and canopy tours. Dine at one of two international buffet restaurants featuring local delicacies and enjoy refreshments at the swim-up bar. The spacious rooms are light, airy and offer jaw-dropping views from the balconies.
Blue Bahia Resort is a small boutique resort located right on the beach, with a beautiful swimming pool looking out over the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. While taking a refreshing dip, you won’t be able to tell where the vanishing edge ends and the sea begins. This eco-friendly, full-service resort is renowned on the island for serving sustainable seafood as well as delectable smoked meats and other local Caribbean-style dishes. You’ll also find first-class condo accommodations, all overlooking the pool and some with a full sea or partial sea-view, along with a full kitchen, complete with all the appliances you need to cook up your own meals. Other activities include snorkeling, with equipment available, kayaking and fishing, with charters arranged by the resort.
Paradise Hotels & Resorts offers a slice of Caribbean paradise overlooking West Bay Beach, with silky soft sands and inviting cobalt waters. The elegantly decorated rooms and suites, as well as charming bungalow-style villas by the water all feature luxurious amenities and modern comforts. Enjoy strolls in the shade of lush, green gardens as well as glorious sunsets over the water. The Dive Shop offers expert diving instructors, while diving and snorkeling are available just steps from your door, right from the beach. Spend your leisure time sipping cocktails at the sports bar or beach bar, then enjoy fresh seafood and Italian cuisine at IL Pomodoro.
Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort is the only resort on Roatan’s northeast shore, a lush, remote area of the island that’s ideal for diving without big crowds as well as unwinding on an exclusive private beach. Set atop a hillside, guests enjoy stunning ocean views and a protected bay, ideal for swimming and kayaking with its calm waters, as well as exceptional, friendly service that will make you feel right at home. Accommodations include hillside bungalows set among tropical gardens and palm trees with stylish Caribbean decor and sea views from private terraces. The on-site restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating, along with creative meals featuring local flavors.