Palmetto Bay Plantation Hotel

, Roatan, Honduras
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Palmetto Bay Plantation Hotel

, Roatan
4 star

Rooms: 20

1 Palmetto Bay, North - Roatan - 0000 - Honduras Hotel Website | | +504 9991-0811
263 Traveller

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We were delighted to return to Palmetto, one of the most relaxing and beautiful

from A TripAdvisor Member
Plametto is one of the best island places we have visited. The villas are clean and very picturesque, the people are wonderful and the restaurant one of the best on the island. This resort fits the Caribbean style perfectly, unlike some of the more sterile, phoney island style places that look the same no matter what island you visit, but features real island design, food, landscaping and people. Not for those who must constantly watch their manicures and Rolexes, but great for snorkeling, diving, beachwalking, and meeting more laid back adventuresome folks.

Luxury and Solice in Roatan

from A TripAdvisor Member
I have been traveling to Roatan for several years and have stayed at a number of the island's so called "popular" destinations.... NOTHING compares to Palmetto Bay Plantation. Their staff is incredibly accomodating and very friendly. They will do everything possible to ensure you have an enjoyable stay. The view is amazing. The architecture and accomodations are above anything else you will find on the island. There is a dive shop on site and they will arrange diving directly off the reef located at Palmetto Bay, or on the South side of the island, for variety. I will not only be back, I am planning on purchasing a villa on the property. The experience was first rate!

Authentic Roatan

from Reef94
Palmetto Bay is a real authentic getaway. If you are looking for a glorified typical Caribbean vacation that cost $400+ then this is not for you. The houses are huge and all are within a 2 minute walk from the beach. There are modern kitchens and bathrooms, and a huge deck, along with daily housecleaning. There are fans everywhere and the shutters on all the walls open up to let fresh air blow in endlessly, all for a little over $125 a night. We were in A1 which is 7 years old, but at the same time 30 yards from the water, if you want the best view this is your unit. The beach is pristine and we went on a 30-60 minute walk daily and rarely saw another person and just 250 feet off shore is some of the best snorkeling I have seen. Workers were on the beach daily raking the sand and cleaning up the small sea grass that washes ashore. Food is limited during dinner and seemed to get more expensive as we stayed there, but was some of the best food we ate all week on Roatan. There is a brand new scuba diving center at Palmetto and all four of our dives were private and very professional. The jungle canopy tour is a 10 minute drive and highly recommended.
Cecelia and Gary are simply amazing; they are on hand to make sure everything is ok with their guests. We felt as if we were staying at a B and B. If you need anything Cecilia is your person, she can make just about anything happen.
We made several trips to west end for some nightlife and shopping and loved it. On the other hand West Bay and their mini South Beach mentality were over hyped and we were unimpressed with their new construction feet from the water. We found the "fancy" Mayan Princess to be bland and reminded me of concrete hotel in Naples, FL.
There were some minor problems at Palmetto, things not fixed on time, food selection, and sand flies which can be bothersome if you do not apply Cactus Juice all the time.
If you want an intimate, low key vacation away from TV, noise, and people then you have found your place. We like that Palmetto is focusing on keeping roatan the way it should be. Full of nature, good people and a relaxed atmosphere. My wife and I have traveled to many "fancy" beach resorts throughout the Caribbean and in terms of beauty Palmetto can not be beat. If you are looking for Evian sprays and sorbet served by butlers then head elsewhere, because there is nothing on Roatan like that. Just remember you are in the islands and things run on Roatan time, so kick back, lose the attitude and enjoy the beauty of the island and their people.

Mis-leading website, Palmetto Bay is aweful!

from A TripAdvisor Member
SAVE YOUR MONEY! This place was terrible! Long, bumpy unpaved road lead us to a place that barely resembled the slick website... Nice villas...BUT NO AIR CONDITIOINING.... Nothing to do, brown wavy ocean with seaweed all over the beach, TERRIBLE Sand fleas eat you alive outdoors, indoors, you sweat all day and night as the ceiling fans just blew around the hot humid air.

Run-down, forgotton place, sparce staff were lack-luster at best... Refused a refund, (and would not answer emails later) we bailed after just 1 night to a civilaized hotel elsewhere in Roatan. (Mayan Princess..WAY better!!)

Makes a Cuban 1 star hotel feel like the Ritz! AVOID Palmetto Bay!!!

We did not want to leave

from A TripAdvisor Member
My daughter and i visited palmetto bay plantation for two weeks. Initially i thought that two weeks might be too long for a 10 year old. It wasn't. I managed to rest and she managed to stay busy snorkeling, riding horses, looking for hermit crabs and doing simple things. Although not always simple since we took a ride on an open cockpit plane to view everything from above. We learned to scuba dive, we took kayacks to the reef and explored the beauty under the sea.
The place is beautiful, and everytime we thought it would be nice to see the rest of the island, we appreciated it even more. The employees are gracious, friendly and always accomodating. And the food, oh the food, always delicious, whether it was a hamburger, or shrimp creole, or barbaqued ribs, or the local rice and beans with plantains...never dissapointing. My daughter stopped wanting to ride anywhere else in the island, she just wanted to stay there to soak it all up. And she was right, it is the best place in the island, from beauty, to people, to food and activities, you will not go wrong, you will find yourself melting into palmetto bay plantation, and looking forward to your next time back.

Great visit to Island

from A TripAdvisor Member
I just returned to the States from a visit to my house at Palmetto Bay Plantation on Roatan Island. After all of the storms and bad weather, I didn't know exactly to expect but was met with wonderful, balmy weather last week and somewhat of a change in vegetation in the Palmetto Bay area. The neighborhood looks really good and was being freshly landscaped and undergrowth attended to. The pool was refreshing and well maintained and the beach area was GREAT!!!The food at the Palmetto Restaurant was some of the best I've had there so my visit was a real delight. Enjoy!!!!

Okay, but some problems

from rossallen
We just returned from a week at Palmetto Bay and have some recommendations for those of you considering renting there. Rent through the plantation website as we had some problems with renting through one of the private owners. Also, the pool was out of commission, the beach was flooded when we left, and the road to it was quite muddy from all of the rain. There is no pier either. If you stay at Palmetto Bay be sure to eat at the restaurant and have a massage at your villa. The service of both are great! We took Cutters Advance for the bugs on the beach and it worked fine. The road to the Plantation at times demands a 4 wheel drive vehicle, which we were glad we rented at Toyota rentals at the airport.

We also would highly recommend spending time with Captain Alex on a half day snorkel trip. He is a wonderful local who we have gone out with 3 times now. You can ask about him down in West End. West End locals can help you get in touch with him-just ask around.

Palmetto Bay Plantation Wedding

from A TripAdvisor Member
We got married @ Palmetto on March 12,2005 - it was exactly what we wanted: a rustic Beautiful Place, Delicious Food, Great Beach, Helpful Staff - LOVE IT AND CANT WAIT TO GO BACK! Cecilia, the manager, does a perfect job in taking care of everyone and making sure you have a wonderful time!

Palmetto Bay Plantation Roatan is THE best vacation site in the Caribbean

from A TripAdvisor Member
I first came to Palmetto Bay Plantation in January 2005 with my fiance, and fell in love with this resort in the first several days. I was already in love with the fiance; but found Palmetto to be so romantic that it fit our relationship. I have come back a second time, and am writing this following a vacation at Palmetto Bay in July 2005.
The ambiance is special; very very few people, on a large piece of land which was in fact a coconut and palm plantation. The beach is gorgeous, but all the more so since on many days it is yours alone. The pool is tastefully set close to the beach, encaised in wood, with coconut and palm trees around it. Floating on the surface of the pool, you see the beach and the ocean, and the reef about 3/4 mile off shore. Architecturally, there is nothing like this on Roatan, and rarely elsewhere in the Caribbean. I have taken vacations throughout the Caribbean for many many years (I am 56; a banker - economist), and I believe that this is the very best that I have seen.

Why in addition to lack of people, beautiful beach, architecture, nice pool, do I like this place so much? The reef is still in relatively good health (most of the coral reefs in the Caribbean are either ruined or well on the way to being ruined by careless tourists, sewerage, boat anchoring, as well as normal weather wear and tear). There are birds galore. The snorkling and diving is superb; the Bay islands of Roatan are perhaps the best dive sites in the Caribbean. There is a boat wreck (wrecked in 1891) just on the outer side of the reef from Palmetto Bay, alive with fish and coral. I love to kayak out to the wreck and snorkel it. The windsurfing is excellent (I bring my own windsurfer, which I have done on other vacations as well). The winds are generally out of the same direction every day (ie predictable) and relatively strong (good for sailing in general, and windsurfing in particular). I have done the horseback ride along the beach at sunset, and hiked along the beach and up into the hills looking for Yaba ding dings (Indian and pirate articfacts). I found parts of Indian pottery. I like the mixture of English and Spanish (mostly English with some scholl boy Spanish - which exactly is what I speak). I like the extraordinary friendliness of the inhabitants of Roatan, mirrored in that of the staff of Palmetto Bay. The manager invited me out twice for dinner just to chat! Has that ever happened to you in any resort you have gone to?
What's not to like? Very little, but to be fully honest, Plantation Bay owes some of its charm compared to other establishments in Roatan due to its isolation. One rides a dirt road through the forest to get to it. I find that charming, and want such isolation, but it is not everyone's cup of tea, especially if you want to go out to other restaurants at night, or like night life.
Night life at Palmetto Bay is a nice friendly, acceptable dinner in beautiful surroundings, with nice people, who are very likely to strike up a conversation with you because they know, as you know, that there is likely to be something unique about you if you have discovered Plantation Bay. Every night was an opportunity for an interesting conversation with new people, or perhaps the people from the night before. But don't come here for the purpose of going out to other restaurants, bars or night spots. Because it is isolated, it is not the place to come to shop from, or to visit the Bank often, telephone home (although telephoning and email can be done easily from the office - don't think that you will be doing it often or that it is as easy as in the US). Newspapers - have not seen one. Keeping up with the stock market - forget about it. Finally price; though very reasonable by US standards, there is cheaper - and much less good- available on Roatan. For those on a low budget, Palmetto is not the place for you.

buckles wedding

from A TripAdvisor Member
sept. 2004 we wanted to get married in roatan so we searced on the web sit and we knew we found the perfect place. we picked out palmetto bay roatan. we talked to cecilia she was so helpful she took care of every thing. we knew what we wanted for the wedding and we could'nt have ask for a better time and place! the resort is very nice and so is the staff!! the food is fabulous !! this is the place where to go if you want to get away from it all very nice and clean and relaxing!!! i would highly recommed palmetto bay to anyone. it was the perfect place to get married as well kelly & chris newport beach,ca

Top Local Tips for Roatan

bugs On the whole island of Roatan mosquitos and sand fleas are a huge problem. Come with your bug spray and be prepared to get lots of bug bites. Take your malaria medicine. If you are not well prepared for the bugs, you may not have as nice of an experience.

3 essentials for Roatan US Dollars $20 or smaller, Insect repellent, LED flashlight. All will prove useful.

Island Tours. If you go into the West End turn right at the entrance and about 75 feet down on the right side you will see a little shack. Inside will be Jimmy. He is a total pro at setting you up with any kind of activity you could want. Dolphin Tour, Zip Line, Garifuna Dancing.....anything. Great prices and a very nice man.They will even pick you up at Palmetto bay if requested.


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  • Address: 1 Palmetto Bay, North - Roatan - 0000 - Honduras
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