Palmetto Bay Plantation Hotel, Roatan
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We were delighted to return to Palmetto, one of the most relaxing and beautifulfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Luxury and Solice in Roatanfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Authentic Roatanfrom Reef94
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
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 leavefrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 Islandfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Okay, but some problemsfrom rossallen
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 Weddingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Palmetto Bay Plantation Roatan is THE best vacation site in the Caribbeanfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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 weddingfrom A TripAdvisor Member
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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