If you are planning to visit Roatan, you are probably wondering where is the best place to stay.
The popular places to stay on the island are in West End or West Bay area. We enjoy staying in West Bay for the long stretch of beautiful white sandy beaches and amazing snorkeling right off the shore.
There are no real fancy hotels, like the Ritz Carlton, but you need to understand what your hotel offers before booking. Some are basic without TV and internet, so you might want to bring a book as there is not much to do at night. If you are looking for a party place, you will need to stay in West End. West Bay is pretty quiet by 10:00 p.m. Food is reasonable so don’t go all inclusive, as there are too many great places to eat in West Bay that you can walk to with no problem or West End is just a short taxi ride away.
Infinity Bay (IB)
If you are looking for a great place to stay, look no further than Infinity Bay (IB). Our package included pickup and drop off at the airport, breakfast and a one bedroom unit. After clearing customs and going outside, IB was there holding a sign. It was nice not having to worry about finding a taxi, saving us at least $25. They directed us to a bus where others were already boarding. While waiting for the luggage to be loaded, free local beer and water were handed out.
This was much appreciated, especially after spending forty-five minutes in line in the humidity and heat going through customs.
TIP: Sit in the back of the plane as they use both exits to depart the plane.
Getting underway it was a quick fifteen minute ride to the resort, as the rep told us about Roatan and what we were seeing before reaching IB.
Upon our arrival at check in, we were given our keys and a wristband which identified us as getting free breakfast. The resort was full due to the fourth of July holiday weekend. Even though it is not a holiday in Roatan, the people love any reason to celebrate and had fireworks and a picnic on the beach.
Our room was located on the ground floor at the back of the resort, making it easier to come and go. We used our patio to lay out our snorkeling gear and towels every day. Being on the ground floor, we never had to take our wet things inside, or drag our luggage up stairs as there are no elevators.
The one bedroom unit had a furnished kitchen complete with a blender and a full refrigerator. You can drink the water at this resort, so no need to buy bottled water. A flat screen TV with cable and internet were also included in the room.
Down the hallway was a beautiful bathroom, with a shower that would hold two people easily and plenty of counter space to spread out. Housekeeping came every day, which made it nice to have clean towels since there was not a washer/dryer in the unit.
The bedroom was huge with a king size bed, plenty of storage, large closet and a safe, where we stored our laptop, IPad, passports, and money in during our stay. There were ceiling fans in both the bedroom and living room to help keep the rooms cool.
Breakfast was from 7-10 every day. We could always have omelets, waffles, cereal, oatmeal, eggs, juice, fruit, etc. There was a nice selection with plenty to choose from and some items changed daily.
This was our view everyday as we sat outside on the patio and enjoyed our breakfast.
The resort is beautifully landscaped and the crew were constantly taking care of trees, shrubs and flowers.
The pool at IB was huge. There were always plenty of chairs, so no need to reserve as most people spent their day on the beach. There was a swim up bar at the pool so you never had to leave.
On the other hand, people came out early to save chairs on the beach. These pictures were taken at 7:30, plenty of saved chairs but no people. If you came later and there were no chairs available, the crew working the beach would find you chairs. What a great service.
Another great feature at IB was fresh cold water and cups to enjoy while at the beach, which was a nice touch.
If you wanted to go to West End, the water taxi was only steps away from IB on the pier (see below).
While we did not get drinks from the Palapa bar we did try to have lunch on the beach one day. The drinks were served quickly, but after waiting one hour and 30 minutes our food still did not show up. For me that is a little too long to wait, even though we are on island time. We cancelled our order, paid for our drinks, and went back to our room and ate. Since this was our only experience eating there, I cannot say whether this is the norm. But later that day the kitchen delivered a bottle of wine, cheese and fruit platter as an apology, which surprised us as that was a very nice touch. All week we saw IB go out of their way to make people’s stay enjoyable.
People at the resort were super friendly. From Rick, the general manager advising us on where to go around the island when we rented a car, the welcome drinks and snacks our first evening on the island, the staff at breakfast everyday bringing us our drinks because they remembered what we ordered, to the crew at the beach who would get us chairs when there were none. What you read on Trip Advisor about this place is really true. Everyone enjoys their job and want to make you feel right at home during your stay. By the time we left we felt like family.
What is your favorite place to stay in Roatan?