Roatan beach resorts are mostly concentrated on the island’s west side in and around West End village and West Bay, although some (like Marble Hill Farms near Oak Ridge) are located elsewhere. Some of the most popular include Antony’s Key, Pure Vida, and the Mayan Princess. Roatan is being developed from west to east therefore real estate and resort prices on the central and certainly east side are somewhat lower; this will undoubtedly change over the years. West End village is a funky beach town and very popular for dining, shopping and nightlife. It’s a good place to arrange diving, fishing, snorkeling, and other such tours. South shore’s French Harbour, home to popular Fantasy Island resort, is the second largest town and also offers a wide array of amenities. Coxen Hole, also on the south shore, is the island’s largest town and location of the airport.
The Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort is an all inclusive beach front property offering access to neighboring San Simon Beach Club, all at the western tip of Roatan. The all inclusive plan offers drinks and meals and an array of activities including a scuba lesson, daytime water-based activities and nightly entertainment. Condos and suites blend ideally with manicured gardens and ocean views in a cleanly designed resort centering around an outdoor pool with a waterfall. At the resort’s east end there is a bar and restaurant. Divers enjoy almost one dozen dive sites offered by the onsite diving organization. Some spectacular diving locations include famous Herbie’s Place, The Enchanted Wall, and the El Aguila Dive Wreck. The resort’s signature spa, Kukut, offers individual full body massages, facials, manicures, and packages.
Some Roatan beach resorts focus on their eco-sensitive values such as Palmetto Bay. The resort is stylish with myriad natural features throughout, creating a tropical oasis on an island that has begun a big tourist boom. Palmetto Bay Plantation has created a a setting which includes villas in Balinese-style flanking miles of white sand beaches in a secluded bay and a coral reef ideal for snorkeling and diving. The designer, oceanfront villas include fully equipped kitchens with breakfast bars, and modern appliances. The master bedroom, great room, and spacious bathroom offer more touches of luxury complete with scenic views. All typical water-based activities are offered as well as dolphin tours, seaplane adventures, canopy tours, and more. The wellness program includes onsite massage and yoga instruction.
Turquoise Bay Resort is located on Roatan’s north-central coast northeast of French Harbour and Parrot Tree Plantation. Not many resorts have been built in this particular area making it crowd-free and filled with dive sites minus the dozens of divers occupying sites on the west end (though tours do bring divers in). The secluded bay area is remote, lush, and peaceful and with a hillside setting, it’s incredibly scenic. More than 1000 feet of soft, white sand beach is available, with kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling main activities.
Parrot Tree Plantation
Swing into the slow pace of Roatan at the Mediterranean style Parrot Tree Resort. The 168-acres gated community is one of the newest Roatan beach resorts with full villas, condos, and guest rooms available. Daily, weekly, and monthly rentals are possible. By the sandy beach there are amenities including restaurants, a coffeehouse, a nearby spa, and a large pool. The beachside marina offers room for up to twenty boats thus far with plans to include a full-size yacht club in the future. Sailing, fishing, and horseback riding are available along with the usual gamut of outdoor fun. West End town is also a short drive from this northeast island location.