The Turquoise Bay Resort can be a good lodging fit for Roatan visitors who want to escape the island’s busier West End region. You can find Turquoise Bay on the quieter north-central coast of Roatan. Its location between the sea and acres of jungle helps to create a rather secluded atmosphere. This is actually the only dive resort that can be found in the area, and it isn’t only for divers. Guests enjoy access to a private 500-foot beach with delightfully soft white sand, and the hillside location of the resort affords glorious ocean views from many different vantage points. Other than diving, swimming and kayaking are among the most popular activities among Turquoise Bay guests. The protected bay with its relatively calm waters encourages such activities. Of course, there is nothing wrong with foregoing any form of strenuous activity in preference of relaxation. This is certainly a place where kicking back and soaking it all up can be rewarding.
The Turquoise Bay Resort isn’t one of your larger Caribbean resorts. It offers just 26 rooms, the majority of which are found in hillside bungalows. The remaining six rooms are housed within the "Central America" building. This building is closest to the dive shop, pool, and beach. Regardless of the room in question, guests can expect a stylish decor and some very welcoming amenities. Highlights among the in-room amenities include cable TV with U.S. channels, air conditioning, a covered balcony or terrace, a phone, a desk, a coffee maker, a hair dryer, and a private bath with hot water. Internet access can be enjoyed for an added fee, and guests can choose to have either two double beds or one king bed. For the price, the rooms at the Turquoise Bay Resort are hard to beat, especially since breakfast, airport transfers, tropical welcome cocktails, and kayak rentals are included in the rates.
Complementing the inviting rooms at the Turquoise Bay Resort and its excellent restaurant are many facilities. Among these facilities is a dive resort that is operated by Subway Watersports – a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development and National Geographic Dive Center. Other facilities that Turquoise Bay guests can take advantage of include wedding and event venues, an ocean view restaurant, an outdoor pool, a sunbathing terrace, a gift shop, a concierge station, and the glorious private beach. At the concierge station, guests can get help with such things as arranging car rentals and Roatan tours. Down at the beach, palapas, palm trees, a volleyball court, lounge chairs, and a beach bar await. Beachgoers can also consider renting a jet ski or pedal boat. Full waiter service is available at both the beach and the pool. As a side note, anyone who is taking a cruise to Roatan can arrange to spend the day at the Turquoise Bay Resort’s private beach. These excursions are priced to please and include round trip transportation and the use of various beach facilities.
Many Turquoise Bay guests make it a point to go diving at some point during their stays. It is easy to understand why. Roatan is found near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the second largest barrier reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Also, guests of the Turquoise Bay Resort have the option of diving at some relatively uncrowded and pristine sites. Diving excursions can be arranged with ease at the onsite dive center, and special lodging and diving packages are available. These packages include all-inclusive packages that feature three boat dives per day. All Turquoise Bay dives are overseen by a PADI Divemaster, and for those who are interested, it is possible to arrange lessons that cater to an array of skill levels. The Dive Shop at the Turquoise Bay Resort is open every day and offers one night boat dive per week, with more night dives usually available upon request. Add it all up, and the Turquoise Bay Resort is truly a diving enthusiast’s dream.