This was my daughter's and my first trip to the tropics (no details, but it was just the two of us). Were we ever in for an experience. We arrived in a bus from the airport to cold fruit drinks, were given our keys, and told to have fun. The big bright room was a wonderful 16 degrees after the hot bus ride. We changed into our swimsuits and hit the beach.
This resort is an amazing place. It's a bit weather-worn but I always saw them fixing and improving things, and it actually adds to the beauty of it. It gives it more of a seaside beach hut feeling. There are roosters and chickens, agouti everywhere (the staff call them watusa, or wild rabbits), and birds. There are a couple of wild monkeys that are part of the "family" here and are very entertaining. We also encountered peacocks, of course. The beach is beautiful and the water was around 27 degrees if I had to guess.
The crew had organized a soccer game among the kids, but our luggage had arrived and we went to put things away and get our snorkelling stuff.
We didn't see anything in the water at first but that was because we were both complete noobs at snorkelling and were just off the beach. A couple of blobby looking jellyfish (they don't sting) but that was it. We hit the gazebo at the end of the dock on the east side of the island, put on our equipment and got in the water. I saw more sea life in the first ten seconds than I've ever seen in one body of water. The reef is incredible. I was told Roatan has the second largest barrier reef in the world by a few different people, guests included. It's stunning. There is a huge variety of things to see, from hermit crabs, to weird lobster with no claws. Fish big and small, lots of blue and yellow. The tarpin come out at night (their eyes are red if you get them with your flashlight) and you can see them from the end of the dock. The kids saw a big green eel the second night. I could hear them running away from the dock from my room, and the balcony door was closed (did I mention the room had a balcony? Ours faced due east, to the sunrise). Take a look at the satellite of this place. That's all coral reef. Every morning I'd walk along the beach with my bare feet in the water, coffee in hand, and see what had washed up from the night before. I called it my morning treasure hunt, and it truly is. Something new every day. This reef is very much alive, and beautiful.
The dining room is big, with lots of places to sit. The food is varied, and buffet-style, three times a day. They also have an all-day snack bar where my daughter snuck lunch most days. They have burgers and fries and other stuff you'd expect to eat on the beach. It was all included with our package. A la carte is also offered for those that want to spend some extra cash for a special occasion. Nothing is overly expensive in my opinion, except for the cab rides, which seem very overpriced, but I may have misunderstood. We didn't take one anyway because we found enough to do - or not do, if we didn't want - to keep us busy for the week and exhausted when we went to sleep at night.
The staff is incredible. Everyone is friendly and helpful. English, French, and Spanish seem to be known by everyone. I don't know how they do it, but they're good at it. The drinks are cold and delicious, and they'll make a non-alcoholic version of any of them for the underage guests (legal drinking age in Honduras is 21 so the kids get a different colour wristband). There are nightly events and shows for the kids to start and then a various family shows for a couple of hours, then a "discotheque" from 11 to midnight (I never survived that late into the evening, so I have no review of that. Forgive me). We saw traditional drumming and dance, a fire show followed by crystal balls, and some very funny staff members who also happen to be very good entertainers almost every night. There is no shortage of fun things to do there every day and night.
We had the best week I personally have ever had, and I'm sure my daughter would say the same. She pretty much did on the car ride home anyway.
Will definitely return. Thanks for the memories, guys!