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Las Verandas Hotel & Villas
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in French Harbour
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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4 reviews
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“Great Honeymoon spot”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

New wife and I spent 6 nights at Las Verandas, near the end of July. Except for a few small annoyances, I don't think we could've been happier. Got a great deal $189 per night, booked through Jetsetter.

Pros:
- away from the busy hub and cruise ship traffic of West Bay. It is located along the North Coast (Pristine Bay) at the midpoint of the island. Just incredible views on the drive there from the airport.
- located next to a brand new golf course, Black Pearl. Played 9 holes, great condition, challenging course. Literally, it was next door.
- I'm not sure if we came during the down season, but there were hardly anyone other people there. We saw maybe 5 other couples/families, at various times, over the course of 1 week. That seemed to allow the staff to be especially attentive, bring food and ice whenever we needed, calling and arranging daytrips/transportation. Very professional staff, young, friendly. Perfect environment for a honeymoon.
- Private beach, with three umbrellas (to give you an idea of how quiet it was). White sand.
- Amazing infinite pools by the bar.
- Room: Villa-style, with an upstairs suite and downstairs suite. We had the downstairs suite, which did not have a kitchen, but had a private small infinite pool and lounging area. Our unit was beachfront, and we could walk down to the beach in less than a minute. Comfortable beds, mini fridge, 40+ inch TV mounted on the wall (which we never turned on), walk-in showers. Woke up every morning with a great view of the ocean. A/C was as adjustable and cold as you'd ever want.
- Restaurant: the restaurant was essentially the bar. ~ 10 tables in total. Indoor and outdoor area. Pool-side, ocean-view. The food was surprisingly good. We went back twice for the fish tacos, and the omelets on the morning menu were tasty. While the local beer is cheap ($2.75CAD bottle), the cocktails were surprisingly pricey (average $9) and pretty standard in quality.
- Located immediately adjacent to another resort called The Beach Club. If we had to rebook our vacation, this would've been the better choice (though more expensive). The dive shop is ON their private beach (great dive shop owner, Mike), the fancier restaurant is here too, and equally beautiful pools. Not sure about what the rooms look like though.


Cons:
- because the Pristine Bay area is located away from the busier areas, we had to take a shuttle transport to everything else (groceries, souvenirs, West End/West Bay areas). The cost of the shuttle to the grocery store was $10 each person. The cost was immediately worth it, as we met quite possibly the most helpful shuttle driver. His name is Emsly Hyde, the owner of Hyde Tours Roatan. Turns out he owns a fleet of shuttle vans that transport tourists around the island, offering tours. He drove us to the grocery (~10 minute drive through hilly terrain), waited for us to finish (~30 minutes), took us to a local eatery and helped us order (~45 mins, long-wait), then drove us back. He ended up being the driver for all our day trips, and was extremely helpful throughout.
Of note: the cost to shuttle out to West Bay is $35 each person. This is a ~30 minute drive each direction, and included him dropping us off and picking us up at the end of the day (at a location of our choice).
- you will want to try other restaurants. The menu at the bar restaurant is pretty limited. There is a great restaurant at The Beach Club, and a great pizza restaurant a few minutes away (they deliver, $3 cost).
- the resort is still under development. Actually, to be more accurate: there are approx 6 villas that are finished and furnished, all beach front. There are about 10-12 other villas just behind them, also mostly finished, but unfurnished (they were in the process of doing so while we were there). Though, at the rate things seemed to move on the island, it'll be months before they are done. At the far end of the short beach, there is a construction site. What appears to be another villa being erected, though I'm not sure if it is affiliated with the resort. It is in plain site of the pool and bar area, and can be quite noisy. Small boats shuttle in bags of sand onto that portion of the beach all day long. Didn't bother us too much though, we didn't spend that much time by the main pool (we had our own private pool!).
- SAND FLIES. Probably the most disappointing part of our trip. The first day we arrived, we sat on the beach chairs (alone, no one else was there!), and noticed tiny flies the size of a grain of sand. Seemed harmless. That night, after a nap, we awoke to 20+ little red bites all over. They didn't itch initially, thank goodness. Every time we went to the beach, or sat by our pool deck (beachfront, remember), these sand flies were there. It really limited our use of the beach and pool. Apparently, this has long been an issue on Roatan. They try and prevent it by regular dredging/raking the sand during the daytime, so that the sun can destroy the sandfly eggs. The West Bay area didn't seem to have this issue now that it was more populated and busy, but apparently it used to be a big problem there as well. Deet bug spray was essential for us. You've been warned!
- no Spa. They are affiliated with another spa, and can book massage sessions for you. The wife seemed to really enjoy her time there. Again, we needed to pay $10 for the shuttle ride there and back, so factor that into the cost.
- no Gym. Not that big of a deal for me.

Overall, I don't think we could've been more pleased with our honeymoon. Roatan is a very tourist friendly island, with lots of locals too.

Room Tip: Stayed in villa #3, great spot, good views, not too far from the main pool area (2 minute walk)
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

I just came back from a week in Roatan and I stayed in this hotel which was supposed to be one of the best!
My experience was really poor!
I start from the fact that the hotel is under construction and when I say that I mean that from the moment you wake up till sunset you hear drilling, screaming, hammering and so on... I expect to relax and yeah... I wanted to escape from the hotel!
The hotel is very isolated from everything the island has to offer, it would be cool if the hotel had the amenities you expect from a 4 or 5 stars hotel. One restaurant, very limited menu... Horrible food! On line they say they have a spa... Lie!
Now service...
Lisa Is the only good thing I can remember... Very smart...super attentive!!
That is all!
My mother and I were the only guests in the hotel( my mother is 70)... Although all the villas were empty... We had the furthest one from everything! I really think is ridiculous!
When I get to pay the bill... A lady approached me asking how my experience has been...
Well I told her I wasn't very happy...
Her answer:
Well I hope we will be finished by the time you will come back!!
Really?!
I will definitely not come back here... After 3000$ for 1 week!
Lady there are so many better places to stay for that amount of money!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2013

I just returned July 27th and can't wait to go back! A stunning villa with an ocean view from your very comfortable king size bed, with very nice linen. One whole wall was a sliding glass door that opened to a huge patio where we ate breakfast and had coffee every morning. The room had a full kitchen with all new appliances, wifi, and 2 flatscreen TVs. The bathroom was large with a standup shower, large garden tub, and double vanity. The property had some of the most friendly and attentive staff. Starting with the front desk Anna was helpful and gave us a tour of the property while they took our bags to the room, Edward and Amber were also extremely helpful in booking excursions. They had 2 infinity pools that were not crowded and pool bar with not only excellent food but great bartenders especially Hendry! The private beach was kept in perfect condition, and an onsite dive shop. This is where Mike a very experienced diver in Roatan can take you dive sites only minutes away. On the property there is also a beach club and golf course. The fine dining restaurant opens in September. Overall I would stay here again in a heartbeat and repeat it just the same way.

Room Tip: Every room is unique and has a great view of the ocean, If you don't want to walk a couple hundr...
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Keila T, General Manager at Las Verandas Hotel & Villas, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Thank you very much for your great feedback. It is always a pleasure to serve our guest. Greetings from all the staff at Las Verandas!
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Shelton, Connecticut
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2013

We stayed in Las Verandas in an oceanfront villa last week, 7/15/13-7/21/13. The plunge pool was great as was the room and the veranda. Decorated with native hardwoods and marble, it was beautiful. The staff is young and completely professional. They know the area and will bend over backwards to help in any way you need. Anna, Edward, Kim, Lisa and Sara- just to name a few wonderful people are truly outstanding and understand quality service. The property currently is composed of about 6 oceanfront villas that are all unique. There are some with 2 bedrooms and some with one. There is a second row of villas which look like they will be completed in the next few months. Along with these beautiful villas, you can also book larger mountainside villas with spectactular views of the sea. There are 2 large infinity pools and a really nice pool bar in the center of the property with the beach located just below them. The beach is small but well kept with a nice area for swimming. The water is not the perfect aqua color you see a West Bay- but it's fine. These are surrounding the Black Pearl golf course, which I played and found amazing. Las Verandas is a small part of the much larger property of Pristine Bay. The golf course, villas, beach club, pools, resturants and larger homes are all part of this extensive property. There is a 24 hour guardhouse and we felt completey safe. If you stay here I would advise you rent a car as their drive into the resort is over a mile from the main road and it is extremely mountainous. Most cab drivers will charge a premium to take you there and a lot of activites are about 40 minutes away in the west end of the island. We had an suv and it worked out fine. in conclusion, after seeing just about all the properties on Roatan, there is no doubt in my mind if you want the nicest accommodation available- this is the place!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Andrew S
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2013

The place was just finished upon our arrival, so they took forever to give us our room. Besides from that the place is beautiful, with magnificent views to the Caribbean. Rooms are very big and comfortable, kitchen dining and living room are very spacious and have a tropical feeling.

Room Tip: All rooms are alike, just the ones near the water have better views.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 May 2013

I traveled to Honduras in April with friends and children. We were so excited to be in a place where we felt safe and the people are incredibly friendly and gracious. The Villas at Las Verandas at Pristine Bay were exceptional and so was the service. We made breakfast in our kitchen every morning while the kids swam in the private pool. We walked down to the beautiful beach ordered delicious smoothies made by the great bartenders while the kids made fantastic sand castles. The water is truly turquoise and perfect temp for swimming. There is so much to do there, but our favorite was swimming with the dolphins, the kids still are talking about it. The snorkeling was wonderful, tropical fish everywhere and a beautiful array of corral. Luckily, the little ones had long sleeve surf shirts so they could stay in the deeper water longer, so they too had a great time taking a boat out to snorkel. The reef near and around Las Verandas is much healthier than the West Bay beaches; probably due to much less development on this side of the Island. We did rent a car but took taxis out in the evening and all worked out great. It was definitely one of the most relaxing, serene, and exciting beach trips most of us had taken.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Collierville, Tennessee, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2013

My husband and I wanted to take a trip to Roatan and experience the beautiful Mesoamerican Barrier Reef. I knew we wanted lodging somewhere secluded, yet accessible to more populated parts of town for when we felt adventurous. Las Verandas gave us that and more. The resort is so beautiful, clean, serene and is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the busier parts of the island, yet only a few minutes drive away from various harbors and districts. The food and drinks at the resort were delicious and very reasonably priced. Our villa was decorated well with a fabulous bed and a stunning infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean all to our selves. The staff was absolutely incredible as well. Not only were they very accommodating, but we enjoyed getting to know each of them and left truly feeling that we will always have friends on the island of Roatan. During our stay we shopped, relaxed enjoying the beach, scuba dived, toured the entire island by car and dune buggies, played golf, and ate at numerous restaurants - all thanks to the assistance of the Las Verandas Activities Director and General Manager. We would refer anyone to this island and especially the Las Verandas resort. We promise you will have a wonderful time. Enjoy!! - John & Sasha Ennis

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Las Verandas Hotel & Villas
Address: Pristine Bay, French Harbour, Roatan IB3110, Honduras
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Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > French Harbour
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in French Harbour
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Las Verandas Hotel & Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Roatan, the “Island Jewel of the Western Caribbean” is now the home of the new and breathtaking Las Verandas Hotel & Villas at Pristine Bay. Located on the north shore of the island facing the Mesoamerican Reef and just fifteen minutes from the international airport, Las Verandas embodies the essence of Roatan with its deep blue skies, white sandy beaches and amazing views. ... more   less 
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