My husband and I just got back from Palmetto Bay Plantation on Roatan, and I’m planning to return again in a couple of weeks for a girl’s trip. I love this place!!!
The folks from Palmetto meet you at the airport, offer you the chance to pick up groceries, and then describe the island as you drive to the quiet, gorgeous postcard perfect north shore. Once at Palmetto, you sip on your complimentary rum punch in the reception/bar area while your luggage is delivered to your casita.
THE CASITA: My husband and I stayed in a clean, comfortable, well decorated two bedroom casita. We made our reservations late, the entire property was booked, and so we started out in an un-air conditioned place with a request to be moved, if possible. The house was designed to take advantage of the cool Caribbean breezes. We would have been fine without AC, but we were moved within a couple of days to an equally charming place with AC. The kitchens in both places were spacious and well-equipped. The bathrooms were great with tubs and showers. The great rooms were indeed great – and I knew they would be perfect for a gathering of girls, or perhaps the extended family. The best part was the porch, complete with a hammock, other comfortable furniture and a great view of the Caribbean. The landscaping makes you feel you are in a lush, colorful jungle and must serve as a sound buffer because we never heard noise from neighboring casitas.
THE BEACH: The beach and water are perfection. There is a long pier complete with multiple hammocks and lots of shade. I swam to the reef every day to snorkel – AMAZINGLY healthy, colorful coral and every fish/sea creature you can imagine. Fabulous visibility. Calm water. Underwater heaven. There are several kayaks to take to the reef (It was about a 15 swim for me). You can also take the cat out for a sail or sign up for diving or fishing trips right there at the resort. Walking the wide, white beach was another lovely, daily experience for me. You can walk for miles (just use insect repellant when you pass beyond the resort limits). There are palapas and beach chairs if you prefer to just lie, read and enjoy the view and the sound of the waves.
THE FOOD/DRINKS AND RESTAURANT/RESORT AREA: Great breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lots of variety and everything was fresh and well-prepared. You won’t want to miss the Monkey La Las!!! Happy Hour starts at 5 p.m. The restaurant/bar area is so inviting. Sit in the shade or sun, look out over the pool to the sea, sip your Salva Vida or boat drink (seriously, try a Monkey La La), and talk with the other folks there with you. The bar is a great place for socializing with other tourists or with some very interesting island residents. We met an ambassador and a minor rock star. There was a great band on Saturday night – lots of dancing to go with those Monkey La Las.
AMBIENCE: The casitas at Palmetto are rented out by their owners. There are also beachside and hillside houses – some rented to tourists and others owner-occupied. There should be a lot of people about, but it seems like you have this paradise pretty much to yourself most of the time. It was great to see kids having fun on the beach and in the pool. It seems like a good place for families as well as for a romantic get-away. This is an eco-friendly resort, but I’m glad they spray for mosquitoes. If mosquitoes like you – keep your repellent on all the time, especially on other parts of the island.
ROATAN: You can swim with dolphins, play with monkeys, zip over fertile jungles, shop a little and much more. However, we loved Palmetto Bay Plantation and spent most of our time just relaxing at the resort. We are divers and the diving from the resort is wonderful. I’m planning to branch out a bit on the next trip. See you the week of June 19th…
BY THE WAY: Palmetto Bay is a price performer, and the exchange rate is very good right now. The Continental flight out of Houston is quick and direct to the island. On island, you can get a rental car if you want to explore the island or just ask for a Palmetto Bay driver (that’s what we did).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Resort at Palmetto Bay is a natural paradise situated on a sparkling bay, surrounded by a coral reef. Pristine beaches friendly faces and rhythm that allow you to appreciate the natural beauty are your constant companions. From our white sand beach, you can walk for miles and not encounter "modern civilization". See why so many people have chosen to make Palmetto Bay Plantation their vacation destination and why seven major television shows have filmed programs at our resort including "Temptation Island" on Fox TV. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Palmetto Bay Plantation Roatan
- The Resort At Palmetto Bay Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands