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“Away from it all”
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Hobbies Hideaway
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Away from it all”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Hobbies is a place to getaway from it all. The rooms are spacious, with A/C and it is so quiet day and night and we completely lost track of time. John and Sue provide snorkel gear and kayaks and there is a fun mangrove maze you can kayak to from the shore. The pier in front of Hobbies is a great place to layout under the sun or to jump into the water and swim out to the reef and explore under the water.

There aren't many businesses within walking distance so just know that you should plan on buying groceries to bring with you to Hobbies so you can make breakfast, lunch, snacks. We took a taxi over to West End for dinner one night, also walked a bit down the beach to Blue Parrot another night (don't miss the jerk shrimp!).

The rooms have full kitchens so go nuts when John takes you to Eldon's supermarket on the way home from the airport. And make sure to try the Port Royal beers. It's the best of the local lot!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 26 April 2014
Hello E. Thank you for the review. Wish you could have stayed longer. Next year ,EH !!
It's our pleasure to have you stayed at Hobbies. We try to ensure your vacation time is a memorable one. We do have some good cooks that visit with us. The apartment full size kitchens do save time and money from dinning out every night
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Palestine, Texas
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

This was our seventh trip to Roatan and Hobbies Hideaway. John and Sue are the best. John picks you up at the airport, takes you to the grocery store, and makes you feel right at home from the very start of your stay. I played golf this trip at the Black Pearl. John was able to arrange a discount on the green fees and it was great. The course is a championship quality course. The fairways are narrow, lots of water, but they are lush and easy to hit from. The greens are large with lots of undulations, but hold the ball well and putt very true.

We will be back in August to our home away from home in Roatan.

Michael and Cindy Rohr

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 6 April 2014
Hello Micheal, Thanks for the review. Wasn't expecting another one. Thanks for to the tip for our future guests. The golf course is pristine. We do transport our guests there for golfing. Nothing like a great challenge on the course, Come back to your home away from home and enjoy the sunset while sipping on a tropical drink on the beach. The sunsets are fabulous .
See you soon.
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Lethbridge, Canada
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Stayed at Hobbies Hideaway for 3 weeks starting at the end of Feb and definitely made the right choice. I'm sure we sound like a broken record but..."It was GREAT!" John and Sue pretty much treated us like family. Like the others are saying "The patio was a great way to meet your neighbours/family!" Also, ditto on the sand fleas/noseeums, take lots of bug dope. I was affected BUT most of us weren't. Great rooms, great people, great beach, great snorkelling, etc. etc. We really enjoyed watching hummingbirds, lots of hummingbirds, just had to fill the feeders now and then. Met some very nice people that we felt like we knew for years. Had some great times! Thanks to John, Sue and the captain Ron.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Hey Dan, thank you for posting a review. Happy that you found the place comfortable.
We very much enjoyed your company on the terrace patio. The pot luck dinners were great with the other guests. Glad you came to our latitude so we could show you the islands attitude.
Thanks for staying with us. Hope to see you again
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Hobbies Hideaway was fantastic!! We absolutely loved the location and John and Sue are the best. Hobbies has everything you'll need and more, from snorkelling gear, wifi, kayaks and access to the reef....all included in Hobbies very competitive rates.
John and Sue go out of their way to make you feel at home, anything you need all you have to do is ask. Over and above that, John picks you up from the airport, helps you get groceries and Sue is there to greet you on your arrival with a warm smile. Many thanks to John and Sue for their warmth and generosity....we plan to return next year!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Thank you for the review.
It's more of our reward having you stay with us. Part of what we do is to ensure you enjoyed your vacation time. We don't just hand you keys. We want to make your time on Roatan a memorable one from the first day.
Thank you for staying with us
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Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

We stayed two weeks at Hobbies the last week of Feb and first week of March! Everything you have read is true! John and Sue are excellent hosts! They make sure you have everything you need. The free use of kayaks to paddle out to the reef or swimmingh holes was very much appreciated, so was the use of snorkel equipment! The community patio was also a nice way to meet the other guests. The sunset on the pier was beautiful and I did see the green flash! There is nothing really in walking distance but cabs are cheap 2.00 pp! You basically have a private beach to your self. The only downfall was the millions of sandfleas that feasted on us daily! Two out of four of us were eaten alive! Bring lots of off! Thanks John& Sue for everything! Also a big thanks to Ron, Bill & Jean! You all made us feel so welcome!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 3 April 2014
Thank you for your review, Were very pleased you found things clean quiet and comfortable. And you enjoyed your vacation time. Those sand fleas are a big problem on the whole island. We'll keep turning up the sand to make them find a new home. We have found they do like people from the north. Tasty
The bug spray does work. You know the joke . We call it Odor- de -Off. A new scent of cologne . Any thick viscosity sun tan oil or other products will help keep them away used on a regular basis.
John & Sue
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Reviewed 21 March 2014

First time to Roatan. My wife and I stayed 9 days at Hobbies in early March. John, Sue and Captain Ron made our visit the best. John's airport pick-up and his help and patience in the grocery store gave us peace of mind. We took a full day tour of the East end with John who showed us things we never would have found on our own. What ever we needed or wanted John or Sue made sure it happened. They even prepared a home made fish dinner with all the fixins. The fish were caught by the neighbors but were kind enough to share with all of Hobbies guests.Their beautiful beach and private pier is but a ten minute swim to a pristine reef that is loaded with all the sea creatures and corals you could want. West end is just a $5.00 cab ride and maybe ten minutes away. But after a couple visits to the busy West end and West bay beaches it was nice to return to Hobbies and relax and watch the sun go down. We hope to return to Hobbies and add some more great Roatan memories to the list.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 23 March 2014
Hello, and unhappy to see you back at home. We wish you could have stayed longer.!! But you were able to get the feel for Roatan. Our tour really helps you see all the island. Not just the tourist areas. The reef and beach is beautiful in our private area of Sandy Bay and were happy you enjoyed it..
Thank you for the review and we hope to see you next year. Please email early for your special return discount.
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Leggett, California
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Reviewed 2 March 2014

We stayed at Hobbies the week that John and Sue had to go to the States and although they were missed we were lucky to have Bill and Jean as our hosts. They were very warm and welcoming and were always checking to be sure we were having a great time (and we were)! Hobbies has it all, beautiful beach location and comfortable homey apartments with a huge front deck on the beach as our "second" living room. My husband had a medical problem and received excellent care from John and Sue's doctor. Thank you John not only for Dr. Selma but for calming me down and making it possible to safely complete our vacation. We had a wonderful time!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Hobbieshideaway, Owner at Hobbies Hideaway, responded to this review, 4 March 2014
Hello Alice and Jim. thank you for a review. It's our guests that we appreciate and do our best to ensure they have a wonderful time at Hobbies. We also thank our co hosts while away.
Something that we don't advertise is Dra. Zelma Interneraios availability to our guests in a emergency. We were relieved she was able to stabilize a serious problem that occurred. She is one of the best on the island. Our guests can always feel secure when staying at Hibboies Hideaway. Thank you for staying with us. See you next year.
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Property: Hobbies Hideaway
Address: Main Island road, Sandy Bay | directly on the beach Beach, Roatan 11011, Honduras
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Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Roatan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Sandy Bay,just off the main road on a secluded beachfront area that is quiet and tranquil. The white sand beach parallels the reef and inside the Roatan Marine preserve . Here is a pristine reef system with a abundance of tropical fish and corals within swimming distance from your accommodations Hobbies Hideaway offers affordable prices and a excellent location. Close to West End for the night life,bars and restaurants yet far enough away not to hear the bands at night. Coxen Hole has the new supermarkets and sovenier shops. Best prices on the island just a taxi ride away. $2.00 a person ... more   less 
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Hobbies Hideaway Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands

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