Staff: Can’t say enough good stuff about the staff in general. It was nice to be at a resort where you get amazing service without having to tip first. Kimberley was wonderful, anything we required she took care of for us. She made sure I was getting enough food to eat and arranged for a birthday cake for my boyfriend. When she couldn’t get us a cab to West End, because the cruise ships were in and no cabs were available to come to our resort, she called her dad and he took us on short notice. She really did take care of us and we appreciated it.
Rooms: We were in #8 which was quiet and simple with a beautiful view of the ocean and gardens from the balcony. The safe didn’t work when we arrived which was a big issue for me. We have travel documents, ID, an ipod, cel phones, borrowed camera and cash and credit cards. I wasn’t comfortable with them just lying around in the room. It took a lot more complaining then I felt was necessary to get it fixed but by early afternoon the next day it was ready to use. Rooms are basic and very clean, that’s good enough for me, and I don’t spend a lot of time hanging out in the room. The rooms could use a good coat of fresh paint but other than that, were good.
Food: For a small resort there was a good selection. Since I have a limited diet (no beef, pork, poultry, dairy or gluten) it got a bit repetitive for me but Rob was very happy. There was fish or seafood every day for both lunch and dinner. The romantic candle light meal on the dock was a bit disappointing. This was Rob’s birthday and I had ordered a cake as a surprise. The selection of food wasn’t all that good and it was cold. They were supposed to serve Rob his birthday cake and it never arrived until the next night. One thing they don’t explain upfront is that some of the liquor isn’t included. I ordered a Bailey’s one night and it cost me $6 plus 15% taxes. The a la carte food was an extra charge also. Dinner started at 7 and this was a bit late for us.
Diving: I only did one dive because I got severe leg cramps that caused my Planter Fasciitis to flare up but for me that dive was 4 out of 10. Rob did 3 dives in total and side there wasn’t too much to see. We talked to other divers who said the diving was ok but not what they expected. We were told the diving was exceptional, I saw way more wildlife in the Cayman Islands and Cozumel than in Roatan.
Snorkeling: I had read a couple reviews that said the reef was right out front of the resort. Well it is, about a ½-3/4 mile out and I wasn’t going to get in a sea kayak and venture out there. We did take a trip through the mangroves and we recommend taking the time to do that, it was very interesting. We spent an afternoon at the Fantasy Island Resort on the south shore snorkeling. It’s only a 15 minute ride and once again the staff took care of us. They called ahead to get the price for a day pass and got us a ride there and back. The snorkeling at Fantasy is awesome, there is a wall you can shore dive or snorkel and a sunken ship and plane just in the bay. We didn’t get out to see the ship or plane because the water was a bit too choppy that afternoon but the wall is sheltered and it was great snorkeling. You could stand in most places.
The resort is very remote, small (25-30 rooms), quiet, pretty and the beach is extremely small. I like to run and walk for miles along a beach and all I could do was a continuous loop which got boring. On the plus side it was very quiet and you could really relax. But I’m the type that by afternoon I’m ready to socialize and there weren’t very many people around. Most tourists were die-hard scuba divers and would be out for 3 dives a day, so the beach would be deserted. I found that the beach was a little dirty the first couple days we were there and then it was cleaned up for a wedding and the arrival of some non-diving guests. I’d like to see the beach pristine, especially one that small. When I say small it took 3 loops of the beach and dock to make a kilometer. The resort grounds are well kept, the gardens are beautiful but the buildings need a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint.
BUGS: Bring bug spray and WEAR it all day every day. I even found the bugs would get you in the outdoor dining area. I found the Avon Bug Guard worked better than the Deep Woods Off. If you don’t use the spray be prepared to have a reaction that varies from itchy to welting and very itchy! On me they bites immediately blistered and got itchy and I only had a handful. Rob didn’t use bug spray very often and was ok until the last 2 days when he got itchy and it lasted 3-4 days.
Overall this was a solid “good” resort, 3.5 out of 5.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on Roatan's Northeast shore Turquoise Bay is the only dive resort in this lush and remote area of the island providing you with the opportunity to dive uncrowded, pristine dive sites. The resort is set on a hillside with spectacular ocean views and a protected bay which makes the water calm and perfect for swimming and kayaking. Beach lovers will enjoy our private, tranquil, 500 ft white-sand beach.At Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort you will enjoy the very individual and personal service that only a small dive resort can offer. Our friendly local staff takes pride in getting to know our guests and making them feel at home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Turquoise Bay Hotel Roatan
- Turquoise Bay Roatan
- Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands