I booked 3 villas for our church mission trip in August 2012. I have to admit I didn't realize what a luxury the villas would be for our mission trip.
I primarily booked the villas because of the great security and the fact that renting villas was cheaper than individual hotel rooms in downtown La Ceiba.
First, I need to point out that we had several children and teens on the mission trip so security was our primary focus. I think security was one of the primary focuses at the Palma Real. We had to sign-in to get on the property and we even had drivers come to pick us up and they took their ID's from them. Security on the property was also very strict. The armed guards walk past the villas every 20 - 30 minutes or so. We were stopped when we were walking to the pools SEVERAL times (they were very friendly - but definitely wanted to know who you were and where you were staying). Several times they even walked past the front doors. The first couple days we were even questioned at the pool. I was VERY happy that they have such strict security.
From the beginning of the trip (where we got our keys) -- we were treated like royalty. I wish I remembered the name guy who greeted us when we got there because he was very helpful and spoke perfect English. Everyone we ran into spoke really good English. We spoke with Larisa - the property manager through emails and then in person and she was great to work with -- I would definitely contact her if you wanted to make a reservation. She does have email and responds quickly.
The property was very well groomed and the villas were beautifully decorated and had all the amenities that you could wish for. We did have an issue with the air conditioner one day and Larisa took care of it promptly. The power also went out several times -- but it went out in the whole city -- just be prepared that that is a possibility. Just be aware that the water in some villas is purified and not in others -- they do provide the bottled water but don't drink the water in the shower if it's not purified! No one in our team of 15 got sick from the water but we were careful.
We did not take advantage of the meal plan but some from our group looked at the buffet and said it looked amazing. Just keep in mind that if you are looking for American food (like in the grocery store) - you need to be prepared to pay a high price for it. We left super early for our mission trip work and bought things at the super market for breakfast in the villa and we paid $6 for a small box of fruit loops and around $3 for a gallon of milk. We were really astonished at the prices of food at the supermarkets.
The pools and beaches were very clean. We saw them cleaning the beach one morning and the pool was right outside our villa. It was always clean -- sometimes it would turn a little green from a whole day of rain (that's to be expected) but it was quickly remedied when the rain stopped. There are so many pools, I can't imagine you would get bored even if the water park isn't open. There were not many people but we really enjoyed the privacy. We were gone for about 8 - 10 hours a day but the time we were there was amazing. I would highly recommend it for families, missionaries, couples, etc.
The only negative is the road from La Ceiba out to the hotel. As a cautious American driver with kids, it was a little harrowing, but nothing a good driver can't handle. It actually isn't a very long trip to La Ceiba, so if you need something it's not too far -- just far enough away to feel like you have your own secluded piece of paradise.
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