Let me begin by saying that my husband and I are world seekers – new thrills and experiences. We like to enjoy something and somewhere once, mark it off the ol’ bucket list, and move onto the next adventure. When we arrived at TranquilSeas Roatan, we planned on doing just that. And also, let me note, that there has not been a vacation (up to this point) that we have ever remembered names of any of the staff members.
At the airport, we were greeted by Greg with his large wooden paddle that showed TranquilSeas. No confusion or waiting for a shuttle. A great start to the vacation. The hotel was only about 15 minutes away from the airport, but was located in a place that seemed extremely secluded from anything on the island. This is an added benefit of the trip since the last thing you want to do after flying all day is spend more time on travel.
Once at the resort, Fernando greeted us with an introduction to the resort, a tour, and a greeting session. I fell in love with the resort the moment I walked in the front doors. The setting of plants, rustic tree house style rooms, and flowers added to the ambiance of tropical paradise. Then, once your eyes spot the incredible view that surrounds your new “home”, you will quickly realize this is where you want to stay forever.
Our room, the Hummingbird, had an array of landscaping that created enjoyable smells with a combination of beauty. The deck overlooked the ocean and was equipped with a hammock and of course, hummingbird feeders (which attracted the largest Hummingbirds that I have ever seen). The craftsmanship of the entire resort was impeccable, with endless attention and care placed into every inch. The room was quaint but the space was utilized perfectly. We are very appreciative of using less space that has more function.
Our meals, which we included in our package, were 5 star every time. Then, to add to our delight, Johnny (the chef) would come and converse with us to ensure we were satisfied. Then we had Samir at the bar to whip up some wicked mojitos (best I have ever had) and creamy pina coladas. The setting of the bar area was all natural recycled trees and other quirky plants that made the scene completely unique and fun. The handcrafted details were top notch and made the environment perfect for paradise. Of course, the entire place overlooks the clear blue ocean that invites you to jump in for a snorkel. Like tourists, we photographed the view too many times to count. It was just so breathtaking.
On to diving. We are PADI Advanced Open Water divers and we chose to add the specialties of Search & Recovery, and Wreck. We worked with Di Faukner, who has one of the best “tough as nails” personalities we have ever met. She was such a knowledgeable instructor and really taught us a lot about our certifications. Then, because of her awesome British accent, we were entranced in her conversations (and usually picked on her a bit)! We enjoyed diving with her and Edwin (the other instructor) so much, that we already decided we will return to complete our Rescue Certification and more specialties.
The diving itself was lovely and the reefs were plentiful and had so much to offer. We spent most of our time on certifications, so we did not site see as much. But when we did do a few fun dives, we were greeted by Moray Eel, lobsters, crabs, and huge grouper. To add to the experience, the resort arranged for Mickey Charteris (author of “Caribbean Reef Life of the Bay Islands, Honduras) to come do a presentation about the Reef and all of its wonders. His knowledge and background proved impressive and we were so thankful to learn everything he taught.
Now, onto the owner, Chris Benson. His passion for his life work showed every time he spent moments relaxing with us and talking about the island or the resort. He took time to mingle and make sure our stay was absolutely perfect. He was genuine and a completely beautiful person (both inside and out). Never have I been to a resort where the owner takes the time to personally spend time with each and every guest, remembering their name and caring about their experience. He really mastered putting the whole “heaven on earth” package together.
With all of this said, we enjoyed our trip so much to TranquilSeas that we have already planned on returning within a year. This place offered an experience like none other and avoids the tourist trap that seems to be seeping into our world. You build a family away from home and are given the opportunity to find yourself in the tranquility of paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tranquilseas Eco Lodge, Dive Center, Restaurant & Bar, Roatan - Unique island accommodation & Padi Dive Resort set amongst beautifully landscaped tropical gardens, secluded from the hustle and bustle and yet easily accessible to some of the great adventures to be had on Roatan. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tranquilseas Eco Lodge And Dive Hotel Sandy Bay
- Tranquilseas Eco Lodge And Dive Center Honduras/Roatan - Sandy Bay