Roatan is an amazing place to spend a holiday or longer. Staying at Cocolobo made an amazing experience to be truly unforgettable.
The hotel is situated about 5 minutes walk away from the main drag of West End - dive shop and restaurant road basically. The walk down is through quiet roads and paths where you can see hummingbirds during the day and hermit crabs crawling across the path at night . The location is superb; of the 10 or so rooms, 8 all look out to sea, with the "iron shore" coast only around 50 feet from your balcony/veranda. Some people are not as keen on the iron shore - but it's interesting and offers snorkelling within 50 feet of your hotel, if you're so inclined. The remaining 2 "rooms" are essentially self contained houses - room upstairs and kitchen/bathroom/living room downstairs. All rooms are built from Honduran pine, and inside are comfortably furnished - huge comfortable bed, patio doors out onto a veranda overlooking the sea; you can see the rooms from the website. Overhead fan and aircon is available, although air con is $10 a day if you use all the time (we used the air con very occasionally and the fee was waived). The whole hotel is centred around an open plan bar/dining area looking out to the infinity pool and the sea.
Ron and Bonnie are the hosts - and you would go a long way to find two more genuine, helpful and friendly characters. All requests are immediately catered for with a genuine desire to make sure your stay is made more pleasant. In most cases you don't even have to ask - a family member was ill during our stay, and Bonnie gave her medication, special food, home made yoghurt, and even drove us to a medical centre to get the condition checked out - we didn't ask for any of this you understand; it was offered. Every night after washing the salt and sand off, there was the almost obligatory couple of beers and chats with Ron and Bonnie - that was on evenings when they hadn't laid on barbecues for all the guests, or invited us to go to local bars to sample local music - honestly, you feel like you're visiting family.
As for the island - beautiful. Many people seem to see little other than the reef off the south coast. Take the time to explore - thirty minutes away by car from the beaches at West End and West Bay (which are fairly sparsely covered with Cruise Ship tourists during 5 days a week) you can go inland, see virgin rainforest, see white sand beaches where you are literally the only people on them as far as you can see, see amazing vistas across the island and over to Honduras, swim with Dolphins, and see more of local life beyond the tourist dive shops. If diving is your sole reason for visiting, you're pretty made up as well - the reef maybe not as perfect as it was 10 years ago, or as perfect as the Phillipines, but diving is inexpensive, rewarding, and most importantly easy. We were on island for 14 days in "low" season (read low as temperatures only getting up to the mid nineties, and rain for 15 minutes every other day) and the sea was like a mill pond for about 10 of the days we were there.
Overall, what more can I say - the island is magical, the accommodation and our hosts made it even more special. Go to Roatan, stay in Cocolobo. Simple.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cocolobo is the most attractive up-market option for your stay on the gorgeous, unspoiled Caribbean island of Roatan. Cocolobo welcomes guests looking for a friendly island retreat. Whether you are a diver or just wanting to relax, you'll love our tranquil setting. Just 5 minutes walk from the dive shops, restaurants and night-life of West End, you can return to Cocolobo and hear only the sound of the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cocolobo West End
- Cocolobo Hotel West End
- Cocolobo Roatan, Honduras - West End