A guide to the
Planning a holiday should be super easy – but it never is, is it? Aside from the fact it always takes a ridiculous amount of time just to decide where you want to go, you then have to think about when, how, how long for, and where are you going to stay.
In Roatán, there is an exceptional number of luxury hotels – especially when you consider how tiny the island is. Your options range from a relaxing stay in an all-inclusive resort to an adventure-packed holiday full of zip lining and diving, but whatever you’re looking for there’s definitely a hotel to match.
Have a look at our round-up of the best ones, handily split into different categories so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.
La Diosa del Sol Luxury
Villas Del Mar, Politilly Bight
Not to be confused with the West End in London, West End in Roatán has a very distinct small-town island atmosphere to it. Known for some of the best shopping in the country, as well as the country’s nightlife and plenty of diving shops. There is literally something happening at all times of the day: fishermen will kick the day off early in the morning – which is also the best time for water activities – before the restaurant scene begins to come to life following lunchtime. It’s one main road, that comes to life as the sun goes down, filling the streets with live music.
La Diosa del Sol, Poltitilly Bight
La Diosa Del Sol is the place to go if you want amazing sunsets, tonnes of space, and your own private infinity pool. These villas overlook the Caribbean sea, located on four acres on Roatán’s northern shores, with tropical gardens and panoramic views of the nearby reef.
Las Verandas, Pristine Bay
Just 20 minutes away from the airport, Las Verandas is the ultimate Caribbean hotel, providing fantastic, luxury accommodation and even boasting the country’s only golf course. The resort is full of oceanfront villas, golf view suites, and more, and even boasts its own Palapa Bar and fine dining restaurant.
Coconut Tree, West End
Offering a variety of services, Coconut Tree is a fantastic budget hotel that can be found in both West End and West Bay Beach – the most popular destinations in Roatán. Pretty much everything can be accommodated for you here, although bear in mind that the more you add, the more expensive your stay will become.
Jungle Reef Inn, Sandy Bay
The perfect spot if you want to be in the middle of it all, but also get a bit of peace and quiet while you’re away then the Jungle Reef Inn is the perfect place for you. Each of the rooms has an amazing balcony looking over the Caribbean Sea, set in the relaxing jungle complete with swinging hammocks to lounge around in.
Half Moon Resort, West End
Found nestled away in Half Moon Bay in the West End of Roatán, Half Moon Resort offers a variety of different activities, all carefully curated with the natural and unique environment in mind. Thanks to its ideal location, there are plenty of water-based activities such as taking a tour in a glass-bottomed boat or snorkelling around the reef.
Tranquilseas, Sandy Bay
An eco-lodge, diving centre, restaurant and bar all in one, this unique resort is set among the beautifully landscapes tropical gardens, hidden away from the typical hustle and bustle you find at the touristy sites. It’s great for the ultimate Roatán diving experience, or if you just want a relaxing holiday.
Sueño Del Mar Diving Resort, West End
The Sueño del Mar Diving Resort literally offers everything you could ask for when it comes to a diving holiday. All of the accommodation is air-conditioned, with decks overlooking the beach and fantastic sunset views. It’s at the western end of the West End, which means it can be pretty quiet but you’re also only a step away from the hustle and bustle.
Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort, Milton Bight
Hidden away on the secluded north-eastern shore of Roatan, the Turquoise Bay Dive and Beach Resort is the only resort in this part of the island that’s actually dedicated to diving. The surrounding bay is a protected area, with a brilliant display of sea life, and the resort has a full diving shop on-site, as well as a number of classes and tours available.
Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort, West Bay
One of Roatan’s more popular tourist destinations, there are plenty of reasons for this. Number one is that most people would never get the chance otherwise to see this many iguanas in one place. The farm has been around for nearly 20 years, and there is an estimated 3,000 iguana roaming around the property. The iguana is a protected species on Roatán, which explains why there are so many being sheltered at the farm, and there is also a fish sanctuary located further down the marina.
Grand Roatan Resort, West Bay Beach
Established in 1997, the research centre’s aim is to increase the presence and availability of researchers across Honduras and beyond in order to carry out research and understand whale sharks better. Become a volunteer while you’re staying in Roatán, and learn to dive, conduct underwater research, and help raise awareness of marine conservation.
Island House, West Bay Beach
A selection of private vacation homes in West Bay, ranging from beach houses to villas with pools, and even jungle escapes. Every stay here is completely personalised, with staff on hand to make sure you make the most of your holiday.
Island Pearl, West Bay Beach
Right on the beachfront, Island Pearl offers tropical architecture mixed with respect for the original environment and interior design to put any budding designer to shame. It’s relaxed and friendly; an absolute must-visit.
Seagrape Plantation Resort, West End
Found nestled away in the West End, the Seagrape Plantation Resort has 22 rooms split over five charming bungalows, and it prides itself on being a great location for anyone who wants to learn how to dive.
Seagrape Plantation Resort, West End Mame Tree Bungalows, West End
Found on top of a hill overlooking the beautiful Half Moon Bay, Mame Tree Bungalows is in the heart of West End village. Nestled away in the middle of a lush tropical landscape, the bungalows themselves come with air conditioning, 24-hour security, and even housekeeping services.
Sea Breeze Inn, West End
Nestled in the middle of West End, this charming little inn gives guests the true authentic island life experience, with some of the friendliest people on the island working there. Centrally located, it’s right by restaurants, beaches, and a number of different activities – make sure you check out the special hotel dive packages while you’re there.
Bananarama Dive & Beach Resort
This cute, comfortable little resort is in the middle of West Bay, right on the beachfront of one of the world’s best beaches. Located directly on the marine reserve, it’s perfect for swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling, diving, kayaking – you name it, you can do it at Bananarama Dive and Beach Resort.
Paradise Beach Resort
Notable for offering all-inclusive packages for anyone flying to Roatán, as well as those arriving by ferry. Made up of 81 rooms, there is also the option of staying in a beachfront villa.
Anthony’s Key Resort
Anthony’s Key has been around for 50 years, and its network of tropical bungalows is practically iconic now. Nestled within the hills and over the tranquil waters, the resort is positioned right by the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, and guests can take advantage of the daily diving and boating excursions – including some to see the pods of dolphins offshore.
Henry Morgan Resort, West Bay Beach
Overlooking the West Bay, this resort is named about the infamous pirate who allegedly once sailed these waters. As a result, the adventure theme is everywhere – from the tours to the nightly entertainment that celebrates the past, including the indigenous Garifuna culture.
Las Sirenas, West Bay Beach
Full of super modern suites, Las Sirenas can be found right on the beachfront looking out over the ocean. It’s got an amazing pool, its own waterfall with sculptures of mermaids, and three different types of suites – all of which are luxurious.
Infinity Bay Beach Resort, West Bay Beach
Found on the coastline of the West Bay Beach, the Infinity Bay Beach Resort is made up of 145 different apartments, ranging from studios to spacious three-bedroom suites. Each one is fully furnished, and the resort has been designed with a complete eco-friendly mindset, which reflected in everything from the environmentally friendly septic system to the water system used in the 300-foot long infinity pool and waterfall.
Bed and breakfast
West Bay Bed & Breakfast, West Bay
West Bay is the best place to stay in Roatán: there’s bars, diving, swimming, the best beach, plenty of shops, and amazing restaurants. So, it’s no wonder that with all of this going on, you might not necessarily want to stay in an all-inclusive resort and miss out on the fun. That’s where the West Bay Bed & Breakfast comes in. each of the rooms has a fridge, air conditioning, queen beds, a TV, and an amazing view overlooking the bay – the perfect place to relax and unwind before heading back out again.
Puerta Azul, Sandy Bay
This oceanfront B&B is perfectly located within lush tropical wildlife, giving guests the true, reclusive Caribbean feel to their holiday. Consisting of five freestanding bungalows all facing the sea, and a dock that extends over 400 feet providing direct access to the Mesoamerican Reef.
Dos Bahias, Parrot Tree Plantation
This luxury ocean-view estate can be found in Parrot Tree Plantation, surrounded by amazing tropical gardens full of butterflies, hummingbirds, and more. With everything you need to be comfortable, it’s the perfect bed and breakfast style villa for anything from your family vacation, to a wedding, corporate retreat, and more.
As you can see, there are plenty of hotels to choose from in Roatán. Whether you want to be in the heart of the action, or stray off the beaten track and indulge in the jungle paradise further inland, you’ll find something to suit your needs. Trust us.