These are the best resorts
Roatán may be a small little island, but it definitely packs a punch. There are countless resorts dotted around the shorelines and within the jungle interior that are perfect to fulfil your dream of a tropical escape. One of those charming jewels of the Caribbean, it’s like something out of Robinson Crusoe – although with none of the danger of being stranded on a desert island, of course.
Having become popular due to its location on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, tonnes of scuba divers and snorkelers have descended on the island, meaning the tourism industry has boomed – and so has the number and quality of hotels and resorts. Basically, this means you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where you want to stay on your little trip to the little country – which is never a bad thing when you’re going away, to be fair.
Take a look at some of our favourite resorts, split into handy categories, and start getting excited about your trip.
Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort
One of the best resorts in Roatán, Mayan Princess Beach and Dive Resort is steps away from the beach and features a 77-metre-long outdoor pool and hot tub for up to 8 people. There’s also a 24-hour front desk, airport shuttle buses, on-site restaurants, a barbershop, a spa centre – need I go on?
La Ensenada Beach Resort & Convention Centre
Quite literally your home away from home – with everything included, you won’t need to leave the resort once on your trip. Although we do recommend you do because Roatán is beautiful. The resort is right on the beach, with plenty of fun activities ready and waiting right on site – such as beach and pool volleyball, basketball and football courts, mini-golf, kayaking and more.
Paya Bay Resort
A truly exotic, Caribbean resort, Paya Bay sits on a peninsula, lending itself to almost a private retreat, with a surrounding landscape filled with outlooks and private cove beaches. The most interesting thing about this resort? It’s situated on Roatán’s topless and naturist beach.
Hotel Henry Morgan
The flagship hotel of the HM Resorts group, Hotel Henry Morgan is made up of semi-detached cabins and rooms, all separated from the lobby and main buildings in order to ensure maximum relaxation and privacy. The resort’s pool can be found right in between the hotel and the white sands of West Bay Beach.
Infinity Bay Resort
This eco-friendly property is perfect for families, with a fantastic blend of incredible accommodation, fine dining, and the beach right on your doorstep. With a narrow lap pool great for people with young children, white sandy beaches, and a freshwater pool with three waterfalls and an infinity edge, you’ll never want to leave.
Reef House Resort
This small family-owned resort is great because it crafts an individual perfect experience for every single one of their guests. It’s also great for families, thanks to the quiet, rustic accommodations found on the uncrowded beach, and there are babysitting services and children’s activities to keep the little ones entertained.
Anthony’s Key Resort
One of Roatán’s best dive resorts, Anthony’s Key is also fantastic for families. It’s made up of 56 different bungalows that are tucked into the hills of the main island – providing stunning tropical views. Guests get the chance to try snorkelling, diving, kayaking, and also experience the only dolphin encounter programme on Roatán, which includes dolphin training and feeding sessions.
Half Moon Resort
Located smack bang in the middle of Half Moon Bay at the West End of the island, Half Moon Resort is perfect for travellers of any age. Right next to the reef, guests can enjoy a number of different, water-based activities: glimpse the underwater world through a glass-bottomed boat, or dip your toes in the water and go snorkelling with the fish. There’s also a one-of-a-kind deep-diving submersible, which is the first in history to be constructed of three different sized spheres and will take up to three people 3000 feet below sea level.
Media Luna Resort & Spa
Just a 20-minute drive from the airport is the Media Luna Resort and Spa, a fantastic hotel located right on the beach. It comes with its own private beach area, an outdoor swimming pool, and some of the rooms come with a balcony and garden views. Plus, it has an onsite spa and wellness centre, if the beach just wasn’t quite relaxing enough.
Tranquilseas Eco Lodge & Dive Centre
A dive resort that’s also pet friendly? Sounds like the absolute dream. The resort is surrounded by stunning tropical forest and it’s so close to the beachfront it’s practically in the sea. It’s literally paradise, plus it’s a PADI dive centre, making it one of the best places to go for diving, snorkelling, and various other water activities.
Splash Inn Dive Resort
Only a five-minute boat trip to West Bay Beach, this beautiful beachfront resort is right in the heard of West End Beach. Situated right on the clear blue waters of Half Moon Bay, this resort offers fully qualified and experienced PADI dive instructors directly on-site. Whether you enjoy scuba diving, shark diving, paddle boarding, or tours in glass-bottom boats, you’ll find it here.
Turquoise Bay Dive & Beach Resort
Set right on the beach of Roatán Island, guests can literally walk out of their rooms and onto the soft white sand. The resort has it all: a free airport shuttle, free Wi-Fi, a lovely private beach area, several on-site shops, a 24-hour front desk, and a tour desk which helps guests arrange scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, and more.
Fantasy Island Beach Resort & Marina
An all-inclusive diving resort, Fantasy Island is just a minute walk from the beachfront – plus it also has a swimming pool and private beach area on site. There are plenty of activities for the outdoorsy types, like fishing, diving, horse riding, golf, and snorkelling – or you can just chill at one of the two bars serving cocktails to the beach.
Las Rocas Resort & Dive Centre
There’s literally nothing about the Las Rocas Resort and Dive Centre that you won’t fall in love with. With a fabulous beach right on the doorstep, a private porch, happy hour from 3-6 pm, and a PADI dive Centre right in the resort itself, it’s literally a dream.
Grand Roatán Caribbean Resort
One of the most luxurious resorts on the whole island, Grand Roatán resort is tucked away between the blue waters and a forest sanctuary. It’s the perfect little hideaway, right on the beach with wade-in access right into the world’s second-largest barrier reef. Fantastic for a romantic break, there are options to enjoy a dinner by candlelight on the beach or take a horseback ride along the shore.
Blue Bahia Resort, Sandy Bay
One of the smaller, more boutique resorts on the island, Blue Bahia is located right on the beach, with a fantastic swimming pool that looks out over the ocean. The resort is fully eco-friendly, serving sustainable seafood as well as smoked meats and other, Caribbean-style dishes. There is also a dive centre, which offers courses and tips for people of all levels.
Island Pearl Resort
Sometimes referred to as the “laid-back gem” of Roatán, it’s true that Island Pearl Resort is a very tranquil place to spend your holiday. The resort is ideally placed for snorkelling, diving, and kayaking, but it’s also a great place to just sit back and relax on the sand. The villas and studios have been designed to remind you of the Caribbean, with blues of the sea and rich sunset colours – all tucked among the tropical gardens underneath picturesque palm trees.
Caribe Tesoro is basically a mansion, right on the water’s edge. Here, you get to relax in the sun or under the shade of the palm trees dotted around and cool off with a dip in the ocean water pool. Swim-up to the bars to enjoy a number of famed cocktails, and marvel at the sunset on the pier as you eat your dinner.
Paradise Beach Hotel
If you want a true taste of island living, then head to Paradise Beach Hotel. Surrounded by the sparkling blue Caribbean waters and lush tropical jungles, you’ll be in the depths of unspoiled nature wherever you turn. The resort offers rooms with private balconies and oversize terraces, perfect for witnessing the magical sunsets, and you can chart diving adventures straight from the hotel itself.
Pristine Bay Resort
A fantastic waterfront resort, Pristine Bay Resort is encompassed by the only golf course on Roatán – an 18-hole championship course known as “The Black Pearl”. The main building of the resort was actually designed by world-renowned golfer and architect, Pete Dye, and each of the private villas offers fine furnishings, kitchens, private pools, and patios.
Barefoot Cay Resort
A luxury boutique resort, Barefoot Cay can be found on a privately owned, 4-acre cay on the southern shore of Roatán – the ultimate escape from the outside world. You have to arrive by boat, and their bungalows and villas open right onto the sparkling Caribbean waters. Plus, the resort is home to a PADI five-star Instructor Development Centre that hosts a dive shop, retail centre, and courses for anyone looking to get into the water – whether you’re a pro or a beginner.
Las Verandas Hotel & Villas
Just a 20-minute drive from the airport, Las Verandas is the perfect Roatán hotel. Providing accommodation for the most discerning guests, it is a resort offering an exceptionally wide array of activities – including world-class diving, snorkelling, fishing and more. The resort is made up of seven luxurious, two-bedroom Ocean Front villas, as well as some five-bedroom villas, golf view suites, guest pools, the Palapa Bar, and a fine dining restaurant: Las Pergolas. Definitely enough to keep you entertained.
West Bay Lodge & Spa
This tranquil little resort is just a two-minute walk away from West Bay Beach, where guests get to experience the world-class diving available on Roatán’s coral reef – the second largest reef in the world. Made up of Roatán style boutique bungalows, it also offers an outdoor pool, tropical gardens, and an aromatherapy spa.
No matter which area of the island you’re most keen to get visiting, and no matter who you’re visiting with, there’s a Roatán resort out there for you. So what are you waiting for – get packing!