Came for a week with two other couples. We're all mid thirties with kids. Was a great getaway for sure. Would come here for a family vacation. Great location amenities etc. House is dated. Needs some TLC. But still an overall great place to stay. BUT make sure to not book when the owners are staying below. The latest we stayed up on our trip was 12:32am on day 2 usually it was 10:30-11 and we sat on the deck playing cards, laughing with a small portable speaker. The next morning the owner stood below and wagged his finger at us and scolded us like we're children. 'I hope you got that out of your systems' he said. 'This isn't that type of place he said' like we were 20 and stayed up until 5am partying! Gimme a break. Had he approached us in a respectable manner, I would not have written this. Seriously put a stain on the rest of our stay. Still give it four stars though.
The villa is in an unbeatable location - right on the beach and minutes walk away from the various bars and restaurants along the beach. The little enclave of villas is well maintained and guarded. The villa is spacious and well equipped with everything you need. However some aspects are a little tired and dated - the furniture for example - but still very serviceable.. The showers are not great. I think it would be good if the owner could offer new bedding and towels and the ones used are seemed worn. But overall, due to the location and spaciousness - a great place to stay...
Have been here before, used to be fantastic. Internet was down first two days. Grounds maintenance which used to be done daily was not done first or 4th day there. Palms needed trimming as well as coconuts that can fall and hit you. Far too many peddlers on the beach now. Water taxi's are parked on what used to be our swimming beach. National holiday made for a very crowded beach for 4 days- wish we would have know, we would have booked for a different week. The government taxes- over 25% (not the rental's fault), add a significant cost to everything- rentals, dinning, etc....
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Just returned from a 1 week stay in Roatan with our children ages 10 and 8, along with another family with 2 teenagers (we had the lower level as well)
Overall great vacation and we will have amazing memories. The island is beautiful with good amenities, beautiful sites, plenty to do and plenty of third world charm. Here is how we felt about the different aspects:
-overall location of house in Roatan: great: easy walk to multiple stores, restaurants, hotels on and off the beach, and a small store with some simple basic supplies. for major groceries and or fruits/veggies need to drive about 30-40min to Coxen Hole.
-beach and water immediately in front: excellent in terms of water clarity, depth for swimming, calmness, sand purity and softness. on a nice calm day, water is as turquoise and clear as you can get in the Caribbean. you can see the fish from above water!
also conveniently in front of the house is a dock with small boats available for hire for snorkeling and or fishing etc.. also water taxi available right at that dock.
-activities: plenty to do right off the beach, with all the water activities you can imagine.
for us the highlight was the ability to snorkel right off the beach and see amazing colorful fish on a decently preserved reef (not an easy find in the Caribbean or anywhere). Inland there is more activities including but not limited to zip line, jungle walks (we did South Shore Canopy), gardens (went to Carambola gardens), and others..
-safety: felt pretty safe throughout the stay, plenty of security around the property. we felt safe letting the kids play on the beach as long as we could see them from the veranda.
-comfort: villa was very comfortable when power was on. outside and away from the beach need plenty of bug spray especially in the evening.
now the only gripes/things to keep in mind:
-the beach can get pretty crowded on cruise ship days
-the people who try to sell you things/services can be persistent
-the wifi reliability was poor and the modem is not inside the property (seems odd to us)
-the villa does not have a generator, something we did not think about or learn until we got there and would not have been an issue if it weren't for the multiple power outages that we experienced there. and apparently that can happen. worse time was on our last night when the power was out from ~6pm till ~2am and the heat was almost unbearable inside with all the windows open. it made things worse to know that almost every other property around us had back-up power. I strongly recommend the owners get a generator or at least warn people about that upfront. we made do with candle light on several occasions which is ok if you 're prewarned and it's just one time.
-there is no washer/dryer in the unit. you can pay to have it done.
-finally and this is perhaps small: some appliances were rather old or not functioning well, namely the oven, dishwasher and toaster.
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We had two families with three kids staying a week and there was plenty of room. The house was very safe and situated right on the beach. Once you navigate the crazy road to the house everything else is easy. House has all amenities you would need except clothes washing machine but cheap to get them cleaned. Hopefully they might add a hair drier. Hammocks on the deck were wonderful place to relax, read a book, watch the sun setting. Staff were great, whenever we needed something they came over quickly ( their office is very close by). The house is now flanked by resort hotels which was a shame but meant heaps of places to eat along the beach. We would go back.