The Resort at Palmetto Bay
What We Love
- On-site dive center for snorkeling and scuba diving excursions
- Children are more than welcome; the resort offers babysitting for an extra fee
- Roomy, open-air library with two computers and free Internet access
What To Know
- The tiny sand flies are merciless — bring uber-repellent
- Very remote location down an unpaved road; Roatán’s bars and restaurants are 20 minutes away
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
On 120 acres of a remote bay, Palmetto Bay Plantation has a faraway, private island feel and rustic-luxe style. The central open-air, A-frame building draped with yellow and red awnings spills onto the large deck and outdoor pool area, and the standalone villas are built on stilts and dotted across the estate.
Bed & Bath
As well as the postcard-perfect white sand beach, bright sunshine, blue sky and swaying palm trees, the resort offers a stable of unique villas to suit every guest — from honeymooners looking for indulgent privacy to families after ample space. More private homes than hotel rooms, even the smallest villa is 800 square feet, and all have fully equipped kitchens, two or more bedrooms, separate living areas and private decks with swaying hammocks. Bathrooms are simple spaces done up in stone and hardwood.
The resort’s laid-back open-air restaurant is a culinary destination on the island thanks to a creative menu of spicy seared snapper, homemade pasta, conch ceviche and more. Kids are accommodated with babysitting services and a full array of games and toys, and the protected bay means the surf laps gently on the shore — no toddler-toppling waves here. Dolphins and whale sharks are sometimes seen in the waters off Roatán, and the on-site PADI-certified dive shop lets you explore the reefs in all their Technicolor glory. Rounding out the island-style relaxation are head-to-toe in-villa spa services, including hourlong massages.
How to Get There
We booked villa E8 for a week last month, has a private pool in addition to the resort pool. Slight problem with the AC on first floor was addressed next day by maintenance. Staff are all lovely, especially Amanda and Samuel at the dive shop.
Our time in Roatan was amazing! Our 'bungalow' - actually a 3 bedroom/2 bath home with ALL the amenities was perfect. Listening to the frogs sing us to sleep, waking up to beautiful birds, drinking coffee on the covered porch and watching the crabs peek in and out of their sand homes was amazing. A short 2 minute walk and we were at the most beautiful, practically private, beach.
The entire staff was incredible - we were greeted with a delicious rum drink when checking in, given a tour of the restaurant, pool and long pier over pristine water with hammocks and lounge chairs...seriously, it's as beautiful as it sounds. We were then taken to our place. Lots of fresh clean water provided.
Our place was nestled among lush greenery/trees, beautiful tropical plants and flowers.
We loved our stay at a beachfront villa (Casa Luz) at Palmetto Bay. The staff at the resort were incredibly friendly and helpful, and we didn't want to leave. We woke up every morning to the waves lapping, and slept like babies on the comfortable beds. The home was pristinely clean, and fully equipped to cook huge meals, and enjoy the A/C on muggy days.
Yes, the road is unpaved and a bit reminiscent of Romancing the Stone, and yes the sand fleas are relentless (but we had the same problem throughout the island, so it's just a part of life in Roatan). Rent a 4WD if you're going to leave the resort (and you should...there is soooo much exploring to be done!), and arm yourself with plenty of all-natural insect repellent, which is available at almost every market and grocer.
My husband and I stayed here 11 days with friends at their lovely house, Casa Windsurf. It was our first visit to Roatan but it will not be our last.
If you enjoy water sports, long walks on the beach and solitude, this is the spot. We took hikes up an old road and walked to a lovely restaurant at Las Verandas for breakfast twice. There is beautiful snorkeling and scuba diving on the second largest reef in the world right off the shore. The resort is located on the windward side of the island with great wind for sailing and windsurfing. You would need to rent equipment elsewhere as there is no rental shop on site. Our friends have a catamaran and the sailing was spectacular.
If you are looking for night life, restaurants, shopping and crowds, this is not the place for you. There is a clubhouse with a small restaurant and bar on site.
Before our arrival, there had been a lot of rain lately and the road in and out was very difficult to navigate. I recommend a 4 wheel drive car or arrange airport transportation with the pleasant and helpful staff. You should purchase groceries upon arrival at a supermarket close to the airport.
If you are looking for a relaxing off the beaten path location to visit, this is it. Yes, it is remote but it is beautiful and away from all the cruise ship activity. If a quiet vacation is what you are looking for this is the place. The property manager is wonderful and they will take great care of you. There are multiple homes for rent in Palmetto Bay...you can't go wrong. The restaurant is Ixora Restaurant and Bar (reviewed separately) so if you don't want to cook you don't have to. Overall, this was my 4th visit to Palmetto and I'd go back again in a heartbeat.