From Wikipedia: A resort is a place used for relaxation or recreation, attracting visitors for vacations and/or tourism.
Which Roatan Resort Fits You Best?
In our last post, we made the argument that choosing the best resort Roatan has to offer is a personal decision. It's all about the fit between you (and how you define relaxation or recreation) and the resort you choose. Along those lines, we think you should evaluate resorts on five important characteristics:
- Location (where the resort is physically sited),
- Accommodations (the nature and quality of the rooms/suites/condos/villas),
- Amenities (the range and caliber of the extras offered on site),
- Service (the quality of the personal attention and care provided),
- Value (the overall assessment of "bang for the buck")
We wrote about Roatan resort location options in Part 1 of this series.
So, let's turn our attention to resort accommodations.
While it is relatively easy to lump Roatan resort locations into three broad buckets, it's a little more complicated with lodging. That's because there is a wide range of:
- locations within resorts (beachfront versus water view versus no view),
- lodging types (from hut/hostel to hotel/condo to high-end, private home), and
- price points ($25 or under per night to well over $200 per night per bedroom)
Since we're talking about Caribbean island accommodations, we might as well start with where the room or villa is relative to the water - after all, that's why you're thinking about coming here, right?
The reality of true, waterfront property is that it's scarce (and, therefore, expensive). The vast majority of Roatan resorts are built on land that extends from the water back toward the center of the island, which in Roatan's case usually means increasing elevation as you get farther from the Caribbean. As a result, much of the resort's lodging simply cannot be waterfront (especially when you factor in shared amenities such as pools and beach bars and restaurants). And depending on the elevation, architecture and landscaping (i.e. jungle) of the property, some lodging options might not even be able to see the water.
What does all this mean? It means you need to know the location within the location. The phrase, "beautiful views of the Caribbean" can be subject to some serious marketing spin. But most of all, it means you should be clear about this aspect of your vacation accommodation. When it comes to proximity to and view of the water, or seclusion and feel of the forest: what do you want and how important is that to you in the grand scheme of things?
Now, let's tackle the kinds of places in which you could stay. Roatan has a bunch, and there are resorts featuring all of them. What do you have in your mind's eye? An authentic, rustic feel with just the basics, or maybe a Caribbean villa with all the conveniences of home (and a few more)? Is air conditioning optional or a must? For most people, sleeping well is a big key to relaxing. What do you need to sleep well?
And don't forget food. Do you want to be able to shop and cook for yourself, or is eating out every meal ok? There's also social activities to consider. Are you looking forward to time with family and friends in your own private, shared space, or is a race to the pool to secure a bunch of lounge chairs sufficient? Maybe you just want to enjoy the sunset and meet a few folks at the bar every night.
Lastly, there is price. Not surprisingly, the range of prices tend to correspond with the nature and location of accommodation within any given resort. That private villa with three bedrooms and its own pool on the beach will cost a fair bit more than the un-airconditioned double with a community bathroom back in the jungle. But the beauty of Roatan is that it has both of those options... and everything in between. On the high end, figure $5,000 a week for a villa right on the water with 3-5 bedrooms at peak times (a little more than half that during low season). On the low end, you can find a bed at a budget hotel for as little as $10/night. There is literally something for every budget.
So which Roatan Resort accommodation is right for you?
Ask yourself what kind of vacation you envision. That's where you will find the answer. If you're coming to Roatan to "dive til you drop", you will probably consider some of the higher-end accommodations overkill. If you are visiting the island to reconnect with extended family and create some wonderful new memories together, you might not enjoy being spread out all over a bare-bones resort in two-bed efficiency cabins. In any case, when you have decided on location, it is relatively easy to narrow down the range of accommodations available in that part of the island (or the best fit stand-alone resort).
We Can Help You Research Roatan Resorts
Just CLICK HERE and visit our Roatan Vacation Advisor. Once we know what's important to you, we'll be happy to share what we've learned about Roatan resorts, and offer our best ideas and recommendations.
In the next post of this series, we'll dig into the third defining feature of a great vacation resort: Amenities.