When Mary and I first visited Roatan in 2011, we stayed at Coral Vista Villas in West End. As I wrote in an earlier post, we loved the place so much, we bought it. During our week there, we did a lot of diving, checked out several restaurants and generally fell in love with the West End. One day, though, in between our morning dive and happy hour at Sundowners, we took a ride up the island about 40 minutes away to check out this new development called Pristine Bay.
The Pinnacle of Roatan Vacation Rentals
After passing through the security gate and driving up the very steep road to the development, we crested the ridge that separates Pristine Bay from the main road and our jaws dropped. Then, we "dropped" down the other side of the ridge and into the property along the equally steep road that winds around the golf course and down to the Beach Club. In March 2011, the Black Pearl golf course was completed, but there wasn't a ton to see in terms of residences and the Beach Club wasn't finished. Still, the place literally took our breath away, and we never forgot it.
Fast forward over a year to August 2012: Mary and I took a break from fixing up Coral Vista 1 last summer and drove up to Pristine Bay and see the progress. It was significant. Same breathtaking moment coming over the ridge, but a lot more development completed. The Beach Club was finished and represented a truly world-class facility for guests and residents to enjoy day and night. The second phase of development for Las Verandas, the property's hotel, had begun. And many of the residences had been constructed, including the first row of "Beach Villas" along the private beach and waterfront. These four Beach Villa units are the only, true waterfront properties in the entire development.
We decided to get a bite to eat at Aqua, one of the three restaurants on the property, and then took a tour of the development with Jessie - one of the sales agents at Pristine Bay. She showed us around, gave us a sense for prices and future development phases, and we exchanged contact information. But we weren't in the market for another property, and the waterfront villas had all sold long ago, so we filed Pristine away and returned to West End.
Roughly six months ago, Jessie emailed me with interesting news - one of the four beach villas, in fact the largest, most private of the four beach villas, was on the market. The owner was building a much larger villa elsewhere at the resort and wanted to sell. So I got together with my nephew, Jim, and together we made an offer and ultimately acquired the place. Following the same "location, location, location" logic we used with Coral Vista 1, we agreed that Pristine Bay BV1 would not only be a great place to vacation, but also a great place to rent to others who wanted a world-class vacation experience on Roatan. That's because:
- Pristine Bay is truly a world-class resort
- Beach Villas are the only waterfront/beachfront properties at Pristine Bay
- Beach Villa 101 is the largest (land and pool), most private of the four Beach Villas
A Unique Vacation Experience
The nice thing about Pristine Bay is that it offers vacationers something different on Roatan - a private, gated, high-end resort on a more remote part of the island. As such, guests of Pristine Bay can expect excellent service, luxury accommodations, world-class amenities and quiet, relaxing, pristine (pardon the pun) surroundings. This is not the shared, public beach free for all of West Bay, and it is not the energy and night-life of West End. Nor is it the recluse-like seclusion of Roatan's East End vacation rentals. It is unique and, therefore, a most welcome addition among Roatan resorts.