Roatan boasts opportunities for captivating guests of all ages and groups of all sizes—but when it comes time to schedule the details of your trip, where do you book your stay? With the wide range of hotels, private villas and resorts—plus the price point of each option—there's much to consider before you leave for vacation.
One of the first things to determine is the location of your retreat. Perhaps you're traveling to Roatan just for the beach, making oceanfront views a top priority when booking your stay. The reality is that waterfront property is scarce—and therefore, expensive. The vast majority of Roatan resorts are built on land that extends from the water back to the center of the island, which in Roatan's case usually means increasing elevation as you get farther from the Caribbean. In other words, there aren't many options to choose from when considering waterfront accommodations. And depending on the elevation, architecture and the property's surroundings, many available hotel accommodations are even lacking in ocean views.
That being said, when it comes time to book your hotel you must not only take the accommodations into consideration, but also consider location. The phrase, "beautiful views of the Caribbean" can be subject to some serious marketing spin. You should be clear about this aspect of your vacation accommodations. When it comes to proximity to and view of the water, or seclusion and feel of the forest, what is most important to you and the vacation you envision?
Roatan vacation accommodations: villa, resort or hotel?
Now, let's tackle the kinds of places in which you could stay. First things first: What do you envision? Is it an authentic, rustic feel with just the basics? Or perhaps you imagine yourself vacationing in a Caribbean villa with all the bells and whistles, such as air conditioning, a full kitchen and multiple bedrooms. When you take all of the options at hand into consideration, don't forget to think of the social activities that you would like to experience. For example, are you looking forward to time with family and friends in your own private, shared space? Or would you rather be lounging by a community pool with other guests? Whatever your idea of a vacation is, be sure the hotel, resort or villa you vacation in can fulfill and exceed your expectations.
Vacationing on your dime
The cost of your vacation tends to correspond with the nature and location of accommodations within any given resort. That private villa with three bedrooms and its own pool on the beach is likely to be priced at a much larger cost than the hostel in the midst of the jungle—especially if it's lacking air conditioning and only features one bathroom. But the beauty of Roatan is that you can find the best of both worlds and everything in between. On the high end, you and your family can vacation right on the water in a three- to five-bedroom villa for roughly $5,000 per week. On the low end, you can find a budget hotel for as little as $10 per night. The beauty is that a vacation on the Roatan island can cater to any budget.
So which Roatan Resort accommodation is right for you?
Finally, ask yourself what kind of vacation you envision. If you're coming to Roatan to reconnect with your family, you will probably consider some of the higher-end accommodations with all of the bells and whistles. 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 find the best fit in stand-alone resorts.