by Blackbelt Mom
March 28, 2006
My husband and I stayed 6 nights at the Bay Islands Beach Resort (www.bibr.com). We stayed in the Waters Edge Lodge overlooking the western ocean.
RESORT: quiet, secluded, located on the western side of the island (less wind). Nice beach, but watch out for sand fleas. They weren't too bad while we were there, but be prepared. Take repellent or buy it there, cactus juice is best for you and for the environment. Hammocks on the beach, palm trees, landscaping is pretty.
On premises: gift shop, dive shop, dining/bar area (open air/not enclosed), guest rooms.
ROOM: covered porch with your own hammock, large room, wood flooring, dated decor, air-conditioner (working order), working full bath (shower/tub/toilet/sink), basic sheets (somewhat worn) tile floor in bath, one queen size bed, one single bed (we used as staging/storage for suitcases). Room condition was average. Honduras is a third world country. Roatan is a small island off the coast off the mainland of Honduras. If you are looking for a pampered, spa level, posh vacation this area of the world is not for you.
FOOD: food is included in price of room/dive/snorkel package. The food is usually the same breakfast/lunch (eggs, bacon, toast, pancakes, etc./lunch hot dogs, burgers, chicken breast, french fries, etc). Dinner varies each night. Some nights are more pleasing than others. All our food appeared fresh and most of it was hot/steamy upon service. Since eating is in an open air dining area flies tend to congregate. Four nights in we both got sick, we think we ate some cross contaminated salad. Luckily, we were prepared with many prescriptions and recovered within 24 hours (still went diving). Many guests at BIBR had some minimal "bout" with being sick, again, third world country, you can plan on it. Drinks are not included as a part of the vacation package. We drank the resort water--it was fine. Take sunscreen and your own beach towels (3 towels provided in room). Take a travel alarm clock and your own blow-dryer. Don't take extra clothes.
SERVICE: Service at the resort was great, friendly and helpful.
SHOPPING: some local vendors come to this resort during the days--beach vendors are not as plentiful as they may be at other larger resorts. Shopping in the West End was VERY sparse! Shop/browsing took us less than 30 minutes and I LOVE to shop. BIBR is called Casa Blanca by locals--good to know if you leave and your taxi driver can't speak English.
SAFETY: felt very safe at this resort. I would not recommend going away from your resort after dark. We did walk out on the beach at the resort-we felt safe. We were diving a lot and that didn't include late nights or the party scene. I would not recommend Roatan for young children/families. I would recommend this resort for those looking for a smaller resort, great diving and a more quiet experience. We would visit this resort again. Please see my separate dive/snorkel review. The dive operation at BIBR is very highly recommended.
From journal Dive Trip—Roatan, Honduras