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Palmetto Bay Plantation

Palmetto Bay (Roatán), Honduras

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Palmetto Bay Plantation

On 120 lush tropical acres off a sparkling bay in Roatán, Honduras, these Balinese-style cottages are a favorite for honeymooners and divers in search of an island paradise on the shores of the world's second largest coral reef.

The Scoop

Situated on remote Roatán Island, 40 miles off the coast of Honduras, Palmetto Bay Plantation is an exclusive eco-friendly retreat in a destination that still feels undiscovered—despite increased tourism from the U.S. Set on the largest island in Honduras Bay (now accessible via direct flights from Newark, Miami, Atlanta, and Houston), this 120-acre retreat comprises 29 Balinese-style villas with hammocks that swing on covered porches and sea breezes that waft through louvered walls. Just beyond a grove of coconut palms and cashew trees, thatched-roof palapas spread over a crescent of private beach within reach of the world's second largest coral reef. Besides kayaking and sailing, the resort has an on-site dive shop: a short boat ride will take you to some of the island's most spectacular sites, like Bear's Den, an underwater cave with a honeycombed coral wall. On some weekend evenings, native Garifuna dancers in orange head wraps shake to Afro-Caribbean beats, while bathing suit-clad travelers are treated to a Honduran conch and lobster feast.

Insider Tips

Relax with a vanilla and lemon oil massage in an overwater palapa, and you'll be able to look down and spot schools of porcupine puffers swimming within the shallow waters of Palmetto Point during your treatment.

Palmetto Bay's on-site dive shop will set you up for a day at the "wreck," a famous sunken vessel from the 1800s.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport (RTB) which is less than 10 miles from the hotel. Complimentary airport transfers available.

North Shore Roatan, Palmetto Bay, Bay Islands, Honduras

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Private Dock
  • Hammocks
  • Boating
  • Yoga
  • Activities
  • Eco-Friendly
In-Room Amenities
  • Scenic View
  • Full Kitchens
  • Floor-to-Ceiling Windows
  • Terraces
  • Hammocks
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Live Music
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Rates Include:
  • 4-person occupancy in Orchid
  • 5-person occupancy in Hibiscus
  • 4-6-person occupancy in Bougainvillea
  • Airport transfers
  • Welcome drink
  • Complimentary use of kayaks
Please note:
As an eco-friendly resort, there is a $30/night fee for the use of air conditioning. This fee is only charged if air conditioning is utilized and is payable directly to the resort at check-out.
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Palmetto Bay (Roatán)

This pristine spot on an untouched and little known island is a gem for both romance and family vacations.

Don't Miss

Village Tour: West End. The charming seaside village of West End, a half hour from the resort, has a number of restaurants and shops worth a visit: stop by the Lobster Pot for the fresh coconut bread and lobster omelette and Waves of Art for sculpture, metalwork, carvings, and jewelry crafted by local Hondurans.

Underwater Adventure: Roatan Island. This spot is known for its underwater menagerie. Head below the surface with guides from Palmetto Bay to explore the world's second largest coral reef, home to a number of threatened species, such as marine turtles and manatees. Read More

Catch of the Day: Kingfish, tarpon, barracuda, and jack—schedule a fishing charter (also organized at the hotel) to help you reel in the big ones.

Wildlife Spotting: Island Excursion. Book a full-day island excursion to see the region's wildlife, which ranges from iguanas to zebra and firecracker butterflies. After visiting nature sanctuaries and farms, the tour also stops at Coxen Hole, the most populated town on Roatan, where you can pop into any of the restaurants on the main drag for the baleadas (flour tortillas stuffed with refried beans, sour cream, and roast chicken).
Cerulean seas + stunning scenes in Honduras.

Cerulean seas + stunning scenes in Honduras.

Why Go Now

December 31, 2012
New Year's Eve
Roatan kicks off the year in style by starting celebrations the day before. Those can last until several days later.
Throughout Roatán.

March 25 - 31, 2013
Semana Santa
The huge Latin American celebration known as Semana Santa is a party that lasts the entire week before Easter. It is not to be missed on Roatán.
Throughout Roatán.

April 12, 2013
Roatán's Carnival
A celebration of the arrival of the Garifuna in Punta Gorda.
Throughout Roatán.

April 14 - 20, 2014
Semana Santa
The best place to witness the week before Easter is the mountain town of Santa Rosa de Copan, which is close to the Mayan Copan ruins. Six separate parades reenact biblical events from the Easter story, and the effort and detail is a true spectacle.

Beginning of May 2014
La Ceiba International Carneval
Parades and street celebrations in honor of Saint Isidor the Laborer, who is the patron saint of the city.
La Ceiba.

September 15, 2014
Independence Day
Exuberant parades are followed by live music and dancing all over the country.

September 15, 2014
Discovery of America Day
During this public holiday, Hondurans commemorate the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492.

Palmetto Bay Plantation

Palmetto Bay (Roatán), Honduras

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