We have just returned from an incredible 2 weeks in Roatan. Here is the low down from the beginning from my perspective:
Sunwing Reps Patrick and Lucie:
Awesome, you couldn' ask for any better. They were always available to assist and checkin was quick and easy. We enjoyed a few cool ones with them at the bar and they are an awesome duo.
Hotel: Paradise Beach is rated at 3 star but this isnt reflective of the great service, staff and cleanliness of this hotel. It is a small facitlity that has 41 units. We experienced a problem with our door and reported it to the front desk. Within minutes the manager tracked us down and said the door was fixed but he was going to upgrade us to a suite. I said that wasn't necessary since the door was fixed but he insisted. The suite by the way, was very nice. The rooms were kept immaculate and we always had a surprise towel sculpture with flowers on our bed when we returned. The housekeepers work very hard in that heat. The grounds were raked regularly and also kept immaculately clean. As far as the staff, i didnt have one unpleasant experience with any of them...they would bend over backwards to keep you happy. It was hard to leave on the last day as we got very close to some of them.
Hotel Food: We booked an all inclusive and there is only one restaurant in this hotel chain of Henry Morgan hotels. They are all supplied by the cooks at the Henry Morgan. Each day, 3 times a day, the food is brought over on foot in scorching heat. The staff work very hard and it did not go unoticed.
By the time it reaches the buffett line, the food got cold and mushy. But in my perspective, I'm not there to eat, I just need enough to sustain life. There is always something to eat...the baked goods were always good. I had alot of cucumber sandwiches but thats ok...i love cucumber sandwiches! For breakfast they would make you an omellette. So we ate a good breakfast which usually held us to supper. And the bar always had something to munch on....usually pizza which wasnt great, but it filled the void. The rum punch was made with real pureed fruit and was very tasty and also filling. There were limited drinks availalbe but we went down to the store and picked up what we wanted that wasnt on the list.
Pasta and pizza are staples at every meal. As far as hot dogs in salad, yes we did see them twice. And someone mentioned they were sausages...being a mom...I know a hot dog when I see one and these were definatly hot dogs. So, if your budget can allow you to eat out, do it...there are several restaurants that are quite good and allow for a change of pace from the buffett. There is a deli and small restaurant at the mall to grab a sub and some chips for a quick snack. The ice cream there is awesome! Cool
Beans has great coffee and a nice breakfast sandwich as well.
Money: USD are widely accepted in fact our hotel didnt even carry lempiras. We used our CC or USD. Some places had prices in Lemps but always converted in to US on the bill as well...right now its easy to calculate, about 20 lemp is one dollar.
Beach: Two words- F*** AWESOME.
As far as sand flies, i'm not sure ...i was covered in some bites by something, but my husband didnt have one. I was told they could be sand flies, or from sea lice or plankton from snorkelling and my husband didn't go snorkelling. Whatever it is, they are itchy so be sure to pack some benadryl cream. Pack a first aid kit with immodium, bandaids, poly, pepto, gravol, benadryl, mosquitoe repellant, flashlights, sunburn remedy and whatever else you think you need. Ours came in handy and we left everything for the staff when we left as these things are quite expensive there.
Cruise Ships: Yes the beach does get busy some days but we found it entertaining. We met some people that worked on the boat and they told us what life on a cruiseship is like...very interesting.
Cayos Cochinos Tour: I don't think I would do this again. It was $150 per person for lunch and drinks and snorkelling around 3 small islands. I didnt see too much more exciting than I did around our hotel and the boat ride was extremely rough. But on a positive note, we had lunch with a garifuna village and we made some new friends on the boat. So all in all it was a fun day.
Parasailing: I was so scared it took me a week to get up enough nerve to do this. After we were up there, it was a memorable experience and a lot of fun. I felt very safe and the staff were very professional and efficient. Clifford sold us this and he is an honest hardworking young man.
Trip All in All: This was one of the best vacation spots I've ever been to.
Unfortunatly it is becoming quite the tourist destination. And with more people, means more garbage and more crime. I saw alot of plastic straws, cups and bags in the ocean. We cleaned up whatever we could. Also, people who smoke, please be kind and put your butts in a cup filled with sand. The butts on our beach were absolutely disgusting.
One thing I strongly suggest to travellers is to purchase a couple of thermal mugs and use them to put your drinks in. Its better for the environment and keeps your drinks icy cold! We also left these for the staff which they appreciated.
Also to note: Wild dogs and cats....They are all emaciated and hard to look at. So if you are an animal lover this will be heartbreaking as it was for me. The cats at our resort were well fed while I was there and I hope someone will be as kind and offer them some morsels as well.
Any questions, feel free to ask and I will answer as best I can!