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Review of Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

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Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in West Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Great little resort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

We just returned from a wonderful week at The Mayan Princess. It was a great experience right from the start, we had an easy check in/out with an unexpected surprise, an upgrade to a beachfront room with which could not have been better start to our stay,thanks again.
We stayed in room 201 which was very nice and a beautiful view from a very large paito. We had a living room a small kitchen a nice size bathroom with a huge walk in shower and the bedroom was big enough also, the bed was ok, the only bad thing about the room, it could use some ventilation in the bathroom.
The grounds were well kept, very lush,a beautiful pool with a water fall, hot tub and a perfect beach. The resort was about what we expected for it's size, one a le cart restaurant, one buffet and one bar which were enough. The food was very good and I'm a picky eater, they kept it interesting with dinner,there were different themes every night, lunch was good everyday with BBQ on sat. and breakfast very good also.
There was some live music on a few nights, between those night and after the music was over, we took a short walk down the beach was the Thirsty Turtle beach bar with nightly entertainment, fun place. All bars along the beach and at the Mayan close at 10 PM.
The beach was beautiful with enough chairs for guest even on cruse ship days. Towels did seem a little scarce get one early, we ended up using ours all week due to early morning dives and none were left by the time we returned to the resort, we had no problem with that.
The vendors on the beach were not much of a problem, just no thanks and they go away. For some great snorkeling and for your safety due to boats outside of the swimming areas, you have to go down the beach (turn left) to the wall in the Marine park,there's plenty of fish and coral to see,there's also a great dive shop, Mayan Divers in the resort.
We took walks along the beach, there are some cool beach bars and restaurants a short walk either way along the beach.
The staff were very friendly and service was good, a special shout out to Darwin at the bar for his excellent service, the others were very good as well. The all inclusive only had 16 different drinks and 1 or 2 beers included.
We took the water taxi $3 each per. each way to West End for a little shopping and lunch one day, make sure you go on a dry day due to dirt roads in West End. We had lunch at The Light house, the Grouper Burger and 2 very big Fish Tacos were very good. In the west end of West End were a couple of beach bars, we stopped at The lobster Pot a quiet shady spot for a cool drink and another bar(didn't stop at) I don't remember the name of that looked nice. On the other end a must stop, Sundowners Beach Bar, a laid back bar with good people and great drinks.
We traveled from the states on our own and no problem with our luggage, we handled it all along, no waiting for any type of delivery. It was a bit of a hassle when leaving at the airport to go home, you have get in one line to pay a departure tax $38 U.S. either before or after standing in a check in line, then another line to get your passport checked and yet another line for security with out any instruction, thank you to the other passengers who helped us out. When we return to Roatan we will be staying at The Mayan Princess again. Thank You for a wonderful stay.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank carbrig99
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  • Location
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  • Cleanliness
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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2012

Had a wonderful multi-generational week-long stay at the Mayan Princess! The beach is stunning, the pool has lush surroundings, and the food was great. We plan to return someday!

Upon arrival at Roatan airport:

Your luggage will leave the airport in a different truck than the shuttle on which you will ride. Ensure you have your swimsuit and sunscreen in the bag you have with you on the shuttle. The truck arrived at the hotel about an hour after we got there. No big deal for the adults who enjoyed an ice cold beer on the beach but the lack of sunscreen and swimsuits caused a bit of an issue for the wintery-white skin of the kids.

Rooms:

We were 3 family units traveling together. We had beachfront rooms/condos that interconnected so it was like being in a large villa together but no one had to cook or clean! From looking at various other units, this didn't seem to be the norm so if you're traveling as a group and want to be connected, ask for 128,228,229.

During the day, the noise level was fine but the nights when there was live singing these rooms were loud. Luckily, the singing was only from 7-9:30pm and the kids were so tuckered out from the outside play they fell asleep no problem.

The maids did an amazing job cleaning our rooms everyday!

Food & Drink:

The buffet is small but we all found the selection to be great and very tasty. Excellent variety of fresh crisp vegetables, fresh fruit, meats, rices, etc. Our only wish was better coffee. And a chance to hop behind the bar and create a tight foam with their amazing espresso machine!

If we had one suggestion for Juan (head of food and beverage) it would be to provide a more substantial snack at 4pm. A snack is served at 11 and 4 but it is only one thing each time. You can have as many as you like but there is not variation on what is served. For the adults, this was no big deal as the snacks were always delicious. It was a bit more tricky for our young children (the evening buffet doesn't start until 7pm and the kids were in bed around then). A 4pm snack of buns, cheese, fruit and veg platter offered casually at the bar would've made the 7pm buffet issue seems less of an irritation. One pro of the late buffet is that it 'forced' us to try some other food establishments along the beach. Bananarama pizza is definitely worth the money!

This was our first all-inclusive outside of Cuba so it was a nice surprise to see beer served in beer bottles!

Beach:

The beach is absolutely stunning. 'Busy' is a subjective term - we actually enjoyed the extra 'bustle' on the beach on cruise ship days. The resort did a wonderful job of reserving a whole section of beach chairs just for resort guests. All cruise ship guests are gone around 3pm so there is still plenty of low-key beach time each day.

Pool:

I generally prefer to hang out at the beach when I've flown all that way from a snowy climate. However, with 3 kids who just want to swim as much as possible, we inevitably spent lots of time at the pool. This pool is amazing! Lush vegetation surrounds the interesting exterior. The kids loved swimming on the stone waterfalls and playing with the fountain. There was always a section of the pool in the shade so it was fun to be at anytime of day. Again, the resort reserves a section of the pool chairs just for resort guests but we never found it to be overly full of cruise ship guests.

Bugs:

People warned us of the amount of sandflies. Again 'a lot of sandflies' is subjective. By no means did I find this to be an intrustion on my beaching time. One morning I was being bitten at breakfast but a quick spray of bug repellent kept it at bay.

OVERALL:
We all had an amazing trip so much that we even scouted out purchasing one of the condos for sale at Mayan Princess! We will definitely be returning to Roatan and if we do an all-inclusive again, the Mayan Princess. Thanks for all your hospitatlity!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank PalmTree M
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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

We were there for the day and all I can say is BEAUTIFUL! Everything about it was amazing!!! We enjoyed the pools and the beach! My family and I will be back!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laurie J
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Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
44 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2012

After spending one week at Mayan Princess I can honestly say the resort is outstanding. My wife and I stayed in a large condo unit located in the tower and found if very comfortable and well maintained. Staff were courteous and very helpful, always available to assist. Beach was marvellous, swimming conditions were ideal especially snorkelling. There was always a shortage of beach towels and management indicated that this problem would be resolved. Might consider taking your own beach towels. Food was good but very repetitive, require more variety. Al a carte meals were very good.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Don B
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2012

just finished a one week trip to this resort. pleasantly surprised at appearance of resort upon arrival. grounds are very nice and clean. beach was pleasant until cruise ship days on tues, wed, thurs and when all the walking vendors arrive to bother you all day. pics they show of rooms on their website were not of the room i was in and i had the worst room of all in that it faced back of kitchen/bar area and was the roost for one native bird that squawked at dusk and dawn. the stove, micro and remote for tv did not work. i only had to use the micro, but stove and remote should of been working for those who may have wanted to use them. the ceramic floor/grout started to break down between kitchen and bedroom the last few days. i wonder if it will be fixed? staff was generally friendly especially jan. food was ok, but at end of week it was starting to have wear and tear on my stomach. drinks were acceptable except for drinks like pina colladas and strawberry daquiris which they would not put any fruit into(pineapple and strawberries) and therefore were flat and overly sweet. it was my birthday during our week there and they did provide a nice cake at my wifes request. there were complaints of no beach towels during the week. would i go back? probably not, but if you like a small, attractive, well kept resort then this is for you.

Room Tip: if you dont do stairs well ask for ground floor as they seem to be nicer
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mike T
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Additional Information about Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort

Property: Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort
Address: West Bay Beach, West Bay, Roatan, Honduras
Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan > West Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in West Bay
#5 Romantic Hotel in West Bay
#5 On the Beach Hotel in West Bay
#7 Family Hotel in West Bay
Price range (per night): ₹ 23,533 - ₹ 86,506
Hotel Class:3 star — Mayan Princess Beach & Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An elegant Roatan resort on the island's best beach, Mayan Princess Beach Resort features waterfront hotel accommodations and service. Just steps from your luxurious condo, a white sand beach leads to sparkling turquoise waters, perfect for scuba diving Roatan's spectacular undersea gardens. Nominated for Honduras' Leading Hotel Award in 2007-2010, this Roatan beach resort offers a variety of vacation activities, first-class amenities, and beachfront restaurant. Welcome to paradise and comfortable relaxation in a tropical oasis. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Mayan Princess Beach Hotel West Bay
Hotel Mayan Princess Beach
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