My wife and I spent one week at the Henry Morgan along with 4 other couples the last week of January 2011. It was our first time to Roatan, and we were excited to be going to one of the top ten beaches for snorkeling in the Caribbean - and we were not let down! West Bay is one of the most incredible beaches we have ever been to (and we've been to a lot!).
Our airplane touched down in Roatan before lunch, and we were whisked away to the resort (separately from our luggage). The trip from the airport is not very long, but winds through Coxen Hole, and then up and down windy roads. Upon arrival, live music was playing in the Lobby (Mr. Texas) and we were greeted with cold drinks. Check in was fairly quick, as we were assigned our rooms at the airport. You will have to fill out some paperwork and leave an impression of your credit card. You will receive 2 room keys, 2 towel cards, 1 safe key, and the TV remote. We headed off to our room where we were met by our luggage.
The rooms are large, with two huge closets, two banks of drawers, a HUGE bed, one wicker chair, a freshly re-done bathroom, and of course a deck/balcony with two hammocks. The rooms are in two story villas and are a short walk from the lobby. There are NO OCEANVIEW ROOMS!! All the rooms are on the back side of the resort. Housekeeping was amazing, they cleaned the rooms spotless every day (even washing the windows) and left creative figures on the bed with the towels.
There is only ONE restaurant at this resort, and it is a buffet style. There are posted hours for breakfast, lunch and supper, and from what I could see, there was no dress code, although shoes are required. For the most part, the food was good. Breakfast is a no brainer, with the standard eggs, bacon, pancakes, omlettes, crepes, etc.... The staff in the buffet are amazing, and will go out of their way to please you.
There is a "snack bar" near the beach bar, but this was one of my peeves. The selection of food here was dismal at best - with nacho chips (no cheese) beans (that melted into a sludge) and some cold salads. There are NO hamburgers, hot dogs, but they do have pizza and fries on occasion. This area could easily be better utilized during the day, and make a great a-la-carte restaurant at night.
There are only two bars at this resort - the lobby bar, and the beach bar. The lobby bar opens around 9:00 am and serves coffee as well as drinks and is only open until 11:30 pm. The beach bar opens at around 10:00 am and closes in the afternoon.
NOT ALL DRINKS ARE INCLUDED!! There is a menu at the bars which denotes the drinks which are free to all inclusive guests. These are all rum, or vodka based (with the exception of the Tequila Sunrise). I requested a White Russian, and was told it would cost me $6.00! We made do, but I would have liked a wider range of choices. Also, there is NOWHERE to purchase alcohol bottles. Not the gift shop, not the local stores, not the airport. The only place we found to purchase alcohol was in Coxen Hole at a grocery store.
The bartenders at both bars were very good, and treated everyone the same whether you tipped or not.
There is only one pool at this resort, which worried me a bit, but my worries were unfounded. There are an adequate number of loungers around the pool, but there was never anyone there! Everyone was at the beach, which was awesome. We did use the pool daily, usually later in the afternoon after a full day of saltwater. The pool was always clean and comfortable.
What can I say about West Bay - it's incredible. There is a reef that protects the beach, so there are no large waves or undertow. The beach sand is soft and raked CONSTANTLY during the day! There are an adequate number of loungers, and the staff will rush to supply you with lounge pads when you arrive. There is also security on the beach, and we left all of our stuff at our loungers when we went for walks or lunch, with narry a worry. The weather was incredible, and sunscreen and hats are required. You can snorkel right out in front of the resort, but there is frequent boat travel there, so a brief walk to the left (past the pier) the reef is closer to shore and has no boat traffic. You will see a variety of fish, crabs, turtles, starfish, etc..
There are vendors selling carvings, clothes, shells, etc... but they are quite friendly, and a simple "no thanks" turns them away. Also, cruise ships land frequently on the island, and the left end of the beach can get quite busy, but the crowds petered out by our resort. Water taxi's are available everywhere on the beach if you should want to take a trip to West End. The normal cost is $3/person each way, and the trip takes about 10 minutes.
There are also several bars/restaurants along the beach, and if you should tire of the resort's buffet, you can have a great meal at any of them. We had a fantastic supper at La Rocas, which is down the right side of the beach, past "Bite on the Beach" where we had three grilled lobster tails for $22 as well as other culinary delights. Some beach bars also offer entertainment which is fantastic to watch with the background of the beach and sound of the waves.
The entertainment crew at this resort are fantastic. They are very friendly, and are always trying to get people involved in the activities. At times, the evening shows were less than entertaining, but this crew works their hardest to maximize your vacation enjoyment.
We loved this resort, and most definitely would go back, however I would have liked to see a better bar selection, longer bar hours, a better beach snack bar selection and somewhere to change money! (it took me three days, to change larger American bills into smaller ones for tips) All of these "gripes" are easily overlooked because of the incredible staff, the fantastic beach, and the amazing weather.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Henry Morgan is an All Inclusive Resort located in the best beach of Roatan, West Bay. Our mission is to anticipate and deliver on the dreams and expectations of every guest's perfect holiday. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Henry Morgan Hotel West Bay
- Hotel Henry Morgan
- Henry Morgan Resort
- Henry Morgan Beach Resort Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras