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Villagio Verde 2.5

West End, Roatan, Bay Islands

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Pros

  • Air-conditioned rooms with king beds, private decks, and rain shower heads 
  • Tasty, free breakfasts served on each room’s private balcony
  • Freshwater pool open 24/7 and surrounded by lush gardens 
  • Four-minute drive to beach and West End, for dining and drinking
  • Communal kitchen and honor-system sodas and beer available
  • Hotel offers discounted, roundtrip airport transfers 
  • With only four guest rooms, it's very quiet at night
  • Free purified water in rooms and kitchen
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel 

Cons

  • Taxi drivers unfamiliar with the hotel despite being located on a main road 
  • No children under 12 permitted (a plus for some)
  • Lots of stair climbing required to get around the hotel 
  • Rooms aren’t well lit and dark at night 
  • Fees to use air-conditioning

Bottom Line

Villagio Verde is a two-and-a-half-pearl hotel set on a lush hillside just outside of Roatan’s West End. The hotel’s four air-conditioned rooms (combinable into two suites) are simple and well-kept, and include rainfall showers and private balconies with hammocks. Stone pathways crisscross the resort’s tropical grounds, full of palms, fruit trees, and blossoming flowers. There’s a small plunge pool surrounded by lounge chairs and the beach is a four-minute drive away. Delicious breakfasts are included with all stays and other amenities include a shared kitchen, DVD library, and generator to cover the island’s all-too-common power outages. Children under 12 aren’t allowed, so guests looking for a family-friendly stay should consider the nearby Seagrape Roatan, with its seaside pool, sprawling grounds, and oceanfront rooms.

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Scene

Lush hotel with quiet, tropical atmosphere great for couples looking to unwind

It's no surprise that Villagio Verde, whose name translates from Spanish as “Green Village,” used to be part of a big plantation. The hotel’s owners, Ton and Zilla, are a Dutch couple who opened the property in 2006 and improved upon the already beautiful, tropical setting. Banana, mango, lemon, and avocado trees are scattered throughout the property. It’s common to see hummingbirds dipping their delicate beaks into blossoming birds of paradise, ginger, and hibiscus flowers (to name a few varieties). Even the pool is surrounded by thick gardens. 

The owners live on-site and arriving guests are usually announced by their friendly dog (who’s more bark than bite). Guests are welcomed onto their private patio for a drink and a quick but informative briefing about the hotel and island. Ton and Zilla are friendly and knowledgeable hosts and a big reason for Villagio Verde’s many repeat guests -- in addition to the idyllic setting. In general, hotel guests are couples looking for a quiet place to unwind, as well as a few divers.  

Location

Quiet location a four-minute drive to West End, Roatan’s bumping nightlife and dining heart

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Villagio Verde is located on the main road that leads to West End, the epicenter of Roatan’s nightlife and diving, as well as the closest beach. West End is a four-minute drive from the hotel and full of bars, clubs, markets, a pharmacy, and an ATM. A bakery and a gift shop are nearby, and there are tons of dining and drinking options in town. A second popular beach option is West Bay Beach, which is long and beautiful, and lined with resorts, bars, and restaurants (a 12-minute drive). Activities near the hotel include a botanical garden with naturalist-guided hikes (a five-minute drive) and Anthony’s Key Resort with it’s dolphin swimming experience (a four-minute drive). The ferry to Utilla is a four-minute drive followed by a 40-minute boat trip. Getting to the jetty for La Ceiba, on the Honduran mainland, is a 25-minute drive followed by an hour-and-15-minute ferry ride. Coxen Hole, the island’s commercial hub with supermarkets, ATMs, and a local market, is about 15 minutes away by car. Juan Manuel Galvez International Airport is a 20-minute drive from the hotel depending on traffic.

Rooms

Simple, modern rooms with king beds, vaulted ceilings, private patios, and iPod docks 

With their hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, built-in corner desks, and private balconies with hammocks, Villagio Verde’s rooms are clean and simple, with a touch of tropical character. Beds are dressed in Guatemalan-patterned bedspreads with colorful bed runners. Beds can be split into two twins and roll-aways are available (for a fee). Walls are all white except for an accent wall, and  are complemented by African masks and art (many purchased during the owners' African travels). There isn’t a lot of lighting and rooms can feel a bit dark, especially at night. Standard amenities include a library, minibars, and iPod docks. A nice touch are coffee makers with free coffee. The suite also has a flat-screen TV with premium channels. All rooms have ceiling fans, but there’s a fee to use the air-conditioner. Villagio Verde’s fully-tiled bathrooms are fabulous, with their modern bowl sinks, standup showers with rain shower heads, and river-rock framed mirrors. Bathrooms include bar soap, hand soap, and hairdryers. There’s no safe, but a secure storage is available. All rooms also have free Wi-Fi. 

Features

Plunge pool surrounded by lounge chairs, shared kitchen, plus a library and board games

Without a doubt, Villagio Verde’s best feature is its tranquil freshwater plunge pool. Surrounded by a wood deck, lots of lounge chairs, and a sail canopy sun shade, it’s a great spot to unwind amid tropical gardens. Just down the hill from the pool is the shared kitchen, which has a gas range, microwave, blender, and electric tea kettle. There’s also free purified water and a fridge stocked with sodas and beer (available for purchase on the honor system). While lunch and dinner aren't served, the hotel churns out an excellent free breakfast that's served on each rooms' balcony. Board games, books, and DVDs are available to borrow and the hotel rents out DVD players (for a fee). The hotel can arrange massages, tours, taxis, car rentals, and offers discounted airport transportation. Laundry service is available (for a fee), there’s free gated parking, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. There’s also a generator to make up for the island’s all-to-often power outages.

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Address

Calle Principal, West End IB3108, Honduras

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