Monday, December 28, 2015

Things to Do on Roatan, Fantasy Island

    
 
Fantasy Island beach
 
      When on Roatan recently, we decided to check out Fantasy Island Resort on a recommendation from our neighbor at the Resort at Palmetto Bay. We are always looking for a new beach to try out and Roatan has a lot of them, one more beautiful than the next. Fantasy Island Resort offers a day pass and is a short drive from our home in Palmetto Bay. They offer two options, $15 for use of the beach, pool, kayaks and lounge chairs, including towels. The second option, which we chose, as we were planning on spending the day, was $30 and included the previously mentioned items along with a buffet lunch.
     We got there about 10:30 am and had our pick of chaise lounges and palapas on the beach. The beach was clean and the water was sparkling shades of blue. The turtle grass, so prevalent on the island, didn't start until about 25 feet out from the shore so swimming was not an issue. The water was calm and the swimming area, which was huge, was roped off so there was no worry about boats. The pool was a little small and we did not go in it, as we came for the beach and that is where we stayed.  The bathrooms and the outdoor showers were easily accessible.  
     The lunch is served either upstairs in the main building or at the open air palapa on the beach. Unfortunately, since we were there off season, the palapa wasn't open so we had to eat in the main building. The lunch buffet was good, with enough variety to satisfy everyone. You could chose to eat inside or outside on a shaded deck overlooking the beach with a beautiful view. A soda, dessert and coffee were included in the lunch.
     The rest of the day was spent lounging on the beach, swimming and walking around the paths on the property with beautiful views around every bend. There are supposedly monkeys, which we never saw and some chickens, which we did see. I guess the chickens were lonely for company as they planted themselves by our chairs for the day.
We also did not snorkel off the gazebo, which I understand is amazing, because on that side of the resort, the water that day was a little rough for children so I didn't let my daughter and her friend go. Maybe next time.
     While visiting Roatan, rent the Tropical Garden Villa at the Resort at Palmetto Bay, our beautiful, updated 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa with private pool and steps from the beach. Check us out.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Roatan Renovations, Long Distance part 3

     As you may have seen on previous blog posts, we bought a beautiful Bali inspired three bedroom, two bath villa, The Tropical Garden Villa at the Resort at Palmetto Bay on the gorgeous island of Roatan, one of the Bay Islands in Honduras. Though it was built in 2008, it needed a little freshening up. We all know how that goes, one thing leads to another, and before you know it, freshening up turns into renovations.

Front Yard

     When we bought the villa, we loved the fact that it was in a lush tropical setting, yet only steps to the beach. However, with the lushness of all the tropical plantings, comes welcome shade. Welcome when we are outside, but not as welcome when we are inside, though it does keep the villa cool. We thought the main living space of the villa was a little dark, dark walls, dark furniture and dark cushions, and of course all that beautiful local wood on the doors, floors and ceilings.

Before of living room


Roatan vacation rental dining room
After of dining room
My idea to lighten it up was to order new furniture that wasn't so dark and paint the walls. I asked our great management team for a recommendation of a painter, and Rabbit, (that is his name) came by the same day while we were still on Roatan. I wanted the two accent walls in the living room painted a coral color to pick up the colors in the new furniture, and I wanted the rest of the living space, which includes the dining area and kitchen, a linen white. Rabbit gave me a great price, which included the paint and said he could start the next day. (While things on the island are expensive since everything must be shipped in, labor is very reasonable, almost cheap by our standards.)
Roatan vacation rental breakfast bar
After of breakfast bar
However, since we were there for twelve days on a semi working, semi vacation family time, I didn't want to deal with the mess and smell. However, because my husband wanted to mount the TV on one of the accent walls, we agreed to let Rabbit paint the two accent walls the next day and he would finish the rest of the job once we went back to the states. We went to ACE Hardware on the island and picked out Mango Tango as the accent color. Rabbit came the next day and after smoothing out some rough spots and filling in some holes, he painted the two walls and did a most professional job. We loved the look. My husband mounted the TV the next day and we were so happy and couldn't wait for the rest of the living space to be painted once we were gone.


Roatan vacation rental living room
After of living room



     As we continued to enjoy our new villa, we started looking closely at the walls in the bedrooms and bathrooms. One bathroom was painted a hideous shade of red that photographed poorly and didn't match all the new linens that I had just purchased. Well as I said, one thing leads to another so we called Rabbit back and got a great price from him to paint the interior of the whole villa. We agreed that he could come in the following week when we were gone and he would do the job.

Before of master bedroom

     Gulp, knowing what I control freak I am, this was not going to be easy. He would paint while we were gone and all I could think about was what could go wrong. He could spill paint on my new furniture, he could take my money and disappear, he could use the wrong colors, the list goes on and on. Before we left to head home, I put painters tape on all the walls with the names of the colors we had chosen. My manager assured us that Rabbit was very dependable and honest and we knew from the two accent walls that he did great work.

Roatan vacation rental master bedroom
After of master bedroom


After of master bath


Before of 3rd bedroom
     Well the job is finally done and it looks great, I am told. Clay, our manager, sent us pictures and all I can say is, don't let a guy photograph a new paint job. I got pictures of pieces of wall with the new paint, not whole room pictures so I can see how everything looks with the furniture and new linens. In Clay's defense, I know he is spending many hot hours in our backyard putting in our new pool. Friends of ours from home are going to our villa next week and she is taking my camera with her to get some photographs for me, thanks Dawn. In the time being, here are a few before and after photographs. Enjoy and stay tuned for part 3. If you want to rent this beautiful, three bedroom, two bath Roatan vacation villa, with a new private pool and steps from the beach, please contact us.
After of 3rd bedroom