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Km. 20 Carretera Trujillo | (formerly Barcelo Palma Real Resort), La Ceiba 9999, Honduras

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Posted by: Gail on Apr 1, 2009
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"I would recommend this hotel to friends and family"

Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas
User Rating:  Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Gail  on Apr 1, 2009  >  6 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Apr, 2009
538 people found this review helpful

Arrival: March 20 - 27
We flew Canjet direct from Calgary. The flight crew were fantastic, young, energetic. Seats were OK, not jammed in like most planes. We were served a cold breakfast which was good, filled the hole ! Headsets were $3 and they showed 2 movies.

Arrived in La Ceiba, off the plane onto the steaming hot tarmac, walked into the terminal. Thru customs no problem, all done by hand, no computers ! Luggage arrived within 10 minutes, they put thru X ray before you leave the building. Busses to the resort were all waiting, everyone had a "check in package" which for some included TV remotes and keys to their rooms. Ours didn't as we stayed in a villa. Busses were escorted by Police to the hotel (about a 30 minute trip) we saw it as a goodwill gesture instead of "security".

Check in for the villa folks .. quick and easy, they give you your key and they help you with your luggage.

Rooms
I found out later that the villas are privately owned, some by local Hondurans, some by Canadians. We had a Honduran owned villa, very sparce, needed a lot of work but it worked for us, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Kept very clean, had a small kitchen, stove, fridge and microwave, dining area with glass table, living room with TV and 2 couches. Also came with an apartment sized washer/dryer which sure came in handy! Every room had a ceiling fan and also central A/C which we needed!

Restaurants and Bars
Buffet restaurant was quite large, however we noticed when the new planeloads of tourists arrived, there was quite the line up in the Buffet. Solution: Keep the a la cartes open every night to accommodate everyone.
The food in the Buffet was just fine. Breakfast: fruit, made to order omelettes, always had scrambled eggs, always had spicy sausage, never saw bacon once but we didn't miss it really ! Make your own toast, always had 2 or 3 types of breakfast juice, however we found most were made from crystals (when there's abundant pineapple, watermelon, etc).
Lunch: Always had salads, chicken, beef, fish, fruit, breads.
Dinner: Always had soup, breads, salads, a chicken, beef and fish, carbs (like rice or potato). We never went hungry and didn't tire of the variety.
A la Cartes: IMHO should be open every night instead of Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, the Italian was very good, lots to choose from. Atmosphere was very relaxing.
Chinese: which is really Thai food, was very good, scrimped on the soup - could have used another scoop there guys ! Food was OK, I guess it was their version of Thai :) Only one bar to service the whole resort, got very busy at times but we didn't mind, we're not big drinkers. We brought our Bubba mugs which really helped, one visit for the whole afternoon (good for the environment too) and one visit for the evening. Had lots to choose from, the local Cervesa was really good !

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"This was one of the best holidays I have ever been on"

Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas
User Rating:  Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Cindy, Calgary  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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Arrival: Feb 14 - 20th
The Flight and crew were great, very helpful, friendly they made a effort to get to know us at the resort . The staff from hotel was very organized for our arrival and fantastic, everything went very smoothly. I got to know alot of them and fell in love with them and their country

Rooms
We were in 263 and 262, the rooms were always cleaned everyday and were perfect for our stay. I felt very safe at the hotel

Restaurants and Bars
The restaurant was what a 3-star would be and the food was fine if you want 5 star than go to one this place was great. No one got sick

Beach/Pools/Grounds
The beach pools and grounds were fantastic, they were alway clean and beautiful, the beach was unbelievable. You always could get a chair or if you wanted private you could find your own space.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel
We went Whitewater Rafting, Tour of the Cloud Forest, Snorkeling, Canopy Tour and City tour. The tours were better than any other places I have been. they were very professional, they were cheep, They were worth every penny and more.

Other Comments
This was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The people are so friendly, helpful , The country takes your breath away.

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"We met some awesome people who went for fun and got it"

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User Rating:  Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  Pat & Diane, Ontario  on Feb 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Feb, 2009
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Well our trip to the Palma Real in Honduras has come to an end and it's my turn to help people make an informed decision as to whether or not this would be the place for them to vacation. I liked how one reviewer described themselves as "we are folks that like a different flavor when it comes to holidays" and my husband and myself fit that description also. We are experienced travellers, mostly sticking to 3/4 star resorts so we travel with little expectations as long as the beach is lovely and the weather is hot and sunny - which we definitely got.

We were extremely happy to get off that Skyservice plane - I will avoid using that charter if possible in the future. The flight was uneventful but the leg room is intolerable - they need to check out Air Transat planes and perhaps take some lessons from them (not that they're that much better, but a step up).

The resort is quite stunning with beautiful shrubbery and flowers everywhere. Very well maintained and workers were cleaning up and raking daily. It has quite a nice layout with the pool, bar and the ocean just steps away from the main building. Did we have problems? Ohhhh we sure did - daily and several issues we had to deal with. I dont know who is responsible, Conquest or the resort itself? Everyday we had to request repeatedly toilet paper and towels. Our room was musty and we were the unlucky ones whose bathroom ceiling fell in. We did have the opinion that these were minor inconveniences, not going to ruin our vacation - and we made sure these inconveniences didn't.. Figure service here in Canada sometimes suck at high end places, so why should it be different in another country. Things did mount and come to a head when showering became impossible because the light was going to fall down, so they relocated us into a gorgeous room - full of t paper and towels, I might add. Nothing like swinging in the hammocks and listening to the sounds of the ocean.

We didn't find alot of employees that spoke English but with what little we know of Spanish and alot of hand motions, we got along just fine. I really think that their lack of English makes them a bit on the shy side, not cold like some people think. Then again, there were alot of miserable tourists this past week. Then came the sickness. Yep, unfortunately I was hit (as well as one other in our group of 4) also for a full day. For some people, their total vacation was ruined by this and people fueled into each other's anger - attitudes grew and grew. For the most part, the people we encountered were fun, fully enjoying themselves and someone wrote the "atmosphere was one of fright and depression for some"........what?????

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"This is more a 3 star hotel"

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User Rating:  Palma Real Beach Resort & Villas Review: 3.50 of 5

Posted by:  Melanie, Edmonton  on Jan 1, 2009  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Jan, 2009
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Arrival: Dec. 26 to Jan 2/09
The arrival was efficient and fairly quick. Hotel staff were on the outside steps of the airport to give out room keys, t.v. remote, towel cards, and wrist bands.

Rooms:
We stayed in the main section of the resort and I would recommend paying the extra cost for this. It's closer to most of the hotel amenities and buffet. Rooms were clean but in need of upgrading. Lots of marks on the walls, rust on the tub, bugs in the bathroom. No shelves in closet but there was a small 2 drawer dresser as part of the tv armoire. No fridge. Bath towels were small and sometimes thin and worn. Some days you had quite a bit of white fuzz after toweling off. Beds were comfortable. Our room overlooked the pool area. We didn't notice much noise from pool activities as we were up and gone early. There was some noise from the disco at night but we didn't hear it as much as some of our group.

Restaurants and Bars:
Really just the one buffet that we ended up timing our arrival to 7 PM for supper to miss the long line. Breakfast and lunches were less crowded (except for the fresh omelet grill). I wouldn't bother with the a la cartes. The food wasn't that special, everyone was booked at 7 so a huge crowd all trying to get seated. They were overbooked so some people didn't even get in and those that did often waited lengthy periods to get served. This was our experience for both Italian and Asian. The buffet was as good as some others I've been to. Nice selection of salads. The meat was generally overcooked and tough. The fish dishes were generally tasty. There is really just one bar on each side of this resort and the lines could get long as it was small and understaffed. Staff in the restaurants and bars were fine - generally courteous but not overly friendly. We used as much Spanish as we could. The snack bar had the basics in it manned by staff who couldn't care less if you need them to grill you something. The chicken wings were good.

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