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"Want to go back. Did not want to leave."
Posted by: james on May 2, 2013
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Fantasy Island Beach Resort Roatan Island Honduras

of 4 Hotels in Roatan Island

User rating 3.8

Based on 4 reviews

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The Resort has 109 rooms completely equipped, two Restaurants, two Bars, a private dock, a dive operation, underwater photography, a dive shop and souvenir. Also has a swimming pool, tennis & basketball courts, etc.

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Fantasy Island Beach Resort Review: 3.8 of 5 4 reviews
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"Want to go back. Did not want to leave."

Fantasy Island Beach Resort
User Rating:  Fantasy Island Beach Resort Review: 4.00 of 5

Posted by:  james  on May 2, 2013  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: May, 2013 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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I have just returned from Fantasy Island Resort and am happy to say that it was a wonderful experience. The resort is older but kept very clean. The management is doing everything right. The beach was cleaned every morning and the meals were excellent. We had an stiff ocean breeze so we did not encounter any biting bugs. The scuba dive center is world class and takes any hassle or stress out of diving. The dive center sets the bar for other dive centers to meet. If you only get to go on one vacation this year then I would recommend this resort. I have been diving for many years and would class these dive locations as spectacular. Wall dives with large coral overhangs and creveces to swim through. An experience not to be missed.

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"I've asked for my money back!"

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User Rating:  Fantasy Island Beach Resort Review: 1.00 of 5

Posted by:  Steve  on Jan 20, 2013  >  1 contribution(s) Canada
Visited on: Dec, 2012 | Leisure | Family and Kids
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We paid $11,000 for our family of 7 to celebrate New Years at an all-inclusive.
When we arrived the front desk told us that we would have to pay an extra $30 per person for the New Years Eve meal. We refused and were served dinner anyway. SCAM.
I've traveled the world (46 countries on 6 continents) slept on beaches, in train stations and on park benches but this was by far the worst vacation experience of my life.
I've e-mailed Sunwing and asked for a full refund.

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Confused and unorganized front desk. It took 3 hours to get a room key. Nobody knew what to do. The resort was about 1/2 full and it was like they didn't even know we were coming.

Looks like a poor quality hostel. The Men's shelter in my home city has nicer rooms.
Bathroom smelled like stale urine. Counter top was cracked and stained. Shower leaked and the shower head was broken. There wasn't any hot water one day and the tap and shower dispenses salt water only.
They ran out of toilet paper! We used napkins for one day.
They don't give you clean towels, they pick up your dirty towels off the dirty floor and drape them across the foot of the bed to dry. Soap and shampoo were replaced once in 7 days.
Bed sheets weren't changed once in the 7 days we were there!
Bar fridges didn't work and half of the air conditioners didn't work.

Restaurants and Bars:
Website says 2 restaurants and 2 bars. Only 1 bar that closes at 10 p.m. the pool bar never opens.
Only 1 restaurant that serves average but inconsistent food. Hot coffee one day but not the next. Milk, wine, beer, fresh meat and omelettes made an appearance but quickly left! Maybe the hoards of house flies stole them.
Breakfast is from 7-9:30. Lunch from 12-2 and dinner from 7-9:30. NO FOOD in between or after. They offer a pay menu if you get hungry - US$8 for a hamburger.
There are 5 mixed drinks and one american beer provided in the all-inclusive package. Anything else starts at US$5. Wine is undrinkable. I actually spit the red out.
They ran out of Rum one day.
The bartender, Gabby, told my kids that pot was legal in Honduras and sold them some!!! Classy touch

The beach was the only good thing about the whole vacation except for the fact that the cruise ship passengers took over the whole beach for 3 of the days we were there. Not a chair or umbrella or kayak to be had.
The website shows water trikes but they aren't there. Only 6 working kayaks for the whole resort.
It took 2 days to get a beach towel and we could only trade them in for clean ones twice.
Pool was filthy and smells like sewage.
The septic system must be under the deck in front of the bar. We couldn't sit on the patio not only for the smell but because the deck has rotted away and feels like it will collapse right under your feet.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
We brought our 3 kids and their significant others. 7 of us in total. We didn't do any off resort activities.
Playing with the monkeys and kayaking (if you can get one)are about it for on site activities.
The bar closes at 10 p.m. so staying up late and enjoying a few beverages was out of the question.

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"One Happy Island.....Is Fantasy Island, Roatan Honduras"

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User Rating:  Fantasy Island Beach Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Jonathan  on Apr 10, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Apr, 2011 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
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Where to begin?

Fantasy Island, Roatan Honduras

My wife and I are avid scuba divers. We have been traveling to the Caribbean to vacation and dive and, in recent years up to as many as three trips a year. We do get around a bit so I thought Debbie's would be a good place to write about our most recent trip.

Let me start by saying....If I had to sum up this vacation in one word it would be intoxicating!

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Once we were on the ground we decided to take our own cab ride to the resort. The airport was jammed and the resorts transfer bus was equally busy. The taxi ride was private and nice. Our driver was courteous and charged a fair rate. We travel with 6 bags (Three are loaded with dive gear and camera equipment). When we arrived at the resort, we were delighted at how well keep it appeared. The greeting we received by the staff made us feel most welcome.

The hotel was in the process of re-doing the rooms. Top to bottom, Paint ceramic and porcelain tile and fixtures in the bathrooms, new individual air conditioners, paint throughout and more. We opted to take one of the older rooms that had not been through the transformation yet. I wanted a better view of the water, and the rooms that had been completed at the time of our trip were just a little too far from the main operations of the resort. As of this writing all of the 115 rooms have been redone and you can now have a choice of any one of them if available.

Restaurants and Bars:
The resort restaurant was delightful! Our stay was all inclusive, never a shortage of food or variation. The chefs and staff were proud of their creations and were equally proud to present them to you. Once online (Buffet style) There was a soup and salad bar, BBQ grill, and fryer (food made to order while you wait), and 8-10 trays of warmed food for your consideration. Did I say I loved the food? You bet I did, if it wasn't for the 4+ dives that I did daily I probably would have gained 5-10 extra pounds.

The seating was plentiful. two-top tables all the way up to seating for 20 or more was available. The restaurant staff would bring your choice of beverage once seated. Oh did I mention wine and beer was included in the price? It was! The staff was always ready to please. I did notice that they loved it when I would tip as I went through the vacation rather than wait until the last day or meal. No all people did this and tipping at the time of the meal did win extra points.

The Lobby Bar was ample. There was always music on with a Caribbean flair and the seating was equally comfortable. Groups of four barrel chairs around a centered small table. The lobby is open to the outside so there was always a nice breeze coming through. Internet was access was available to all who brought their own laptop. There was one computer available on a sharing basis, first come, first served.

The fact is Roatan does not have many beaches, and the real fact here is that Fantasy Island not only has a beach but it is without a doubt one of the nicer ones on the island. Large, clean and in a sheltered lagoon. With views of the Caribbean just beyond the land atoll. A huge amount of seating is available ranging from hammocks to chaise lounges, to queen sized canopied beds for stretching out and taking a mid day snooze.

The grounds are magnificent! Clean and loaded with all types of various foliage and fauna. The resort is just what its name says.... Fantasy Island is on it's own island. When entering you need to cross over a 200 foot long bridge.

The pool was quite nice. I only had the opportunity to go in once as the water is not heated and the air temps were a little lower then normal on this trip. There is seating at one end at a swim-up bar. The bar is on the opposite side of the Lobby Bar. My wife and friend went in and they were promptly served as they sat down on one of the stools. Too bad it wasn't just a little warmer!

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
I think I started off by saying that this was a dive vacation so....I really can't say enough about the diving! It is wonderful viz (diver slang for visibility) is terrific (between 75' and 125') The reef is the second largest in the world and in great shape! You may want to lend a hand in Lion Fish eradication though. As in all of the Caribbean destinations these bad guys are flourishing.

The dive op was also in the process of being updated. New boats and equipment were in order. Checking back since our stay they keep to the plan and now have a top notch facility.

We ventured out only twice (off the island) during our two week stay. We made friends with our taxi driver (remember him from our arrival) he had given us his phone number so that we had our own car service available just by placing a call. He meet us at the lobby and off we went. He took us on a fantastic tour of the Western half of the island and we had a chance to see this wonderful island up close and personal.

There is an office set up back at the resort for just handling off-site activities. They seemed endless. Prices are very reasonable.

There was always someplace to go or do on the island...Did I mention there is even a private zoo for your enjoyment. Even three small monkeys were roaming free around the island. You never knew when these little guys would show up but they always knew when to surface for a treat.

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Once again I can't say enough about the staff. They know how to make you feel special......As special as if you were visiting your own private "Fantasy Island"

Have a vacation that you will remember!

Something was odd though, when I referred a large group to book their annual trip at Fantasy Island the Travel Rep. tried to convince the group to stay at another resort. I imagine the agent/rep was going to get a bigger commission from the other place. The other place may have been a little shinier or fancier but please give this place a chance. Times are tough and competition is fierce and in my opinion some people are only interested in what they can put in their own pocket.

This resort has spent a bundle and the results are obvious. Give it a shot, you won't be disappointed. My wife and I will be back in December this year but not for two weeks....THREE this time!

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Fantasy Island Beach Resort
User Rating:  Fantasy Island Beach Resort Review: 5.00 of 5

Posted by:  Peggie  on Apr 10, 2011  >  1 contribution(s) United States of America
Visited on: Dec, 2010 | Leisure | With Spouse/Partner
759 people found this review helpful

This was one of our best dive vacations. Everything and everyone one was perfect. My only complaint would be the Gift Shop. I wanted to purchase several t-shirts with Fantasy Island on them and the selection was poor. We are planning on another trip in Dec 2011 and hope to go back. I do not understand why when doing research through this resort we are told to try HMResort instead. This is odd to me.

Upon arrival at the airport we had a long wait for the hotel transportation. We took a taxi instead and will do this in the future.

Have been renovated since our stay. What I really liked was the on site laundry. They actually washed the bedspreads and air dried them. Big plus on this. We have stayed at high end hotels and the first thing we do is removed the bedspread. Here we were very comfortable sitting on the bed with the spread on.

Restaurants and Bars:
Being a diver in the past the bar and restaurants attached to the resort had wood chairs. I would put a small pillow in my tote bag and use it as a cushion. Here the chairs were clean and had plenty of padding in the seat, so sitting on them in shorts was nice. Also the bar area and additional seating was also so comfortable.

Loved the pool. On our stay it was not that warm to use it but will next stay. Also swim up bar.

Activities on and off the Resort/Hotel:
The diving on Roatan is heaven on earth. The boats could use some work but they get you to the dive site and back. The fresh fruit on the boat was plentiful and the Boat Captain passed out nice terry robes to wear in between our dives. I do think alot of the guest took them home. We did not and hope they still have the robes when we go back. I think they should charge everyone $50 for robe use and get a refund when you return the robe. We stayed in a Villa at Captain Dons Habitat a few years ago and was given a cheap towel on arrival. When you checked out and returned the towel your credit card charge was reversed, but on this stay our villa was robbed while we sleep. (that another story) On check out they wanted to charge us for the towel which was also robbed. We think they must have wrapped our laptop in it. This was our worst trip ever and will not return to Bonaire or CDH.

Other Comments:
One afternoon we walked over the bridge to get a taxi to tour the island. Great driver and also we met a nice man named Mr. Jackson. Hope he is doing well and can not wait to visit with him again.

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