Author’s note: This post is part of my series on my recent trip to Honduras. To read past posts on Honduras, click here.
Not all of life is work and no play. Sometimes you have to reward yourself and celebrate the fruits of your labor. This is at least how I presented it to my loving husband as I booked myself two days at the Barefoot Cay in Roatan, Honduras.
I had just left the mainland after a week of volunteering and living like the locals. I had researched options on the internet and discovered the luxurious, secluded Barefoot Cay and knew I’d have to check it out. It was a bit more expensive than where I’d usually stay, however, it had a lot of fabulous amenities for a solo traveler. When I read the front page of Barefoot Caye’s website, I was enticed and realized I had to give it a try.
Otro mundo aparte – A world apart.
The pace is unhurried… The beaches white… The water azure blue.
I arrived just as the sun was setting on Friday night and was instantly welcomed with an icy cold local beer at check in. I couldn’t think of a better greeting than this after the bumpy rough ride on the ferry.
I had no idea what to expect of the place. Initially I was concerned it would be too touristy or too uppity but to my pleasant surprise, I had almost the entire place to myself and it was about as peaceful, beautiful and relaxing as I could have ever imagined. It was worth every single dime.
The resort is based on its own private island or “Cay” called the “Barefoot Cay” where lovely bungalows are scattered around the beach and a gorgeous outdoor dining area and pool await to spoil you. I chose to stay in a studio room located across the caye above the Dive Shop. It was cheaper than the Bungalows but in my opinion equally as nice.
As soon as I was shown my room, I was in paradise. It was absolutely gorgeous and I desperately wished my husband was there to share it with me. It would be the perfect place for a romantic retreat.
The room had a beautiful deck that overlooked the ocean and the caye, and there were cut hibiscious flowers everywhere. My favorite part of the room was the enormous wood shutter doors which you could leave open at night to get the ocean breeze. Talk about heaven!
After a delightful meal for one, I was off to relax on my private patio over a glass of icy cold wine that I had purchased at the local grocery store. It was so incredibly beautiful. I had not stayed in such a place for a very long time and it was quite the contrast between my unbearably hot breezeless room on the mainland. It was hard to believe that only 90 minutes away via ferry was a very different place. What a contrast.
Stay tuned...I can’t wait to share with you the photos from the resort during the day. The caye is surrounded by a reef (as is the entire island of Roatan) thus excellent snorkeling was right off the beach. Plus I did a half day tour of the Garifuna villages! Much more coming soon!
In case you want to visit Roatan, I would highly recommend the lovely Barefoot Cay. To read my review on TripAdvisor, click here.