To find an eco friendly hotel or losge is difficult in Central America, so when an opportunity arises, I try all I can to work it into my traveling itinerary.
Tranquilseas in Sandy Bay on Roatan Island, was a must stay place, even if it was for only one night.
Roatan, one of Honduras’s Bay Islands, has 3 main areas to stay. The majority of the people visiting here either stay in West Bay, which has the best beach, or West End, which is more of the budget hotel selection. Sandy Bay is where the divers come to get the best dive experience on the island and also fantastic snorkeling.
My son and I aren’t divers, but we do love to snorkel and I found a unique Underwater Marine Museum which was also located in Sandy Bay very close to the Lodge.
My son and I arrived around mid day (after the tour) and were greeted by Chris, the owner, and his father. They offered us welcome drinks and Chris gave us a introduction to the lodge and all the activities they offer.
What makes this Tranquilseas Eco Lodge Special:
1. It is easy to see immediately that this place was made from pure passion. It is a labor of love and Chris won’t have it any other way. Every tree is place perfectly and every carved chair is in the right spot for a great view.
2. It’s a small hotel, only four cabins, each separated by tropical fauna and set off privately apart.
3. Chris wants to make sure you feel totally at home. This is done with an endangered act of the honor system. The bar is totally open to you, take or make whatever you want and then write it down on a sheet that is designated for your cabin.
4. Each night you can stay for a home cooked meal done by a great chef, Monica. All you have to do is add your name to the board and come on over.
5. The bar/restaurant area was by far our absolute favorite spot and we spent the most part of our day simply relaxing. If you want some action, there is a great pool for kids of all ages.
Or you can walk out on the dock and go for a swim or snorkel or simply enjoy the tranquility of the sea with amazing views.
6. Dinner is all that it was cracked up to be. And with my super picky eater, they were even able to make him happy. For our night, Monica prepared a delicious shrimp curry dish (vegetarian or vegan options are available).
7. Hanging with the owners! Not many places have the owner be part of the regulars that visit the restaurant and bar, it was interesting talking to Chris about life on the island, diving and the Marine Park which he is extremely passionate about and is working hard to conserve and preserve the reef from poachers, pollution and misuse.
8. Our room was super cozy with a small kitchenette.
And one of the best shower heads I’ve used in ages!
We truly enjoyed our stay and I was sad to only have made reservations for one night. Thanks Chris for the great time!