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Bedrooms 5
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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Roatan House Rental Photos and Description

5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13


Away from the hustle and bustle, you will very quickly settle into ''island mode'' upon your first views of our tropical paradise...Balsam Rock Retreat.

This Caribbean style home has many unique features. The house welcomes you to the upper level via a bridge into the great room, which encompasses the kitchen, dining and living area, the 16 foot wood vaulted ceiling opens to the panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the sheltered cove of Caribe Bite. Also on this floor you have a bedroom with a king bed and a full bathroom. You'll spend most of your time outside on the wrap around verandas, relaxing in a hammock, swing or just lounging in a chair that overlooks the Blue Lagoon and the Caribbean Sea, The breeze is intoxicating!!! Fill the hummingbird feeder and try and count how many show up for a free meal.

The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances, an island for prep work, breakfast bar, and a great conversation area.

Living room furniture is comfortable and has DirecTV satellite television (including HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, TMC, and full sports package) and a Blu-Ray player with a growing library of movies.

The second floor contains the master bedroom (king size bed) and bathroom. Two additional bedrooms (one queen bed with a twin and the other room has 1 queen bed). Step out the door from either the master bedroom or main bathroom onto the wrap around veranda and relax by the brand new infinity edge pool looking out at the blue waters. New washer and dryer are located on this floor. All bedrooms are equipped with new air conditioners and the main floor is central air, however with the breezes, you'll rarely need to use the A/C, but it is a great comfort on those few breeze-less days!

The home includes a full apartment featuring a full size eat-in kitchen, living area with satellite television, full bath, and private bedroom with 2 full size beds.

Find your way through the gardens to the overlook bench or step down to the private beach and dock where you can swim, kayak, snorkel, or fish. An outside shower is there to wash the saltwater off. There is a large sundeck where you can either sun bath or stargaze, looking up at night, you can't help but see the Milky Way.

Call for a water taxi and Martin might be the one to pick you up at the dock, show you around. East End Divers will pick you up at the dock too and take you to the most magnificent dive sites. Experience the drop off as never before and try a drift dive. No experience, No problem, they are authorized certified trainers.

James or one of his employees will greet you at the airport, where he will assist you in your rental car pickup. He will then show you where you can stop and pick up groceries. Any questions, ask James as he is native to the island and will be available for tours. Jorge is our watch man, and stays on the property to assist you with things around the home. Berta, Jorge's wife, is the cleaning lady, and for a small price will clean during the week for you.

You will find that Roatan is beautiful, charming and a safe place to visit. Iguana farms, canopy tours, horseback riding, tropical gardens, zoos, beaches, shopping and friendly islanders are some of the things you will fall in love with here in Roatan.

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  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed

Mike Russo

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Speaks english
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Property Reviews

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Water Front 5bd/4ba Estate Home with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Pool
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 29 reviews
Water Front 5bd/4ba Estate Home with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Pool
Roatan Bay Islands Honduras

The property was everything we expected and more.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
We loved staying at Balsam Rock Retreat. The house was perfect for all 10 of us...I loved the open floor plan and it was incredible to wake up every morning to the beautiful ocean view. The house was spotless when we arrived which we appreciated. The pool area was perfect to get your body wet and tan at the same time. Jorge did a fantastic job taking care of us and making sure we had everything we needed. When we asked him for sugar cane and coconuts, he would always provide us with plenty. Every night, he would walk around the property just to make sure we were safe.

The location of the property was far away from everything. The dirt road was very rocky and it normally took about 20-45 minutes to get anywhere (Eldon's, Petro, West Bay, Parrot Tree, Punta Gorda). That was the only downfall.

Overall, we enjoyed our stay and we look forward to going back.

One Happy Visitor :)
Owner's Response: Dear One Happy Visitor :)

Thank you so much for your review, It certainly makes Mike and myself feel like we have taken all that is said during these reviews to heart and made Balsam Rock Retreat what everyone who comes there deserves to have, A Taste of Paradise. :)

Unfortunately in order to get to the house, there is a rocky road you need to take, but that is part of the adventure when traveling in Roatan. We are now at the end of the rainy season and I am sure the road crews will be out to repair the road.

Depending on the season, you never know what Jorge has growing and is ready to share with the guests. From limes, mango, bananas, avocado, coconut, sugar cane and who knows what else. It is all incredible to me and taste so good.

It was great working with you, and I appreciate your phone call when you returned, I am also excited to here that you are making plans to come back.

Blessings to you and your family,


Water Front 5bd/4ba Estate Home with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Pool
Roatan Bay Islands Honduras

Diving and Relaxing at Balsam Rock Retreat

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
Ten cold residents of Minnesota arrived February 8th 2014 at Balsam Rock to find warmth, great vistas, clean, comfortable rooms, a great kitchen, spacious balconies, and access to dandy diving. Not a place for folks who can not do steps, but the climbs and descents were well worth the calories burned. Owners and on site help were responsive and informative. We recommend this retreat for divers, snorkelers and relaxers.
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thank you Christine, I love hearing how much you enjoyed all the different areas of the house, it reminds me of how much I miss staying there, and for you to say that the house was clean and comfortable, confirms that Jorge and Berta are doing a wonderful job,
I also appreciate you recognizing our efforts in communication. Mike and I go to great lengths to make sure our guests are well informed about the house and Roatan. It was no surprise when I looked back, that we had corresponded with you 10 or more emails before your trip, all good questions. :)
Our goal is for you to have had the BEST VACATION EVER!!! and with a review like this, I think we were pretty close if not on target.
Water Front 5bd/4ba Estate Home with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Pool
Roatan Bay Islands Honduras

Nice clean house with great views & dock

Nice clean house with great views & dock
  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
Mike and Kay have a very nice house with beautiful views and a great private dock. Franklin, who greets you at the airport, is great! Consider hiring Franklin to drive you (instead of renting a car); he really knows the island and where to go.

The house was clean; and, thanks to the backup generator, we had power even during the numerous power outages.

The floors are very slippery--even more so if you're wearing flip-flops.

When we were there, vast amounts of trash blew into every harbor, due perhaps to atrocious weather conditions and unusual currents. This trash accumulated on shorelines, including the house's private beach, which made it completely unusable. Hopefully that is a rare occurrence; but, we would've liked to have used the beach on the two partly sunny days.

The private dock was great. We also enjoyed having the kayaks available, and used them often.

The pool was a big hit with our kids in between scuba/snorkeling adventures.

Franklin took us to a fantastic zip line place, which was the highlight of the trip for most of us. He also took us to a privately run zoo, which was surprisingly fun and educational.

Take plenty of cash, as getting cash on Roatan is much more difficult than in the US.

We would've liked to go out to a beautiful remote cay mentioned in other reviews; but, Jorge's boat wasn't working. We did hire East End Divers to take us up near Port Royal for a great day of snorkeling in beautiful clear waters.

Overall, we really enjoyed our stay.
Water Front 5bd/4ba Estate Home with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Pool
Roatan Bay Islands Honduras

Balsam Rock was a nice Retreat

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Very nice house and location was just what we were expecting, away from the cruise ships and masses hording beaches and hotels. Our family of 13 felt very comfortable in the house, took full advantage of the spacious kitchen, dining room table and outside porches. We loved kayaking in the bay and snorkeling on the shipwreck and reef close by. Jorge and Franklin were of great help and insightful for local activities. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay - the only reason for not giving 5-stars was the boat for fun and transportation was not running. We made due and hired other locals for water taxi and island/snorkeling excursions.
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeremiah and family! We look forward to having you all again!

We apologize for the mis-communication regarding the boat's operational status with our staff, and all has been rectified once this was brought to our attention.

Happy travels,

The Russo's
Helpful votes: 1/1
Water Front 5bd/4ba Estate Home with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Pool
Roatan Bay Islands Honduras

Secluded, beautiful home (3 levels), on the ocean

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
the property was described accurately. franklin & jorge met us at the airport. be warned once you leave the paved road the rock road can be washed out and in poor shape. if franklin wasn't driving us I am not sure we could have made it in/out safely. once there it is beautiful and secluded. the pool could have been cleaner, also it is very small. the house had everything (minimally supplied in such areas as): aluminum foil; paper towels; toilet paper; dishwasher detergent; dryer sheets; etc. it is well appointed and we liked the wrap around porches. did note the swing is dangerous (as previously mentioned), we steered clear after one near incident. Jorge (the watchyman) & family are very friendly and there to help. we had his wife make empada's (sp?) 3x. at a 1.00 a pop they are deelicous! franklin did a great job, I recommend him highly as a driver and a guide. Rambo the watch dog was priceless! the phone situation wasn't ideal, the internet phone wasn't hooked up (short work for a computer geek). also the website mentions a cell phone that we could buy minutes for, we asked franklin and Jorge about (they said they didn't know what we were talking about), owner said 'miscommunication'. also i asked the owners about the boat prior to our departure, they indicated Jorge would drive us around for a $xx.xx per hour. when we arrived Jorge said the boat was 'broken' and he was waiting for mr. mike (the owner) to come down and fix, said he mentioned to mr. mike 1.5 months ago. owner said Jorge was being 'overcautious'. other than that, great house, secluded location (1 hr from west end), well furnished (furniture, dishes, towels, etc.). take plenty of off (sand fleas found outside everywhere). also had catering 3x during our stay, steph and james did a great job! franklin and Jorge (and Rambo) did a great job! love the hummingbirds, buy some sugar and fill 'em up! will stay again when we come back!
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response, we are so very happy to hear that you had a great time and are looking forward to returning to our home in the future.
We are also very pleased to hear that our home and property are described accurately; and that Jorge, Berta, Franklin, Stephanie and James did an excellent job accommodating you. I am looking forward to enjoying some of Berta’s empada’s!
My husband and I were devastated and made some immediate phone calls to our staff to find out what went wrong; and it turned out that the cell phone was fully operational and available, and somehow this was not properly communicated to our precious guests. In addition, the boat was/is fully functional and in use; there is an issue with the boat that requires my husband’s attention, but this issue has no bearing on its functionality or safety, again, a simple phone call or email would have rectified the problem. This is what makes this so disappointing to us as owners, for both issues, were in fact, simple miscommunications, and should have never taken place, and we immediately set in place additional procedures so that this will not be repeated.
We do not understand the negative comment regarding our pool being small; there are several photos of our pool, and as described, it is a lounging pool, and can easily accommodate our guests.
The concern of the road condition is truly a two edged sword. Part of the beauty of our location is where the house is located, it is away from the hustle and bustle, an sits on the side of the hill where your eyes can not get enough to see, and it reminds me of how the Caribbean use to be back in times past, but with modern day amenities. However, regardless as to where you are renting, these mountain roads may have ruts and be in poor shape by North American standards, but we are in the Caribbean, and this is also part of the charm; however, the municipality does re-grade the roads at the end of the rainy season, which normally begins in September and ends before December. We recommend using a car with 4 wheel drive or hiring Franklin to do the driving, he is familiar with the roads and has taken care of many of our guests.
It is important for our guests to know that from the time a potential guest first contacts us us with interest in renting our home, we go to great lengths in providing complete information about our home, and responding to all questions, because being informed is a key to making this your BEST VACATION EVER!!!
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Roatan International Airport
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Safe Way Maritime terminal
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hole-in-the-Wall Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Prestine Bay, Pete Dye's Black Pearl
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Hole-in-the-Wall Bar and Grill
Car: recommended

Our home is located in the very quite east end of Roatan. The home is direct ocean front, with a private beach, pool, and dock on the Blue Lagoon, in the area called Caribe Point Bite, at the very private end of the road high on a bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Blue Lagoon, and the mountains and jungles all around. The closest villages are Jonesville Point and the town of Jonesville. We are approximately 15 scenic miles east of Roatan International Airport.

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Availability & Rates

Roatan House Rental Rates

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Season Rates
Jan 1 2014 - Sep 13 2014
4 nights
Rainy Season (per day)
Sep 14 2014 - Dec 6 2014
4 nights
Season Rates-
Dec 7 2014 - Sep 12 2015
4 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $89.00
Notes Saturday check in/out preferred.

The apartment is available to guests of the main house for any group size, if you desire the additional space, this would simply be an add on fee of $90/night.

Infants and toddlers who can sleep in our pack-n-plays, or young children who can double up in beds may not have to be included in the number of guests, please call or email so we may discuss this with you

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Roatan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Parking Off Street
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Mobile Phone
  • Living Room
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Living Area
  • Telephone ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Oven
  • Microwave ...
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor - toilet , shower
    Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Shared Bath - toilet , shower
    Apartment - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are fully tiled and come complete with vanity, toilet, and stall shower with a beautiful view of the sea and nearby mountains and jungle (the apartment bath has a garden view).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Main Floor - 1 king , Adjoining shared Bath
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Bath
    Golden Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , Shared Bath
    Teal Room - 1 queen , Shared Bath
    Apartment - 2 double , Private Bath
    Children under 4 years old. - 2 baby crib , 2 Pack-N-Plays and 1 high chair on site.
  • All bedrooms are comfortably sized with views of both gardens and the water. We have 2 pack and plays on site for our little guests who need some special attention. All bed linens are 500 count Egyptian cotton, and all mattresses have mattress pads.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • CD Player
  • Video Library
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Terrace
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Sailboat
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Boat ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • In Ground Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • duty free shops
  • botanical garden
  • reefs
  • zoo
  • churches
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • water tubing
  • water skiing
  • equestrian events
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • deepsea fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • jet skiing
  • golf
  • snorkeling
ACCESSIBILITY NOTES: --------------------------------- The main level of the home has easy access, without any stairs to the great room, a bedroom with king size bed, and full bath. The great room includes the kitchen, dining, and family room areas. Also, the wrap around veranda is accessible with the only restriction of the threshold, and a 3 inch step down. The pool is accessible from the middle level, for which you would have to go down one flight of stairs (interior or exterior stairway) to access the middle floor veranda, which can also be reached easily from the lower parking level. The driveway from the upper to the lower is quite steep, and I would not recommend traversing this alone in a wheelchair...it would be easiest by car, but could be done with assistance. Please use your best judgment. The dock would require traversing a few flights of stairs, and would probably be inaccessible.
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