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Water Front 4B/3BA with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Infinity Pool

Mike Russo

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

Mike Russo

Member since: 2010
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Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2015
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Water Front 4B/3BA with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Infinity Pool

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


Roatan House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9

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 up to date 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 infinity edge pool looking out at the blue waters. Washer and dryer are located on this floor. All bedrooms are equipped with 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 has 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. *****From April 18-Nov 14th, the apartment will be occupied by Matt and Jenni (our Son-In-Law and Daughter). They are willing to be hired to cook meals for you during your visit, run any errands you might need and to help your stay be more enjoyable.******

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.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Mike Russo (Owner)
Member since: 2010
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Calendar last updated:
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About Mike Russo

Mike's dream was to own a home on an island on the side of a hill. So when we visited Roatan in 2010 he found his dream come true, the only problem was to convince me.

We spent two weeks in Roatan, and at first I was skeptical, chicken little (me) didn't want to leave the country, (there are strangers out, what were they like, different customs, different standards then what I am used to.

It turns out that the Islanders are very nice people, willing to help out with all that you need.

My decision to buy our home came when I went on my first scuba trip, as I said before I am chicken little, but with a leap of faith, received instructions and off I went into the most beautiful underworld you could imagine. It was there I said to my self that I wanted more of this.

I came up from my dive and told my husband that I was ready...he said for what, I said ready to buy, I think it was the first time I had shocked him in 30 years.

Since then we try to get there as much as possible and try to make it for at least two weeks when we do.

When I get to Balsam Rock Retreat, I have time to unwind and think about my life, and what changes I need to make to improve it.

Mike Russo purchased this house in 2010

Why Mike Russo chose Roatan

When we purchased this house it was because it was so comfortable.

Our guests have mentioned to me on numerous occasions how they had such peace staying there.

It is our desire for you to experience this peace.

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Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights
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based on 33 traveler reviews

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Water Front 4B/3BA with PRIVATE Beach, Dock & Infinity Pool
average rating of 4.848485 based on 33 reviews

We LOVED our stay at Balsam Rock Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as expected or better.

The house is clean and has a great layout, with incredible views of the ocean.

Jorge (lives on the property) and his German Sheppard made us feel very secure.

The kayaking through the mangrove tunnels was incredible, as was the $2 ice cold beer at Hole-in-the-Wall at the end.

Capt Ed from East End Divers picked us up right from the dock and the diving was spectacular!

We also loved the snorkeling just 100m from the dock.

Thanks very much, Mike and Kay!!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mike and I appreciate your review and ratings. Hopefully future guests will read and realize just how nice a vacation at Balsam Rock really is. Hope you come back soon. Sincerely, Kay

Best Trip Ever

  • 5 of 5

My family arrived during the rainy season. I don't care what anybody says this place is beautiful year round. With the open house layout, you open the windows and doors and enjoy the sea breeze. Having staff on property is a real treat. It gives the home a personal touch without the associated high costs. The snorkeling and kayak equipment were a lot of fun to use. Even tho its was Roatan's winter the temperature still reached in the 90 but the pool was a great escape from the heat. All in all the best trip ever.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!!!! Thank you for your response. THE BEST TRIP EVER!!! are words I would describe for staying at Balsam Rock Retreat, but coming from you, our guests means so much more. We appreciate your kind words and hope you book again with us soon. Sincerely, Mike and Kay

Bonita la casa

  • 4 of 5

Fuimos con mi familia a pasar año nuevo a esta casa. Éramos 12 personas, 7 adultos y 5 niños.


- Casa grande y amplia

- Áreas sociales y cuatros muy cómodos

- Muchas actividades por hacer

- A los niños les encanto poder jugar nintendo

- Tirarnos del muelle fue una aventura

- Fuimos a pasear en Kayacs

- Jorge nos jalo en donas


- La ubicación es lejana a los demás lugares turísticos de la isla

- La piscina es mucha mas pequeña que lo que se ve en la foto y el piso a la orilla lastima, además que el agua no se ve tan transparente.

Pasamos unas excelentes vacaciones, gracias!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi there, Thank you for your review, We are so happy to hear that you had a great time at our place. When you book with us we strive to make you feel at home. We also are very pleased to know that Jorge was so helpful. We appreciate knowing that you enjoyed all the amenities at the house. The kayaks, docks, pool, XBOX games, and the porches all make the home such a great place to stay, as well as the open space of the kitchen, living and dining area. Since your visit the pool area has been repaired with a smoother walkway for all to enjoy. We look forward to you returning to Balsam Rock Retreat. Blessings to you and your family. Sincerely, Mike and Kay

Beautiful, peaceful villa on Roatan's south side.

  • 4 of 5

Balsam Rock is a beautiful house with lovely views of the ocean. Our group stayed for 2 weeks total, with some of the group arriving later after staying in Copan or Guanaja. The on site manager Jorge was exceedingly helpful and his wife Berta made us an excellent local breakfast one morning. Everything was clean and the house was well supplied for cooking. Due a problem with the pump, the plunge pool water could not be changed (the pump had to be fixed on the mainland) so the second week the pool was a bit cloudy but Jorge kept it swimmable for us.

The balconies are really lovely - and there is plenty of space even for a large group to stretch out so some can read while others chat and everyone has their space. The house is located away from any commercial area which we felt was an asset. Day trips were followed by evenings at the house. The first week smaller group did most of their own cooking and when 14 of us were there in week 2, we opted to have Stephanie and James of Roatan Sun Splash Tours do most of our evening meals. We also scheduled several day trips with them - and everything was top notch.

The lowest level room (really an apartment with 2 double beds in the bedroom) was a bit musty when we first opened it but that abated as the rooms were aired out. The stairways do not all have handrails, so anyone with mobility issues or with toddlers in the group might prefer a different setting. Snorkeling in front of the house was OK but not spectacular. Snorkeling on Pigeon Cay, however, was truly fabulous, so plans day trip there if you like to snorkel.

Overall Balsam Rock was a great place for a group of adults and would be fine for families with older kids. Our group thinks that the place is more suited to 10 adults than to 14 even though there is bed space for 14 if people don't mind 4 in a room with the 2 double beds.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ann, Thank you for taking the time to respond. Mike and I are happy to receive a 4 star rating, it means that we all did our best to make your vacation great, and we will take all your ideas into advisement. Just reading your words about the balconies makes long for Balsam Rock Retreat, my favorite thing to do is to swing on the swing enjoy the breezes and watching the hummingbirds come to the feeder. We are so blessed to have Jorge and Berta there to make our guests feel welcomed, and I am glad to know that you recommend Berta for cooking a breakfast, that would hopefully mean a little extra income for her. There must have been some miss communication concerning where to snorkel at the house, or maybe the conditions were not good to see , but at the entrance of the bite there is truly amazing corals to see, however I have to admit that nothing compares to a trip to Pigeon Cay. I was especially happy to see that you used Roatan Sun Splash Tours for your catering and tours. Stephanie and James really do a great job. Once again thank you for your write up. We hope you return soon. As Berta has expressed to me, “Once you get a shower in the tropical rain water of Roatan, you always long to return.” Blessings to you and your family. Sincerely, Kay

The property was everything we expected and more.

  • 5 of 5

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 :)

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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, Sincerely, Kay

Diving and Relaxing at Balsam Rock Retreat

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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.


Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Roatan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hole-in-the-Wall Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Safe Way Maritime terminal
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.


Rates & Availability

From $330 Per night

Roatan House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Main House-4Bd/3Bth-sleeps 9
Dec 7 2014 - Sep 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Main House-4Bd/3Bth-sleeps 9
Sep 12 2015 - Dec 11 2015
Changeover Day: Saturday
6 night minimum stay
Main House-4Bd/3Bth-sleeps 9
Dec 12 2015 - Sep 9 2016
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

When booking online, the $0.00
.Sleeps 4, at $630/week. $0.00
Property Damage Protection $99.00
Apt not aval 4/18-10/31 $0.00
be billed separately $0.00
optional Apartment can $0.00
Notes Saturday check in/out preferred.

The apartment is available to guests of the main house for any group size, if you desire more space, this would simply be an add on fee of $630/week.

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

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Roatan House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain ...
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 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 9
  • 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
    Children under 4 years old. - 2 baby crib , 2 Pack-N-Plays and 1 high chair on site.
    Apartment Not Available 4/18-10/31/15 - 2 double , Private Bath Not available
  • 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.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Sailboat
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • duty free shops
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
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 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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