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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)

Heaven is a home near the beach-in Roatan!

Orchid Breeze is one of seven Caribbean style homes, in the private, Orchid Beach Village 50 ft. from the beach. Our island style home is situated on a 40 ft hillside, set above the homes, on 1/3 acre, 3 minutes to the ocean . Orchid Breeze provides you with panoramic views of the Caribbean sea,unique wildlife,our beautiful tropical gardens of over 300 plants and unforgettable sunsets. Best of all- our unknown fabulous underwater aquarium at waters edge for snorkeling,swimming,kayaking, and chair raft floating in our calm waters.

LOCATION, LOCATION-THE BEST: Orchid Breeze,located midway between famous West Bay Beach and the tourist town of West End. White sandy beaches,turquoise waters and island style bars,restaurants in West Bay Beach to diverse restaurants/bars,nightlife,tourist shopping,and island tours and activities galore in West End,the best of both worlds. During daylight hours, a 3 min water taxi ride or 15 minute walk on the beach to both areas (WEATHER PERMITTING).

We recommend a car for convenience especially during rainy season (September thru December), but if no car desired, our drivers and regular taxis are available (prices negotiable)

Orchid Breeze is your home away from home. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of wildlife in the adjacent treetops. Enjoy your coffee on our spacious main deck or upper deck relaxing on the lounges or swinging in the hammock. Next, take a short walk to the beach on our private pathway for the delight of your trip-snorkeling in the clear waters of Orchid Beach for the colorful coral formations and multitude of sea life-don't forget the camera. Now it's up to the house for lunch from your gourmet kitchen or maybe barbecue some lobster on your gas grill-Yum!

But again the beach calls you, so off to relax the afternoon hours away on your chair float in our calm waters or have a siesta on the lounge chairs/hammock provided for your enjoyment on our deck or at the sandy beach area in front of Orchid Beach at the end of our wood pathway. As the day draws to a close, time for sunset. Such decisions-sand chairs on the dock or the panoramic views from the upper deck with your favorite beverage, the best of both worlds. Balinese lights, tiki torches, Caribbean music in the background, set the mood for your dinner on our main deck. Your evening ends, viewing the stars and the moon on the upper deck with a light cooling breeze-Wow! You are on top of the world. An Orchid Breeze experience, a dream come true.

Keywords: Vacation Home, Rental Home, Roatan Vacation Rental, Roatan,Villa, Rental Accomodations

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Eric Zimmer
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Eric Zimmer

Orchid Breeze is owned by 2 couples. Eric & Karen Zimmer and Ed & Debbi Herman. We all live in Napa Valley, California. We have been friends for over 20 years and both love the warm tropical weather and beaches. The Zimmer's have 2 boys, both married and 2 granddaughters. The Herman's family consists of 2 happy brown dogs, Bogie & Dixie. Since Eric is the only one retired, he spends more time sunbathing and sleeping in the hammock while the rest of us still work. Karen and Debbi both are employed in the medical field, so their schedule permits frequent visits to Roatan. Ed, working in the busy wine business, comes when he can, but he never misses hearing about all the exciting new changes and new friends around our small island and takes full advantage of the serenity of Orchid Beach when he is visiting . We hope you too, can enjoy some time at Orchid Breeze and see how easy life can be.

Eric Zimmer purchased this house in 2005

Why Eric Zimmer chose Bay Islands Honduras

This story actually starts in 1977, when the Zimmer's took their first cruise at the age of 27. They decided then, they wanted a home in the Caribbean. Their search took them thru about 25 islands until one day, Karen met a lady in 2000 who told her to come to 'her island'. Having never heard of Roatan, off they went and 3 days after arrival decided this was 'the right island'. For 5 years the Zimmers vacationed on Roatan at West Bay Beach and invited friends to join them. The Hermans came one year and decided Roatan was also for them and so the plan formulated between the two couples. In 2005, Karen's girlfriend who lived on Roatan showed them the perfect house (Orchid Breeze), the phone call was made to the Hermans and the rest is history. Our love for warm water, sandy beaches, evening sunsets, tropical weather, great food, friendly people, close access to the states and just relaxing on calm clear waters makes Roatan the perfect place for us. We even manage a little snorkeling and diving when we are feeling ambitious. Life just does not get any better than this calm serene life Roatan allows. Orchid Breeze is perfect for us, come see for yourself and you may be living next door!

What makes this house unique

Location is the best. Orchid Breeze is just a few feet from the ocean via our own pathway but yet private with our surrounding lush extensive tropical gardens. Our home offers 2 large decks for complete relaxation and spectacular views of the ocean during the day and colorful sunsets and star gazing at night. Because Orchid Breeze is located between two hot spots on Roatan (West Bay Beach and West End) you have every activity, restaurant, bar, store available to you in minutes. We have a property manager, housekeeper, cook if needed, babysitter, property manager or owner available at all times, drivers, 24 hr electronic security, security safe for valuables, contacts to all activities on the island so your vacation can be carefree and safe. Just ask. Our motto and maybe yours-'Life just does not get any better'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fabulous time……….great beach, beautiful water, snorkeling, kayaking, great food in both West Bay and West End, lovely and peaceful home!  Thank you so much!  We’ll be back! 


Kathi & Steve
Apr 2013
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Orchid Beach Village House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2) Tommy Bahama Wood Furniture/memory foam mattresses in beds, Baby Cribs (1) available on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) 2 Queen Beds from living room sofas
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Raft
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Set on a 40 ft hillside, 100 ft from water, above 7 new homes, overlooking beautiful gardens & tropical foliage, upper deck-panoramic views of ocean/sunsets,Outside shower, Lounge chairs, sand chairs, beach lounges, floating rafts, beach towels provided, luggage man at airport, driver with van for airport pickup/drop off and all island excursions & grocery shopping, laundry service extra charge for less than 10 days , , We recommend car for convenience, ESPECIALLY FOR RAINY SEASON (Sept thru December), any type of car can be rented . if no car desired, our drivers and taxis also available, (prices negotiable) Water taxi-beach walking DAYTIME ONLY, dive boat pickup ON REQUEST at own private dock. Privacy from tourism and vendors. Close to all island activities. 24hr ALARM IN HOUSE security service, Property Manager available June thru December, Owner available January thru June on property for any need or arranging activities. Private pathway adjacent to home/Shared pathway


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.611111 based on 23 reviews
Portland, OR

So Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Karen provides information you need regarding the house, the area and Roatan. Her information letter helped us all feel comfortable with the area since this was our first time to Roatan. She was quick to respond anytime I had questions prior to our trip. The kitchen is fully stocked and the accommodations are comfortable.

Our party of four had a wonderful time at Orchid Breeze. The house is ideal for two couples. The location was superb. It’s an easy walk to West Bay and West End, which we enjoyed doing. Take a water taxi back if you are laden with groceries. I highly recommend you take a snorkeling/diving/island tour with Denisse, Clearwater Adventures. Fabulouse time!!! Denisse’s office is located down by the beach.

We had some bad experiences which I feel needs to be mentioned. (1) The internet service rarely worked. (2) The AC in the master bedroom ran on high temperature only. We were either frozen out or too warm when we turned it off. (3) The AC in the dining room broke down. We were without AC in the main part of the house for two days. (4) Due to an electrical wire burning up we were out of water for the greater part of a day. In each case we contacted Freddy to alert him of the problem. I also contacted Karen via email. Freddy and Karen were quick to respond and make appropriate repairs. However, we felt that regular maintenance would have prevented the AC and water problem.

We loved the location but will rent a house with a pool next time. Hopefully hanging out at the pool will prevent numerous bug bites. The four of us used 9 cans of deep woods Off in two weeks and still suffered terrible bites.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed Roatan and staying with us at Orchid Breeze. It was unfortunate that you experienced A/C & electricity problems in the last couple days of your trip. Roatan as an island ,experiences occasional power outages especially during the very hot season from May thru October. Even though our home has power surge protectors on much of our electrial equipment, the wiring for A/C and the water pump system can only absorb so much in outages. Because of the extreme use of these products due to high heat, salt corrosion from the ocean air, we are constantly replacing wires, A/C parts and units. Your A/cC units are serviced 3 times per year, but in this environment and unsophisticated electric protection on the island it is difficult to maintain the same environment as in the United States. We do our best with what is available on the island and we hope our quick attention to your needs was helpful. Our sand flea or no-seeum population has decreased over the last 15 years but is still on the beaches. Some people are more susceptable to the mosquito or sand flea bites than others. Due to the reef surrounding the island, we cannot spray chemicals to kill the sand flea population as it will poison the water, marine life and destroy the coral that makes Roatan a top diving and snorkeling area in the world. Our ocean waters, marine life, tropical vegetation are why you come to Roatan for the beauty our island offers. We hope you return to visit us again the future.
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  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, and three adult children could not have enjoyed our brief vacation more. Eric and Karen are very kind and helpful, incredible resources for information when needed. We opted to rent a Mazda pickup truck from Avis at the airport which worked very well for multiple trips to airport to pick up kids. Otherwise we just enjoyed the house and the beach just short stroll down the hill. We loved walking the beach to West End. Karen directed us to Denisse at Clearwater Adventures. What a joy! How convenient to have a snorkeling-Scuba-adventuring outfitter right out our backdoor.

The house is very comfortable. Sorry to admit, but we appreciated the efficient internet connections. We grilled the fresh fish and shrimp that "Jerry Lewis" delivered to the house. Ample dinning area for our family, always plenty of room on the deck. Seems like I should come up with some sort of negative just so people wont think I am on the payroll, but no, when we go back to Roatan, Orchid Breeze is where we will be.

I will say that if you are going to rent a pickup be sure you are comfortable driving a stickshift stopping and starting on steep terrain. I really enjoyed driving in and out of Orchid Beach but often thought about friends who don't know how to drive a stick and what a challenge it would have been for them.

Our heartfelt thanks to Karen and Eric, and a big hug for Denisse at Clearwater.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Suwanee, GA, USA

Best Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Eric and Karen were excellent hosts and provided extremely useful information during our stay. The house was very nice. The beaches were beautiful and only got better as you head towards West Bay. Snorkeling right from the beach was great. So much to do, so little time. To quote my daughter, "This was the best vacation ever".

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for staying with us. Great fun, great time, great family. We hope to see you in the future.
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Minneapolis, MN USA

simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Well the title really says it all. Everything about Orchid Breeze is exactly how it is listed. The house is beautiful, Karen was a wealth of information, and we couldn't have enjoyed ourselves more! The location is perfect- far enough away from the tourist nightmare of West Bay that we didn't feel crowded and close enough to the laid back West End where we spent most of our time. Freddie, the house driver, is wonderful. He picked us up from the airport, made a stop at the grocery store before taking us to the house. We used him for most of our driving needs including a short island tour. He is quite the character and seems to know everyone on the island! There really is nothing more that I can say that isn't said better by the photos and description here. I highly recommend staying here if you want a laid back island experience with out the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist mess. We felt very secure in the house and were very pleased with the safe and security system. While were were on the island, we got PADI certified using Coconut Tree Dive shop located in West End. They were great and knew the house so they picked us up every day with no problem. We are looking forward to coming back....soon....and often!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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puerto viejo, costa rica

100% excellent

  • 5 of 5

We so much enjoyed your house, we did not wane go home at the end of our stay. While we where planning on exploring the island this time, we ended up staying 90% of our time in and around the house. Why going elsewhere when you feel so comfortable where you already are. Eric was really nice to us. He is your best neighbor. Was very helpful to us all the time and nice to know someone keeps an eye on the place when while you are out. When our luggage did not arrive on time, Eric was very helpful to give us a ride to pick it up.

When we first checked out the location of the house on Google Earth, we thought it’s far out and not easy to access the house. In reality it just turned out to be very different. It’s actually very comfortable to be out of West end and West bay crowd. Every 5-10 you can stop a water taxi if you want to leave which dropped you of at $3 each in eighter one of the two communities. Walking to West bay is only 10 minutes and very enjoyable to. Since we did all our shopping on the first day, during our stay we did not need anything to shop for. I can recommend you to do the same.

The big difference between this house and staying at some kind of a cabin elsewhere on the island, is that you feel home. It’s a house with a soul. This makes all the difference. First off all it’s all very complete, I could not mention one thing we where missing. I loved the toasty machine.

The small beach just down the stairs is great. Very private and great snorkeling. We enjoyed it to have it quiet on our beach and not to have to share as in West Bay our beach with lots of others. Just towards the right site in the water are lots of fabulous coral formations and tons of fish. As being a fish in a big aquarium yourself. If you are a scuba diver you will even enjoy better. Roatan is by far the best of all places I dived. We used Anemone divers just on the cliff when you enter West bay. Very professional. Ask for the “ black rock” dive. This was my favorite.

On Thursday don’t forget to eat at Beaches. Wow, together with Eric we enjoyed the fantastic lobster menu. 2 lobster tales +mojito for $16!! Right on the beach at sunset. What else do you need during your vacation.

Al the ingredients to have a fantastic holidays are their. What a place. We look forward to visit again. Thank you so much Eric and Karen for all you shared with us.

Pamela & Edsart

  • Submitted: May 24, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brookfield, WI

Welcoming House - Great Location - Super Snorkeling

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 was in Roatan from 12-25/1-5 and spent the last 6 night of our stay at Orchid Breeze. The house is situated in a quiet small private community about a miles beach walk either way between West End & West Bay (we were there just after rainy season and to go to West End you did need to do a little rock hoping but it was still doable via beach). West End had nice restaurants with great food/prices. One bad experience dining at the Lighthouse - our quick lunch there turned into a nearly 4 hour ordeal and to make thing worse the food was not good. Recommend Tongs, Monkey Bar, Barefoot on the Beach (right before you hit the street on the beach - great food/service our last night). West Bay in the other direction offered great snorkeling and beach sitting. I suggest trying the Deli in the Market for lunch.

The snorkeling in the shallows right in front of the house was very good and for the strong swimmer you can swim out to the reef (I would gage at 1/4 mile out might be more). We saw fish of all variety including a group a sea turtles and a star fish. My sons 12, 20 & 22 loved it.

The house had everything you good need including great views (it sits above 2 other houses but you still have good ocean views and lush forest around). There was a bottom deck with a hammock, plenty of seating and a table perfect for family games. The upper deck was great for taking in the weather or sun in mid afternoon. Inside had comfortable furniture, fans, ac, large dining table, well stocked kitchen (including basic spices, plastic wraps, coffee filters and other small things that are nice to not have to purchase while traveling). The Eldons store which has everything else you might want was about 20 min drive back toward the airport - not to far.

I would recommend a vehicle for ease on the island. No problem finding things as there is mainly only one road (just take it slow). I recommend Thrifty, they are in the airport. I originally setup with Dollar but couldn't get a person on island to confirm so I switched. I was so happy I did because nobody was at Dollar when we arrived. If you like to fish seak out Captain Clay on West End. He will do fishing, island & snorkeling trips. Originally from Louisiana He was great to deal with.

I would highly recommend Orchid Breeze it is in a great spot and the island Managers Brad/wife Ruth, who watch while the owners aren't there, attended to any ?'s / problems we had very promptly.


  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gumbalimba Park
Las Rocas Restaurant
Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Roatan Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
West End or West Bay Beach Bars
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Roatan Ferry
Nearest Golf
20 Metres
Pristine Bay Black Pearl Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
300 Metres
West Bay Road
Nearest Restaurant
200 Miles
West End or West Bay Beach Restaurants
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Orchid Beach
Car: not necessary

Available in the bodega under the house (ask property manager or owner on arrival): sponge water weenies,frizbee,horseshoes. beach lounge chairs and sand chairs under house, water toys and rafts ice chest on deck, kayaks on sandy beach area adjacent to wood deck. Orchid Breeze is located within 1 to 5 min to horseback riding, zip lining, all diving, snorkeling excursions, water skiing,banana boat riding,kayaking, and hiking,swimming pool nearby,dolphin encounter, glass bottom boat & catamaran excursion, Gumbalimba park (wildlife & swimming pool). All watersports equipment daily/weekly rentals available in West Bay Beach or West End-15min walking or 2 min water taxi from Orchid Breeze(weather permitting)


Rates & Availability

Orchid Beach Village House Rental Rates

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Apr 8 2017 - Apr 16 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
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5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

extra persons over 4 $50 + Tax
cleaning $100
Tax Rate 19.0%

Extra persons over 4 adults (13yrs and older) $50/day
Air Conditioning (optional) $25/day-can be added on premise
Security guarantee with credit card required on file for any damage or loss incurred during stay.
signed contact to be returned within 7 days of actual booking

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