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Kay Russo

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english


37 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Our house has 4 Bed/3 Bath, Sleeps 10; optional Apartment 2 b/1 bath sleeps 4-6

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 a Blu-Ray player with a growing library of movies.

The second floor contains the master bedroom (king size bed) and private bathroom. Two additional bedrooms (one queen and one twin bed in the yellow room in the other room has 1 queen bed and a twin). 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. The 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!

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 to show you around. Want to go diving? 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.

Jorge is our watch man, and stays on the property to assist you with things around the home. Berta, Jorge's wife, is our 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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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kay Russo (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Kay 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 myself 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. Each visit renews and rejuvenates me for the next journey in my life.

I am sure when you book and stay with us, you will feel the same way too.



Kay Russo purchased this house in 2010

Why Kay Russo chose Caribbean

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 at Balsam Rock.

Every guest that arrives at our home get a phone call from me at least once, and everyone of them are so thankful to us for letting them stay there. So much so that when we ask for a review they give Balsam Rock Retreat 5 stars. Mike and I attribute that to; Our care for our guests, first we make sure you are informed about our home and Roatan. We answer all your questions asap. We have someone there to greet you at the airport so that you are not overwhelmed. Not to mention Jorge, He lives on the property and He is available for any of your needs.

It is our desire for you to experience this peace.


based on 37 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.864865 based on 37 reviews
Rockport, Maine USA

beautiful, quiet and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for peace and quiet this is the place for you. We arrived to an immaculate house and beautiful gardens and felt instantly at home. The home is painstakingly maintained by Jorge and his wife Berta, they do their job very well. Jorge was wonderful, attentive and helpful, he answered all of our questions and made sure we had everything we needed. My husband had a great time talking with him about the landscaping and grounds. Jorge, his family and Rambo made our trip extra special!! Rambo was our surrogate dog, what a sweetheart, very alert and protective.

We spent most of our time at the house. We had a great time kayaking around the bight and through the mangrove tunnels One trip included a very exciting lunch at Hole in the Wall, now run by Captain Ed. We were in the kayaks almost everyday. We had a 4wd truck (definitely recommend this) and toured around the island. Pretty much no road signs so it was a bit of a challenge to get to specific areas. We had fun getting lost.

We didn't go out at night, preferring dinner in and a few lunches out. Cals Cantina was by far our favorite, food and views are amazing, Cal himself a friendly guy, excellent cook!! Eldons supermarket is very convenient and has everything you could want. I was surprised and pleased to find a good variety of organic items. Their wine selection is very good. We cooked almost every meal "at home". The kitchen is well equipped, the only items I lacked were wooden spoons (Eldons had them) and a tea kettle, a pan worked fine. One highlight of our trip was our last night, Jorge, Berta, and Rambo came over and Berta showed us how to make corn tortillas. Jorge was our translator and we spent a couple of hours cooking and laughing, very fun!

The things we loved about our trip: feeling like part of a Roatan family, the veranda swings, feeding the hummingbirds and bats, the cute bright green lizards, cooling off in the pool, watching the tourist water taxis going by.

Beautiful house, wonderful trip.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write your response to your vacation. Mike and I are so pleased to hear such a great report. The things you wrote about are just the things that make me long to get back down there. The quietness, the gentle breezes, sitting on the porch and watching the hummingbirds and kayaking all around. We hope to see you again. Sincerely, Kay
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  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Roatan and highly recommend the island as well as this property! I've rented homes in the Caribbean for the past six years and this is by far the most well taken care of and most well equipped. The kitchen has everything you'll ever need including a margarita maker! The views are stunning. The a/c works perfectly well and the t.v. is great if you want to relax and catch up on some U.S. news during your stay. Jorge, his loyal dog and lovely family are what really make it an incredible experience. He is around if/when you need him and doesn't disturb you if you don't. His wife, Birtha, makes amazing tortillas and his children are very helpful if you need an extra hand loading or unloading groceries/luggage, etc. The pool is quite small but clean so if you are looking for a lap pool this isn't for you. Swimming and snorkeling is possible off of the dock but it isn't the best on the island. This is the place for you if you are looking for peace and quiet and amazing views. You should definitely rent a car. And the bugs were fine--no big deal! We are going back next year without a doubt!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your raving review,. It was a pleasure talking with you, and getting all your questions answered. Mike and I look forward to your return.
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Beautiful Week

  • 5 of 5

The property was everything as advertised and everything we hoped for and more. Excellent! Wonderful grounds with gorgeous plants and flowers. A truly great person as house watchman and grounds-keeper; he was very helpful;

We had an excellent, fun week there with our family. Beds were comfortable. Everything was great. Will go again to same place.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dan, you messaged me through Home Away and I wanted others to read more of your thoughts about your stay in our home; "What a great time we had at your house. Jorge is a real treasure, a wonderfully, kind, helpful person. Your place is just beautiful. Everything was grand. We really enjoyed the snorkeling; around the old ship and the reef straight our from the house is marvelous. Thanks for letting us use your wonderful place. We would go back again in-a-minute. We live in the mountains in Wyoming near Yellowstone so seeing your piece of God's beautiful creation was so excellent." Thank you for sharing, Sincerely, Kay
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Relaxing and Beautiful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our first trip to Roatan and it was AMAZING. The house was perfect for an extended family visit, the location was peaceful and beautiful. If you want an awesome vacation away from the tourist rat race without giving up any amenities this is the place for you. This home features lots of amazing views of the bay and sunsets, provides several private spaces on property for reading or relaxing and provides all the appropriate amenities (snorkeling equipment, kayaks, pool, etc). The watchmen Jorge and his family are very kind and always available to help as needed. The owners Kay and Mike were always responsive and sincerely interested in making sure we enjoyed our stay and everything was perfect.

Favorite memories include: Great breezes and sunsets, relaxing on porch swings, kayaking around bay and into mangroves, awesome seafood offered by local fisherman, great diving, beautiful flowers/foliage around property. authenticity and trusting nature of the Roatan people.

We'd definitely go back - one of the most relaxing and enjoyable vacations we've had as a family.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful response. As I read it, it brings me great joy, knowing how much your family truly liked your vacation and that our efforts Jorge's and ours were much appreciated. I look forward to your next visit. Blessings to you and your family. Sincerely, Mike and Kay
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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
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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
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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
Car: recommended

Our home is located in the very quiet 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

Roatan House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2016 Summer Rates - Main House
Jun 4 2016 - Sep 9 2016
5 night minimum stay
Low Season - Main House
Sep 10 2016 - Dec 9 2016
5 night minimum stay
High Season - Main House
Dec 10 2016 - Jun 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
2017 Summer Rates - Main House
Jun 3 2017 - Sep 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
2017 Low Season - Main House
Sep 9 2017 - Dec 8 2017
5 night minimum stay
2017 High Season - Main House
Dec 9 2017 - Jun 1 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

When booking online, the $0
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Property Damage Protection $99
optional Apartment can $0
.Sleeps 4, at $630/week. $0

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Caribbean 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Children under 4 years old. - 2 baby crib , 2 Pack-N-Plays and 1 high chair on site.
    Teal Room - 1 queen , Shared Bath
    Main Floor - 1 king , Adjoining shared Bath
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Private Bath
    Golden Room - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Shared Bath, The 2 twins are a bunk bed.
    Apartment - 1 double
    Apartment - 1 double
  • All bedrooms are comfortably sized with views of both gardens and the water. We have 3 sets of bunk beds that can be utilized in any of the bedrooms, and we have 2 pack and plays on site for our little guests who need some special attention. Most 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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