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Bedrooms 6
Space 4,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Our house has 4 Bd/3 Bath, Sleeps 2-9; optional Apartment 2 Bd/1 bath sleeps 4

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 bunk bed in the yellow room in 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. 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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Kay Russo
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017

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 gets 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 Jorge there to greet you at the airport so that you are not overwhelmed. He also lives on the property and is available for any of your needs.

It is our desire for you to experience this peace.


Bay Islands House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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 14
  • 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 1 set 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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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average rating of 4.8292685 based on 41 reviews

Isolated Beauty

  • 4 of 5

Overall, we had a wonderful time and very much enjoyed being away from the hustle and bustle of the west end. The house was a bit dated with need for some updates, but it didn't interfere with our enjoyment of the place. It has much more to offer. We very much enjoyed the evenings on the private dock looking at the stars. We really felt like we were in jungle wilderness. We used the kayaks every day, and for those who like to fly fish, spent countless hours at nearby flats trying to catch some very spooky bonefish. The snorkeling was pretty good only a short paddle away. Being on the east side of the island, we were able to experience more of the local life. Punta Gorda, a nearby town, has a big party every Sunday night with live music and dancing. That was a hoot! While there, don't forget to try the gifete (root juice). Camp Bay is on the most easterly end of the island and is a picturesque (long) drive rewarded by a remote white sandy beach. There is a kite boarding lodge nearby owned and operated by a Canadian couple and they have excellent food and quality kite lessons. Back to the house... Jorge, the watcheyman, is a good resource for fresh fish, lobster, boat rides, and other activities. Our only true complaint was the lack of access to the home's boat. It would have made our trip if we had use of the boat (either by hiring Jorge for the day or some other captain). The house description was a bit misleading in that regard. Even so, we had a great time and would recommend it to others. We would definitely return if we had unfettered access to the boat, which is a huge selling point for avid fishermen like us.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alison, Thank you for writing this review and thank you for your email after the review. Mike and I will be making the changes you requested to make our home much more enjoyable. Concerning the boat, I had talked to Jorge after your email and he told me that the boat is working but the seas were rough and that is why he did not want to take the boat out, you had mentioned in your email that most likely it was miss communication between Jorge and your husband and another guest. All in all it sounded like you had a great vacation and did many of the activities I had mentioned in my "Welcome Letter" along with giving me some wonderful places you found for us to check out too. Thank you again, and we look forward to your return visit. Sincerely, Kay
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Very nice and and great location

  • 5 of 5

Would definitely return to Roatan and house if available

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Laurence for your review. Mike and I are so happy that you gave us 5 stars. Our goal is to make sure to answer all questions via email and that our guests are informed about our home and Roatan. Looking forward to you returning to Balsam Rock Retreat. Sincerely, Kay
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Beautiful house and setting

  • 4 of 5

Everything in and outside of the house was great. The caretaker onsite is so friendly and helpful with anything I needed. A perfect sanctuary: stay-away-from-the-world. Keep in mind you do need a car because grocery, restaurant, other than swimming right at the house dock, is at least 20 minutes drive from the house.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Alice, Thank you for your review. Mike and I are glad that "inside and out of our house were great" and that our staff are "friendly and helpful with all your needs" Our house is advertised "Away from the hustle and bustle" We either recommend our guests to rent a car or hire a driver for the time that they are staying at the house. We also have a Welcome Letter upon booking that gives you more insight to our home and places we recommend visiting. It is always great to know when our guests have read the welcome letter and tried some of the things we mention. Have a great day dreaming of your time in Roatan, and we hope to see you soon. Sincerely, Mike and Kay
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Lovely, well kept home with amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Balsam Rock retreat with our 2 adult daughters and their significant others. Kay and Mike were very east to communicate with before and during our trip. We had a lovely time and really enjoyed having the secluded bite to explore by snorkel, kayak and sailboat. There is a beautiful reef at the entrance to the bite, it is at least a 300 yard swim (not 100 as mentioned in some reviews). On most days we swam out to the reef but one windy day we kayaked to the reef, secured the kayaks on the buoy and snorkeled from there. Visibility varies with the weather, but several days it was easily 80 feet, There is a nice wall where the reef drops to about a 60- 80 foot sandy bottom. There is a wreck about 30 yards from the mini beach that is encrusted with coral and inhabited with all kinds of fish and a large moray eel, great place for a night snorkel too. We made several trips down the mangrove tunnel by kayak and on to Jonesville Point . There is a cute place, Paradise Bar & Grill, not far into the mangrove cut. We stopped there a couple of times for a beer, they do have a full menu, but we didn't eat there. Jorge arranged a day boat trip to Pigeon Key for us that included stopping in a little village for lunch afterwards. The boat driver brought us fresh fish for sale, we bought grouper, snapper and lobster tales and enjoyed grilling and cooking them for dinner during the rest of the week. We bought homemade tortillas from Jorge's wife Berta, delicious!! We explored the East End one day (La Sirena Bar, Camp Bay Lodge beach and Paya Beach Restaurant) We also did the West End (Half Moon Bay beach) on a non-cruise ship day. The rest of the week we just stayed at the house and enjoyed all of the water sports and the lovely views from both balconies, the pool and the boat dock. And there is just nothing like starting your day with coffee on the porch swing overlooking the bite while humming birds hover around you. We had a broken shower head but Kay responded immediately and made arrangements through Jorge to have it repaired.

Some hints: 1) Spray with Off (Deet) every time you go outside and get out of the water, keep some on the boat dock too 2) I brought my favorite herbs and a variety of ziplocs for food storage/leftovers. 3) The nearest grocery store is about a 20 minute drive and you have to pay for grocery bags, so if you have room for cloth bags, you might bring them 4) Fill the hummingbird feeder with sugar water and enjoy!!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Laura, I am so happy that you all had such a great time. Your Review is amazing, and says everything I would hope our guests would experience. I especially enjoyed reading about how you went exploring to the East End and checking Pigeon Key. They are my favorite spots to visit when we vacation in Roatan. Once again it makes me feel great knowing you read the "Welcome Letter" we send out, and tried some of our recommendations. It's nice to know that the reef is still as beautiful as when we dove there last fall, and we now have a resident moray eel at the wreck. In the tropics those bugs can be annoying, and once again in my "Welcome Letter" I call bug spray my perfume while down there. We truly appreciate you taking the time to write your review and give us 5 stars, it really means a lot to us. Have a great day, and Mike and I hope to see you return real soon. Sincerely, Mike and Kay
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $99

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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