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Sandy Bay villa description

Hello, we are proud to offer our piece of Roatan paradise known as the Big Dolphin. It is in a small association with 2 oceanfront villas, a watchmans house and a 3 unit building under construction, as well as our house, which is several hundred feet from the beautiful Caribbean. It also has a nice pool with a waterfall feature, beautiful landscaping and a dock. It is located about 15 minutes from the airport and capital of Coxen Hole. It is also only about a 5 minute drive from West End Village and 10 minutes from West Bay. Centrally located but still quiet.

Our villa being offered is the upper 2 floors of a 3 story house, with a palapa on the roof of the 3rd floor, providing awesome views of the Caribbean sunsets and surrounding area. It consists of 2 bedrooms and another sleeping area all with queen beds. Open kitchen, dining living room with one bedroom and one bathroom on the 2nd floor. The living room has new furniture, new flat screen TV, and a DVD player. We have provided many DVD movies, and others can be purchased on the island commonly at a rate of $20 for 7 movies. 3rd floor has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, another sleeping area, and a lounge area. 3rd floor also accesses a stairway to the rooftop palapa with several chairs and hammocks available to relax and enjoy great views and breezes with your favorite beverage.

The Big Dolphin is about 10 minutes walking distance to 3 dive shops- Tranquil Seas, Octopus Dive School and Anthony's Key Resort in order from west to east. All of these places also have nice restaurants with delicious daily specials and beverages of your choice. Another dive option is Enomis Divers owned by residents of our association Lee and Anita. Snorkelers can find some of the best in the Caribbean right out front of our place. It starts out shallow and gets about 10 feet deep before getting to the reef breakwater. It then slowly decends to about 35 feet of some of the best snorkeling and/or diving we've found on the island. There is a windsurf business nearby as well.

We will be happy to discuss your interests and needs and offer options on land and/or tours, water taxis, land taxis, rental vehicles and waterever else we can do to help make this a trip of a lifetime and a place you'd highly recommend to your family and friends.

Our watchman's name is Nicholas and he is a treasure. You will see him up early working around the grounds and beach keeping things beautiful for your enjoyment. He speaks very little English but is as friendly as can be. We found an app for our Ipod for $24.99 named Jibbigo. It is a download that provides English to Spanish and back with voice recognition. It requires no wi-fi and would work on a mountain or a ship- anywhere. Although many people on the island speak English, we have found this tool to be very helpful!

Our property managers are Fran and Stella with Roatan property management.They are very good at what they do and will see to your needs to the best of their ability. For instance, on our last trip, we were informed that the vehicle we reserved was not available. We asked, "what do we do now?" The agent informed us that Fran and Stella had called to make sure they had a car for us, and when told not, they had their driver on the way and was there in several minutes. Tanisha stopped at the Plaza Mar (store) where we stocked up with food and drink and took us to the house. Above and beyond is how I'd describe their service. You do not always get that- anywhere! While we'll be happy to answer questions and give advice, they will handle all bookings. They can also help line up any special tours or activities on the island.

Thank you for looking at the Big Dolphin. We think it is a great villa in the best part of the best island in the Caribbean. We hope you will think so too!

Pat and Sandy Duffy
Mike and Julie Holte
proud owners of the Big Dolphin

Keywords: beachfront association, rooftop palapa, pool, dock, watchman

Property Type

      • Villa

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Refrigerator
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Catering Available
          • Microwave
          • Kitchen


          • Air Conditioning:

            a/c is extra due to very high electric costs on Roatan...moreless

          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Clothes Dryer
          • Linens Provided


          • Satellite / Cable
          • DVD Player
          • Video Library


          • Wireless Internet
          • Mobile Phone

          Pool & Spa

              • Communal Pool

              Outdoor Features

              • Gazebo
              • Deck / Patio
              • Lanai / Gazebo

              Location & View

              • Oceanfront
              • Ocean View


              • Swimming
              • Sailing
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Fishing
              • Kayaking
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Museums
              • Restaurants
              • Horseback Riding
              • Boating
              • Wildlife Viewing


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              • Great place!!!

                Great place!!!

                • Guest Tamara L.
                • Date of stay 03/21/14
                • Review Submitted 04/06/14
                Wonderful home. So glad I found this gem. Hotels on the island are pricey and I wanted something more private. This fit the bill perfectly. The managers met us and took us to the home. Internet was not possible as the power was out on the island that day for a few hours but she came back as soon as it was back on. The AC was perfect. The amenities were abundant. The palapa could use a little work - there are a few holes and the staircase going to it seems a little wobbly. There was a grill that we wanted to use but ran out of time, the pool was gorgeous at night. I missed having a broom as I brought some sand in from morning runs in the beach. Also the toilet on the first floor did not function correctly - it ran all the time. It has been brought to the managers attention and I'm sure it will be fixed quickly. I also recommend taking the trash out quickly - there were a lot of ants the entire time even thou we never left anything out or dirty. The home is right off the beach. Perfect location to watch the sunset from the dock every night. This is a perfect place for a quiet romantic get away or a week party with friends. I would recommend having a vehicle - there are a few places that are super close but it's fun to explore the whole island! The only negative aside from the broken toilet and the ants was they wanted to show the home twice while we were there. It is on the market and while I understand the need to bring people in this was not told to me ahead of time and was a little disruptive. It was so great I am renting it again in four weeks! Wonderful home, wonderful island, amazing time!

                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

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              • Sadly dissappointed

                Sadly dissappointed

                • Guest Vickie F.
                • Date of stay 12/28/13
                • Review Submitted 01/05/14
                Our second week on Roatan was spent at the Big dolphin. The house is a good size. There are three actual bedrooms now, although only two have queen size beds, the other is a DOUBLE. The kitchen is very functional but no dishwasher. There is a propane BBQ which is fantastic. Air conditioning is a must especially on the top floor. The palapa is a great feature but there are only remnants of a second hammock and the first will completely rotted soon. The furniture up there is 'wired' back together..... The windows in the kitchen are so dirty that you can't actually see through them. The only person that we saw weeding the yard was a tenant in one of the other houses. There is no beach to speak of, more of a rocky wash out of a road that borders the water. This is not a place to stay if you want to walk outside And swim in the sea. The snorkelling is very good. If you have children you will find yourself using only the pool. As soon as the sun sets the BUGS go crazy and unless you are inside you will be eaten alive. The stars are amazing as there is no light pollution any where around there. Power outages on the island are a reality everywhere. At the big Dolphin the power went out everyday around dinner time - this also shuts down the water. No flashlights are provided and we found only two candles. The managers are very relaxed. So relaxed that they close the office without letting you know ahead of time. Turns out that when you run out of the 3.5 rolls of toilet paper you need to stock up on your own as well as drinking water. May sound petty, but that wasn't the case during our first weeks rental. Internet is a bit iffy on the island, but it does not cost $35 for 1 gig which is what you will be charged. It costs 40 limpera for 1 gig which works out to $2. You can get it yourself in the West End, not all the way at the Mega Mall on the other side of the Island as the managers were trying to lead me to believe. It has potential as a rental property, but we wouldn't recommend it at this time.

                Manager response: We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy the stay in our home and we do appreciate any feedback we get from our guest. Our property managers are two of the most respected on the island and have been with us for nearly four years, we have talked to them about your concerns, including the kitchen windows, internet and bathroom supplies, all are being addressed, including replacing the hammocks. As you will notice in our listing, there is not a dishwasher listed as they are not very common on the island due to the high price of electricity. Air conditioning is available in all bedrooms and the living room for an additional fee, again because of the high price of electricity. Widespread power outages occur occasionally due to wind and rain. The beach road is not in our control, many people drive on it every day and it does get bumpy but it is very usable, much like our gravel roads in the rural U.S. We have been on the island since the end of October, staying in West End when our home is rented out and there has been many power outages due to the rainy season, we think it's all part of island living. Once again we do appreciate your feedback and wish you safe travels in the future.

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              • Perfect for us!

                Perfect for us!

                • Guest Betty and Tony (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
                • Date of stay 02/07/13
                • Review Submitted 03/02/13
                After much research, we (two couples) were very pleased to have selected the Big Dolphin House. The area was perfect - nice and quiet, not at all like West Bay. No need to pay $150. per week for AC. Ceiling fans and open windows provided welcome breezes. We did opt for the WIFI at $35. per week; Tanisha spent all one afternoon getting us connected. Not many channels on the TV, but we did enjoy the DVD movies. We rented a car from Avis for our 2-week stay and did much exploring of this beautiful lush green island with more mountains than I expected. Roads were not as bad as we were led to believe -just had to drive carefully and watch for potholes. One of the best things about this rental was the pool - cool refreshing water, and we had it all to ourselves! Our favourite snorkeling spot was off the dock of Tranquil Seas Resort, about a 5 minute walk east. About 25 yards to the right are some ruins sticking out of the water. More fish per square inch here than any other place we tried. We didn't like the grassy bottom in most of Sandy Bay but if you swim out far enough (100 to 150 yds.) you will be rewarded with sights of beautiful fish and coral. We took a water taxis from West End to West Bay (bargined for $10 total for the 4 of us- each way). Walked to the very end by the rock wall and snorkeled out to the big rock and along the reef. Lots of people here. There are restaurants within walking distance. We ate 3 times at Blue Bahia, once at Tranquil Seas, but we saved the best for last - Mayoka Lodge where reservations are required. Also some lunches (and drinks) in West End. The Bakery beside Rusty Fish before West End was a great for fresh bread and sweets. Sonia is now the caretaker and lives in the small house nearby with her three children. She is out there most days racking the grounds and beach. Must like dogs - there are many in the area! And roosters crow at 3 am! But you get used to it!

                Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, sightseeing.

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              • We Had A Blast

                We Had A Blast

                • Guest Loras (United States)
                • Date of stay 12/01/12
                • Review Submitted 12/13/12
                Previous reviews accurately describe the house - it was a good place. Just a few things I wanted to make sure future renters were aware of.... 1. The road to the house goes along a 'beach' road. It has a lot of ruts. We had an SUV and saw cars driving on it, but for the 25 yards you need to drive on it, it was bumpy. 2. The house is inside a gated area with a few other houses. We had no issues until about day 4 and came home after dinner at 10:00 pm to find the gate locked. We weren't informed that it might be locked and had no code to unlock it. Had to honk the horn for the closest house to come help us in. 3. It seems the water supplied is shared in the area and we were without running water for multiple hours on multiple days. Used the cold pool to wash off after a few dives. 4. We tried using the oven and almost blew up the house with ourselves inside. It seems that the stove was never properly installed. Long story short, we had an explosion that burned hair off my legs, a gas line fire we tried to put out with the extinguisher (I think we put it out by running outside and disconnecting the lp tank) and then a mess to clean up. Property managers didn't even show up to discuss afterwards - just sent over an assistant to help coordinate the repairs. 5. TV Channel lineup is pretty lame so if you plan to watch TV, don't expect much. I really didn't care, but couldn't find any US news stations which I thought would be at the top of the list for a satellite. 6. Not really 3 bedrooms. Upstairs has one dedicated bedroom and a second draped off area with another bed. Downstairs had 1 bedroom. Anyway, these may or not be things you care about, but just wanted to share.

                Recommended for: Adventure seekers.

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              • Sandy Bay is the place to stay!

                Sandy Bay is the place to stay!

                • Guest Jan (Longview, TX, United States)
                • Date of stay 08/03/12
                • Review Submitted 08/20/12
                The listing accurately portrayed the residence. Great location, quiet and protected, we really enjoyed being in a "compound" with 2 other houses. Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The interior was spacious and uncluttered, very comfortable. The swimming pool was a perfect respite after a day of diving. We really enjoyed having the Tranquilseas within walking distance for our dives everyday, Kent and Ava were exceptional. The Blue Bahia is a really good restaurant with lots of variety, every meal was delicious. Tong's for Thai food, The Blue Parrot restaurant was very special. Don't miss Anthony's Key Resort and swimming with the dolphins. We highly recommend a day of ziplining at Gumbalimba Park. Snorkeling in front about a 150 yards from the beach was spectacular. We plan to return to Roatan and would definitely book the Big Dolphin again. I have only 2 suggestions: an internet connection with a wireless router and a couple of premium channels on DirectTV would improve the stay. Thanks to everyone involved with Big Dolphin, our 2 week stay was fantastic, Jan P

                Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, tourists without a car.

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              • Great home near the beach, quiet, but close to the West End Action

                Great home near the beach, quiet, but close to the West End Action

                • Guest Carrie (Rocky River, Ohio)
                • Date of stay 07/21/12
                • Review Submitted 08/10/12
                We enjoyed our stay at Blue Dolphin! What a beautiful home, with three bedrooms and plenty of room for our extended family. The property has a shared pool which was great in the afternoons, when it was siesta time. The snorkeling on Roatan is fantastic, with many dives just off shore, West Bay was our favorite spot. Lawson Rock had hundreds of starfish. Even great snorkeling off of half moon bay and between West End and West Bay. Our overall cultural experience of the island was great, with our neighbors in the Sandy Bay area being extremely helpful and the management company responsive. We did not opt to get either the internet (35 dollars a week) or the air conditioning ($150 per week) both. We went in the heat of the summer, and it was still very doable most days, with all the windows open, there was great ventalation. The kitchen and living room area was large and supplied with pots/pans, dishes, silverware, and a few spices. One of the best things I did was make connections on the first day of our 2 week trip with a local fisherman, named Eddie near the end of West End, just yards from Barefoot Bar. Ask for him and make connections. He fished everyday for us for 2.50 a pound(!) and we cooked either Grouper, Jack, Barricuda, Lobster, or Tuna every night! The best time that I put in and great connections with the locals! We also located a great bagel place in West End (just ask the locals where the bakery is!). Don't miss out on the lizard farm and extreme ziplining at Pirates of the Carribean, near French Bay. We LOVE ROATAN and will be back! Thanks for a great stay.

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                • Guest Mike
                • Date of stay 08/01/10
                • Review Submitted 03/12/11
                I'm not a big computer person, but I thought this vacation deserved good feedback. Everything the managers said were true. We had a great trip, with no problems. Roatan is great for everyone from sunbathers to advanced scuba divers. It is a hidden gem in the Caribbean! MM

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              • Excellent accomodations, honestly advertised, well maintained, well managed vacation property

                Excellent accomodations, honestly advertised, well maintained, well managed vacation property

                • Guest Chowder (Belle Plaine, MN USA)
                • Date of stay 12/05/10
                • Review Submitted 03/12/11
                We rented the Big Dolphin because of the price, location and proximity to dive shops and restaurants. All was as advertised. The house was freshly painted inside. The living room furniture and bed was new. The kitchen and living room were nice and open with new kitchen countertop, sink and faucet. The appliances worked perfectly. Nicholas the watchman greeted us each morning with a nice "hola". He even offered to help us carry in our luggage and groceries! The third sleeping area was better than we thought with the drapes providing just enough privacy. We chose not to use the airconditioners and were comfortable just using the ceiling fans. The pool was very clean and the waterfall sound was very relaxing. We found ourselves in it every day. The rooftop palapa is very cool. We enjoyed the sunsets with a cold drink every evening before dinner. The property managers arranged for us to be picked up at the airport and took us to a grocery store, where we got our desired supplies including beer, booze and wine. They also lined us up with a cell phone and 100 minutes for under $15 which let us call the US cheap. Very nice. We walked the beach each morning toward Anthony's Key Resort. We dove out of Octopus Dive School and Tranquil Seas, both an easy walk down the beach. We also dove with a neighbor in the association, Lee and his West End located Enomis Divers. All were very good and easy to dive with. The snorkeling just steps out in front of the house starts out very shallow for the first 100 feet, then becomes awesome. It is also possible to snorkel in front of the dive shops which become deeper a little faster. The restaurants at Blue Bahia (which houses Octopus Dive School), Tranquil Seas and Anthony's Key were all very good! Just a stroll down the beach. We did not try the water taxi service to West End, but plan to next time. They offer a sunset boat ride to all the restaurants in West End for a few dollars. All in all this was a great vacation! We look forward to our next stay at the Big Dolphin. We plan to rent a car and explore the island and all it has to offer. The ziplines, the butterly garden and a fishing trip will be planned next time.

                Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

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              low- $800/week May and June, September-December
              mid-$850/week July and August
              high-$900/week January-April
              peak-$1050 Christmas, New Years and Easter
              $150/week airconditioning
              $500 refundable deposit
              16% tax

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              Last updated: 04/11/2014
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              Year Purchased: 2010

              About: We are avid scuba divers and snorkelers who fully enjoy the Roatan experience. The people are so friendly, and the pace of life helps us relax. We have found it to be an exceptionaly good escape from the Minnesota winters.

              Why Sandy Bay:
              The Big Dolphin is convenient to the airport, stores, great dive shops and restaurants, yet is in a quiet setting. We feel this is the best, most comfortable part of the island.

              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
              The house and grounds are great. The proximity of our location to the restaurants and dive shops is so convenient. Fran and Stella, our managers, see that details are handled, and do it very well. The pool is great. Nicholas, the watchman is very helpful. Morning walks east on the beach to Anthonys Key Resort to see the dolphins are a great start to the day. Sunset views at the end of the dock, or the rooftop palapa top off a great Caribbean day.

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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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