Luxury Retreat, Close To All Activities Yet Secuded In A Lush Tropical Setting
Linda and Rick Swanson
About Linda and Rick Swanson
This luxury retreat is proudly co-owned by Barbara and George Portele and Rick and Linda Swanson all of which have primary residency in Texas USA. The four owners have been close friends for many, many years and enjoy a rich faith based relationship which has produced a wonderful cooperative partnership. George and Barbara have recently retired as owners of a very successful printing and marketing company. Barbara also retired after many years as a registered nurse with specialties in infant care, nutrition and development. Their interests include horses, fishing, flying and traveling, scuba diving in most importantly sharing time with their extensive family. George is also a licensed pilot and both Barbara and George have their advanced open water certificates in scuba diving in. Rick and Linda Swanson delight in their children and grandchildren. Rick is in the airline Captain for a major US carrier flying internationally on a Boeing 777. Linda has been a very successful homemaker and extremely creative. Linda and Rick also have an interest in one of the local fishing charter companies. The two of them have been happily married for almost 40 years. Their interests together include extensive travel, cruising, boating, fishing and community service work. All four of the owners are deeply involved in ministry work to benefit the islands children’s ministry and have cofounded “Roatan Fisher of Men Children's Ministry”.
Linda and Rick Swanson purchased this Condo in 2016
Why Linda and Rick Swanson chose West End
With an absolute passion and compassion for the people and the island of Roatan, the four owners decided to go in partnership to purchase a property that could be used as both a vacation retreat rental property and a ministry resource. After an extensive search all over the island this property offered the greatest benefits in location, construction and potential. The location is ideal in that it is so convenient to dive shops, restaurants, fishing and to the unique charm of West End. The relatively new solid construction and appearance of the property with its lush landscaping blended in a tropical ambience also brought us to the conclusion of purchasing this property above all others. Knowing also the past excellent rental history because of the units' desirability was very encouraging. We all felt that the investment in this particular property would yield the greatest benefits in ownership.
What makes this Condo unique
The uniqueness of this property stands far above others when you consider the location, the efficiency and the magnificence of this luxury retreat. The spaciousness of this 1800 square-foot unit coupled with the breathtaking scenic views and the abundance of tropical breezes truly sets this property apart from all others. Your comfort and peace of mind is paramount in our commitment to you. We have installed the very best water filtration system throughout the entire condo to ensure pure drinking water even in the bathrooms and showers so there is no need to be concerned about brushing your teeth, ice from the freezer or cooking a meal with our water from the kitchen sink. We also have available a "Zero Water" pitcher in the refrigerator as an added convenience as an additional source of absolutely pure drinking water. While the tropical breezes flows throughout the unit, if you feel the need to turn on the air-conditioner you'll be delighted to know we just installed the most efficient and effective Central air conditioning system available. The unit with its double pane windows coupled with the solid construction cools rapidly in all rooms if needed. We have also installed a new 55 inch smart TV with a blue Ray DVD player and sound bar for the best possible quality entertainment. We have over 180 + Quality DVD and Blu-ray selections for the entire family. Adding to your entertainment experience is unlimited Internet/Wi-Fi. No need to run down to the store and add minutes to a chip card like many other units require. Other units also have hidden costs such as paying for your own electricity. Electricity is extremely expensive on the island and can cost up to $.40 a kilowatt hour. You will never receive an electric bill from us. From the location to the comforts, this retreat should not ever be considered just another rental property, it must be considered your oasis on a tropical island with all the comforts and conveniences of your home away from home.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great condo close to West End
Well appointed condo in small complex in quiet neighborhood close to West End. Everything you could need for a relaxing and quiet stay in Roatan. Very comfortable accomodations. Easy walk to restaurants, dives shops, grocery store. Rick was in contact immediately after booking, quickly answered all questions, and provided good recommendations. We'll definitely return.
We thank you so very much for your valued comments and insights into not only our condo but also the surrounding communities. It really helps our other guests to have a better understanding of how unique our location is and all the amenities that go with it.
Again thank you so very much for taking time to write this wonderful review for us,
The Sunrise Harbor team, Donna, Linda and Rick
Kids favorite spring break -- fabulous condo and owners
This is a lovely condo, in a lovely location (esp. for divers), and owned by lovely people who have an excellent network of folks who can help make your stay even better. Rick and Linda are exceedingly responsive, and truly want you to enjoy your stay.
The condo is beautfiful -- modern, spacious, cool, and well equipped with an excellent kitchen, washer/dryer, and a spacious balcony if you like to just sit outside and read/eat/chillax. Perfect for 2 adults, 3 young teenagers. Relatively strong wi-fi -- I think 4 of us were streaming simultaneously. Kids appreciated that.
The location is great, especially if you want to be close to the West End, but a bit away from noise. You are essentially next door to the Seagrape dive shop -- a shorter commute from the condo than from many of their places. We dove with Seagrape and had an excellent series of dives. Our kids had just received their junior Open Water, and Seagrape took us on dives which allowed them to see most of the sites (including a wreck!) but stay within the limits. The cafe next door (Cafe de Palo) is also extremely chill, with excellent food (remember island speed, it's all made fresh.) Not cheap, but well worth a lunch or some coffees just to hang out and enjoy the room with the view.
It's maybe a 4-5 minute walk to the commercial strip -- Woody's grocery store, Sundowners bar/grill (excellent sunsets), the Wahoo Slayer berth (fun fishing), etc. etc. Rick has an excellent network of contacts who can truy help make the vacation better -- Donna the Island Cook comes to the condo and makes an amazing meal, and it's really two meals worth of food. Captain Enrick of the Wahoo Slayer takes you fishing. Cleve's tours can help you get around the island/get from the airport, and has some truly kind employees. The island has plenty of people trying to get your business, but Rick's contacts are high quality (and show up on Tripadvisor with exceedingly high ratings too.)
We loved Roatan, and plan on coming back, and sure hope "Sunrise Harbor" is available. A few more restuarant recs -- Oasis is a wonderful restaurant with very high quality food, super congenial but relaxed atmoshpere, and dedicated staff and owners. The Drunken Sailor is a small Italian restaurant on the main drag with real Italian owners and fabulous pizza (daughter liked her spaghetti too.) The Thai restaurant (Blue Elephant?) was pretty tasty, and we used to live in Laos. Thanks again Rick and Linda.
Dear Joshua, Linda and I thank you so very much for spending your valuable time in writing such a wonderful and descriptive review of both the island, your many adventures and also the condo.
By your narrative other future guests can see all the advantages of not only exploring the island but also the convenience, location and all the amenities that are within this retreat.
We are delighted that you and your family had such an enjoyable time and we look forward to the possibility that someday you may consider coming back and staying with us again.
Again we sincerely thank you.
May your family be blessed,
Linda and Rick Swanson
Great Property in a Perfect Location
In short, I’d absolutely recommend this property. It’s as-described, clean, well-appointed, private, perfectly located (for our needs) and the owners are great!
Rick & Linda are lovely and exactly the kind of people you want to rent from - communicative, organized, honest, friendly, informative and you just get the sense that they’re happily available for you if you need them.
They contacted me within minutes of self-booking the property through HomeAway and then were gracious enough to give me more than an hour on the phone to address each of my pre-travel questions and concerns. From recommendations on tours, boat captains, massage, airport transport, dive/snorkel spots, restaurants, and especially their insights on safety & security - I felt extremely well-prepared before we left for our trip.
[Speaking of tours, for those who might like to venture off the glittery tourist path and visit some of the less visited communities and cultures on Roatan, Rick and Linda would be delighted to put you in touch with trusted guides.]
I loved the location of the property. Not having visited the island, it was a little difficult to decide on the area that would best-fit our needs. We wanted to be close to conveniences but removed from crowds - and traveling with our 12 year old daughter, security is extremely important. As it worked out, I don’t think we could’ve picked a better location.
Just a 5 minute walk from a great snorkel spot (and little beach area) at Half Moon Bay, a 5 minute walk to the beginning of the commercial/restaurant area of West End and about a 10-15 minute walk to the water taxi pier where you can grab a quick, very enjoyable and cheap ($3) lift on a panga boat over to West Bay. On the way back, you may be able to negotiate a ride straight to the condo’s dock, which is convenient after a long day out.
The condo is large, with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths - a nice sitting area if you decide to watch TV (which we tried not to), a large table for dining and 5 (?) stools at the kitchen counter. There’s a full-size fridge and a wine/beer fridge for extra beverages. Another quality of this home is the sense of privacy - particularly for a condo. It’s a quiet complex and we barely saw/heard anyone else.
For the most part, during our stay there were steady breezes blowing in off the water which kept the house cool. We only ran the air (which works very well) at night when we felt safer with the patio doors and windows closed.
Thank you so very much Jay for your valuable time in writing such a detailed review.
All of your comments and experiences truly help future visitors better understand the beauty of the island, the beauty of the waters and specifically the beauty of the people on the island.
It was so delightful for my wife and I to personally meet you and your family while you were there during your stay.
We are so happy you found Sunrise Harbor Vacation Retreat perfect in location, comfort and spaciousness.
We very much look forward to you coming back down and visiting our island again in the near future.
Wishing you and your family the very best in good health and happiness,
Rick and Linda Swanson
The Sunrise Harbor Vacation Retreat Team
Better than advertised
The property was perfect and our stay was better than expected.
From the beginning (even before we booked) we got our questions answered. After booking the owner provided us all the info we needed and more. He even called me up to make sure we got everything organized and arranged.
The condo was very spacious for the 5 of us (me my wife and 3 adult boys). The kitchen is fully equipped and we used it every morning.
We had our other meals right down the street at a different restaurant every day.
We used the Seagrape dive shop (right downstairs) and they were very good. We are all advanced divers and we dove every day.
The owner recommendations were right on the spot. He also checked on us a couple of times during our stay.
All in all - it was a very positive experience - we will be back!
Thank you so very much for your kind words and detailed review so that future guests will have a good idea of what they too may expect.
It was certainly our pleasure having you stay at Sunrise Harbor Vacation Retreat and the numerous conversations we shared together.
We are absolutely delighted that you found our location to be convenient to everything and especially your pleasure with Seagrape Plantation Dive Shop.
We look forward to the possibility of you staying with us again on the island.
Again thank you very much for your Valued time writing your comments for the benefit of others that may follow. We treasure our new friendship with you.
Happy New Year,
Rick and Linda Swanson
The condo unit is exactly as shown and has a well equipped kitchen, which in my opinion, is a must for an extended stay. The location is an easy 3-5 min walk into town, yet it was quiet . The owners were extremely responsive to any questions we had and the property management company was quick to action when there were mechanical issues (such as lightbulbs out, or propane tanks needing to be replaced). All in all, a very nice stay
Great condo and location! We loved it!
Property was clean and comfortable. The owner was very accommodating and responsive to any and all needs. Highly recommend this property!
This retreat is ideally located within easy walking distance of all activities, restaurants, bars and beautiful beaches. Half-moon bay is just a quarter-mile away or a five minute walk.
Deep-sea fishing is outstanding in just 3 minutes from the harbor entrance are depths between 700 and 1000 feet (visit www.wahooslayer.com).
A World famous Scuba/Dive shop is only 200 feet from the condo and offers reef diving just five minutes from the harbor for only $35 per dive or snorkeling for only $25.
There is a nice breakfast/lunch restaurant across the street. Walking to rustic downtown West End is just a comfortable 5 to 7 minute walk to grocery stores, gift shops, clubs and water taxis to and from world renown West Bay beaches.
Snorkeling in half Moon Bay is just a five minute walk and a 3 minute safe swim to the protected reef.
Public beaches all around the island including beaches on Half Moon Bay just a 5 minute walk from your retreat.
The condo has a very nice pool, sun deck over looking the harbor bay and a boat dock you can fish on.
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This retreat is ideally located within easy walking distance of all activities, restaurants, bars and beautiful beaches. Half-moon bay is just a quarter-mile away or a five minute walk. Deep-sea fishing is outstanding in just 3 minutes from the harbor entrance are Depp's between 700 and 1000 feet. A World famous dive shop is only 200 feet from the condo and offers reef diving just five minutes from the harbor for only $35 per dive. There is a nice breakfast/lunch restaurant across the street. Walking to rustic downtown West End is just a 5 to 7 minute walk to grocery stores, gift shops, clubs and water taxis to and from West Bay beaches. Snorkeling in half Moon Bay is just a five minute walk and a 3 minute protected swim to the reef.
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