Roland's Garden Guesthouse is rated one of the best Hotels in Guanaja. Find out why we are just the perfect place for you!
Far away from the madding crowd, where no noise of traffic and cars will ever reach you, Roland's Garden Guesthouse might just be that perfect island escape you have been looking for. Surrounded by garden, forest, birds and other wildlife, this is a place of true escape. Your hosts, Roland, Julia and Santiago will take excellent care of you, serving the most delicious breakfast on the balcony while you enjoy views over the forest and the Caribbean Sea.
We want to offer our guests the most authentic, relaxing and welcoming experience. Guanaja is still a completely undiscovered destination, where you will be one of the very few fortunate to witness an island that has almost magically escaped from the masses attention. While we're not just easily reached, Guanaja's charm, nature and stunning landscape will make you wish you would never have to leave. We have made it our mission to show you this magical place in the most ecologically friendly way. Come and join us at our island paradise, and see a place unlike any you have seen before!
Roland's Garden Guesthouse was my favorite stop during our tour of Honduras - and our itinerary included the famous Pico Bonito Lodge. Between Roland's passion for and knowledge of the natural world, his wife Julia's quiet warmth and spectacular breakfasts, and their beautiful son Santiago and his wide-eyed joy as he takes everything in around him, their home could not be more welcoming. During our short three night stay, we hiked across the island as Roland identified various birds, bats, snakes and lizards; snorkelled over the spectacular coral reef next to a nearby island; ate Pizza on the beach at the neighbours; and enjoyed the international ambiance of Roland's parent's locally famous restaurant, Manati each evening. If you want to get to know Guanaja, a much less touristy and developed island than nearby Roatan, then I highly recommend Roland's place.
I traveled with two of my sisters to the Bay Islands, stayed on Roatan for five nights and at Roland's Garden Guest House for seven nights. Our time at Roland's and in Guanaja was heavenly. The island is beautiful, we took advantage of several day tours with Roland, our two snorkling trips were wonderful, lots of colorful fish and beautiful coral reefs. One trip we went and spent a day on a private cay where not a soul was to be found. Roland is a great host and had brought a watermelon along as well as homemade waffles and pineapple marmalade. We spent the day snorkling, eating, shell hunting and relaxing in a hammock that Roland had also brought along for our pleasure. Highlights of Roland's garden..... His family, lovely wife and new baby, his parents who run a German resturaunt with fantastic food just down the hill, Roland's attention to detail, easy laugh and a willingness to share a wealth of knowledge about this beautiful island. Not to be forgotten is his homemade chocolate and his fabulous breakfasts served on the deck overlooking the beautiful gardens. Can't say enough really about our stay , it was magical, relaxing and we were well taken care of. Hope to be back someday..... Although Guanaja is quiet it is truly a tropical paradise!
The word hospitality doesn't begin to describe the welcome one gets from Roland and Julia. Fresh from two days at an indifferently-run diving hostel on the seaside slum of Roatan, I found myself on a deck in paradise, high above the trees, in the care of hosts who made me feel like a treasured friend. Down the hill, at the Manati, Roland's parents Claus and Annette show the same amazing personal touch as they dispense ice-cold Salvas and excellent German sausage, made in Honduras, to locals and barnacle-encrusted international yachtsmen. Across the bay lies the Cay, the coolest little beachside village on the planet. I spent two weeks in this beguiling place, sleeping in, swimming, reading in a hammock, eating, drinking and boating over to the Cay to enjoy the non-existent tourist facilities there. One day Roland took delivery of a load of local cacao, and I learned how chocolate is made. When I departed the island, Roland and Julia were on the same flight, en route to a course where they would learn how to make the guesthouse a sanctuary for bird-watchers. Ninety-seven species of tropical bird sighted from their deck, and counting..... Did you ever hear The Island, by Leon Russell? That's how I feel about Guanaja.