The Villa on Dunbar Rock is not just a resort – it’s a dream vacation destination. Visits to Dunbar Rock offer a unique dive vacation experience from start to finish. As you can well imagine from viewing the picture on your left, the “getting-here” is your first introduction to what sets us apart, literally and figuratively.
Guests arriving at the Guanaja Airport are warmly greeted by our staff and escorted not to a parking lot and shuttle van, (no parking lot, no road!) but to a dock and transfer boat for the 10 minute boat transfer to the cay. Time to sit back and relax and enjoy the scenery.
Before you know it the Villa is in view, and thank your lucky stars you get to call this amazing place “HOME” for the next week. Once docked you can leave all your luggage behind for our delivery to your room, and focus your attention on winding your way up the stairs, or take the ramp-way around the circumference.
Perched on a cay with 360° views of Sandy Bay, Guanaja and surrounding cays, this unique resort blends beauty, serenity and something unidentifiably special in a laid-back, inviting atmosphere.
The 15,000 square foot property is spread across 4 floors. The ground level provides access to a private white sand beach for lounging, swimming and snorkeling and our PADI/SSI dive center just off the docks.
A set of wide stairs leads to a roomy terrace (perhaps for our future herb garden?) before passing a landing area with a central courtyard then on to the 2 main levels which house our rooms and common areas.
There are any number of different areas to which one can “escape” if seeking isolation or congregate if feeling social.
Most of our guests tend to spend their time on the Villa’s fourth-level, which includes the Great Room with a flat screen TV/living area and inside dining room.
This is also the location of the infinity pool and pool bar, a favorite location for happy hour and to watch the sun set. A pool table is set just outside the bar area.
Not to be missed is a bit of pampering with our on-call masseur. Guests who are concerned that the invigorating stair climbing won’t be quite enough to work off the homemade breakfast tortilla’s will be pleased to hear that we now have a cardio room available with a treadmill and universal gym. Like all rooms at the Villa, it too has a view, overlooking the ocean.
Dining at the Villa
“Foodies” are sure to enjoy the hearty meals Chef Manuelito serves up for breakfast, lunch and dinner – with a cocktail hour snack tucked in as well. There is a communal coffee urn in the dining area and we invite the first person up to plug it in if it is not already going when you arrive! Our staff will generally beat you to it as they get there early to prepare for your breakfast, which is served around 7:30. Cereal and toast are available for those who arise earlier or who just want a light breakfast. Lunch is served whenever the morning dive boats return, the late afternoon snack after the return of the afternoon boat dive, and dinner generally around 6:30 – 7:00.
We’ve found that most of our guests prefer to be served family style or buffet style, so you can have as much or as little of the dishes served. Having grown up in Honduras, Chef Manuelito knows how to create menus that meld local flavors and dishes with more continental classics.
Provisioning in a remote location such as ours can be a bit of a challenge and therefor requires a good deal of advanced planning. We therefor query all of our guests for information on food allergies and dietary restrictions prior to their arrival.
Our bar is stocked with top shelf liquor and wine as well as very tasty local beer and spirits. Guests are invited to purchase one of three bar packages:
- No-Alcohol Package: The no-alcohol package includes unlimited juice and soft drinks for $60.00 per person. It does not include bottled water. Reusable water bottles are provided upon check in and purified water is always available from the dispenser in reception or the Igloo on the boats.
- Standard Bar Package: $150.00 prepaid at the time of reservation or $180.00 including tax if purchased on property. The Standard Bar Package includes our very tasty local beer, house wine, well liquor, juice and soft drinks. Well liquor is vodka, rum, tequila and whiskey. (Specialty drinks, call liquors, and bottled water are only included in the Premium Liquor package.)
- The Premium Open-Bar Package: $350.00 prepaid at the time of reservation or $400.00 including tax if purchased on property. The Premium Bar Package includes all specialty drinks, top shelf, call and local liquor, beer, juice, soft drinks, house wine, and bottled water.
“Off the Rock”
Those of you who think a vacation at the Villa means being “rock-bound” need not worry as there are always options offered to leave the cay. In addition to daily departures to go diving, our staff will be happy to give you a tour of Bonacca Town, take you on a hike to one of the waterfalls on Guanaja, or out to enjoy some good German beer at Manati Bar & Restaurant.
On Friday afternoon’s all guests who wish to (which is most since we take our bartender with us!) can join us for a island tour as we cruise to Savanna Bight, stop at Graham’s place for a bit, and then head home just in time to catch the sunset. For more information of tours offered by island guides, please visit the exploring Guanaja page.