This past month I traveled to Roatan, Honduras for the first time, and I was lucky enough to stay at Ibagari Boutique Hotel, a beautiful artistic structure located on the beachfront of one of Roatan’s most exclusive areas. This serene spot has become a favorite travel destination of mine.

Ibagari means life in Garifuna, which is a language spoken on the Atlantic Coast of Honduras. Each room of the resort was given a different name in Garifuna. For instance, my room was “Garabali” which means wind. Our keys were given to us on an intricate and beautiful key ring with a wood piece that had the room name carved into it. The classy, elemental style of the rooms was unique and created the perfect sanctuary for a truly relaxing getaway.

 

In fact, Ibagari is the perfect place for an extended stay. There really isn’t anything else in Roatan on the same level. It is the most exclusive and top-of-the line hotel in Roatan. The hotel rooms in the Igabari are bright, spacious, clean, and artistic. Most rooms have a table and 2 lounge-like chairs set up by a sliding door near the balcony so guests can watch the sunrise or sunset from the comfort of air conditioning. It’s also a great spot to work if you need to. The table is a stump-shaped, wood-like construction that screams modern art, and it is gorgeous. I was thrilled to do my computer work while watching the waves from my sliding door. My room had an extremely large bathtub that I filled up to steaming hot temperatures at the end of every day. (I’m going through a bubble bath phase right now.)

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The art and architecture at Ibagari are what truly makes the property unique. The walls of the structure are covered in fascinating art pieces. Take an art tour or an art class while you are on the property to learn more about the creative pieces found throughout the hotel lobby and rooms.

The advantage of staying at a boutique hotel like Ibagari is that the staff gets to know you personally. They take the time to learn your schedule and your preferences. I never saw the maids or cleaning crew during my stay at the Ibagari Boutique Hotel because they watched me leave and then went in to clean when I was gone. At the same time, when I wouldn’t eat a part of my meal, (papaya on a fruit plate- for instance), the staff would remember that I didn’t prefer it and make the meal without it the next time. It was an extremely catered experience, which is why staying at a boutique hotel is so important. And Ibagari really had that aspect down, making us feel special by catering a personalized experience to us.

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Luna Muna, the restaurant attached to the resort, was divine. Every night a table would be reserved for each guest staying at the resort so that they would never miss out on getting a table, despite the restaurant being open to the public. The chef provided true culinary excellency. They aren’t afraid to mix and play with flavors to create truly unique dishes, and the menu was extensive. I fell in love with their lobster and avocado salad, which I ate daily.

And don’t forget to try the activities offered through the Ibagari Boutique Hotel. If you’re going to try anything on the property, however, I recommend trying diving. There are 75 dive sites within 30 minutes of the resort, and you can easily do a quick “Discover Scuba Diving” session without getting certified. Or, if you have the time, you can get certified in diving while on your vacation.

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Ibagari Boutique Hotel pays great attention to details, as well. While going out into the resort to relax by the beach, take time in the pool, eat, or try an activity, the Ibagari kindly provides bug spray and sunscreen to keep you protected throughout your trip.

While this all seems too good to be true, here’s another thing that makes Ibagari that much greater than a normal resort: they have their own water treatment filter. And used water gets recycled into other systems, keeping the resort sustainable and Eco-friendly. Plastic is not used on the resort- only glass and recycled materials, and they work with a company that recycles, as well. So they are very sustainable. What more could we ask for from a hotel?

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All in all, the Ibagari Boutique Hotel provided me with a genuinely grand experience. It is a place I will be excited to return to, and I recommend everyone take a trip to Roatan, Honduras where they can enjoy a stay at the Ibagari Boutique Hotel.

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