In The Beginning......
Palmetto Bay Resort in Roatán is the brainchild of a number of individuals who shared a common dream of creating an environment where nature and people could co-exist harmoniously. This “planned community” was designed with a goal to be as sensitive to the pristine tropical landscape as possible without compromising a refined, relaxing lifestyle for the inhabitants. One of the founders succinctly stated an overarching goal of the Palmetto Bay Resort design this way……..”we wanted to be able to go out in a sailboat and look back to the resort and only be able to see the tropical jungle with no visible structures”.
Naturally, because a number of the founders were renowned architects in the United States, the layout, building designs and landscape enhancements were all meticulously planned and executed. Phase 1 incorporated the “clubhouse" building which includes a bar, restaurant, dive shop, pool area, reception and offices. Along with the clubhouse are twenty bungalow-style beach villas whose designs show influences of traditional Balinese, Central American and Caribbean styles. Built by skilled local craftsmen with high quality timbers, including renowned Honduran hardwoods, these bungalows were designed to be site and climate specific. They have a range of floorplans but share a common open plan living design aimed at capturing the gentle trade winds that roll in from the bay.
It is obvious from the first glance at the environment that this is not a “cookie cutter” development. The architects successfully achieved a sustainable, low impact set of buildings that are both unique and reminiscent of styles and structures in other parts of the world. People who appreciate architecture and design will recognise elements that can be seen in some of the most acclaimed purpose-built structures in the world. Take the clubhouse building as an example…...
Now compare it to the famous Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, Arkansas, USA.
One designed for the tropics (at sea level) to cope with constant year round sunshine, and the other designed for the Ozark mountains (1200 feet above sea level) to cope with winter snow and hot summers. Both designed to embrace their very different natural environments "with open arms".
It is easy to see why the architectural elements attract world travelers to Palmetto Bay Resort, but wait until you see the flora and fauna.