Greetings from Casa Vista Verde! Hoping our annual newsletter finds everyone safe and prosperous! This year saw a number of exciting events and changes for the villa and Roatan:
This past May was a milestone for Casa Vista Verde- for the first time, hosting a wedding for a couple who were engaged on our beach during an earlier visit! Whitney and Peter were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by tropical greens, ocean blues, and a golden sunset sky! Afterwards, the bride left us with these comments:
“I spent two of the best days of my life at Casa Vista Verde. My first best day was two years ago when my then boyfriend proposed on the back patio while looking at the best view of the Milky Way. We had an amazing week and could not think of a more wonderful place to get married. Here we are a little over two years later and we just returned to tie the knot at this slice of paradise. You can NOT go wrong in staying at this property. Beautiful landscape, amazing pool, and the staff feels like family…all recommendations were on point, from the photographer, caterer and the wedding planner (which arranged a fireworks display for the ceremony). Our guests were so amazed by everything, that they stated this was ‘the best wedding they have ever been to.’”
For more event pictures and videos, check out the gallery on our Facebook page Casa Vista Verde Roatan, or on Instagram @casavistaverderoatan.
In other marketing news, the Casa Vista Verde video is up! Generating great interest for the villa and Roatan, you can see it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOnoNcWFclw.
For activities, the Buggies are back! Always popular with our guests, RoatanX now offers Dune Buggy Tours throughout the year. See the island like no other way! The 2.5 hour, mostly off-road tour crests breathtaking hills with 180 degree views of our barrier reef, all the way down to muddy puddles and sandy beaches.
Next, we introduce our newest member to the Casa Vista Verde family! Saida Santos joined us early this year as Assistant Manager. Originally from San Pedro Sula, she visited Roatan on vacation, liked it so much she came back to live, and that was twenty years ago! Her son Arick is at University on the mainland studying engineering. Saida strives to help fill our every guest request, and delights everyone with her ever-present smile!
To help lower energy costs for our guests, we recently converted the villa’s electric water heat tank system to an instant-on propane design. This system is already living up to its promise of higher efficiency, lower cost, and lower energy consumption. We took that as an opportunity to add another washer and a gas dryer to our appliance list, to help us service our guests even faster.
On that note, we also applaud RECO, Roatan’s electric utility, which made the switch from diesel to natural gas earlier this year! With 28MW of new generation capacity (in addition to their recently deployed wind turbines), power generation on the island gets cleaner, quieter, and more reliable!
In travel news, Sunwing recently announced direct winter service from Quebec starting December 18, and Cayman Airways has begun twice a week nonstop flights to Roatan from Grand Cayman, with connections from Miami, Tampa, Dallas, Chicago, Washington DC, and New York! Getting to Roatan is easier than ever! And with TripAdvisor naming Roatan their #1 destination in Central America, and Living the Salt Life ranking us #1 for scuba diving, there are plenty of reasons to come!
Finally, we’d like to thank everyone for their notes and calls of concern during the recent hurricane season. As the NOAA map shows, Roatan is well south of the main hurricane belt. In the 159 years since category storms have been tracked, Roatan has been affected by a total of 16 hurricanes (category 1 or higher). This works out to one hurricane roughly every ten years. By comparison, the Cayman Islands have been hit by 85 hurricanes over the same time period, or about one every other year. This year, hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria all passed well east and north of Roatan (shown by the red star). Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents of Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the other northern islands for a full and speedy recovery.
At Casa Vista Verde, it’s our mission to deliver vacations to remember. When we receive comments like these, we know we’re on the right track:
“Dear Asa and the Vista Verde Staff, as I sit here writing this on our last morning, I am sipping a mimosa and enjoying the view. I can’t believe how fast our week in paradise went by! The house and surroundings made this a wonderful vacation, but it was the staff who made it truly over the top! We have enjoyed immensely our time on Roatan, and we thank you for sharing your home with us for the week! We hope to be back again!”
So, the staff refresher trainings are complete, cars and boats all tuned, and villa and the grounds spruced up for the upcoming busy season. As these holidays approach and the year ends, we think about all we are grateful for, including all our repeat guests! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Casa Vista Verde Staff
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras