Palmetto Bay Plantation
Situated on remote Roatan Island, 40 miles off the coast of Honduras, Palmetto Bay Plantation is an exclusive eco-friendly retreat in a destination that still feels undiscovered—despite increased tourism from the U.S. Set on the largest island in Honduras Bay (now accessible via direct flights from Newark, Miami, Atlanta, and Houston), this 120-acre retreat comprises 29 Balinese-style villas with hammocks that swing on covered porches and sea breezes that waft through louvered walls. Just beyond a grove of coconut palms and cashew trees, thatched-roof palapas spread over a crescent of private beach within reach of the world’s second largest coral reef. Besides kayaking, sailing, and seaplane tours, the resort has an on-site dive shop: a short boat ride will take you to some of the island’s most spectacular sites, like Bear’s Den, an underwater cave with a honeycombed coral wall. At night, native Garifuna dancers in orange head wraps shake to Afro-Caribbean beats, while bathing suit–clad travelers are treated to a Honduran conch and lobster feast.