Marble Hill Farms is a 26 acre (10.5 hectares) property located in Diamond Rock to the east of the island of Roatan. This area is more secluded so it is best to rent a car in Roatan, as there is free parking available on site. This farm gets its name from the many marble stones that were found on site. It is the perfect location for those who need to need to connect with nature. The area has plenty of colorful flowers, tropical plants, birds including humming birds, and iguanas.
One of the activities Marble Hill Farms offers is jam and jelly tasting. Since the early 90s they have been making them from homegrown plants. They are completely natural and can be found in many dishes in the restaurant. Some of the flavors are hibiscus jelly, guava butter, key lime pineapple jam, apple banana butter, mango chutney, pineapple jam, tamarind jelly, hot sauce, mutton pepper jelly, island mustard or salsa picante.
The Crow’s Nest Restaurant is open everyday from noon to 9 p.m. for guests and walk-in clients. On Wednesday afternoon it fills up with a local crowd. The menu is quite diverse with a combination between Italian, American and Island cuisine. Shrimp and fish are caught fresh in the island, pork is done with mango or island style and chicken can be prepared with curry sauce, parmigiana or in a wrap. There are also pizzas, Mexican quesadillas, pastas, burgers and salads. Guests who stay have a la carte breakfast included with options like baliadas, corn tortillas with beans and eggs, omelets, croissants with jellies, fresh fruit and coffee from Honduras.
Sunsets in Roatan are epic, so make sure to go to The Crow’s Nest Restaurant to see one from its deck. This restaurant makes great drinks including margarita, rum punch, piña colada, mojito, daiquiri and of course, monkey lala, the island’s favorite.
Marble Hill Farms is located beach front so that means there are plenty of activities to do. There are beautiful reefs with plenty of fish, coral and a resident nurse shark, located less than 200 feet from the shore. Grab snorkeling gear and swim out. Sea kayaks and stand up paddles are also included for guests. They are a great way to explore the shore and work out.
Tropical Island Divers is a full service dive shop certified by PADI. They can certify those who don’t know how to dive or want to advance their level. Dives are done within 15 minutes on boat from the hotel to sites which are not crowded. Deep sea fishing is also available; guests can catch mahi mahi, tuna or blue marlin to cook for dinner.
There are three lodging options at Marble Hill Farms:
Treehouse: for a unique option choose to stay in one of the treehouses which are elevated from the ground. Inside they have a king sized bed, a bathroom with shower, ceiling fan and air conditioning. Each one has a small kitchen with refrigerator, coffee maker, stove, toaster, microwave and basic equipment. Views from inside are stunning because of the wide panoramic windows that look out to the Caribbean Sea. Outside there is a large deck with garden furniture and a shower to rinse off after the beach.
Sea View Room: this is the newest category, just a few steps from the Caribbean Sea. These rooms have a private deck with a hammock and gravity chair. Two glass doors give the room great views and lots of light. They have a king sized bed, sofa, lounge chair, television with DVD player, dining table with stools, and coffee table. Rooms have a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, toaster, microwave, coffee maker and a jug of purified water. As well as air-conditioning, fans and private bathroom with a shower.
Beach House: this spacious wooden house was recently renovated. It sits in the middle of an oak garden with shade. Sit in the dining table in the enclosed deck to enjoy nature (without bugs!) or lay down in the hammock. This house has two rooms; one has a queen size bed and the other has two single beds. Both rooms have air conditioner and fans. They share a bathroom with a shower. There is also a small kitchen with a refrigerator, toaster, coffee maker, cooktop stove, microwave and purified water.