La Ensenada Beach Resort
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La Ensenada for us was a solid 3.5 but it has potential to be a 5. This was our second trip to Honduras with the first trip being in Roatan and the two experiences were vastly different but not in a good or bad way. IMMIGRATION/AIRPORT TRANSFER/CHECK INGetting through customs is a bit slow because immigration takes digital fingerprints and a photo unless you’ve been to Honduras in the past in which case they will have both on file. We travelled with Sunwing Airlines and had a prearranged bus transfer waiting for us. Just outside the airport is a guy who has a cooler and sells canned beer and water. Beer is $2.00 US. The drive to La Ensenada takes approximately 1 hour through countryside, small villages and towns. The check in at La Ensenada is also a bit slow but since they don’t have many travelers arriving at the same time, it’s tolerable. They will ask for your passports and photocopy them. There is a small bus that will take you and your luggage to your assigned building. The walk from reception to the room is about 7 mins.ROOMWe had a standard room, garden view with 2 queen (questionable) beds on the main floor for 2 adults and 2 teens. The room was of average size and in retrospect, we should have booked a villa as it was not that much more expensive. The room is equipped with a TV, desk, small bar/fridge, coffeemaker, safe, large closet, 2 chairs and a small table for the balcony. There are no drawers to store your clothes in but there are some shelves that are insufficient for 4 people. There were a total of 5 plastic hangers for the 4 of us. The fridge is stocked with water and Coke and nothing else. The bathroom is quite spacious but lacks shelving. There is a clothes line in the shower to hang wet bathing suits which was a nice touch. Towels were an issue for us for the entire week. Initially we were provided with only two towels and had to ask for more. For the remainder of the week we were always provided with enough bath towels but face and hand towels were inconsistent. When they were provided it was always just one but most days we didn’t receive any. The hotel provides a dual purpose shampoo/conditioner and soap. You will need to bring everything else. We did not have hot water for the entire week, just lukewarm but it was good enough. The air conditioner works well. You must insert your room key into the slot provided in order to be able to turn lights on and run the air conditioner. Housekeeping did a good job at cleaning the rooms. We were without WIFI for the first couple of days but once it was restored, it worked well. One thing that we really wish the resort would consider providing is an umbrella in each room. It rained a lot during the week we were there and we got soaked walking to the restaurant for our meals.POOL/GROUNDS/BEACHThere are 2 pools on the property but we only used the main/large pool that has a pool bar. The pool is lovely and cleaned well and regularly. It has a volleyball net at one end and some fountains/waterfalls at the other end. The first few days we were there, there were only 3 other families there so it felt like we had it to ourselves. Closer to the end of the week and weekend, it got busier with people who were attending conferences and local families who came out to enjoy the resort for the weekend. The pool bar was a bit of a disappointment. Don’t bother asking for a menu, they don’t have one but you can get one at reception. The menu is strictly in Spanish and they offer 7 different cocktails but you don’t know what you’re getting because no one except for 2 people speak any English. The Pina Colada and Margarita are premixed and are pure sugar with no noticeable alcohol content. The Caipirinha (sp?) is a wonderful drink made with fresh lime, 7 up, rum and sugar. You can ask for soda instead of 7 Up and have them go light on sugar. They have 1 type of red wine and 1 type of white wine but you have to ask for it. The beach is not your typical Carribean beach with white sand and crystal blue waters. If that’s what you’re looking for, go to West Bay in Roatan. Having said that, the temperature of the water was wonderful and we enjoyed swimming in the ocean. We had some bad weather which also provided some body surfing opportunities for our family. There is plenty of shade and seating available on the beach and it is very clean if you stay within the resort boundaries. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. There is a soccer field and mini putting available although they will ask you to leave id with them in exchange for the golf clubs. Note, you cannot obtain volley balls, golf clubs, or beach towels prior to 10 am so if you’re an early riser, plan ahead.FOOD/BAR/ENTERTAINMENTThe food was excellent and by far some of the best we have had in an all inclusive resort. Breakfast offered 2 different types of cereal, eggs made to order, refried beans and a rotation of bacon, sausage, waffles, quesadillas, fresh fruits and sweets. Lunches and dinners consisted of fantastic salads, fresh fruits and soup. There was always a chicken, fish and either a beef or pork dish. Everything was tasty and each day the dishes were changed up so you were never eating the same thing twice. Desert changed daily and there was enough variety to keep it interesting. Meal times are set. There is a snack brought out at 4 pm daily. Snacks were one of the following - sandwich, hot dog, chicken finger, wing, nachos with refried beans and were always served with fries and a piece of cake or cookie. The dining room area is divided into two sections. The small section which is the nicer of the two was used when there weren’t a lot of people at the resort. The larger section was used when the resort got busier. We didn’t enjoy the larger dining room. It was far too noisy and bright with nothing to absorb the sound. The dining room staff is very attentive. After each meal, you will be asked to sign a bill with no charges and you need to indicate your room number. This became very annoying and I don’t really understand why it’s a requirement. We were all wearing ‘resort’ bracelets so why do we need to sign a piece of paper to indicate that we ate a meal is beyond me. Close to the dining room is a bar with a bunch of tables and chairs, beach view, a pool table and shuffle boards. It was never very busy but certainly has some ‘fun’ potential if there was ever enough people to visit it. Entertainment was non-existent. TOURSThere are many tours offered through the Sunwing rep. They are overpriced as is the case in most resorts. I made tour arrangements with Garifuna Tours in Tela prior to leaving. We were originally booked to do Punta Sal but due to weather it got cancelled and we opted to do a kayaking tour through mangroves instead. It was good and lots of fun. Part of the tour includes stopping in Garifuna Village for a lunch cooked by locals. The lunch price is not included in the Tour. It cost us $33USD for 4 meals, 2 beers and 2 soft drinks. This is a must do if you don’t do anything else. The lunch was delicious and the setting on the beach just right. Also please buy some coconut bread in Garifuna Village, it is to die for. TELAIt is completely safe to walk around Tela. You can walk there along the beach or by streets. Beach walk is faster but the beach is absolutely littered with garbage which is quite disappointing. I truly hope that the Honduran government can take control of the garbage situation and clean up this wonderful country. The streets have no signs but it’s pretty hard to get lost. If you decide to walk into town, Maya Vista (hotel and restaurant) is definitely worth a visit. They have a rooftop patio with wonderful views of the Bay. We walked there one morning at 8 am and enjoyed coffee and juice. Most places in Tela including taxis do not accept USD and you will need ID in order to exchange money in a bank. Your best bet is to bring some Lempira with you. Overall we had a lot of fun. I don’t think we would come back to this part of Honduras again but I’m glad we visited and got to see a different part of Honduras. One of the most frustrating things for us was the language barrier. Most staff did not speak one word of English. It was difficult to ask a question, order a drink or do anything else. I found myself on my iPad using google translate so I could at least order a drink. As I said, there was one person in the dining room that spoke English and 2 people in the Bar area that spoke English. They were our go to people when they were around. We don’t expect to visit another country and have everyone speak our language but this is a resort that is trying to grow tourism specifically from Canada. We did not have this issue in Roatan. Lastly, all the staff were lovely, always smiling and appeared to work hard. Please remember to bring some small bills for tipping as the average annual income in Honduras is only $1850.00. When leaving Honduras, you will be asked to pay a departure tax of around $47.00USD. This was not included in our ticket price with Sunwing.
We traveled to the La Ensenada Beach Resort for 2 weeks in January 2017. It was the perfect place to unwind and relax. There were not a lot of other guests at the resort - it was unusual for us, but on the weekends, it became busy with local families. The resort is located within walking distance of the town of Tela. The resort is approximately a 1 1/2 hours very picturesque drive from the airport in La Ceiba.RoomWe stayed in a wood cabin, which was wonderful - nice size room with 2 3/4 beds and a big outside sitting area. Nice big bathroom and a big walk in closet. Very close to all the amenities - pool, beach, restaurant, and bar.FoodThe food was spectacular and due to low numbers of guests, almost every meal was a la carte. Everything was fresh and delicious and serving size is generous. I had to ask them to make my portions smaller as I was unable to eat everything. Staff/ServiceThe staff at this resort are amazing and couldn't do enough for us. Andres delivered chicken soup directly to our room when I was unable to go for dinner because of a cold I had. Keny is amazing - so helpful and thoughtful - even surprised us one day with a gift of Honduras souvenirs. Everyone we encountered was friendly, courteous, and service orientated. Big thanks to to Keny, Vilma, Mauricio, Ana, Blanca, Elda, Doris, Jiaro, Wendy, Andres, Jessica, and Alan for making our stay so enjoyable!Very few of the staff speak English well but they try hard. We had a small Spanish to English guide that we used and had no problems communicating. We tried to speak Spanish and they attempted English - a learning experience for all of us. PoolThe pool was very large and very well maintained. Poolside bar service was amazing - even if we went to the pool bar to get our drinks, they would send us back to our chairs and they would deliver the drinks to us.The beach was large and there were days that we had it entirely to ourselves. The water was wavier than I was accustomed to and the sand is not the white sand, but a dark fine sand. We didn't spend much time at the beach - most of our time was at the pool.ExcursionsWe did a day trip to San Pedro Sula which was quite good. We stopped at a factory where they make mahogany furniture. The countryside is very lush and the drive was beautiful. We visited a market in San Pedro Sula which mainly consisted of many vendors selling the same sort of wares. We also went to a cigar shop close to the market, which is just getting into selling local cocoa products.We did go into Tela by cab ($2 US pp each way) to buy clothes after my husband's luggage didn't arrive. We went to a grocery store and a clothing store. We returned to the grocery store to buy Honduras coffee to bring home. Only wish we had purchased more - it is amazing coffee.In summary - this is a very nice resort with outstanding service and food. It is a great place to go and relax, and do nothing. If you want more activity and things to do, this would not be the place for you.
Went there with friends... Beach, pool, staff and food was all great. Comfortable & clean room. Not a lot of people at the resort we were treated like royalty. What to say about the food that was quality and exceptional and every thing was quality and hot. Dessert were superb. Just nearby of Tela you can walk around in day time it's safe. If you want to experience something different just go for it.The busy bee
We travelled to La Ensenada resort Jan 2. 2017. The bus ride was about 1.5 hrs from the airport to the resort, check in to our room was fast and easy as we were the only ppl coming in that day! The resort is smaller with 2 large pools - one quieter pool and one near the restaurant that has a swim up bar. Both pools well maintained. Mainly Hondurans staying on the resort which was nice, they are excellent at karaoke.Bars - 2 one swim up bar/walk up side at the pool, one beach bar which is like a sports bar with pooltable, air hockey, tv screens they play YouTube videos or karaoke on and a dance floor! Lots of fun in the evenings. Beach - dark sand so the ocean view is not the typical bright blue water and white sand. It looked more like a great lake. We walked the beach many times to the town or other resorts. Felt very safe - we took minimal items with us. Away fr the resort there is garbage lining the beach. Staff - amazing even if most didn't speak fluent English. Quick, polite, always smiling! Excursions - although expensive they are fun! We went to Copan overnight to see ruins. $300USD per person - worth every cent. Our guide was excellent, the hotel in Copan stunning, town beautiful and safe. We also did snorkeling- $99USD per person. Food was excellent. Quality over quantity. We didn't get sick once and loved all meals. Salad and soup available at every dinner. Town - we walked through Tela a lot. Went into some stores. Nobody seemed to mind and we were bothered by anyone. Comparison to other resorts - we walked to Telamar resort and swam their pool. Seemed quiet. Lots of waterslides for kids. Beach front. Not as fancy looking as la ensenada prob bc its an older resort. La palma real resort in La Ceiba is where you go for snorkeling and canopy tour meeting place. Nice lobby, large pool. Told it has one bar that closes at 10pm. Beach front with white sand and bright blue water. Snack bar available with juices, french fries, burgers etc. Excursions run much more frequently from here and are less expensive so if you are planning to do a lot of them this would be your best hotel.
Great rooms and better meals! The strip steak was so wonderful! I've have not had such a tender and flavorful steak in this country in six years living here! Good value for their all inclusive price! Excellent!
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- 144 Rooms in 9 Buildings
- 2 Pools
- 2 Restaurants
- 2 Bars
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La Ensenada Beach ResortHonduras,Honduras
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Barrio Terencio Sierra, Bahia de Tela Carretera Principal de Tela a Ceiba, Gasolinera Uno a la Izquierda Seguir Instrucciones, Tela AT2200 Honduras
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