Get to know Pristine Bay Resort off the coast of Honduras—Central America’s next island hot spot.

Thirty-five miles off the coast of Honduras sits the island of Roatán, where scuba diving, eco-tourism, fishing, and glass-bottom boat tours are a way of life. Pristine Bay Resort, situated on a 400-plus-acre site that nuzzles against the Caribbean Sea, offers all of this, and more.

Pristine Bay Resort features a wide variety of residential units, including two-, three-, and four-bedroom residences, as well as two-bedroom villas and quarter-acre custom home lots. Many of these properties enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean and access to a Pete and Perry Dye-designed par-72 golf course, The Black Pearl, which has been ranked No. 1 in Honduras by Golf Digest. Residences range from $600,000 to $1.1 million; lots start at $260,000; and villas average between $438,000 and $500,000.

Currently, there are approximately 60 properties available for purchase, says Luis Pedro Toriello, COO of Pristine Bay Resort, adding that sales have been brisk, with more than 150 properties sold. “The exclusiveness of our development and its many amenities for owners attract people looking for the best investment opportunities or the perfect vacation,” Toriello says.

Honduran haven

In addition to the residences, a new 155-slip full-service marina will provide deep-water access for a wide variety of seafaring vessels. For those not in the market to buy, there is also a luxury hotel component. The previously named Resort & Spa at Pristine Bay has been r enamed Las Verandas Hotel & Villas,  and opened earlier this year. The hotel includes 36 rooms and 11 free-standing villas; its design has a local feel with features like terracotta flat-tile roofing and Honduran mahogany trim. At the top end is the Ocean View Villa, which goes for $925 per night during high season (late December through May). The villa has its own private pool and other amenities.