It was great. The end. Just kidding.....they were a bit slow picking us up at the airport, but hey...we were on island time!! Then they were kind enough to take us to the store for some goodies and a quick drive around Coxen Hole prior to picking up the next arrivals. It takes about 1 hr. to get to the hotel. Some of that is on an unpaved road, which others have complained about. But they apparently haven't seen SOME island roads that are barely passable!! The road was gravel, not pot holes. The driver was excellent and fun. We arrived to a quick check in and drinks. Then went to our room which was directly over the water. Also had a balcony which we used every day we were there. The breezes were blowing so we were able to leave the door to the balcony and the side window open, even at night. What a GREAT way to sleep!!! There were some no-see-ums on the beach. But we never used bug spray and each only got a few bites. The restaurant and food was FABULOUS!!! And we quickly made friends with others there. All of the staff was very professional, pleasant and willing to serve us. We snorkeled each day with Tom, the guy who ran the boat. And while I have been in clearer water for snorkeling, it was still just amazing. We did do the Pigeon Cay trip one day (well worth the 75.00pp price tag and 1.5hr. boat ride) and that has to be close to the best snorkeling I have ever done, if not THE best. Water was incredibly clear and the schools of fish were just amazing. I did see a Lion fish out there and told the Captain. He did say that they were all over. One day Tom even took us to La Selene (sp) and we had lunch and ate lionfish burritos!! What a great little joint!! Something everyone should do who goes there. This is not a place for dancing after dinner, it is quiet and laid back. We were up at 5:30 every day, would take time for some morning exercise and then head to breakfast. I never did try yoga as I didn't have the attire for it, but really wish I had!!! I will take some next trip for sure. Afterwards we would all pile in the boat with Tom and head to the reef. The views from all rooms are spectacular. Come back and it was lunch time. Then we would all head to the beach for some relaxation and beach time and then we started our own little happy hour for chatting at 4:30 up on the hill by the rooms. What a great way to spend the evening with some great people. Then you guessed it, dinner. By the time all was said and done, it was about 9p and we were all heading to bed after a fun filled day. The vacation went by way too fast. Our last full day the winds died down. THEN the bugs came out. DON'T leave a light on with your door open if that's the case. We had to be murderers and kill all the little bugs that were attracted to the light after we returned from dinner. On the bright side, we were able to go to the OTHER side of the reef...which I hear is a rare treat....and it was!! The reef had sooo many little caverns and twists and turns. There were more actual schools of fish on that side as well. It was all just great fun. We DID find out that on the clothing optional weeks, all you had to be in the dining room was covered. Men were fine with no shirts. On the other weeks they ask that men wear shirts. Most people were wearing pareo's...men included. And while it is o.k. with them for you to have your own liquor, they request that it is kept in the rooms or beach area and NOT in the dining room. We asked about all of the above as we didn't know what their policy was prior to arrival. They have a library with books, and a wonderful fish book is there as well. So you don't really need to take any reading material. We never even tried to use the television. I had taken a movie with me, but we never even tried to watch it. This is a wonderful trip for the laid back type who are able to make their own fun and not rely on a resort for entertainment. Also, be aware that the rooms are a bit on the rustic side, which we are fine with. My husband and I would go back in a heartbeat. As a matter of fact, we may be planning another trip in the near future!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paya Bay Beach Resort is Roatan's Ultimate Escape. Located on the pristine east end, it is Roatan's premier boutique hotel. Perched atop a bluff with private beaches on each side, Paya Bay features 10 uniquely designed rooms and an amazing restaurant. Paya Bay's on-site dive operation, Dive Roatan, specializes in underwater tours and training for one to ten divers. Paya Bay also offers: flats fishing, boat tours, hiking and of course relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paya Bay Hotel Roatan
- Paya Bay Beach Dive Hotel
- Paya Bay Beach Dive Resort
- Paya Bay Resort Roatan, Honduras - Bay Islands