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Paya Bay Resort
Ranked #20 of 41 Hotels in Roatan
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Roanoke, Virginia
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17 reviews
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“Cruise Ship Day Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

I booked this for my wife and I months before our cruise, not really knowing what to expect, and just hoping for the best. We wanted something that was out of the touristy area where we could just have a no-human-contact day of sorts.

When we got off the ship, we expected to have to walk out of the main duty free shopping area into the main square where the tours meet. We looked and looked, but couldn't find anyone. The e-mail from the resort says that they'll meet you at the top of the hill, which is where we thought we were. There is a hill to get up to that area. Anyway, we asked, and it turns out we had a long way yet to walk.

We had to walk up 2 more hills, one of them was on a road with traffic, completely exit the cruise terminal area, to meet the Paya Bay staff. Be prepared, this is NOT good if you're not in at least decent shape. I'd say it was at least a mile from ship to van. And that's only the beginning of the walking. Now, I can't and won't mark them down for this, because it is out of their control that the cruise line giants won't allow them any closer...they want people to give up and get lost, and take a cruise line affiliated tour.

Side note: on your return, the Paya Bay van can and will take you all the way back to the terminal...they just can't pick you up there.

Next comes a beautiful 45 minute drive in a comfortable, air conditioned van with José. Great conversation the whole time. Asked if we needed to stop for a local beer or anything while on the way. Beautiful scenery, and even got a guided tour of what we were seeing as we passed by. Wonderful, unexpected part of the trip.

Upon arrival to Paya Bay, we were greeted at the restaurant with a fresh juice drink, with the option to add alcohol if we so desire. The restaurant staff also asked us what we want for lunch, gave us our choices, and asked what time we would like it. Then José showed us to our room.

Side note again: We didn't book a room, just a day pass, but they were nice enough to give us a room to change in since they had one available.

Then we went back to the restaurant, bought a few bottled drinks, and they packed them up in a cooler for us to take to the beach. The nearest beach is an uphill walk, not too far, but again be aware if you're not in the best shape this may be tough.

Lunch was wonderful, freshly grilled shrimp, fresh veggies, and a baked potato, also a nice salad. Table service with a delightful lady too. Then back to the beach.

That pretty much wraps it up, another great ride back seeing even more stuff that we missed the first time, and wishing we had more time to stay in this beautiful paradise. We had the beach to ourselves, only saw 6 other people all day long. Paradise.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

We just got back from another great trip at Pay Bay. I think that this is trip number seven for us. And it just gets better every time. We stayed in Room #2 this is the room we stay in every time.

The trip went as scheduled from the time we left home and arrived at Paya Bay, no delays at all. And from that point it only got better.
The new beach bar is outstanding. Bliss Beach is better than ever. The work that has been done on the Zen Trail made the best way to get to the beach.

The food was outstanding as usual but the highlight was the Key Lime Pie it gets better every time.

All of the staff was outstanding any thing that we needed was taken care of on the spot.

Counting the days until the next trip.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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2 Thank Rested478
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

Paya Bay Resort is exactly what we sought for our honeymoon - a non-touristy retreat. A beautiful bed was set for our arrival. I am not sure if this is customary but it was a very nice touch. See photo. The location is delightful as it is situated on a small point with trails and various places where one can choose to sunbathe and relax. We did a lot of swimming, some kayaking and hiked to the local peak. Should you do the hike, I can say (as an experienced outdoor guide in the Sierra Nevada) that this may not be for everyone. The trail can at times be a tad steep and overgrown as well as slippery BUT if a little wilderness doesn't bother you then you will love it. The hike gave us a great view of the resort and wild orchids were growing off of the trees. This hike was done with a guide for a reasonable fee (I forget how much but reasonable). We also did one boat trek to a nearby snorkeling spot. The water was a tad murky and the spot we were on did not seem to "alive". It could have been the day or a result of the sediment kicked-up by the surge resulting from the choppy seas. It still was a nice little chance to go on the water. At night, we ventured down to the lagoon and even tried some fishing. What stood out for us at the resort itself was the reasonable healthy selection of foods. Of note were some of the juices and we had difficulty stopping from having the ceviche for each lunch. Internet connection was fine. Only regret is not taking the yoga classes.

Room Tip: We actually sought out the units overlooking the sea but it is our understanding that this is not fo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is our second visit to Paya Bay. This time we stayed eight nights, first week of May. We really did not want to leave! Jose was there waiting for us at the airport just as we were exiting immigration. About an hour later we were back in paradise, receiving our welcome punch. During this visit we found almost all staff as friendly and welcoming as ever, serving staff was especially attentive, efficient and friendly. The food was much better this time around, although many dishes were very tasty some were a little bland but usually fresh (no stomach issues during our stay). The fish was always well seasoned and the key lime pie was legendary! The internet this time was fantastic both in the dining room and our room. Our room was as good and cleaned daily as before and included a refrigerator full of bottled water and two large beach towels daily. I went snorkeling with Tom everyday sometimes twice and each time to a different location. On most of my trips I was the only one going, many other resorts would have just cancelled the trip as a result of too few people (or made up some excuse). Since it was naturalist week I was able to enjoy the crystal warm waters with nothing on, but my snorkel and mask -a heavenly experience! While I snorkeled my wife enjoyed her daily yoga class with the super inspirational, patient and knowledgeable Marilou... my wife is now a yoga convert! After lunch we would spend the rest of the day on Bliss beach (which now has internet thanks to the new beach bar). Some days we were the only people on the beach on others there was a mix of both nude and textile sun bathers (the textile ratio was higher this year). Some of the textile bathers appeared initially shocked at the sight of the naked bathers (some even a little upset) -they probably did not read the web page or tripadvisor reviews. On some days people who just came for a drink at the bar would show up and also day trippers from a cruise ship. One couple from a cruise ship did not want to return to the boat after experiencing Paya Bay. In summary, we have found our second home and will be returning really soon!

Although the resort is fantastic I have compiled a list of small suggestions for management to make it even better:

• At the reception there should be a more prominent sign indicating if it is a naturalist week for the unsuspecting guest.

• Reception should offer the large beach as an alternative for those bothered by nudity

• The resort should clean (remove washed up sea grass) a small portion of beach nearest to the resort and have folding loungers and umbrellas for those guests offended by nudity.

• Marci should try to emulate Lurlene in how she welcomes and bids goodbye to guests. Last year we felt so welcome by Lurlene it felt like we were visiting relatives! Reception provides the first and last impressions.

• We love dogs (especially Butters), unfortunately some people are afraid of them. So please keep this in mind.

• Careful with the success of the bar, the biggest selling point for many is the privacy and tranquility. The few $4 beers might cost you a return visitor especially if the bar patron gawk or even photograph the guests on the beach.

• During the beach party have the entertainment start during the dinner. Many guests go back to their room immediately after dinner.

• Please serve breakfast at 7am so as to maximize beach time

• Experiment with one or more "Au Natural" (nude, not optional) weeks for zones 2 & 3 as there is a large potential customer base of naturalists who don't like to see textiles on the beach.

• For the chef here is a link to an easy and tasty hummus recipe http://www.inspiredtaste.net/15938/easy-and-smooth-hummus-recipe/

• The best music for most of your guests is the sounds of nature not the stereo (which fortunately was never very loud)

• Keep everything else as is! Your resort rocks!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

The resort was totally booked for our week there. You would never know it because sometimes there was only two couples sitting on the beach. This is a large property with many "be by yourself"
areas. Extremely relaxing. You can take beautiful sunrise and sunset pictures. The staff are all very attentive and the rooms were always cleaned up and restocked the refrigerator with water daily. We stay in the Cliffside room 4, over the water! We wold leave our balcony door and window open every night to have the sound of the crashing waves put us to sleep. Absolutely the best view. They have a car on property you can rent for a day, if you are divers like we are they would shuttle us daily to the dive shop about 10 minutes away and the dive operators would return us by boat to the resort. We had three daily meals that was included with our pricing and we never went hungry. They had recently finished building the Black Iguana Bar on the beach which is spectacular and the pricing was great. A nice place to gather if there is rain, to visit or to work on your computer with the free WI-FI. A beautiful plunge pool is right on the beach that you can sit in there and look at the ocean. The property has nice walking paths to take long quiet strolls. Paya Bay is on the East End of the island, away from the busy beaches, cruise boats and everyday traffic. We wanted to get away from all that and we found it here amongst about 27 people and never did we see all 27.

Room Tip: Cliffside room 4. You are over the water and on the end.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 April 2014

We went there for lunch. I have only been to one other restaurant in my life that had a more memorable view than this place. The magarita's were some of the best I have ever had. The service was excellent. One of those places I won't forget.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2014

Paya Bay, hands down, ranks amongst the most relaxing, soulful and fun getaways we have ever been on. The grounds are impeccably maintained, and vast: there are hiding places and paths everywhere to just wander and discover and think (or not). The service was exquisite, starting with DaVinci (one of the owners, check out his blog), Jose the driver extraordinaire, Charlotte and Eric at the restaurant, the chefs, boat and snorkel leader Tom, and so many others; getting to know these wonderful people was an added treat.

Highly suggest the rooms located on the cliff, with the waves crashing below as you sleep. Morning coffee on a private deck (bring a French press), well appointed with a lovely bathroom, fridge, etc. The sunshine is dreamy, and there are many places to find it (or find shade) and take a plunge.

Chose a naturism week, but that is at select times (check the calendar); even then it really is whatever comfort level one might have. Terrific guests (only 24 max). The food was succulent and lush like the island itself; even better, the standard menu and daily specials were healthy, not to mention the yoga on a high cliff overlooking the clear blue expanse. We are not divers, but those who were seemed quite pleased as well.

While many day trips are offered and we expected to leave the resort to go explore, we instead found ourselves having one of the best vacations of our lives at the resort, steeped in more tranquility than we thought possible. – aaron and charité

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Paya Bay Resort
Address: Main Highway, East End, Roatan 00000, Honduras
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Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Roatan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Paya Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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