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.
- 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