Where to start. My Wife and I wanted a relaxing trip to re-charge the batteries. We wanted a Caribbean paradise with a beautiful beach where we would find peace, seclusion & beauty. These are hard to find if you still want top quality services. Paya Bay met and exceeded every expectation we had. First the Staff. The Paya Bay family of staff was simply great. They always made us feel at home and were always there to help. This is not because that's what they were paid to do (i.e. Cancun resorts). They were genuine and this makes all the difference in the world. From enjoying wine and good conversation at the bar at night with everyone to the welcome hug from Lurlene. Second the rooms. We had originally booked the hillside rooms because of the king beds. We changed our minds last minute and went with the cliff rooms. These were unbelievable. If you have ever been on a cruise with a balcony room and awoke every morning to the sounds of the waves and the view of the ocean that is what you will enjoy every morning, afternoon and night. The rooms were very well appointed and had everything you would need. We found our balcony looking out to the beautiful Caribbean ocean to be the perfect spot to get lost in a good book while sipping a fresh cocktail, try the Paya Special or one of Davincis Mohito's (they use fresh mint grown right at the resort, Lisa even runs to grab it fresh for your drink). The wood plank floors worked excellent for this environment, think sandy feet, wet clothes and spills... trust me they knew what they were doing. The rooms have a small TV and DVD player, we used ours a few times but usually the Ocean view had our attention. They also have a nice frig to keep things cold as necessary.... Water is supplied daily so they will replace what you use every day. If you need more simply take your empty bottle down to the restaurant and fill up using the bottled water cooler, no worries. There is a hot water kettle in the room. We used this for our morning coffee in the room. Just fill it up down in the restaurant and bring it back to the room, no worries. The maid service is exceptional. By the time we were back from breakfast our room had already been cleaned & new fresh linens were sitting waiting, quick and efficient. Fresh flowers from around the resort were in the room everyday, nice touch and goes to show how little things make a difference. The resort itself. This could get long.... The resort is basically the Restaurant, the rooms, the beaches, the lagoons. There are also trails and nature areas everywhere. We never spent any time at the "Big Beach" we always went straight to the "lil beach". This is a zone 2 area so tops down. The walk there was almost as fun as being there. You can take the walk along the cliff or you can go through the "jungle" path. Both are beautiful walks and only take a few minutes to reach the beach. The beach was simply tropical and relaxing, no crowds here. We would soak in the ocean for hours and relax. Tip. the lounge chairs are wood and can be uncomfortable after awhile, we brought 2 self inflating camp mats, they worked great as pads and were easily rolled up to pack. We relaxed here all morning. It can get windy in the afternoon so by mid afternoon we would move to the next spot. The very secluded lagoon "buccaneer landing". This is only a 1 minute walk from the beach and is breathtakingly beautiful and very secluded. This area is zone 3. If you have never walked around, sunned or swam in your birthday suit this is the place to try it. It was normally just us all afternoon there. There is no wind and the lagoon water is very warm and calm. Few tips here: we brought 2 of the swimways rafts with us and we would float on these for hours with our cocktails in hand and suits not... due to the fact there is no wind to keep the sand flies at bay you will get bites without deet. It's really not a big deal I got a few "bites" and never even knew it my wife would get a red bump, "they never itched and we never felt any type of bite". Any deet will do as you are in and out of the water so much, 10-20% will be fine just reapply. In this area we also found the fresh water shower to rinse off after a dip, this is a great amenity to wash off the salt, look around it's there. This is the best spot to watch the sunset, simply beautiful. There is also the "secret cove" this is nice to sit on a hammock and read a book or watch the beautiful sunset. The resort has many paths to walk and enjoy the natural beauty. When heading out for the day to the beach they will pack a cooler full of beer and ice for you as well as a nice big pitcher of margaritas, yum. Just ask at the restaurant. I highly recommend the trip out to pigeon cay, just go you will understand. A few things to keep in mind: The resort is located on the secluded "north" end of the Island. All of the "nightlife" is located in the "south" end. Keep this in mind if you are looking to party or hit different restaurants. There is no easy way there and it is a solid hour drive. We brought a small portable speaker for our IPOD that we used to listen to music on the beach during the day this worked great for us. They also have full wireless internet connectivity in the restaurant, as well as a PC to use. This is great to stay connected to family via email. Calls to the US are also free. They do have the occasional power outage. No worries here, it makes it romantic to eat by candlelight and there are LED lanterns in the rooms if needed. This was rare and usually was less than an hour. When you are picked up at the airport I had the driver swing by the "supermarket" on the way to the resort. We picked up some snacks, champagne and a few bottles of wine to enjoy in the room. There are so many great things about Paya Bay that words will never do it justice. Just go and experience this beautiful resort.
- 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