We stayed at Paya Bay Feb 10-17th and had a wonderful time. We had not stayed at a resort this small before and I was a little apprehensive of what to expect, but the best description I can think of is that it was like visiting relatives that you don't know well or have never met before--and you find that you like them! We both thought that this is the first time on any of our vacations that we felt we should write a 'thank you' card when we got home!
Our room was fabulous, large and clean, with beautiful views of the big beach and hills to the east. The food was consistenly good, although some meals were better than others. They have a menu, but usually you just have whatever the chef is preparing that meal, which in most cases is fish or seafood. The lobster and red snapper were wonderful! The evening meals often were not served until after 7pm, which seemed a little late to us, but maybe that was just us.
All the staff are friendly and cheerful. Elsa was especially nice, as was Fordy. Lurlene and Mervin, the proprietors, are wonderful people. They were born and raised on the island and their description of life there before modern conveniences, like roads and electricity were very interesting. Their son DaVinci has recently returned to help run the resort, after living and going to school in the US for several years. He will no doubt be bringing some changes to the place, all for the good I'm sure.
The resort has recently had some staff changes at the hotel and the Dive Shop; recently arrived included Ben,a dive instructor, and Chuck, who is running the dive shop. Ben was wonderfully patient with us as we got used to all of our dive equipment and skills again (we hadn't been diving in a couple of years) and is very (appropriately) concerned with safety. We sat with Chuck for dinner several nites and he brings with him alot of good experience. (If you want a good laugh, ask him about his experience with the monkey on the water taxi at Oakridge!) We had decided to just do a couple of dives while we were there and just relax the rest of the time. The diving was beautiful, lots of canyons and valleys to meander thru. There is no drift to speak of, so it was relatively easy diving. The rest of the time we snorkeled in front of the resort and off the west point, which was also quite nice, with lots to see. 'Lil Beach' was the best place to hang out for the day. There were a couple of days that we were the only ones there--like our own private beach! The sand fleas and mosquitos are pretty fierce there ( I even came prepared with 3 different kinds of bug spray) and you just have to admit that you will get bit up, to some degree. My advice: take anti-itch or hydrocortisone cream with you as well.
We did rent one of the resort's cars for a day to see the rest of the island (Lurlene will also arrange a driver for you if you want). The one road on the island is a bit treacherous and filled with pot holes. We found the Iguana Farm and Carambola Botanic Gardens interesting. We traveled to West End and West Bay where all the 'activity' is, and it really made us appreciate where we were staying--we couldn't wait to get back of our remote, quiet, relaxing part of the island!
This resort is not for everyone. If you need lots of activities, night life, loud music, or if you are an avid diver that needs 4 dives a day, night diving and shore diving to be happy, then you may want to look at other accomodations. For us, even though some things may not have always been quite perfect at Paya Bay Resort, they were always interesting, and we came home relaxed and happy after our week in paradise.
Brad and Liz Boswell
- 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