My wife and I just came back from an eight day stay at Paya Bay, from November 10th to the 18th, taking advantage of their two for one off season special. There were many things we liked and some things we did not like.
What we liked:
Number one was our fellow guests: We met the most delightful people! We immediately became a close-knit circle and their presence made our stay really memorable. We really hope to keep in touch with them. We also like the overall friendliness of the staff. The resort was absolutely stunning in its natural beauty and we fell asleep every night to the sounds of the waves. I also immensely enjoyed the twice daily snorkeling trips. We could never decide which we liked more: the soft sands of Bliss beach or the tranquility of Buccaneers cove. Even though we did not do yoga the view from the Yoga pavilion was breathtaking and we enjoyed the reception for the new guests. The beach towels were of very high quality: large and super absorbent (not your typical resort towel). Finally we enjoyed the clothing-optional freedom without the Hedonism-type vulgarity and unsavory feeling you get in some resorts.
What we did not like:
Number one was the food. It was mediocre at best (with the exception of one night when they served a more local cuisine). The fish was usually overcooked and most meals were very salty. The breakfast and lunch menu get old very quickly. The cheeseburgers were surprisingly good, as well as the onion rings. The alcoholic drinks where expensive and weak. We also did not appreciate the children (who were not guests) running around the dining room and patio while we were trying to relax. Nor did my wife appreciate the children present during both of her massage sessions (so much for a relaxing massage!). The cleaning of the room left a lot to be desired: on the second night of our stay we killed a large cockroach in the bathroom (which is normal in a tropical environment) but its corpse stayed on the bathroom floor for the duration of our stay and it is probably still there! Also, many times they forgot to provide us with shampoo. Finally, a word of caution: on their web page they say “and for our Naturist Good Energy Experience the Pigeon Cay trip is clothing optional!”; this might be difficult because it is not a private cay and there may be other tourists around, who may not appreciate the nudity (and may have cameras).
In summary if another two for one special is offered during the dry season we would strongly consider going back (and we would definitely go back if our newfound friends also join us) :-)
- 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