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“Simply Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
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Paya Bay Resort
Main Highway, East End, 00000, Honduras   |  
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Ranked #9 of 42 Hotels in Roatan
Los Angeles, California
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Simply Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Washington DC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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242 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 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, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 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, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We echo everything said by CalgaryMark42. In fact we were his neighbors in cliff side room # 2. Enjoyed our week thoroughly. Paya Bay's best asset are their people. Friendliness and service was outstanding. Food was very good and plentiful. The location of Paya Bay was perfect for what we were looking for. We wanted a relaxing vacation, and got exactly that. We will be back.

Room Tip: The cliff side rooms offer a fantastic view. They may be smaller than the other rooms, but are perfe...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary AB
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A week in March, an escape from a long Canadian winter, during the equinox and progression from full moon to waning gibbous. This was a mystical naturist week - not much mystical; two tours off property were cancelled due to insufficient people wanting to go. The Garafuna culture night was too dark, too noisy for me - others loved it. I went for the remoteness from everywhere and an opportunity to do without the rest of the world (no TV, radio, news - my choice) for a week, to get sunshine and swim and read. I certainly got all that!

The welcome and friendliness of all the staff, from email exchanges with Michelle and including the resident family dogs, was outstanding. The overall acceptance of naturism was great, a welcome contrast to most of North America.

The food (nearly always the meal of the day for me) was more than adequate, I hardly needed to go to the table d'hote menu. There were times when it was evident we were in the Caribbean time zone and some meals took a long time to arrive - but always worth the wait.

My room - Cliffside #1 - I rate the best in the place for a single or a couple. The view over the reef, the privacy of the (small) balcony and especially the continuous sound of the waves breaking on the shore was what I was looking for. So restful, even during the rain and wind on one day and night.

Bliss Beach and the Black Iguana bar were the centre of inactivity. Recent storm damage to Buccaneer, Lagoon Aqua and Secret Cove, leaving structures damaged, beaches and pathways washed away, made the west side of the resort challenging. When they are fixed, this would be wonderful - even so, the scramble over the rocks was fascinating, challenging, but not for the fragile. This meant about a third of the area was out of regular service. A sunset cruise to nearby La Sirena bar and grill for a drink and dinner, returning under the stars, was a magical way to end the week.

Walking the accessible areas was peaceful, restful, relaxing and the secret sitting places in the woods were beautiful - but I stayed on the beach, most of the time. Yoga with Brooke in the wall-less, breezy Ananda pavilion was a fabulous experience. A beach massage by Blanca is a world-class experience. The day-long boat trip to Pigeon Cay (24km/15 miles) each way was a great introduction to the islands, but a bit bumpy on my day there. Not a problem!

The companionship of the fellow guests was excellent - we were almost family by the end of the week (Thanks, guys!)

What needs to change? Little things, like non-functioning light bulbs, sink stoppers that leak more than hold water, but most essentially - fix the storm damaged paths and western beaches.

Would I go back? When can we leave!

Room Tip: If you like the sound of the sea, see if you can reserve cliffside rooms 1 to 4.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Highway, East End, 00000, Honduras
Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Roatan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
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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