We have been going to the island since 1998 (before hurricane Mitch) and have seen a lot of changes to this little island paradise but what has not changed is the hospitality and warmth of Paya Bay.
Our last stay on Roatan was from 2/10-2/24 and we stayed at Paya Bay for the first half of our trip. We first arrived at Paya Bay in 1998 on our honeymoon and stayed in Room #4 as has been the case for all of our trips except this one. On this trip, we stayed in Room #5 because we had our 13 month old daughter and needed a little larger shower for her.
The cliff rooms (1-4) are high above crashing waves. They face north so, from the balcony you can see a bit of the sunrise to the east and sunset to the west. The rooms are private and comfortable with smaller bathrooms and showers but have the wonderful advantage of over water views and crashing waves. They are made of traditional island wood and have wood floors with very high vaulted ceilings that keep them airy and comfortable. They recently added air conditioning to all the rooms which we have not needed in the past but can see how some guests would. We secretly missed Room #4 on this visit because it has always felt like “our” little hide-away.
Rooms 5-8 face north-east and provide a fantastic view of Big Beach and sunrises. There is lush vegetation below your balcony so there is a lot of privacy in these rooms too. Most offer king size beds that are firm and comfortable and the rooms are LARGE. They each have a private balcony with seating area inside the room and larger bathrooms with approximately 4.5’x 3’ tiled showers. We had good water pressure and warm water throughout our stay which is a lot to be said for such a wonderfully remote piece of paradise. Make sure to let the hot water run for a little bit before you decide there isn’t any ;). As with the Cliff Rooms, these have hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings with private balconies. These rooms are made of masonry and we found them to be very insulating (cooler and quite) – important to us and neighbors since we had a 13 month old. We really like our room, a LOT.
All the rooms are decorated simply and do not take away from the beauty of the property.
To provide some context - We own property on Roatan (on Western tip of the island) and Paya Bay (far Eastern side of the island) is one of the most beautiful spots on Roatan. The pictures on the web really do not do it justice. Every time we take pictures we always comment on how it’s just not as nice as in real life. Guests have access to all the beaches and surrounding property and if you like quiet, secluded, natural settings, this is the place to stay.
Little Beach is our favorite spot as it provides a very private manageable beach. This time, we found the water to be the calmest and clearest of all our stays. The water was CRYSTAL clear and no waves - similar to West Bay (Roatan). Weather has a lot to do with how clear the water is and how easy it is to swim around and this trip provided water calm enough to put our 13 month old in her ‘floaty’ raft to play. A lot of sea life could be seen from snorkeling off Little Beach - a lot to the left at Alligator Nose Point and by the point below the restaurant.
Great food – lobster salad was wonderful. Note - For guests that are diving, they do ask for your lunch preference after breakfast before the morning dive so that it is ready when you return. If you are not a diver, just let your server know and you can order whenever you’d like. Breakfast was served buffet style which is different from our previous stays but in general, they had a wide selection food. If you have a special request, let them know. They will do what they can to accommodate you.
Tea, coffee, and bottled water are always available (self serve) at the restaurant and bottled water is provided to all the rooms in the refrigerators. They provide fresh, in season, fruit juice based on what is available during specific times of the year – the watermelon was great!
One thing I did miss was Tom’s flair for decorating my welcome drinks. The drinks were still just as tasty but I think I got used NOT being able to see my coconut because of all the flowers he put on it. They were each a work of art!
What can we say? Lurlene and her family are some of the kindest people we’ve met. They have always made us feel welcome and tired to provide whatever we’ve needed during our stays. I will say that the comments about feeling like you are staying with family are really true. That’s why we keep coming back to this little place even when we have a lot to do on the western end of the island. It’s a place to decompress and relax. The staff is always around but never in the way. The owners are always on the property and able to help with any extras you need including car rental or suggestions where to go etc. Tom is always happy to take guests on snorkel trips (weather permitting – trust them on this) and his enthusiasm is magnetic. In addition to Tom involvement, Sem and Da Vinci, more McNab family members, are taking over the day to day operations for the resort and allowing their parents more time to rest and hang out with guests. We look forward to seeing them on our return trips and to see how some of the plans for the resort are implemented. We are confident that they will continue the same hospitality and peaceful escape that Paya Bay currently provides.
We hope this helps anyone thinking about visiting this great, out of the way, vacation spot. The property, the family and the tranquility makes this place VERY unique and a place we will continue to visit year after year.
- 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