My husband and I trekked in a rental car from West Bay to experience this resort, and spend a day in the sun and water there. We arrived hungry, were completely taken aback by the beauty of the resort and restaurant, enjoyed a lovely lunch, and spontaneously decided to stay the night, even before seeing the rooms or the 20 plus acres of trails, beaches, swimming holes, and secluded resting spots with incredible vistas.
One of the owners, Lurlene, booked us into a cliffside room, and we loved the simple, clean accommodation situated on the cliff and looking back to Bliss beach, but also out into the ocean. Just lovely. Good thing we didn't need clothes during "naturist" week because we hadn't planned to stay. While we were out in the ocean, in the plunge pool, sun bathing, and exploring the trails, a small bouquet of roses and lit votive candle had been left in our room, along with beach towels. Very sweet touch as we mentioned that we were honeymooning.
We spent most of our time outside on Bliss beach, a small cove beach with dramatic cliffs on either side, and a small, filtered plunge pool fed by a little waterfall. Plenty of nice loungers, shade, floats, kayaks, stone landscaping, and outdoor showers (two, perfect for a couple). Because the beach offers both stone deck and wooden platform decking, the bug issue was not a problem. This is also a breezy beach. Just overwhelmingly pleasurable.
Off the beach, the paths and other spots are lovely. We should have applied more bug repellant, but were too distracted by vista after secluded spot after natural beauty. The path out to the rock by Bliss beach is especially dramatic as is the Yoga pavilion. Looks like new construction includes beach bathrooms and a lounge/bar is in the works. Nice to see that the property is in continual development and improvement on what is already spectacular.
We were alone almost the entire day, so felt totally comfortable nude everywhere. It was naturist week and I undressed and ran. At the end of our afternoon, the other couple staying at the resort came to Bliss beach, also in naturist mode, and by then we were ready to shower and prepare for dinner.
We had drinks on the deck: Mojito and Monkey La La. Both great. Dinner was good, too. I wouldn't say gourmet, but good quality and quantity with attentive service. The views as the sun went down, and then stars on Bliss Beach (sweet, lit path at night to get there) were delicious, romantic.
As we were unprepared to stay, Lurlene provided a toothbrush and toothpaste, and a free breakfast (for honeymooners). The on site dogs, especially the Chihuahua, Butters, were friendly and added to the cozy atmosphere of what I experienced as a resort adult lodge, family atmosphere. Imagine an upscale state park lodge on breathtaking ocean/bay cliff beach coves.
The room offered clean, airiness and coziness. Looked at the other rooms before we left, and they all seemed nice, clean. We spotted many iguanas and hummingbirds, and couldn't get enough of hanging out on the deck. Oh, and one of the guests was a trumpet player, and played a small set of songs during our meal. It was lovely. We ended up eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I especially recommend the thai chicken wrap, and the Island oatmeal.
We were sorry that our trip was nearly over, and had we known how much we would love Paya Bay Resort, we probably would have spent a few more nights at the end of our two weeks on Roatan. The resort offers all inclusive packages (food, snorkeling, diving, etc.) and we are considering a one week return to just stay on Paya Bay Resort.
It is an isolated, magical piece of property with powerful landscapes, secluded spots, adult relaxation, and -in our experience- attentive, friendly service.
Thank you for the highlight of what had already been an amazing adventure of Roatan!
- 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