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Paya Bay Resort
Ranked #17 of 42 Hotels in Roatan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 16, 2012

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!

Room Tip: Cliffside rooms are smaller, but plenty for two (you'll be outside most of the time, right?), an...
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

Although we did not stay here we visited for lunch on three of the six days we were in Roatan. We had hired a car and drove up 'just for lunch' wondering what it would be like.
When we walked into the restaurant we were immediately welcomed by the staff and owner. It's possible to sit indoors or outside and the restaurant is quite high up so the sea breezes are lovely. Water was immediately brought to us and there's free coffee or tea available. The menu has a wide range of food - Italian, Mexican etc. Our lunch was good and we loved the chocolate cake and icecream afterwards!

Because we had used the restaurant, we were treated as Day Visitors and encouraged to walk around the grounds and use the plunge pool if we wanted to. The grounds are lovely, lots of walks with unintrusive signs to ensure you don't get lost. I liked the walks because they offered a combination of adventure and safety. It felt a bit scary walking so close to the cliffs but the trail was secure and safe. There is also a walk near the mangroves where you can see black and red crabs and lots of lizards.

The beaches were quiet, with sunbeds if you want to use them but they still maintained a naturalness, they weren't raked and sanitised so you could still wander along the beach and find shells and small stones and all the natural things you find at beaches.

On one of our visits we went on a snorkelling trip out to the reef. Great fish and coral and not hugely expensive.

We also were able to see some of the hotel rooms and the views from them are really amazing and I really wished we had booked at this hotel. Some of the rooms are high on the cliff and you can just look out and the sea is almost below you. Obviously we didn't stay in them but I would imagine they would have reflected the cleanliness in the rest of the hotel.

If we return to Roatan I would definitely stay at this hotel. It's at the quiet end of the Island, it seems to be managed really efficiently and staff are really friendly and responsive. Also, their tours are not rediculously expensive.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Indira
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

What a discovery! Paya Bay Resort is located in a stunning location amidst rocky outcroppings and sandy beaches, with natural paths connecting everywhere. We knew as soon as we arrived that this vacation would be unforgetable. The resort is well designed to receive everyone, yet there are so many intimate, secret settings, we felt the constant curiosity to find the next bench overlooking the ocean knowing we would be charmed by it. We did yoga and meditated in the yoga pavilion which overlooks a protected bay with views to the sunset. The resort has kayaks and boat trips and reefs to snorkel.
Our room was overlooking the ocean, setting on a cliff-like overhang with views up and down the island from our windows. The cottages have high ceilings, are well appointed and comfortable with balconies for having that sunset drink or breakfast coffee! And the bathroom had smooth rock tile floors and lovely lighting.
The staff are attentive to guests, helpful and friendly. We often dined in breeze on the terrace outside which surrounded an octagon shaped restaurant styled with high windows all around, each window facing ocean views, very classy. There was plenty of fruit with every meal, lovely vegetables, fresh fish and meats, lots of wraps and smoothies and a bar which we also enjoyed. Plenty of books to read, dvd's to watch and cable tv in our room. I had a lovely Thai Yoga massage.

Room Tip: Rooms ovelooking the ocean have lovely breeze and you can hear the sea. Rooms facing the trees are...
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4  Thank 201Christine
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Wonderful small hotel . Themed weeks ( naturist, fitness, relaxation, yoga etc). Family run place with small caring and attentive staff. Wonderful home cooked Honduran/Caribbean food. Small bit of paradise on private forested point surrounded by great snorkeling. A bit far from town but if you are looking for relaxation and good snorkeling you won't miss it.

Room Tip: Cliff rooms are small but modern, tastefully decorated and with balconies suspended over the water...
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank vulch26
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Great to walk around the grounds, hang on the beach or go for a kayak trip. We thought it looked like a great place for a small wedding.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We spent a week at Paya Bay earlier this month, and enjoyed our most relaxing vacation experience ever. The property is beautiful and serene, the service is friendly and attentive, and the experience can be as varied as you choose. While privacy abounded, there was a strong sense that we were part of the Paya/McNab family as soon as we arrived -- a full-service resort property with a true bed-and-breakfast feel.

Arrival and processing into Roatan on United via Houston was a breeze, and we were promptly greeted by Jose, who would be our driver for the week. The approximate 45-minute drive to Paya Bay was filled with great views and interesting scenes, and not as uncomfortable as others have reported. The paved highway ends about 10 minutes west of the property, but the dirt road was well maintained and easily-traveled. The property is well away from the tourist zones of West End and West Bay, which we found very appealing. Occupancy was low while we were there, but there were daily restaurant visitors. Regardless of occupancy or day visitors, there is plenty of room for privacy given three beach areas and multiple seating areas/hammock stations carved naturally into the landscape.

We doubt that one will find a more natural setting, with walking trails and paths carved throughout the dense vegetation, all leading to unique areas where one can escape. Bliss Beach and its splash pool couldn't be more serene; the nude areas are very private; and the yoga pavillion is magically set at the top of the property with an expansive view of the ocean and island to the west. It's clear that the preservation of the natural surroundings are paramount to the owners -- think the antithesis of Disney!

We were in 8A, a larger hilltop room with a king bed and plenty of space. Despite it being June in the tropics, we never turned on the air conditioning. A few open windows created an ocean breeze that kept the room very comfortable night and day. Room finishes aren't luxurious but are charming, bedding is very comfortable, and all the necessities are provided including an in-room refrigerator for cold water and libation. Food was very good, with an expansive, diverse menu dominated by fresh fish and chicken selections. Breakfast was great - Honduran coffee rocks! Favorites were the banana pancakes, fish empanadas, and the pastas. Dining room staff couldn't have been more accomodating, and knew who-liked-what on their salads and sandwiches within a day of arrival. Without request, a special meal - including the best grilled lobster we've ever eaten - was prepared to mark a special occasion for us, including a candle-lit outdoor table. Unexpected blessings!

Activities abound nearby, and Tom was eager to arrange to take the resort boat out for snorkeling or just a leisure run at any time upon our request (he also makes great cocktails!). We enjoyed daily yoga, snorkeling trips to the reef, a hike up Picacho, beachfront massages, a full day driving tour of the island with Jose, a day trip to Pigeon Cays, the mangrove tour, and a few evenings into Punta Gorda and Diamond Rock for some local flair -- yet still found plenty of time to relax mindlessly on the beaches. The Pigeon Cay trip is a can't miss, with a very enjoyable 1.5 hours boat ride followed by a picnic and snorkeling on a small island with spectacular, crystal clear waters. Owners and staff truly catered to us individually, with Tom taking the boat out for just the two of us and DaVinci leading yoga and evening excursions with the just the two of us.

Our opinion regarding concerns that have been posted by others about Paya Bay:
- We found the negative reports of sand fleas and other bugs to be much exaggerated, although we did have good breezes most days. A touch of bug spray on the calm days and at dusk did the trick, save for a few sand flea bites which were more of a nuisance than a discomfort.
- We thought Paya Bay (and Roatan in general) was a good value relative to similar tropical destinations. Good meals can be had on property and elsewhere for $10 or less, beer on property is $2.50, and excursion prices were fair.
- We traveled throughout the island and its waters by day, visited local communities by night, and kept windows and the balcony door open our entire stay. Never did we feel remotely unsafe, nor encounter anyone that felt threatening. Crime exists everywhere in the world, but we neither saw nor heard any evidence that the wave of violence and crime from the mainland has spread to the islands.


Good energy truly abounds at Paya Bay, and we encourage anyone considering a visit to take the plunge!

Room Tip: Can't miss; all rooms have great views. Hilltop rooms have king beds and are larger than Cliffs...
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 11, 2012

We were in Roatan Honduras and stayed in a rental house, but we explored during the day and twice had lunch at Paya Bay Resort. The property is beautiful. The owner Lurlene was lovely and made you feel so welcome . Their diningroom is cheerful and classy . The setting is incredible, the food was so good. Lots of choices on their menu. As I said we only were there for lunch, but liked it so much went back a second time. We would love to return to Roatan and stay at Paya Bay. The beach looked beautiful and they have a special place to do yoga....

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Address: Main Highway, East End, Roatan 00000, Honduras
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Location: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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
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#10 Top resorts Hotel in Roatan
Price Range: $164 - $224 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Paya Bay Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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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Paya Bay Beach Dive Hotel
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