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“A true Get Away from Everything”
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Paya Bay Resort
Ranked #17 of 41 Hotels in Roatan
Certificate of Excellence
Dallas, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“A true Get Away from Everything”
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
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
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
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Hartford, Connecticut
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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
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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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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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Calgary AB
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77 reviews
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Reviewed March 25, 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
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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

Great location. Clean and private quarters and amenities. Food was simple yet incredibly fresh, e.g. freshly caught snapper, shrimp, etc. Also their vegetables can mostly from their own garden or local vendors and were delicious. They make their own juices there (watermelon, pineapple, etc) and they are delicious and very healthy. The folks at Paya Bay say they'll treat you like family and they do and did. Thanks to Davinci, Jose's, Marcie, Omar, Eric, Fernando and Brooke for making us feel right at home. The resort is a preserve to the extent the spiny tail Iguana is protected there. Thus we got to see them daily...from the king-daddy big one to ones of lesser size. They'd come on the deck and we'd feed them lettuce. The beaches at Paya Bay are stunningly gorgeous. Bliss Beach being particularly stunning due to its isolation carved into a cove. I think Paya Bay is a screaming deal if you get the food package along with accomodations and we'll be back again and soon. Jim & Kat

Room Tip: get bungalow 1, 2, 3 or 4. They're perched out right over the water.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Roatan, Honduras
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed March 15, 2014

If you are looking for a real get away, private, clean, reasonable amenities, good value, this may be the place. I live on Roatan. Came here for a vacation from the vacation. Mercifully, my cell phone didn't get service here. So off the grid for a few days. Service great, staff friendly, food good. But the attraction here is the isolation and the private beach--Bliss they call it. And it was.......If you like to lounge in a Palapa reading your beach novel, umbrella drink periodically in hand, and a dip in the turquoise waters once or twice a hour...or maybe a kayak interlude.......and rinse off in the stone fresh water pool----hmmmm. The "gym" is a bit of of joke but we got plenty of exercise hiking and swimming and kayaking.

Room Tip: The rooms on the cliff side were taken when we were there. I had no problem with the "garden vi...
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Property: Paya Bay Resort
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 (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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