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“FIVE STARS, but remember - You're in Honduras!”
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Paya Bay Resort
Ranked #18 of 42 Hotels in Roatan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 May 2017

Tell your friends you're going to Honduras for the weekend and you're likely to get some puzzled looks. Honduras? For the weekend? HONDURAS??

To be sure, the island of Roatan is a world away from the cities of Honduras. And, in fact, of the Caribbean islands we have visited, we are quite fond of this one. The stark contrast between glitzy resorts and impoverished shanty-towns is all but absent. Instead, if has the feel of old world fishing villages and people simply going about life.

As for Paya Bay, we ADORED the place. We had one of the cliff-side rooms with a lovely balcony overlooking the sea. We were greeting upon arrival with a big welcoming hug from the matriarch of the property (her name escapes me) as if we were at a family reunion. And the care put into the ongoing development of the property is truly astounding, with a series of pathways through the jungle and along the sea, all naturist friendly during naturist weeks, which seem to be MOST weeks at this point. They've created so many little spots to sit back under a palapa or snooze in a hammock. True relaxation. And there are boat taxis that will take you to neighboring resorts if you want to change up your lunch options once in a while. No clothing necessary until you get close to shore.

Under the category of "know before you go," it's important to realize this is not a Marriott Hotel and Golf Resort. As others have mentioned, the rooms are simple and sweet - certainly more than adequate, but it's clear that maintenance can be a challenge in a remote, tropical location. Not that the room wasn't cleaned and cared for, but there is most certainly a rustic quality, especially in the shower and bathroom. We also experienced a prolonged power outage one night during our stay - on lobster night, no less - but apparently the kitchen can function just fine on gas stoves and battery operating lighting. It was truly dinner by candlelight. Some guests seemed a bit perturbed, but most just rolled with it.... "Candlelight dinner on the veranda overlooking the sea. COOL!" Electricity or not, things fold up around 10:00 pm, so if your a nightlife person, you might want to have a B plan. This is a place for peaceful rest and chillaxation.

As one who likes to stay connected, I can say the WIFI bounced back and forth between pretty good and "nope!" Again, part of remote island living. Which typically caused me to close my computer, grab a beer, and go for a soak at the little waterfall fed pool near the edge of the beach. Really what I should have been doing in the first place.

FINAL WORD: Go! But know you're not in a barricaded Tinseltown resort in Aruba. This place should be sold out ALL the time as they are a family enterprise really dedicated to making a lovely stay for their guests. We WILL be back

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2017

What a vibe! - First of all the facilities are world-class. Add to that an excellent view. Add to that the remote part of Roatan. Add to that excellent food. Add to that Yoga in the face of a sunset. And finally, add to that a beautify beach and you won't want to leave. I highly recommend this resort to anyone wanting to enjoy a truly relaxing experience.

Room Tip: Plan to stay....this is the place to get right with your thoughts.
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

Paya Bay Resort is the most amazing place in the Bay Islands.
I went on a day trip to the beach with friends, took a walk along the many pathways in the resort and was completely mesmerized by the natural beauty. Looks like its been design by people who appreciate nature and relaxation.

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Being a small and family owned and run resort with total guests being usually about 8-10 couples, it's hard to believe the service and amenities. For instance, rooms with a view (some extending over a cliff where you can sleep and listen to waves breaking under your window --most nights we slept with windows open and A/C off); breakfast in an open-air dining room, and cooked to order while hummingbirds feed outside your window; lunches served at the restaurant or beach bar, and excellent dinners from a wide menu (much more choice than you would expect from the resort size). The staff make every effort to please, and you're treated as a real guest--like family.

This was our third visit and hopefully not our last--each time has been more fun and enjoyable. The snorkeling (Tom takes the snorkel boat out twice daily, weather permitting) was excellent--beautiful coral and great visibility.

If you're looking for a super plush resort, this is not it; if you're looking for a small, friendly, beautiful, and relaxing visit with great snorkeling and beautiful natural surroundings, it would be hard to find anything better.

Room Tip: The overhanging rooms are 1-4--smaller but unbelievable view; 5-8 are larger and brighter, but still...
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  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

I had a great experience at the restaurant on my previous visits...not this time. There was one other couple in the restaurant besides us. It took long time to get our appetizer We order a shrimp cocktail as an appetizer. The shrimp were warm and small. I am guessing they were frozen; not what I would have expected from an ocean front restaurant. The margarita's were even close in taste and alcohol content to the ones we've had previously. The chicken on our entree was so tough, you couldn't chew some of the pieces, there were alot more green peppers and onions, than chicken We spent 80.00 for a pathetic meal. This place has been removed from favorite places list. I will not go back

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Paya Bay Resort

Address: Main Highway, East End, Roatan 00000, Honduras
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Region: Honduras > Bay Islands > Roatan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Top resorts Hotel in Roatan
Price Range: $179 - $304 (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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Also Known As:
Paya Bay Hotel Roatan
Paya Bay Beach Dive Hotel
Paya Bay Beach Dive Resort
Paya Bay Resort Roatan, Bay Islands

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