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
- 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