Thursday, October 23, 2014

video: views from the main deck

The first experience most people have upon arrival at Paya Bay is taking in the awesome views from the resort's main deck. This video attempts to capture the experience.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

a state of appreciation and gratitude

There is a difference between feeling gratitude and appreciation for something, and feeling attachment to something. Appreciation and gratitude are states of pure love, while attachment contains fear - fear of losing or not having what you are attached to. When it comes to something you want in your life, appreciation and gratitude attracts, and attachment pushes away. If you are feeling afraid that you will not get what you want, or losing what you have, then you have attachment.

To remove the attachment, keep shifting yourself into a state of appreciation and gratitude, until you can feel that the fear has gone.
- lessons from The Secret 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

upcoming wellness events

Mark your calendar and plan your 2015 vacation(s) around these awesome Wellness Events at PBR! Click each banner for more information.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

you go, president obama!

Washington - The US jobs machine shifted into higher gear in September, pushing the unemployment rate down to the lowest level in six years. In a boost for President Barack Obama a month before midterm congressional elections, the Labor Department reported Friday that the economy pumped out 248,000 net new positions last month, sending the jobless rate to 5.9 percent.
- Yahoo News

Wow! I'm impressed. From The Great Recession ("likely the worst global recession since WWII") he inherited from Dick Cheney and Dubya to THIS! President Obama and his awesome economic team deserve recognition, gratitude, and hearty applause for a job well done.

Friday, October 3, 2014

save the arctic

The ocean covers two thirds of the planet, produces almost half of all the oxygen we breathe and sequesters more than a quarter of the CO2 we emit into the atmosphere. It is, in essence, the kidneys of our planet, keeping systems healthy, giving life -- and there is no way to put it on dialysis.
- Read Richard Branson's editorial

>> Sign the Save the Arctic pledge

october rain

Right on schedule, this morning we had the first of the October rains. Historically, October has been one of our wettest months here in the Bay Islands. I've personally witnessed Octobers in which it has rained pretty much non-stop the entire month. These rains are critical to keeping the island green and replenishing Roatan's fresh water aquifer. During this month, we close the resort in order to do yearly maintenance work, and to allow our team members to take their well-deserved vacations. Paya Bay reopens November 1st. Note that we will continue to accept and process reservation requests during this time.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

buccaneer repair update: adding the "bar mud"

Countless guests have asked us about the material we use to create the nice, smooth surface of the Buccaneer seaside decking. This series of photos shows the process of collecting and laying "bar mud," a natural construction material that is part of Bay Islands culture. Bar mud is simply clumps of sea grass, including the roots, fine silt, and sand the grass grows in. While wet and soft, the clumps are flattened and molded to create a nice, flat, even surface. After drying out for several days in the hot tropical sun, the combination of silt, sand, roots, and other organic materials "hardens" into a smooth, cement-like surface. Because of its high content of organic materials (mainly grass roots), bar mud never completely hardens, always having a sort of "sponginess" to it. It gives slightly under the feet, with a rubbery quality that is a pleasure to walk on. As an added bonus, the coral silt and sand in the "mud" bleaches white over time. The final result is an even, smooth, "soft" surface dusted with a thin layer of white coral sand that is slowly released from the material as it weathers.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Friday, September 26, 2014

the black iguana: new bar stools!

This afternoon our full-time master builder and carpenter, Miguel Padilla, delivered the complete set of new rustic bar stools for the Black Iguana beach bar. The reddish tint of the furniture is the natural color of the island wood used. Beautiful!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

my adventures

Davinci, I've been following your adventures through your blog for a while now. I finally decided to come and visit this place. All I can say is, "WOW! Congratulations! You guys have done such amazing work here!"
- Robert, a walk-in guest, earlier this week

perfect day

Similar to August, September is one of the end-of-summer months when we have some of our best weather here in the Bay Islands. Today was one of those perfect days. This morning I photographed special guests Mike and Marie as they departed Bliss Beach on kayaks for the new snorkeling station 350 meters (yards) offshore.

The good energy and the beauty of the morning reminded of my wonderful Atlanta, GA friends, and this classic Lou Reed song. (May I suggest playing the tune and enjoying the above photos again? Click on the images to enlarge.)

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, September 22, 2014

400,000 yays!

NEW YORK -- More than 400,000 people turned out for the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, just days before many of the world's leaders are expected to debate environmental action at the United Nations climate summit.

Early reports from event organizers are hailing the turnout as the largest climate march in history, far bigger than the Forward on Climate rally held in Washington, D.C., last year. High-profile environmentalists including Bill McKibben, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Vandana Shiva marched alongside policymakers such as Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Vice President Al Gore were also there, and more than 550 buses carried in people from around the country.
- Huffington Post

Friday, September 19, 2014

buccaneer update

The Buccaneer Landing repair project continues to advance. The new seaside deck will be significantly wider than the original one.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.