Wednesday, April 29, 2009

cashing in good karma chips

Part of the trip to Pigeon Cay runs through the longest natural mangrove canal in the Bay Islands. On a recent trip, some very good energy guests spotted and photographed this beautiful saltwater alligator in the canal. (These shy gators are wary of humans and are rarely ever spotted.) Shortly afterward, as they continued their trip to the cay, a pod of dolphins came next their boat. Some people would say they're lucky. I say they are just getting back into their lives the good energy they are putting out.

Ever wondered what your good karma would bring you?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

wedding on an islet

We had two weddings here at Paya this week. One of the couples chose to have their ceremony on the little islet in Buccaneer Landing. It was beautiful!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

chilling after a massage

Honeymoon guests enjoy the hamacas after having a couples massage on Lil Bay Beach. It's Wellness Week here at Paya Bay and many guests opt to indulge in yoga and our various spa treatment options.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

aurelio martinez

Garifuna recording artist (and now member of the Honduras congress) Aurelio Martinez and a British film crew doing a documentary on his life spent the afternoon and evening at Paya Bay yesterday. Mr. Martinez's album Garifuna Soul was named a "Top Ten album of the year" by Afropop Worldwide. For more info on Aurelio's excellent paranda music click here. In the above photo Aurelio is being interviewed and filmed at Buccaneer Landing.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

conqueror of mountains

78 years young and a conqueror of mountains, our guest, Lesley, did the Picacho Peak challenge yesterday with Lisa and Sarah, a guest from New York City. Very impressive, sir!

Picacho Peak (235m) as seen from the sea in front of Paya's Lil Bay Beach.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

good friday

Good Friday or "viernes santo" as it is known here is a huge holiday in Honduras. People hit the beach in droves. Paya's parking area was full pretty much all day yesterday.

Friday, April 10, 2009

wetlands reserve

A new sign marks the beginning of the Wetlands Reserve. These approximately five acres of wetlands will be a relatively small but welcome refuge for Roatan's aquatic birds as the island continues to develop and their habitats are encroached upon elsewhere.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

spelunking paya's cave

This morning I finally got an opportunity to explore Paya Bay's cave. It's definitely a very interesting experience, especially for amateur spelunkers.

Looking back toward the entrance.

The entrance chamber.

A chamber further down. This one is about 6 feet high.

Richard, a groundsman, checking on me to make sure everything is okay. Richard has explored the cave extensively, apparently towards the end it narrows into a crawlspace and then opens into a large chamber. I only made it about halfway today.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

the cave

Lisa checks out the entrance to Paya Bay's cave. The cavern is now easily accessible from the new Sky Trail.

beggin' strips

Former guests (and now friends) Gary and Price of Dallas recently sent us a sweet little care package that included "Beggin' Strips" for Lucky and Foxy. I swear, these so-called "strips" are actually DOG CRACK! (Observe the cracked-out puppy clapping its paws on the package). The dogs were hooked from strip one! Last word is that Lucky has now hooked up with a sugar daddy that buys him his crack strips and Foxy has been turning tricks on the Diamond Rock road to finance her habit!

Lucky does his best Beggin' fo Strips face as Foxy attempts to pull the crack bag out of my hand. Moderation, sweetie, moderation!

Thanks, G&P! We all hope to see you again soon.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

sky trail

Lisa and a guest from Estonia (Estonia!) take in the views and the sunset from a recently constructed section of the new Sky Trail.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

what's this?!

It sure looks like some brand new fitness equipment! As we continue to build our Wellness program, we are especially excited about this latest acquisition. Now all our gym-hooked guests will have a way to keep their fitness routine going while they vacay. Yay! It only gets better!

Friday, April 3, 2009


Along with vegetables and herbs, Lisa is also growing sunflowers in the resort's garden. Sunflowers are my favorite flowers. We plan to use them decoratively in the rooms and restaurant.