Friday, April 30, 2010

quote of the day

Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity.

it feels so good

We were there in 2008, and have very fond memories.  Due to a new house project and some other travelling haven't gotten back.  But we will!!! Your site is terrific, your improvements are amazing, and it made my heart good to read all those terrific reviews on TripAdvisor - many said just what I said back in 2008. We may not get there til 2012, so will probably celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with you.  Nothing compares to Payabay!!
Love to all of you, Claudia and Mike

A response to today's newsletter.  Appreciation for one's hard work is so wonderful! Thank you, guys!

the deal

Click here for more information on this Paya Bay Resort deal.

april 2010 newsletter mailed

The April 2010 edition of Paya Bay's Good Energy Newsletter was mailed a few minutes ago.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

quote of the day

I easily release that which I no longer need. The past is over and I am free.

- Louise Hay

la sirena

Special guest Alejo takes in the sunset at La Sirena ("The Mermaid"), a small bar and grill 3 km east of Paya Bay Resort.

La Sirena is located over the water near the village of Camp Bay.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Saturday, April 24, 2010

horseback riding

Special guests Lori and Roger ride horses on Camp Bay Beach. This beautiful beach, the longest one on Roatan, is located next to Paya Bay and has virtually no development on it yet.

Photo: Roger and Lori Griswold

Friday, April 23, 2010

snorkeling roatan's reefs

Learn more about Paya Bay Resort's snorkeling program.

Photo: Roger and Lori Griswold

feel good, be happy people

Forrest and Erika pause for a photo near the beach fire.

Awesome capture of Erika in front of the fire. Note how the salt spray from the beach is illuminated by the fire light.

Tim, Jessie, Erika, and Forrest. Minnesotans rock!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

cooling off

After completing the Picacho Peak hike, Forrest and Tim cool down in the plunge pool on Bliss Beach. Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras.

happy 1st anniversary!

Special guests Ted and Rhonda were married on Bliss Beach a year ago. They returned to Paya to celebrate their 1st Anniversary!

Foxy and Lucky joined them for a swim at Bliss Beach this morning.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

photo of the day

Special guests Tim, Jessie, Erika, and Forrest enjoy some cervezas in Buccaneer Landing after an afternoon snorkel.  Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras.

video: joel escalona's "amor de miel"

Check out my friend Joel Escalona's new music video for his "Amor de Miel" (Honey Love) recording. Joel is from Venezuela, but he and his wife now reside in Roatan. This video was filmed here on the island.

Monday, April 19, 2010

you are a magnet

To allow the Universe to move you in your life to happier and better things, you are going to need to look around you and appreciate the good things here and now. Seek the beautiful things and count the blessings of where you are. Dissatisfaction will not bring the happier and the better into your life. Dissatisfaction roots you to the spot where you currently are, but appreciation for what you have attracts the happier and better to you.

Remember that you are a magnet! Appreciation attracts appreciation!

-lessons from The Secret

video: mangrove canals

Sunday, April 18, 2010

mangrove canal tour (sunday, april 18)

Today I accompanied special guests Forrest, Erika, Tim, and Jessie (all visiting from Minnesota) on the mangrove canal tour on the south side of the island.

This tour takes you through the beautiful mangrove canals...

... as well as gives a glimpse into local island culture ...

... and includes a mandatory stop at the Hole in the Wall, a charming seaside bar and eatery.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

the freedom of naturism

Naturist guests enjoy Paya's clothing-optional zone this afternoon.

They even posed for a cute photo!

quote of the day

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

- John Wooden, college basketball coach

This is an idea that has had a powerful impact on my life.  Sometimes in Life we run into a wall and beat ourselves to a pulp trying to break through it. A better strategy is to simply walk around the obstacle and get on with your lives.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Icelandic ash plume

Here is a great satellite photo of the volcanic ash plume that has grounded air traffic in many parts of Europe this week. Reports are saying there hasn't been this much disruption to air travel since 9-11, 2001.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

surrendering to the island pace

Beautiful afternoon? Check.
Comfy hammock? Check.
Cool sea breeze? Check.
View of the ocean? Check.
Shorts and no shirt? Check.
Sound of waves crashing on the rocks? Check.

This guest has definitely discovered one of the simple yet great pleasures of island living.

Main Deck, Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras.

quote of the day

I was brought up by parents who would lavish praise upon me and who would look for the best in me.

- Richard Branson

Praise and recognition are such powerful practices.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

photo of the day

The Kiton returning to the resort as a beautiful sunset takes place.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

direct your passion wisely

Most people don't realize how much passion they put into what they don't want. When you speak to a friend and you tell them all about an "awful" situation, you are putting passion into what you don't want. When you react to an event negatively, with the response that it is "terrible", you are putting passion into what you don't want.

You are a beautiful passionate being, so make sure you direct your passion wisely.

- lessons from The Secret

Sunday, April 11, 2010

pigeon cay excursion (friday, april 9)

My schedule doesn't allow me to go on all the Pigeon Cay trips (I'm realizing, however, that my "hosting" is something guests miss out on when I don't go.) This was an extra special trip as my friend Michelle was visiting from Atlanta, and my friends John and Stacy were visiting from Los Angeles.

The cay in all its glory. Truly one of those 'heaven on earth' places.

The Kiton floats gracefully in the beautiful, multi-hued water that surrounds the cay. The island of Barbaretta can be seen in the background.

Special guests Monica and Michelle chat in the shallow water on the east end of the cay.

Special guests Eric, Dakota, John, and Stacy go snorkeling. Most have opted to snorkel au naturel.

John and Stacy enjoy the freedom of naturism. Beautiful Barbaretta is in the background.

Pigeon Cay is the definition of a tropical paradise!

This blog post has been brought to you courtesy of Corona. (kidding. sorta.)

gratitude can transform your life

Remember, if you are criticizing, you are not being grateful. If you are blaming, you are not being grateful. If you are complaining, you are not being grateful. If you are feeling tension, you are not being grateful. If you are rushing, you are not being grateful. If you are in a bad mood, you are not being grateful.

Gratitude can transform your life. Are you allowing minor things to get in the way of your transformation and the life you deserve?

- lessons from The Secret

Saturday, April 10, 2010

happy and grateful

I'm happy and grateful my parents have given me the opportunity to develop Paya Bay in a sensitive, eco-friendly, low-impact way; and that this is an approach to development so many people are seeking out.

Friday, April 9, 2010

the global impact of yoga

Because of this reawakening, yoga is sweeping across the globe at a dazzling speed, as millions are turning to yoga not only to exercise, but also as an alternative to the experience of a spiritual gathering they cannot find in a church, synagogue, mosque or Web site. Perhaps the reason for this lies in the chief difference between religion and Western-style yoga, and that is that Yoga is usually offered in a nondogmatic format, which makes it inclusive to many more people. Because of its message of healing, unity and a simpler life, yoga may be one of the great rays of hope for our future. Why? Because worldwide, yoga is being embraced primarily by college-educated, upper-middle-class thinkers and businesspeople in positions of power--the very strata of society that has the power to make the changes this world so desperately needs.

- Max Strom writing for Huffington Post. Full article here.

Yoga is offered as part of Paya Bay's Wellness Program.

Friday, April 2, 2010

feel good, be happy people

Special guests Ian and Jennifer of New Jersey are the definition of the word "chilling" as they enjoy the waters of Bliss Beach.

bringing veggies to the people

Special guests Marcia and Alan practice their Spanish with local entrepreneurs who run the colorful 'veggie truck' as it makes it's biweekly stop at Paya Bay.

sunset moments

Special guests Lori and Roger of Iowa take in the sunset at Buccaneer Landing. Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras.

tribal energy

The Garifunas perform at the Thursday night Tribal Beach Party.

Special guest Marcia joins the fun!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

bliss captured

Special guest Dorice enjoys the plunge pool on Bliss Beach.  Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Honduras.

Photo: Tim Williams