Friday, January 31, 2014

the appreciation frequency

If you have a problem with a member of your family who is negative, begin by writing a list of all the things you appreciate about that person. Remember to include gratitude to them for giving you a great desire for positivity in your life; because that is a gift they are giving you. As you focus with all of your strength on appreciation, you will not only reduce your exposure to the negativity, but at the same time you will be attracting positive people into your life.

Get yourself on to the appreciation frequency, and the law of attraction can only surround you with people who are in a positive state.
- lessons from The Secret

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

caribbean island yoga retreat

 Love yoga? Love the beach? Love adventure? Love meeting new friends?

Join us for a Caribbean Island Yoga Retreat! We will be practicing a fun Vinyasa Flow, integrating core work, breathing techniques and proper alignment with basic poses and creative sequencing. Each class is designed to energize the body, clear the mind, and cultivate stillness. We will focus on letting go of stressors/ toxins in your life to create space for a happier, lighter you!

In addition to yoga, we have built in other island activities to make your retreat a true island adventure package! We will take a snorkeling trip to Pigeon Cay, a guided hike up the top of Picacho, and have live entertainment from the Garifunas at a bonfire beach party!

Coming to Paya Bay Resort, May 3rd thru the 10th!

Monday, January 27, 2014

lighting the black iguana

We're working on the lighting of The Black Iguana beach bar. It's all looking pretty spectacular!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

define yourself

Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.
- Harvey Fierstein

Saturday, January 25, 2014

stills of stilts

Dainty black-winged stilts (Himantopus himantopus) wade in the serene shallow waters of the Wetlands Reserve. Note the impressionist style of these photos.

 Birdwatching is a relaxing activity one can enjoy at Paya Bay Resort.

the perfect posture of the soul

Peace is the number one beautiful ornament you can wear, I really believe that. They say you should always wear a smile, but I don't believe that you should "always" wear a smile, seriously, you're going to look stupid! But peace, you should always carry peace within you, its the most beautifying thing you could ever have or do. Peace makes your heart beautiful and it makes you look beautiful, too. You want to have perfect physical posture when you stand, sit, and walk, and peace is the perfect posture of the soul, really. Try perfect posture outside as well as inside. Peace creates grace and grace gives peace.
- C. Joybell

spontaneous bliss

As we work to get the final details of The Black Iguana beach bar completed, our guests just can't resist the awesomeness of it all! There have been more than a few spontaneous, blissful, little cocktail parties at the new facility!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.


Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions.
-Gerald G. Jampolsky, Love Is Letting Go of Fear

Thursday, January 23, 2014

hammock with a view

Michelle McNab, Paya's Reservations and Accounting Manager, takes a break in one of the hammocks on the main deck. Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

february 2014 kundalini yoga retreat

February 15-22, 2014. Please contact Yogahouse in Washington, DC directly to book.
Learn more about yoga at Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

waves and rocks

A cold front brought some stormy weather over the weekend. These photos of waves breaking on the rocky shoreline capture the beauty of the rough weather.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, January 20, 2014

so many opportunities to give

Giving opens up the door to receiving. You have so many opportunities to give every day.

Give kind words. Give a smile. Give appreciation and love. Give compliments. You can give courtesy to other motorists while you are driving. You can give a smile to the car parking attendant. You can give a warm greeting to the newspaper stand person or the person who makes your coffee. You can give by allowing a stranger to go ahead of you into an elevator, and you can give by asking which floor they are going to and pressing the button for them. If someone drops something you can give a helping hand and pick it up for them. You can give warm embraces to those you love. And you can give appreciation and encouragement to everyone.

There are so many opportunities for you to give and thereby open the door to receiving.
- lessons from The Secret

sunday lunch at the happy house

Yesterday Mom and Dad had Brooke, Fernando, and me over to their home for Sunday lunch. My niece Michelle and her boyfriend Andrés later joined us as well. We call my parents' home "The Happy House" because that's what it is. I hope this becomes a Sunday tradition!

Photos: Brooke and Fernando

Friday, January 17, 2014

management team

Paya Bay Resort's management team (L-R): Andrés Alvarado, Food and Beverage Manager; Michelle McNab, Reservations Manager/Accounting; Lurlene Cooper, Owner/Director; Davinci McNab, Owner/Director/Marketing; Brooke Sears, Yoga Instructor and Guest Relations; and Fernando Castro, Concierge Services and Guest Relations.

Missing from photo: Mervin McNab, Owner/Director.

with love

Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.
- Mahatma Gandhi

my bro

My brother, Tom, sports a new look. Tom has one of the biggest hearts I've ever known. Along with being one of the owners, Tom is in charge of the snorkeling program here at Paya.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

in all its glory

Yesterday, the Universe treated us to an exceptionally beautiful day here in paradise. Here are some photos of Paya's serene bay, the rugged shoreline, and Bliss Beach as they could be appreciated from the resort's main deck.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

like it's heaven

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

sunset and friends

My friend Layle dropped in for a visit this afternoon with her friend Sergio. Brooke and Fernando joined us for a walk to Secret Cove to enjoy what turned out to be an exceptionally beautiful sunset.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, January 13, 2014

far greater wisdom

Your life is a learning process - you can only become wiser from learning. Sometimes you might have to attract making a painful mistake to learn something important, but after the mistake you have far greater wisdom. Wisdom cannot be bought with money - it can only be acquired through living life. With wisdom comes strength, courage, knowing, and an ever-increasing peace.
- lessons from The Secret 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

a walk with the girls

I took a relaxing walk with my dogs Thelma and Louise on the Paya Trail the other day. The photos below are from the section of the trail near Secret Cove.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

polar vortex winter storm

The "polar vortex" weather event that brought record low temperatures to parts of North America affected us all the way down here in the Western Caribbean. Here are photos of the damage the storm caused in the Buccaneer Landing area. While the damage to this area is pretty severe, we were fortunate that this northwest-facing section of the property was practically the only area affected.

We have repair work to do. Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.