Tuesday, April 25, 2017

video: drone over paya

Jacques -- a repeat client, Fan of Paya, and a friend -- brought his drone with him and made this awesome aerial video of Paya Bay Resort and the surrounding coastline. I suggest watching until the end. It's a bit lengthy (8 minutes), but worth it!



It's amazing how stable these drones are. Jacques said there was a strong, steady east wind when he recorded this video.

Jacques' current service project is to assist Hanford, a Roatanian from the local community of Diamond Rock, in setting up a stand up paddle boarding (SUP) tours business (see Hanford Tours). The SUP tours of the mangrove forests to the west of Paya will be bookable right from the resort, adding yet another exciting activity that can be enjoyed while visiting Roatan's East End.

fabulous bliss

"Brochure weather" on Bliss Beach. The Northern Hemisphere's spring and summer roughly correspond with our dry season here in the Western Caribbean. April through September is when we get some of our best weather here in the Bay Islands. The sea breezes keep things cool, making it a great time to visit Roatan!


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Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Friday, April 21, 2017

garden update

All the energy we've put into the herb and vegetable garden lately is starting to pay off. We hope to soon harvest some locally-grown produce!





Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

cayman airways flights to roatan


Cayman Airways Limited (CAL) will begin twice-weekly Boeing 737 nonstop flights between Grand Cayman and Roatan (RTB) beginning March 16, 2017. Cayman Airways currently operates year-round flights from Grand Cayman to La Ceiba, Honduras twice-weekly, and the airline’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Phillip Rankin CPA, says the expansion into Roatan with twice-weekly service will build on the already-established synergies with the Honduras market. “It will definitely be a positive step for both countries so we’re looking forward to starting this service in March,” he said. “The new Roatan twice-weekly service will further enhance direct and connecting travel opportunities for both business and leisure travelers.” Cayman Airways President and CEO, Mr. Fabian Whorms, said: "The introduction of an in-transit processing facility at the Owen Roberts International Airport in 2015 facilitated our ability to develop Grand Cayman as a convenient hub, and more and more we see passengers to and from Honduras taking advantage of our easy connections to and from Miami and other gateways. Building on that growth, we are optimistic that the connections that will be available between Roatan and several gateways in our network, will ensure the success of this route.”
- caymanairways.com

Cayman Airways flies to/from the following major US cities: Miami and Tampa, Florida; Washington DC; New York, New York; and Chicago, Illinois.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

secret cove, an amazing spot

We recently added new hammocks to the hammock station in Secret Cove. These photos attempt to capture the natural beauty this amazing chillout location.











Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

progressive vs conservative

Someone recently expressed discomfort with the progressive slant of the My Roatan blog. Specifically, this person wrote: "My wife and I were strongly considering coming back to your resort. But I would feel bad insulting your dignity and sense of superiority by asking you to accept any of our conservative Trump supporting money." In responding, I reminded this client that the blog specifically states "opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own," and that I have respectful and lively debates with conservative guests all the time. We agree to disagree. I live on the edge of the ocean. I can sense the sea level rising. My biggest gripe is with conservatives who claim global warming/climate change is a hoax. Donald Trump is one of those people. However, in an effort to be more "balanced," here are two men of arguably equal standing, one progressive and one conservative, having a respectful and lively debate about current issues in the political realm.

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"a declaration of war"

We’re already past the point, probably, of reversing what climate change has done to this planet. Some say we’re on the precipice, some say we’re too late, some say we’re going to be too late very soon. For him to tear up every single regulation instituted by President Obama on climate change and for him to say that that will no longer be a concern when they make their decisions, is not just a fuck you to the rest of this world, but it’s a declaration of war against the actual planet.
- Michael Moore

Friday, March 31, 2017

I-85 bridge collapse In atlanta


I drove this section of the I-85 expressway to and from work every weekday when I lived in Atlanta. I was one of the 200,000 commuters (plus another 50,000 intrastate and interstate drivers) who use it pretty much daily. It's mind-boggling to think one of the busiest stretches of interstate highway in the U.S. (in the heart of one of its largest, most-vibrant cities) will be closed for MONTHS while it is repaired. I feel the pain of the residents of my former home city who will have to deal with a horrid traffic nightmare this spring and (maybe) summer. Oy vey!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

absolute tranquility

We just added new hammocks to this spectacular chillout station on the leeward side of the property.






Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

spot the black iguana

These special creatures are as unique as Roatan, the island on which they evolved to become their own distinct, scientifically-recognized species. Paya Bay remains a refuge and sanctuary for these gentle reptiles which seem to lack the inherent fear of humans observed in most wild animals. The iguanas will sometimes approach people for food, and will tolerate us getting very close to them as long as one approaches slowly, calmly, and without sudden movements. As a juxtaposition and comparison, they will immediately scatter at the first sight of a dog. Seems fear of long, bared fangs is encoded in their DNA (as it is in the more primitive sections of our own genetic code).



Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Friday, March 17, 2017

sun-dried linens

When the weather allows we sun dry our bed linens to save energy and have greener operations.


Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

flying a groovy kite

The other day I spotted guests flying their kite from the main wooden deck. The tradewinds that cool the Bay Islands are perfect for kite flying. Their kite's design was straight out of the 60s! One of my favorite decades I didn't live.





Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

roatan cowboys and cowgal


This afternoon I ran into my cousin Lenny McNab (C) and his daughter Yaneri (R) riding their horses with a buddy on a rural island road near Paya. Lenny has loved horses since we were kids growing up and going to school together. Yaneri has inherited this love of animals. She's currently studying veterinary medicine in Costa Rica.


Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

ready, set, sweat: the new trx station on bliss beach

Accomplishing a 2017 goal, we recently installed TRX equipment under a shady, ancient sea grape tree on the western side of Bliss Beach. "Born in the Navy SEALs, Suspension Training bodyweight exercise develops strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously." This new exercise station is part of our ongoing efforts to provide fitness and wellness options at Paya Bay. I've personally observed amazing results from people who do TRX training. The station includes a board with detailed instructions and getting started routines (there are also smartphone apps -- of course! -- one can download to assist with learning to use the exercise system). It's hard to imagine a more gorgeous space to exercise one's body and build core strength than clothing optional/mostly naturist Bliss! In these photos, Josue, a Team Paya member, gives the new straps a tryout. Ready, set, sweat!

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Special thanks to VIP Paya Clients (and dear friends) Susan and Richard for their First World to Third World (FiWo-ThiWo :-) delivery services that played a vital role in helping us bring this project to fruition!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Friday, March 3, 2017

been travelin'

Been traveling on the Honduran mainland the last several days.


My business trip started in the Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital city...


...and concluded in San Pedro Sula, the country's Second City and industrial hub.