Thursday, December 25, 2014

christmas party for the kids

On Christmas eve, Paya Bay held our annual Christmas Party for the children of our local community. For many of them this event is the highlight of their Christmas. A special thanks to past and present guests who contributed school supplies and other donations for the kids!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

memories of 2014

We've had yet another awesome year here at Paya, thanks largely to the support of our amazing clients!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

look for the gifts in everything

Look for the gifts in everything, especially when you are facing what appears to be a negative situation. Everything that we attract causes us to grow, which means that ultimately everything is for our own good.

Adjusting to a new path and a new direction will require new qualities and strengths, and these qualities are always exactly what we need to acquire in order to accomplish the great things ahead in our life.
- lessons from The Secret

huffington post: go to roatan!

Roatan is one of the few established islands in the Caribbean that still retains its authentic island charm. You get the comforts of the west as well as the quiet seclusion of the island. The people are extremely proud of their island which is also reflected in their warm and friendly natures. They live simple lives and work hard, yet enjoy all that their surroundings have to offer.
- Huffington Post

Thursday, December 18, 2014

jordan found his elizabeth!

Jordan Axani planned to travel around the world with his girlfriend Elizabeth Gallagher, until they broke up. Now, he'll embark on Sunday on the circumnavigation with Elizabeth Gallagher. No need for a double-take: The name may be the same, but the person answering to it isn't. Axani had booked his-and-her airline tickets in his name -- and his girlfriend's, he said. So, after his ex went overboard, he had to find a new co-passenger with the same name, he said, because the tickets were non-transferable. Axani is Canadian, as is his ex, so the new Elizabeth Gallagher needed to be, too, to make the switch work.

See how this relates to Paya Bay.

spot the iguana

This adult female Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) seems healthy and like she's eating well (they primarily eat tender new leaves from various trees). Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

music video: sia - chandelier

Great video. The super-talented dancer featured is Maddie Ziegler.

happy holidays!

The little elves have been busy bringing their holiday cheer to Paya Bay!
Happy Saturnalia everyone!

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, December 15, 2014

bonfire on bliss

Paya's guests always enjoy the weekly beach fires on Bliss Beach. The fires are especially appreciated with the cool winds that blow at night this time of year.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

exploring helene town

Glimpses of the charming seaside village on the island of St. Helene. The main driver of this island's economy continues to be fishing.

Bay Islands of Honduras.

Monday, December 1, 2014

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

Friday, November 28, 2014

jerry's giftshop, st. helene

Located on the main street in St. Helene (an island adjacent to Roatan), Jerry's Gift Shop is a must-stop for visitors to the island. The eight foot by eight foot rustic shack is as much a curiosity as Jerry's handcrafted souvenirs. Meeting and chatting with Jerry gives a lot of insight into the island's unique culture.

St. Helene, Bay Islands of Honduras. A boat trip to this interesting island is offered as an excursion option at Paya Bay Resort.

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

paya from the sea

I accompanied our guests on a boat trip to Helene yesterday. I captured these photos as we were departing Paya Bay.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

photo of the day

My friend, Lisa Bronkhorst, came for a visit to Paya Bay. I took this photo of her relaxing at the Ananda Yoga Pavilion. Lisa says the Ananda Pavilion is one of her favorite spaces on Roatan.

Friday, November 14, 2014

update: buccaneer repair

After returning from their October vacations, Paya Bay's grounds team hit the ground running with the continuing repair of Buccaneer Landing. The area was severely damaged by a storm early this year. The guys harvest clumps of "bar mud" (sea grass roots and silty sand) to cover the rock platform.

Paya Bay Resort, Roatan, Bay islands of Honduras