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Come to this retreat and experience a beautiful time away in Roatan, Honduras. This retreat is specially focused around your yoga practice and Lindsay will lead you through a variety of classes from a more powerful Vinyasa to a slow steady Yin. This retreat is also focused on encouraging those new to yoga to join and have this as an opportunity to start a life long relationship with your yoga practice.
During this retreat, you will stay either in a private, double, triple, or quadruple room. At Paya Bay Resort, the rooms have an island bungalow with high ceilings and wooden floors. The happy colors of the walls are accented with indigenous Payan motives. The views from your private balcony will remind you every day that you are in one of the most special places on the planet.
You will drift off to sleep to the soothing sound of waves breaking on the rocks, the beaches, and cliff sides. The rooms are ample with bungalow look and feel and feature an oceanfront beach-view from private balconies with comfortable furniture.
The rooms have Individual air conditioning units, wooden floors, dramatic 15-foot ceilings, king or queen-sized beds, satellite television, unlimited broadband internet access, free phone calls to USA and Canada, a digital disc video player with a collection of video discs that you may borrow.
The rooms also have stone or tiled bathrooms, showers with hot and cold water, ceiling fans, a mini fridge, a clothing closet, beach towels, daily room service, live tropical plants and fresh flowers, windows that open fully for your convenience, and a bottled water as well as beers and sodas if you prefer.
During this retreat, after each morning yoga practice you will take a few minutes to write a journal entry and Lindsay will give you eight questions to answer and reflect upon each day. Lindsay teaches a weekly spa yoga session in which she incorporates Yin and Restorative yoga combined with massage and essential oils. She will definitely bring this spa yoga to this experience and maybe even a few times during the retreat.
Lindsay hopes to create a space on this retreat for getting deeper into your yoga practice, whether it be with your physical asana practice or in a more meditative inward practice. You will have plenty free time to explore the island with the group, enjoy additional activities, or you can also have some alone time as well. You can participate in as much or as little as you'd like. Roatan has so much offer and Lindsay cannot wait to experience it with you.
Lindsay Gordon has been practicing yoga since 2008. The first class she attended was out of pure curiosity of the practice and her interest immediately developed from there. Lindsay is very outgoing and loves to travel and be active so, yoga has always been a great compliment to those passions. Lindsay traveled to Nicaragua and it was there where she found the joy of incorporating yoga into her everyday life along with surfing, eating amazing local food, and enjoying the beach lifestyle.
This retreat will be held at Paya Bay Resort in Roatan, Honduras. Roatan is the largest of the bay islands of Honduras, it is located approximately 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras in the western Caribbean. The island is 30 miles long and about five miles wide. The island is rugged and has several peaks that rise to nearly 1000 feet from the ground. As a result of abundant rainfall in the rainy season, the island is very green and lush.
A portion of the great Mesoamerican barrier reef; which starts in the Mexican Yucatan and ends off Nicaragua, can be found right offshore. This is the second longest reef system in the world after the Australian barrier reef. One of the last larger-sized islands in the Caribbean to begin development, Roatan is still largely in its natural and pristine state. The island boast the Roatan marine park, a concerted effort to protect the beautiful and fragile reefs.
The Port Royal Wildlife Refuge on the east end is another effort by government authorities to provide protection for the birds and other wildlife. Paya Bay Resort is a beach, nature, leisure, and wellness resort catering to those seeking serenity, tranquility, and communion with nature.
The boutique resort is perched on a bluff overlooking the multi-hued Caribbean sea and two beautiful half-moon beaches. The gentle trade winds keep ambient temperatures cool and comfortable. It is truly the perfect place to rest, relax, and rejuvenate.
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During this retreat, you will be served three glorious meals each day overlooking the ocean. The food can be customized if needed for specific dietary needs. Let The Yogashala know ahead of time so they can make sure you are taken care of. Snacks will also be available between meals at the resort at an extra cost or you can bring some to keep in your room. You may also enjoy other meal and drink services at Paya Bay's restaurant or at the local Bill Bar for an additional cost.
Paya Bay's restaurant sits atop a bluff with views of two half-moon beaches, Roatan's majestic hills, the barrier reef, distant islands, and the multi-hued Caribbean. The trellis-covered portion of the main deck is a great place to have breakfast and savor the coolness of the morning sea breeze. Lunch can be enjoyed either outside or inside, as your preference dictates.
Dinner is an urbane experience in the elegant dining room with its soaring ceilings, ambient lighting, and sophisticated atmosphere softly pulsing with the energy of the latest chill out tracks from some of the world's best musical artists. The food is tasty and wholesome. Paya Bay is making an effort to minimize the use of any local species that are being over fished, as well as specific non-endangered species whose commercial production is considered harmful to the global environment.
The dining room features a full service bar that serves up delicious tropical cocktails and other favorite libations. They have a wine cooler that they keep stocked with a variety of house wines, as well as a beer super-chiller with a good assortment of Honduran and imported brews.
As you stroll along the nature paths at Paya Bay, first you will hear their beautiful and varied songs and then you will see them. You may turn a corner and spot a unique species perched on a branch or another intently fishing in the wetlands.
With its rugged terrain, a variety of habitat types, and protected tree groves, the Paya Bay peninsula is home or feeding grounds for up to 50 species of birds. The best time of the day for birding is in the early morning and at dusk, but many species are active throughout the day.
Paya Bay’s dive operator partner, Tropical Island Divers (TID), is ready to cater to all of you scuba needs. Diving with Tropical Island divers allows you to get away from the crowds and traffic of the other end of the island. TID limits the dive week to a maximum of 10 divers, so you will never have to worry about waiting in lines, being crowded on a boat or becoming a number.
You may let TID know what type of diving you enjoy and they are happy to plan the dive sites around that. They take care of your gear for you or have rental gear you may rent during your stay.
The world of the flats is the world of bonefish, tarpon, permit, mutton snapper, seatrout, stripers, and a host of other prime game fish. The flats are areas of thin water between the reefs and the shore. These shallows are covered with turtle grass, marine plants, and occasional coral heads.
The East End of Roatan is still largely undeveloped, resulting in most of this half of the island still being in pristine and natural condition. Roatan is a rather rugged island, making for great vistas and views from its many hilltops. The east end is home to the Port Royal Wildlife Refuge, over 2,000 acres of land set aside for the protection of island's animals and birds.
The highest peak on the island, Picacho, is located in this reserve. While the main island road runs through the east end, it has very little traffic, making it a great path to follow for some hikes. The local communities of Diamond Rock and Camp Bay Town are good examples of contemporary Afro-Caribbean communities.
Hiking information, maps, and even a guide for you can be arranged on request. Available hiking points are, Picacho Peak Summit, Port Royal, Camp Bay Beach, La Sirena, Pulpit Marble Hill Farms, and Calabash Bight Point.
More and more guests are going to Paya Bay specifically to enjoy the “au naturel” options. They are thrilled about the articles that the boutique resort has received in the naturist press and they are very happy to accommodate the textile-averse friends. The truth is, Paya Bay is an ideal setting for naturism. The resorts sits on 22 acres of breathtakingly beautiful property on a peninsula jutting out from the main island.
The sea is on three sides, making the entire property very private. They have two natural beaches, and they have opted to make their own smaller, private Bliss Beach, a clothing optional beach. Topless sunbathing is always allowed, and Bliss Beach automatically becomes 100% clothing optional when all guests at the resort are naturists and/or during the designated naturist weeks.
If you are part of a group and your group would like to do something very memorable like an overnight sea kayaking trip, Paya Bay can also make arrangements for that. Please let them know that you want to do the overnight option in advance. They are a haven for small crabs, other crustaceans, and minnows. Food is so abundant in the flats that game fish leave the safety of the depths to search for a meal. You will be amazed at the size of fish to be found in knee-deep water.
You can get your open water certification at Paya Bay through Tropical Island Divers (including referrals). A personalized diving experience is virtually unheard of nowadays in the Caribbean at Paya Bay, working together with Tropical Island Divers.
Tropical Island Divers offers a full service training facility with instructors that teach PADI courses. Courses are taught on an individual basis to allow you plenty of time to get comfortable and work with your instructor.
Surrounded and protected by a barrier reef, Roatan is great for sea kayaking. The relatively calm waters inside the reef offer interesting shoreline, beautiful turquoise areas for swimming, large coral heads to discover, and fascinating mangrove forests to explore. As part of the active good energy experience they have a five to six hour kayak trip from Camp Bay Town to Paya Bay. They will take you along your guide and the equipment to the launch site.
Whether you opt to snorkel right from shore or you take the snorkel boat out, you will have many opportunities to explore the reef. The ultimate snorkeling experience is the trip to Pigeon Cay, which is strongly suggested. Snorkeling is available right from the shore at Secret Cove. A handy ladder is available to facilitate getting in and out of the sea.
This area has a good variety of hard and soft corals and even offers a drop-off experience as the water deepens dramatically at the edge of the coral plateau. To increase the variety of snorkeling experiences, Paya Bay also offers two daily snorkeling boat trips to various excellent snorkeling sites that they have identified inside the barrier reef.
Tropical Island Divers also offers special excursions to the outer islands, which include Helene, Morat, and Barbaretta. These trips are a wonderful way to see the islands and experience the amazing undiscovered diving even farther to the east.
You can dive without seeing another dive boat for a week, enjoy outstanding hard and soft corals, canyons, pinnacles, “swim-through”, and beautiful walls. TID's dive masters are chosen specifically because of their knowledge of the local reefs. They also emphasize friendliness in choosing their staff.
If there is a place that approximates the concept of heaven, Pigeon cay must come pretty close! Located on the South side of Barbaretta Island, this cay is surrounded by a lagoon of crystal clear water that seems to come in every shade of blue.
One side of the cay is large white-sand beach composed of fine crushed coral, while the other side is collection of coconut palms, trees and brush that provide shade and shelter for humans, and a home for the lizards and hermit crabs that are the sole inhabitants of this tiny little paradise.
The peninsula on which the resort is located has nearly a mile of waterfront. On the property, you will find a large beach that is visited by locals and guests from other resorts, a bluff on which the restaurant sits, imposing cliffs, a smaller private beach known as Bliss Beach, a very large rock formation shaped like an alligator's head that contains the tropical garden reserve and a small cove called Secret Cove.
You will also find a large cove called Buccaneer Landing, an islet with a bridge to it, a private rock island, a small ridge covered in dense tropical jungle, and the multi-acre Wetlands Reserve. Really a numerous and extraordinarily varied collection of features you will find fascinating to explore and enjoy.
Paya Bay has two small nature reserves located right on the property. The tropical garden reserve is one of the most beautiful natural gardens you may ever lay eyes on. The variety of species that grow in its rocky terrain is amazing. Palms, cacti, vines, a plethora of bromeliads, orchids, and gorgeous gumbo-limbo trees are some of the flora that make their home here.
The Paya trail runs right through the center of the reserve making it a pleasant walk at any time of the day. The Wetlands Reserve is home to many species of trees, crabs, small rodents, and birds that inhabit the dynamic environment of the wetlands that transform daily with the changing tides.
Other activities include horseback riding, a tour of local fishing village and mangrove canals over a water taxi, visit the marble hill farms (island jams and jellies), visit Punta Gorda Garífuna village, and visit La Sirena Beach Bar & Grill in Camp bay town.
Other activities on Roatan also include an island tour with driver and guide, dolphin encounters, visit the Carambola botanical garden, canopy tours, west end bar hopping, sea plane tours around the island, explore the island's Institute of Marine Sciences, and visit the iguana farm.
During this retreat, massage and spa treatments will be available at Paya Beach spa for an additional cost. Paya Bay Resort offers spa treatments designed to foster relaxation, self-indulgence, enjoyment, and tranquility.
They focus on treatments that use locally sourced ingredients and resources in order to provide a spa experience that is unique. Available treatments are beach massage, Swedish massage, hot stones massage, reflexology, salt rub exfoliation, beach sand total body exfoliation, facials, noni leaf wraps, and manicure and pedicures.
As you exit the airport area, turn right to the main island road heading east toward French Harbor and Oak Ridge.
Travel approximately 25 kilometers through French Harbor until you see and pass the Oak Ridge exit.
Shortly after you will see the Oak Ridge turnoff approximately to 500 meters and turn right to the unpaved east end road.
Paya Bay Resort's entrance will be on your left six kilometers after this turn.
Please book your flight to arrive at Roatan International Airport (RTB). The organizer will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.