Just returned from a 4 day stay, and loved every minute at this amazing and beautiful place in the world. We are Americans, and we were sadly worried by the US State Department Travel Warning for Honduras that came out just as we booked....having never been to Honduras we had some reservations about going. Upon return, I can confidently say, we had NOTHING to worry about at the Lodge at Pico Bonito, (nor during any part of our vacation in Honduras). We were so well cared for, and all the staff could not have been nicer! Professional, but, also "real" and "down to earth"; we had many conversations and discussions with staff on the kind of personal level that makes traveling so rewarding. We booked on 'Cyber Monday" and received a wonderful deal - we arrived by ferry after flying into Roatan, and then were met (with advance preparation via email) at the ferry for pick up by a warm, caring, careful driver (Lima) who drove us through Ceiba to the Lodge. The ferry was safe, fast, and clean, with security (including bag and personal screening) and we had no worries. At baggage claim, we were promptly met by our driver. We had fun on the drive through La Ceiba practicing our (quite terrible) Spanish, and felt we were in competent hands with our driver. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a Rum Punch Welcome drink, and then shown to our cabin in the jungle. The cabins are beautiful, just as pictured on the website, with 2 comfy beds, luxurious details, and amazing shower, and a hammock on a porch looking out at the beautiful and intriguing jungle. Our cabin overlooked a pristine jungle river. Safety was assured at every moment,and we felt very safe walking the grounds day and night. We swam in the pool, and hiked, and relaxed. Our hikes with guide Jose were amazing - the naturalist guides are well-trained, highly educated in the local scenery and flora and fauna. Jose was outstanding. We may have been the only "non-birders" in attendance during our recent stay in January, but, we had much fun meeting with and discussing the exploits of some 'serious' birders. (I often felt I was on the set of the movie "The Big Year") Our wait staff was friendly, and professional and truly 5 star!!! Carlos for breakfast, Danilo for dinner and drinks, and Gerrel were so nice, we felt pampered but at the same time we were able to have interesting and fun conversations and got to know the staff as people, not just 'waitstaff'. This is the bonus of staying at a small lodge, where you take every meal at the beautiful restaurant. That said - prices at the restaurant are a bit high for what you get. Like other reviewers we felt the food could be graded as a B. Not A, and not D, just solid (but at times boring B). We wished there were more 'local' Honduran options and not so much emphasis on pleasing a European or American palate. The exception is breakfast which is TOP NOTCH. Breakfast is Included with the room price, it's a wonderful deal, as you can order anything at all from the menu. Be sure to visit the snake house, butterfly house and iguana house! Be ready for adventure with outings! Words cannot describe the beauty of the national park - though know that this is not a 'US' park with scenic drives and easy hikes... to see the true splendor, you need to be in good hiking shape - or average - and will be well rewarded!! If you are thinking of Pico Bonito: GO! Hondurans are friendly, and lovely and the country is so beautiful. Safety precautions apply as with any area for general travel, but, at Pico Bonito, we were safe and well cared for. It is an unforgettable luxury experience!!!!!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled at the foot of the Pico Bonito National Park, The Lodge at Pico Bonito seamlessly combines nature and luxurious comfort. The luxury eco-lodge located on the Caribbean coast of Honduras near La Ceiba is a member ofSmall Luxury Hotels of the World. The Lodge offers the adventure of the outdoors, the beauty of the rainforest, and the personal service and luxury of a boutique hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Lodge At Pico Bonito Hotel La Ceiba
- Hotel At Pico Bonito
- At Pico Bonito Hotel