The Lodge at Pico Bonito
What We Love
- Daily à la carte breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Free on-site features, including a pool, butterfly farm and rugged loop trail leading to secluded swimming holes and waterfalls
- Diverse range of eco-friendly activities (on and off property), including the most popular attraction: world-renowned birding
- Exquisite menu of Honduran-inspired and international cuisine, recently rejuvenated by the new general manager — a former Parisian chef
- Expert, lightning-fast service despite the relaxed, natural setting
- Friendly, bilingual guides who offer encyclopedic knowledge of the region and its wildlife
What To Know
- Costs of individual meals (besides breakfast) and guided excursions not included
- Not handicap-accessible; this is the jungle, after all. Loose gravel walkways connect the lodge and guest cabins, and there are also a few stairs
- Hikes and excursions range from medium to difficult, especially in summer, so physical limitations should be considered
- A tourist tax of 19 percent and a 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The refined yet rustic aesthetic of the lodge blends in nicely with the natural surroundings without sacrificing simple luxuries, such as plush bedding or air conditioning. Discreetly scattered amid dense jungle vegetation, the 22 standalone guest cabins are done up with native stone and polished local pine, from the floors to the louvered windows to the vaulted ceilings. Understated plantation-style decor pays homage to the area’s agricultural history — think simple prints of pineapples and handcrafted wicker furnishings — without distracting from the lush rain forest setting. There are no TVs — except two flat-screens in the bar lounge — and interior accents are kept to a minimum. After all, the real show is outside.
Bed and Bath
The stand-alone cabins are like private treehouses, each with its own porch and hammock and warm interior of floor-to-ceiling hardwood. All cabins (from Standard to Superior) have the same square footage and interior design, with a few differences in amenities. Standard rooms feature two Queen or Double beds; Superior, a four-poster King. Some cabins share connecting doors, perfect for large families, and spacious vanity areas compensate for slightly stark showers. Coffeemakers (with local organic coffee) and iPhone docks add extra comfort, and room amenities such as shampoo and bottled water are replenished daily.
The Itzama restaurant and bar, next door to the reception area, offers a full-service daily menu of various Honduran specialties and exceptional international cuisine, starting at 6 a.m. Highly attentive, speedy service accommodates guests with early morning excursions, and an adjacent open-air deck can be set for private dinners or cocktails overlooking the Corinto River below. A meeting space is available for large retreats or conventions, and plans are currently in motion to construct a game room, as well as a small boutique spa just beyond the pool. For now, massages are available at the new River Pavilion or in guestrooms on request.
In the Area
The lodge’s roster of daily adventures, from night hikes to whitewater rafting, extends past the property lines, so guests can experience the region’s diverse culture and ecosystems. It’s possible to explore via rental car, but it’s much easier to book guided excursions through the front desk to see stunning but slightly isolated destinations, such as Cuero y Salado, a manatee and wildlife refuge amid nearby mangrove forests bordering the Caribbean. Or Cayos Cochinos, a remote archipelago stretching along an unspoiled coral reef that’s ideal for snorkeling. The lodge also arranges rural village tours in conjunction with the Adelante Foundation, which seeks to empower single mothers through micro-loans and financial independence.
How to Get There
The hotel is very nice and comfortable. The there are 22 rooms so it does not feel crowded. The staff was very kind and willing to help.
There is a butterfly farm and a snake exhibit which is very interesting. It’s included as part of the stay and lasts around 30 mins.
There are several hikes on the property that lead into the national park. They have guides and scheduled trips or you can do it whenever you prefer. We did it with small kids and it was fine, but some people may decide it’s easier without little ones. On the hike, we saw a lot of birds including toucans.
There are several areas to swim in the river that are safe.
I would give them 5 stars, but the hiking tour started 30 mins late because they decided to wait on people who did not show up on time.
Additionally the service at the restaurant can be a little slow. The food is great and affordable though.
The hotel has a beautiful surrounding and is located close to several other attractions.
We stayed at Pico Bonito towards the end of our trip to Honduras, and from everything I had heard I was really looking forward to the stay. When we arrived, the Pico Bonito Lodge did not disappoint. We were greeted with a cocktail (served in a coconut, like all the best tropical cocktails!), and our bags were taken to our rooms. The rooms themselves were secluded, comfortable and scrupulously clean. The food in the restaurant was excellent, and the service could not have been better. We did not even scratch the surface of all the walks and hikes available in the grounds of the lodge, but the hikes we did were beautiful, and the bird life was really special.
So pleased with our experience at Pico Bonito. The hikes to the natural.pools, the spa massage was fantastic, the staff (superficially Howard in the restaurant ) and the cabins were delightful and quaint.
Note that the wifi does not work in the cabins at all - at least not in cabin 10. You must be in the restaurant or main lobby. The night hike was offered but for some reason they didn't have it when we came and that was disappointing for all of us. Our reservation came with a guided tour but no one planned/reaches out or arranged this - a little disappointing. Of Ll the activities our favorite was the white water rafting through Omega Tours (arranged through the lodge) that is a must! High recommend! .
Great place! Definitely recommend if going to LaCeiba
Only spent two nights here and then headed off to the islands. Seriously wishing I had split my time differently. Grounds are beautiful. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Rooms are very comfortable and even have a/c. Our room had a hammock outside on the deck over looking the rain forest. Breakfast was amazing, humming birds flying around taking turns at different feeders. We took two guided hikes, one to the waterfall and one night hike, so much fun!!! (Im not usually interested in guided activities) Our guide was so sweet and knowledgeable, helping us view different plants and animals along the way. (Ant-eater and an owl sharing a tree) We also made time for massages at the spa. Relaxed setting and staff treated us and our needs as top priority. I can't say enough how relaxing this lodge is. Even just napping on the deck of our cabin was worth traveling to this amazing location.
We had a wonderful stay at the Pico Bonito Lodge. The environment is stunning and packed with wildlife. We had views of spectacular hummingbirds, scampering young agoutis and a great potoo while we enjoyed our breakfast. The gardens and networks of trails are just breathtaking.
The food was amazing and delivered by a team of lovely staff. Thank you!!
The lodge organised birdwatching excursions for us and everything was very professionally run.
The cabin rooms are comfortable and well maintained while giving a close to nature experience.
Thanks for a brilliant stay.