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
We spent 3 nights at Pico Bonito in June and had a fabulous time (with much of the resort to ourselves given it was low season!). The lodge is nestled in the rainforest in Pico Bonito National Park with great hiking trails surrounding it and spectacular views across La Ceiba to the Caribbean Sea. There are beautiful swimming holes / waterfalls within easy hiking distance where we spent hours swimming, rock climbing, diving and relaxing (Las Pilas and Mermaid Falls), or there's a great swimming pool on site if you don't feel like walking to the river. The spa facilities are beautiful and spectacularly situated among the trees and next to the river and the treatments were excellent and great value. The food at the restaurant was delicious and comprised a good mix of local and international dishes. Special shout out to Howard and Tania who went out of their way to look after us. For those travelling from Cayman, there's a great package deal available which includes flights, accommodation and 3 meals a day plus 30 minute massage, guided hikes and more! Cannot recommend highly enough and looking forward to coming back.
This is one place for your bucket list if you are interested in nature, hiking, birding etc. Beautiful cabins complete with bath robes, slippers etc., and a wonderful small deck with a chair and hammock. It is a bit humid because you are in the forest. The grounds are spectacular; birds of all sorts are easily spotted. Many hikes and birding excursions are readily available on site.The restaurant offers indoor or patio type seats . We sat in the open areas to take advantage of the many hummingbird feeders buzzing with about 21 species of hummers. The owner is Canadian and the service, food etc. are of top quality. Do buy the food plan as the a la carte can get pricey. I enjoyed a great massage in the spa and lounged lazily in the pool, where your loungers and chairs (with thick cushions) are set out with towels as soon as they see you coming!
This is a fantastic place to relax and leave the hustle and bustle of business school etc , behind! We tacked this second visit on to the end of our visit to another resort in La Cieba, as we had such fond memories from a previous visit. The staff will get you to the airport which is only a half hour away.
The Lodge is a prime property - no much for the "luxury" resort accolades - but for its management focus on conservation and protection of the natural beauty that surrounds it. Located with immediate access to Pico Bonito National Park this is a prime location for birding, hiking.
Unfortunately the property is scheduled to close in early April 2018 - there are attempts to find new ownership but nothing is for sure. So if you are planning a trip make sure to keep with updates at the facebook page. It is sad news to learn of this development. The Lodge has been at the forefront of protection the natural beauty of this region in the country.
Our cabin was well-appointed and cozy. The staff were friendly and efficient. The food was very good with a nice blend of local dishes and expected restaurant fare. The grounds were beautiful with access to a well-marked hiking trail and home to many birding opportunities. I enjoyed a yoga workout daily in their outdoor yoga studio that overlooks the rain forest. The spa treatments I received were wonderful.
Pico Bonito is a wonderful eco-lodge, particularly for birders and other nature lovers. A group of four couples recently spent six nights at Pico Bonito on the Birder's Paradise package and had a great time! Our package was very reasonably priced and including all meals and daily birding excursions. The only extras were alcoholic beverages and one night walk, which was not part of our package.
Staff was very friendly and helpful throughout the lodge!
The cabins were spacious, well appointed, and very comfortable. Overhead fans cooled the rooms as needed, and there is also A/C, which we did not need. Each cabin has a deck with chairs and a hammock, with a bird feeder near by. One afternoon, a troupe of around ten coatis came by to eat at the feeders and we were treated to quite a show!
The restaurant has tables on the porch, and inside. The tables along the porch overlook the beautiful gardens and are surrounded by hummingbird feeders. The iridescent hummingbirds frequent the feeders and buzz around throughout the day - they are delightful! One could easily just sit at a table all day observing the birds in the garden. The restaurant's food is overall quite good. I especially enjoyed the breakfast and lunch menus; baleadas, fresh fruit, and fish tacos were my favorite breakfast and lunch menu selections. For dinner, my favorites included the black bean soup, the salads, and the tenderloin strips, and rib-eye steak. Desserts were also yummy. Food is prepared to order, so be prepared for a leisurely, relaxing meal. If you are in a rush, you might consider ordering one meal ahead (order breakfast at dinner, lunch at breakfast, etc.).
The outstanding birding excursions were well-organized. Our group had one English-speaking birding guide assigned to us, and all transportation arrangements were made for us. We had five full days of birding in regions with different habitats and birds. We arranged an extra night walk, which was well worthwhile.
The pool is unheated, but very refreshing after a hot morning birding excursion! Others of the group made use of the spa facilities and enjoyed them.
We heard that there have been a number of cancellations due to concerns about safety following the fall election. That is a shame, as places like Pico Bonito, and their staff, are highly dependent upon tourism for their livelihood. While in Hondusras for 10 days, we felt very safe at all times. We were very well looked after at Pico Bonito. And, when traveling in neighboring areas for birding trips, we encountered no issues what-so-ever. We highly recommend visiting Honduras, and including Pico Bonito in your plans!
PS, it's true that WIFI signal is weak. Although it was supposed to be available only in the lobby and restaurant areas, we found we sometimes had signal in our cabin. But, it's not reliable. But, if you're on vacation . . . take advantage of the weak signal to sign off and stay tech-free for a few days for a change!