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 are trying to plan a trip for our 26 year anniversary. We like a Spa Package on their website but the website doesn’t work when you try to book the Spa Package.
No one answers the phone when we call the numbers their own website provide or numbers Expedia or trip advisor provides. All different phone numbers, by the way!
Our only option was to book a room on Expedia and hopefully get spa services added later, if anyone answers the phone or replies to our emails.
Not a great start to this experience.
I spent three nights at the lodge and thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The staff were very friendly and helpful in coordinating my transfers to and from the La Ceiba airport and addressed all of my concerns promptly.
The grounds are very beautiful and the cabin I stayed in was very comfortable (and I appreciate that there is no Wi-Fi/Internet in the cabins, as it encourages taking more time to appreciate your surroundings).
The restaurant staff including Eduardo, Mario, and Orlando were all very kind and I enjoyed most of the options I tried from the menu; and the setting is great and close to various hummingbird feeders.
Although I did a few activities in the La Ceiba area without the Lodge, I enjoyed the tours given by Arnel to the serpentarium, butterfly house; the night hike was also great, with sightings of a kinkajou, a great potoo, various frog species, and other creatures. I also took some time to explore a bit of one of the trails on my own and enjoyed some time at one of the swimming holes.
Overall, an excellent eco-lodge that I highly recommend.
This was my first time in Central America and the lodge exceeded my expectations as a traveller and a birder. Trip was with WW Quest. The food and cabins were great, and there was extensive property to walk on trails with a guide (at first) then without one. We swam under a little waterfall. Toucans, monkeys, coati just some of the many, many creatures I saw quite close to the lodge itself. Didn't have any issues with bugs in the cabin and the intense heat of the day dissipated at night so we only needed the ceiling fans. Pool area very lovely and refreshing. Loved eating on the long porch with hummingbirds buzzing all around. The meal prep was a bit slow at dinner as someone else mentioned, so pre-ordering helped that. The lodge took care of all the transportation on side tours and to and from the airport and the bird guides Olbin and Older were knowledgeable and helpful! Excellente I was concerned about contracting a gastro bug but no issues. I think they filter the water.