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
Three of us and our guide Katinka from Peaks and Beaks Tour Company stayed here for four nights at the end of our 2 week birding tour of Honduras. First take the stories about how dangerous Honduras is with a grain of salt. We were all over the country and never felt uncomfortable or unsafe from the big cities to the small villages in the mountains.
Overall the only complaint we had was how slow the restaurant was to prepare food especially at supper. Even after ordering food for 7 pm at 6 pm it still was not ready at 7:30. Made for late suppers. However once it arrived it was always very good at all meals. The staff are friendly, attentive and helpful. The rooms were spacious and well appointed. Grounds are well kept and there are a myriad of easy , medium and hard trials that hikers and birders can take. There are guides available at the lodge for people who are there without one. There is a swimming pool and there are swimming holes in the river for the adventuresome. If you are a birder there are many great birds in the area to see. The lodge is also close to some other good birding sites that are close by.
Don't forget to buy some local coffee from a coffee finca nearby. It is very inexpensive and is so good I could even drink it black. I wish I had bought a few more pounds to bring home.
All in all we would return here again.
Stayed here a month ago despite people urging me not to for security reasons. This lodge announced it was going to be closed, then stayed open so we decided to go but you can see it is run on a shoe string. And in fact we were told of the robberies there have been along the entrance road so we preferred to stay on the grounds. The staff here all want to quit and work begrudgingly citing poor pay and bad working conditions. It is completely understaffed with poor service and in the restaurant, you will be lucky if they have what is on the menu. The last straw for us was when a rockjumper tour leader brought a lady of the night into his cabin and we had to listen to that drunken scene all night. We regret our decision and will never return.
Restaurant staff were friendly and attentive. Very relaxing watching the hummingbirds at the feeders. Excellent hiking and wildlife in the extensive trails behind the lodge (some of the paths go through plantations, some through primary forest, and they vary in length and difficulty, some go to a waterfall/swimming spot, so take advice according to what you want).
Wonderful birding experience at the Lodge. Hummingbirds and other species at the feeders. Outstanding guide to boot. All the people working there were nice and friendly. We are already planning a return visit. Good value for such a highly rated lodge.
This is a prime property for Birding. It has amazing trails connecting to Pico Bonito National Park the hiking is amazing.
The lodge offer top quality cabins, great service, and great food.
But overall its continuous focus in the protection of bird habitats is what makes this place unique. It is a very important part of the network of lodges and hotels that are putting Honduras in the list of Birding places to visit.
You can stay here or you can stop by for a short visit. If just stopping by you pay an entrance fee that is redeemable at the bar. It is a must see if you are around La Ceiba and Pico Bonito Park . This year I just stopped by to appreciate some of the birds and have a drink at the nice deck area . This place never dissapoints