The Lodge & Spa at Pico Bonito is a boutique hotel with 400 acres of tropical wilderness, set on the edge of Honduras’ second largest National Park, three miles from the city of La Ceiba. The property, together with Pico Bonito National Park and Cuero y Salado Manatee Refuge, encompasses eight distinct ecosystems, each with their own resident and migrant bird species.
The eco-lodge is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for rare untouched natural environments with all of the five-star amenities. A refuge to more than 400 bird species, Pico Bonito, was called "one of the new generation of eco-lodges - where a politically correct philosophy doesn't preclude creature comforts" by Condé Nast Traveler.
Accommodations include 22 private standard and superior cabins, built of stone and native pine, furnished in plantation style. All cabins are approximately 400 square feet in size and feature furnishings crafted from native woods complemented by crisp white bedding, and large louvered and screened windows framing the lush tropical jungle.
The air-conditioned cabins have private bathrooms and private verandas with hammocks. Cabins also have alarm clocks with radio and iPod connections and coffee makers with local Honduran organic coffee. Many of the cabins have interior doors that can connect two cabins - perfect for larger families.
The lodge also has two large plasma TV's and a selection of movies for guests’ use; one in the bar and one in the game room. Free Wi-Fi is available in all cabins, the lobby and common areas.
From the towers, tropical birds such as parrots, parakeets, tanagers, the endangered Honduran emerald hummingbird and the prized bright-blue feathered cotinga, favourite of the Mayans, are visible.
Itzama is a full service, newly renovated restaurant/bar that specializes in Mesoamerican cuisine featuring local Honduran dishes. The chef uses fresh seafood and locally grown herbs and vegetables to create Latin American and Honduran specialities such as medallions of beef dusted with cacao, and various dishes cooked in clay pots over charcoal. Itzama also offers romantic and private dinners on the open-air deck overlooking the Corinto River. Special dietary dishes can be prepared with advanced notice.
A 3,675 square foot spa was added to the property in January 2016. In keeping with the indigenous cultures, the three spa cabins are circular in design set on stilts to preserve the unspoiled habitat for the animals and to maximize the natural energies from the earth. Nestled 100 feet away from the river, the spa has one cabin for individual massage, one cabin for a couple’s massage, one cabin with a Vichy shower, one Temazcal (a Mayan-style sauna), and a plunge pool lounge area. The spa menu uses natural organic ingredients from the eco-lodge’s home grown garden.
Pico Bonito provides massages upon request, nightly turn-downs, concierge service, multilingual staff, special events coordination, a local craft boutique, nature expertise, complimentary butterfly farm, serpentarium and hiking tour guides.
Guests will find two rushing rivers on the grounds, a tiled swimming pool set in verdant gardens filled with old cacao groves, an extensive self-guided interpretive maintained trail system (with bilingual birding guide available) and spectacular waterfalls. They can spend hours in three multi-story canopy observation towers to view and photograph the exotic flora and fauna, such as tropical amphibians and kinkajous, peccaries, coatis, monkeys, ocelots, tyras and jaguars.
The hotel offers a luxurious retreat into one of the lushest areas of the rainforest, providing an excellent point from which to explore the beauty of the natural surrounds. At Honduras’ Lodge at Pico Bonito, eco-savvy guests enjoy five-star treatment ecotourism, birding and adventure on a silver platter.
The Lodge & Spa at Pico Bonito | AP 710, La Ceiba | Atlántída CP31101 | Honduras
Telephone: +1 (312) 234-3288 | E-mail: email@example.com
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