The Lodge at Pico Bonito is a secluded eco-luxury haven shrouded in the pristine rainforests at the foot of Pico Bonito National Park. Gorgeous, and utterly relaxed, this member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World combines tropical nature, luxurious comfort, and outdoor adventure with the personalized service of a boutique hotel to create a complete immersion into the serenity and natural wonders of Honduras’ Caribbean coast.

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Arriving at The Lodge at Pico Bonito brings with it the sound of birdsong and the cool breeze from the forest. Scattered among the old cacao groves and tropical gardens is a collection of 22 plantation-style cabins, gently melding into their setting. Built from native stone and pine, all are open and airy with tons of exposed hardwoods, canopy-filtered lighting, and handcrafted furnishings, as well as modern touches like iPod docking stations, air conditioning, wireless Internet access, and a constantly replenished Honduran organic coffee supply. With walls of forest-framing windows and private verandas outfitted with hammocks, nature and its ever-present population of hummingbirds are never too far away at The Lodge at Pico Bonito.

Mornings at The Lodge at Pico Bonito begin with the scent of Honduran coffee drifting across the deck and the gentle sounds of the rainforest waking up. Energy comes in the form of hearty meals from the lodge’s full-service restaurant, Itzama, which specializes in Mesoamerican cuisine made with local ingredients and the region’s freshest seafood. Casual and unpretentious, the dining room is enveloped by tropical gardens below and the exotic sounds of the jungle all around.

After an energizing breakfast, it is time to explore and venture out into The Lodge at Pico Bonito’s 400-acre property and the adjacent Pico Bonito National Park, where miles of private forest trails that lead up four-story observations on the edge of the jungle canopy and descend into 100-foot canyons to sparkling waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes. Trek through an unexplored cloud forest to Unbelievable Falls, kayak through the Cuero y Salado wildlife refuge for a glimpse of the elusive and endangered West Indian Manatee among the mangroves, take a day trip to the marine paradise of Cayos Cochinos for snorkeling along the world’s second largest coral reef, or set out on a thrilling whitewater rafting ride down the Rio Cangrejal, one of Central America’s most beautiful rivers. The region is also a birder’s paradise, with confirmed sightings of more than half of the nearly 800 birds known to Honduras, as well as multiple tropical amphibians and exotic mammals, including kinkajous, coatis, monkeys, and jaguars. After an exciting day in the forest or at sea, return to The Lodge at Pico Bonito for some much deserved rest in the hammock, a leisurely tour of the lodge’s butterfly farm, and a private candlelight dinner on the open-air deck overlooking the Rio Corinto. As the sounds of the forest finally welcome sleep, it is impossible not to dream of what the next amazing day at The Lodge at Pico Bonito has in store.

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