My husband and I stayed at Las Cascadas for 3 nights in mid-January to celebrate our 10-year wedding anniversary. I wish we could have stayed longer!
We arrived in La Ceiba on the morning ferry from Roatan. By the time we claimed our luggage (which in and of itself was an experience!), Ryan, the on-site manager, was there to greet us with a smile. Immediately upon introductions, Ryan pointed out Pico Bonito (the highest point in Honduras) and explained that we were lucky to have such a perfect view, as it is usually shrouded in clouds! We climbed into the Lodge’s van and headed up the mountain.
Along the (very bumpy) way and throughout our stay, Ryan filled us in on La Ceiba and Honduras. He is a wealth of information about the area and has some fabulous stories from his time as a river guide!
The hotel is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen, much less stayed. Surrounded by trees, flowers, birds and waterfalls, it was a perfect place to unwind. On the hotel’s property are three waterfalls, Lower, Middle and Upper Falls. Lower and Middle Falls are right behind the main lodge and are visible from all of the rooms. To get to Upper Falls, there is a well-maintained, but steep, path (about a 20-30 minute hike). Though the hotel has a beautiful pool, we preferred to swim in the waterfalls, particularly Upper Falls!
The Bejuco Cabin is breathtaking, decorated with flowers upon arrival. The cabin has an open-air shower, as well as a screened in sitting area overlooking Lower and Middle Falls. It was amazing to curl up in the cozy, white robes, sip cocktails and
We were the only guests during our stay, and were treated like royalty. Olvin is a fabulous chef (definitely try his homemade hot sauce and Hondurean breakfast!) and Maggie makes wonderful drinks with fresh-squeezed, tropical juices. Each night, they arranged a beautiful, candlelit dinner for us in the main lodge overlooking the waterfall. At points, our stay here felt unreal!
We kept busy during the days whitewater rafting (see separate review) and zip-lining (see separate review), all easily arranged through the Lodge and put on your tab. Just remember to bring money to tip the guides (buying them a beer works too!). Both activities are within a 10 minute drive of the Lodge.
We also took Chef Olvin up on his offer to hike/climb up to the base of Bejuco Falls (a gorgeous 60m waterfall directly across the river from the Lodge). Again, we were lucky to be able to do the full waterfall hike, as the river level was “low” and able to be crossed. Be prepared, however, that even when “low,” crossing the river is no easy feat. It is a fast-moving river (in fact, it was the river we rafted down the day before) and at the time we crossed, up to my chest! Definitely bring Chacos or other sturdy hiking sandal and take Olvin up on his offer to hold your camera in case you “go swimming”!
All in all, we had a fabulous stay at Las Cascadas and will be returning again as soon as our boys are old enough to raft and zip-line!!
Note: There is wi-fi available at the Lodge but no cell service. However, Ryan was generous enough to allow us to use the Lodge's Skype account nightly to call home to our kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Las Cascadas Lodge/Hotel at Pico Bonito is the only private lodge in the area and specializes in couples seeking romance and relaxation as well as friends visiting in Honduras/the Bay Islands and small groups. All of your meals, snacks, and desserts are included in the nightly rate. We have a private chef who specializes in great steaks, local seafood, curries, pastas, and Honduran cuisine! The food is fantastic and we use the freshest ingredients available and cater to our guests specific desires and to any of their dietary restrictions. Guests are set up below waterfalls and by candle light to wine and dine! The sound of falling water is always in the background and each suite/cabin has its own private veranda facing the lower waterfall! Las Cascadas Lodge has just a few rooms and therefore excellent individualized service. We plan activities for guests if desired like rafting, horseback riding, hiking, scenic tours, canopy/zipline tours and more. Our attention is focused on all of details of your stay The lodge is famous for the natural swimming pools below the 5 falls and having all amenities and comforts in an extremely exotic and beautiful place! If you are looking for a blend of adventure and relaxation or just some time in an incredible spot to unwind and be catered to the lodge is just the ticket!We would love to host your stay! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Las Cascadas Hotel La Ceiba
- Las Cascadas Lodge Honduras/La Ceiba