First of all, the hospitality at Hacienda San Lucas is second to none; the hosts are uniformly warm, helpful, and entertaining. Flavia, for whom the hacienda, is her historic home, is a delight. Likewise, the same is true for Argie. The staff--although few speak English--is lovely and helpful. The original hacienda houses two rooms (ideal for those who may have difficulty with stairs to the upper two lodgings, which are new construction) as well as the historic kitchen (an open fire where the freshly-made tortillas are made), a bar, a lounge/study (Wi-Fi), the "new" kitchen, and the patio where meals are delightfully served. The lawn down to the overlook is filled with birdsong, and it's possible to see large groups of parrots/parakeets. Lounge chairs for evening sunset watching are placed at the overview, and it's a wonderful place to have an evening drink and look across the river to the ruins of Copan. (Do put on insect spray!)
The meals are inspired. The chef takes traditional food of Copan and then updates it to modern sensibilities and tastes. There are multiple courses, so it's important to linger over dinner and enjoy--and perhaps not eat every last bite. A coffee flan was to die for delicious. The Tilapia the best we've ever eaten. Breakfast menus are printed in both English and Spanish. Wine is available for dinner--as are beer and cocktails.
The rooms are lovely and lit primarily by candles but there is a light in the bathroom and two solar-powered lights in the bedroom. For nighttime reading, travelers may wish to pack booklamps. The tight screens on the windows keep bugs away. The only downside about the rooms is that it's quite easy to hear your neighbors, but that was not a major problem. At each end of the lodging building are two hammocks as well as chairs. Benches with pillows front the building.
There is a lovely meditation/yoga pavilion on another lookout point below the Hacienda. Also, massages are available. Likewise, the staff can arrange guides for tours of Copan, the Macaw Refuge, or birdwatching. We had two guides--one for the ruins, and one for birdwatching--and both were excellent. The driver for the Hacienda is excellent in delivering guests to the ruins. We recommend 3 nights at the Hacienda although the typical package (bundled with Lodge Pico Bonito for instance) is 2 nights. It's a rather long drive between La Ceiba and Copan (although air is an option once one has made the halfway drive to San Pedro Sula).
This was a romantic and lovely stay. If a queasy stomach is a problem, do ask for the special tea. The graphic artwork of Frida Larios, the daughter-in-law of Flavia is stunning--and even possible to take home. In many ways, we preferred this lodging over the "small luxury hotel" of the Lodge at Pico Bonito.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel Hacienda San Lucas is a hundred year old family hacienda offering a unique and exclusive cultural experience. It is located directly across and above the archeological park of Copan Ruinas. San Lucas is renown by its five star individualized services, eg, culinary destination, small intimate weddings, yoga retreats and more. It is a magic space where visitors from around the world are able to stop time, feel and renew energy. Hacienda San Lucas combines century-old ambiance with first-class service, authentic Maya country cuisine and a spectacular view of the Valley and Ruins of Copan. Eight distinct rooms with solar lighting, comfortable hammocks, nature trails, ceremonial archaeological site and candlelit dinners allow you to relax and enjoy the healing energy of this unique hacienda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hacienda San Lucas Hotel Copan