I've stayed all over Latin America and the Caribbean, and normally don't write reviews, but I had to make an exception in this case. Las Cascadas may just be the most remarkable place I've ever been to. It was literally like living in a fantasy world for several days.
The property is set in a lush jungle, and sits right next to a beautiful waterfall. Just a few steps away is another set of falls which empty into a large pool that's ideal for swimming. If that's not enough, there's an even larger cascade about a half hour walk further upstream, also complete with it's own swimming hole.
Ryan, the on-site manager, was an absolute joy to deal with while making travel arrangements...responsive, full of practical information, and he took care of all our transportation needs in getting from the airport to the lodge. Once we arrived, that top notch level of customer service never stopped. He and Maggie made sure all of our needs were met, and more often than not, anticipated them every step of the way. They were also great at answering any and all questions about the surrounding area.
At lodges like this, where the meals are included in the price, there tends to be a "fixed" menu every night. But not here. Olvin, the on site personnel chef, not only gave you several options with every meal, but would also cook your food to order. Olvin also doubled as our tour guide for the long day hike the lodge offers...about 5 hours round trip to an incredible 180 foot waterfall, as well as another great swimming hole. It was a bit of workout, but great, great fun. Olvin made sure we stayed out of trouble, provided loads of information about the local flora and fauna, and even knew the best spots for taking pictures.
One of the things that make this place so special is that the staff (Olvin and Ryan among others) seem genuinely interested in making sure you have a good time. You can laze around by the waterfalls, swim, relax, or go on more adventurous options. We chose white water rafting in addition to the day hike, and it too was just exceptional. The scenery alone made it so worthwhile. Ditto for the trip up the valley to visit some local villages. Did I mention there's a place offering Thai Massages right by the side of the river right near the lodge too?
I could go on, and you might think I'm exaggerating. But I'm not. This place is that good, and more than deserving of all the 5 star reviews it got before we visited. With a limited number of rooms, the atmosphere of seclusion and privacy in a protected setting is unmatched. If your idea of a vacation is sitting at a big fancy resort and getting drunk by the pool, this may not be the place for you. But otherwise, a stay here is a no-brainer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All Inclusive: meals, bar, drinks, alcohol, snacks, desserts, juices. Over 100 acre property of jungle and an orange orchard. Exotic birds, and monkeys, toucans, and hummingbirds. River access, private pools and lots of waterfalls (all natural) on site. Fresh water private swimming. Waterfalls you can hear from the lodge and from every room. Adventure options are plenty. In house tours include canyoning/waterfall descents, guided hiking, sightseeing tours, and many other tours nearby i.e. rafting, horseback riding, birding, ziplining, canopy tour, Cayos Cochinos. Private Chef cooking meals to order. Vegetarian, Vegan, Local cuisine and seafood fresh, quality. Backup Power, Wi Fi everywhere. Great service, local staff. Group rates, private lodging, weddings, Families, honeymoons, anniversaries. Great package rates, on site masseuse. Waterfall Hotel Honduras ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Las Cascadas Hotel La Ceiba
- Las Cascadas Lodge Honduras/La Ceiba