Rio Cangrejal, Km.6 carretera a Yaruca, La Ceiba, Honduras
Las Cascadas is the place Aphrodite would have chosen to meet her lovers if she had emerged from the foamy waters in Honduras instead of Cyprus. The waterfalls, rainforest, and personal service are unsurpassed.
When your driver from Las Cascadas picks you up at the airport in La Ceiba, expect a short familiarization tour of the area before you hit a four–mile drive over a gravel road that follows the Cangrejal River. When the solid wood doors open to allow the car to enter the La Cascadas, you enter a hidden Eden.
Built in 2004 on the edge of Pico Bonito National Park, the small, intimate luxury resort was created to take advantage of the beautiful waterfalls, the sounds of them being ever–present throughout. The Great Room looks out onto the cascades and is home to the kitchen, bar, dining area, relaxation area, and office. The architecture stays true to Honduran style using local woods and buildings with thatched roofs. Local handicrafts provide the accents.
The property, designed by award–winning architect David Sellon, was created to make guests feel like it is their dream home or that they are living "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." You won't find opulence, but understated elegance that is in harmony with nature. It is obvious that the owner/architect takes a personal interest in maintaining a high level of service and upkeep.
The ambiance is an at–home feel with the dining and sitting room facing the waterfalls, creating a vista that is hard to surpass. Meals are served family–style on a large dining table or tete–a–tete in a dining alcove; however, guests can opt to dine anywhere on the property that tickles their fancy. Mealtime is when Modesto really comes into his own. He brings his extensive experience in the hospitality industry to Las Cascasdas. The guests set menus and meal times. Modesto asks, "What is your pleasure for dinner? May I suggest…" Mediterranean cuisine is featured but the menu changes daily based on the guest's requests and what is fresh. The small bar offers a variety of libations and a modest, but well thought out, wine selection.
Two of the accommodations are accessed from the Great Room enhancing the "my–home" feel. Other options include the two–story Bejuco Cabin a short walk from the Lodge. All three sport a screened porch and a view of the falls. Another cabin, the River House, is located across the road affording a view of the river. All accommodations have queen–size beds with high–end linens and netting, a desk, and walls accented with local handicraft items. The cabins have a loft with an extra bed making them suitable for families. There are no TVs or electronic intrusions in the rooms but there is a DVD/32" TV available in the Great Room for use on those rainy days. The air conditioning unit can serve as a dehumidifier if used in conjunction with the ceiling fan. Windows are screened with wooden louvers. Laundry service is included in the price––a welcome perk that is almost unheard of elsewhere. Bathrooms are all unique with the cabins having an outdoor and inside shower. Robes are provided.
Swimming in the waterfall pools is a delight but there is also a small pool with a hot tub plus a terrace bar. Hiking along well–maintained natural trails to other waterfalls. Nature watching (birds and monkeys) is one of the favorite activities but the staff will arrange a wide assortment of tours and activities, from river rafting to rainforest tours. Las Cascasdas is an escape to a tropical paradise so guests looking for day–long planned activities should look elsewhere but if you revel in nature and yearn to escape the modern world, you will find time passing too quickly.
Web Address: www.lascascadaslodge.com
Total Number of Rooms: 4 suites
Published rates: $275 to $ 325 (for two all inclusive)
Review and photos by Sandra Scott.