- Pico Bonito Lodge (the North Coast; tel. 888/428-0221; www.picobonito.com): While you can see wildly biodiverse Parque Nacional Pico Bonito near La Ceiba a number of ways, few would argue against a stay at luxurious Pico Bonito Lodge, which has a butterfly farm, its own set of trails, a resort-style pool, spa facilities, and a gourmet restaurant. Guided hikes bring you through former cacao fields, across several levels of tropical forest, and to much-needed soaks in swimming holes and at waterfalls.
- Hotel Telamar (the North Coast; tel. 504/2269-4414; www.hoteltelamar.com): This neighborhood of pastel-colored stilted villas was once owned by Tela Railroad Company executives on one of Tela's best beaches. With the addition of a few posh buildings with hotel-style rooms, several restaurants, and a 90m-long (395-ft.) pool, complete with waterfalls and slides, it was transformed into Tela's first resort. Even the old villas have been remodeled and are rented out by the day or week. The combination of history and luxury has never been better.
- Infinity Bay (the Bay Islands; tel. 504/2445-5016; www.infinitybay.com): If the hotel's massive infinity pool doesn't put a twinkle in your eye, the intoxicatingly turquoise water on the best stretch of beach in the country surely will. This condo-resort is the most upscale that West Bay Beach, or anywhere on Roatán for that matter, has seen. When Phase II is completed, they'll add a full-service spa and another restaurant.
- Palmetto Bay Plantation (the Bay Islands; tel. 504/9991-0811; www.palmettobayplantation.com): Isolated on a stretch of Roatán's loneliest shore, this hotel gave the island one of its first tastes of the worldly exotic, with the Balinese-style eco-friendly beach houses. This notion was pushed further with the filming of Temptation Island International.
- Portal del Angel (Tegucigalpa; tel. 504/2239-6538; www.portaldelangelhn.com): This place has buckets of style, maybe more than anywhere else in the country. Right in the Zona Viva, near the best restaurants in the capital, the opulent boutique digs are adorned with marble pillars, wrought-iron balconies, and parquet floors, and appointed with handmade furniture. It is much more than just a nice change from the business-leisure hotels that dominate Tegus.
- Real Intercontinental (Tegucigalpa; tel. 504/2290-2700; www.ichotelsgroup.com): Of the major business hotels in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the Real Intercontinental is tops. Modern, tech-friendly facilities, trendy lounges and restaurants that are centers of cool in the city, a pleasant pool area, and a great location make the 157-room property superb.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.