In The Lodge of Luxury
Mayoka Lodge boasts luxurious accommodations and breathtaking island views
Photos courtesy Mayoka Lodge
A luxury-villa on the Honduran island of Roatan now tops my list of places to unwind.
The first evening I visited the Mayoka Lodge, the chef fluttered around the kitchen with last minute preparations. Owners Paul and Mandy Croucher, greeted me with a glass of champagne and we toasted the majestic sunset. A love of diving brought these Brits together and today, they play host to one of the most unique island retreats in the world.
Walking through the dining area and out to the infinity pool, lush greenery leads you to the ocean. Access to a private beach is just one of many Mayoka amenities.
Head to the top of this three-level lodge for a glimpse of the pristine hillside location. The birds eye view is unreal. The pantry is stocked according to your requests and the breakfast bar overlooks the pool. Freshly squeezed orange juice and robust Honduran coffee are morning staples. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are prepared in-house and enjoyed around the grand oak dining table.
The evening I visited, dinner was fresh snapper with mango sauce, coconut bread, green beans with almonds, and coconut rice. Perfect for a family or group of friends, the lodge sleeps 12 comfortably. When you’re not enjoying the water, take pleasure in movies, games, poker, and billiards on the first level entertainment area. Hop behind the wet bar to mix your favorite drinks and reserve time to view the wine cellar, full of Central American labels.
With a four-poster canopy bed and picturesque bay views, the master bedroom is worth drawing straws for. From the high ceilings to the classic claw toe tub, the luxury quotient is sky high.
I tried to stay away from the desserts, but knowing the chef worked all day perfecting the key lime pie, what kind of guest would I be if I didn’t try it? As expected, it was sublime.