4.5
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What We Love

  • With just six suites on three levels, Laguna Lodge feels like a decadent vacation home
  • No roads lead to this serene escape — access is by boat only
  • Inventive, rich and flavorful veggie cuisine served in the Zotz restaurant
  • Hiking the private nature reserve trails to a hammock in the hilltop palapa
  • The lodge is a living, breathing how-to guide for eco-friendly, sustainable living
  • Ever-accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable, the 100 percent indigenous staff is the heart of Laguna Lodge

What To Know

  • The drive from Guatemala City, partially along winding mountain roads, takes around three hours
  • Winds kicking up on the lake in the afternoons can make lake crossings quite rough
  • Public boats travel regularly around the lake and can be waved down from the dock
  • Zotz restaurant serves all vegetarian fare, but most guests won’t miss meat here
  • Couples will love the fiery, romantic sunsets and intimate setting
  • From volcano hiking to lake diving, adventure travelers have a plethora of options
  • No TVs in rooms, but there’s reliable WiFi throughout the property
  • The pool is currently undergoing renovation due to rising lake levels

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

On a steep cliffside above the inky waters of Lake Atitlán, Laguna Lodge is a standout romantic escape happy to blend into its pristine natural setting. There are just six lake-facing suites, so personalized service from the small all-local staff is a given. What is delightfully unexpected is the luxury credentials at what must be one of the most eco-friendly hotels on the planet. Organic coffee is shade-grown in the nature reserve; solar panels line the roof, keeping the lodge off the grid as often as the sunshine will allow; and rain and lake water is painstakingly filtered to provide unlimited fresh drinking water.

Expat owners Mayah and Jeffro created the lodge as a natural extension of their passion for the local Mayan community and sustainable living. Building in their own private nature reserve in 1998, carpenter Jeffro and his indigenous crew used all local materials, including volcanic stone, adobe, wood and palm.{“type”:”img-inline”,”src”:”/static/images/product/properties/3082/prop-35256-1344976921-full.jpeg”,”width”:”275″,”caption”:”Built using all local materials, the quiet lodge is a how-to guide for sustainable living.”} The six suites are elegantly designed, with a flair for Mayan antique chic, done up with hand-carved four-poster beds, 1,000-thread-count sheets, colorful textiles, locally crafted art and furnishings and, most important, spacious balconies overlooking the volcano-framed lake.

The vegetarian Zotz restaurant serves seasonal gourmet cuisine harvested right in the lodge’s own organic garden. The pesto lasagna, mushroom stroganoff and crusted eggplant will leave even the most ardent carnivore considering a change in diet — and don’t miss the desserts made with Guatemalan cocoa. Fresh muffins and coffee are served every afternoon — perfect as a post-hike treat or, indeed, post-spa, post-siesta or post-morning-lounging-on-your-balcony.

Most guests are lured from the comforts of the lodge, however, by the wealth of local attractions. Cross the lake and explore Atitlán’s many colorful villages, shop craft markets or hike the challenging San Pedro volcano. Later, wander the well-maintained trails in the private Tzantizotz Nature Reserve, which has more than 100 acres of safe hiking for all fitness levels. Whatever you do, make time to do nothing at all and simply drink in the serenity of Guatemala’s spectacular natural landscape.

How to Get There

Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve
Tzantizotz
Santa Cruz La Laguna, 7010 Guatemala

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 566 Reviews
Magical place with probably the best service I've ever come across
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a real get-away in a truly romantic setting. We had one of the fabulous rooms at the top of the lodge, with a fantastic balcony overlooking the lake. Warm enough to leave the sliding doors from the room to the balcony open at night and be lulled to sleep by the sound of waves and weather.

Good hiking up the (steep) slopes of the hillside if you want that sort of thing (we did). Interesting flora and fauna. Easy to catch a boat to other attractions around the lake any time you want an excursion.

Food was delicious (note vegetarian) and locally inspired. I felt significantly healthier after several days on it! The restaurant is a spectacular place to hang out, the view of the lake never fails to disappoint whatever the weather. A great place to unwind lazily. Good selection of beers & spirits. Fun cocktails. Try the banana daiquiri. Then have another.

Finally, the service is quite simply fantastic. Friendly and discreet, and never intrusive. Our room was magically put back in shape immaculately whenever we left it, food and drink were prepared quickly and beautifully, help always on hand if you needed it. All without over-doing it. A class act. Genuinely friendly staff, we absolutely loved our stay with them.

Truly special place.

Amazing !
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely everything about our stay at Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve was incredible. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable when we asked questions about various hiking trails. Our room was gorgeous with a great view. We were in the Blanca suite- the pool is right outside this room, for us that was fine but for others that may be to close for comfort with other guest in and out. And there is a very sweet and friendly little black cat who liked to visit our patio for some pets once in awhile. We Loved that there is a nature trail outside the back of the resort. We left VERY early in the morning and the staff provided us with a bagged breakfast for the journey. Most of the booking was completed through email which was convenient as I have very limited Spanish. They also arranged airport transfers as well as boat transportation for us which was also very helpful. They even recommended a stop along the way at Iximche to see the Mayan ruins , which was a nice way to break up the journey from the airport. The food , what can I say about the food - spectacular! Absolutely everything we ate was amazing , we even just had a snack of chips and guacamole at one point and I swear it was the best I have ever had ! The food is vegetarian and one of us is a carnivore, both of us thought it was all fantastic! Very beautiful resort , wonderful people , amazing food , incredible views ! I cannot wait to go back ! My only advice to anyone is this , if you suffer AT ALL from motion sickness the ride through the mountain switchbacks (in the dark especially) can be a real challenge.... one I unfortunately lost when we were heading back to the airport, so ask the hotel for an extra bag when they give you your bagged breakfast for the road . BUT even with that , cannot wait to go back !

Heaven on Earth!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

From the moment we arrived, we loved Laguna Lodge. The rooms all overlook the lake which is so calm and peaceful in the mornings it's like looking at a painting. The service is outstanding, the staff really couldn't do enough to help us. The food was superb! It is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant and every meal was delicious. We were lucky enough to meet the owners and after chatting with them we appreciate how Laguna Lodge reflects their ethos of living ethically and in an eco friendly manner. Highly recommend this little piece of heaven on earth.

A gem of the atitlan lake
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our stay was fantastic. We really enjoy waking up in the morning and having the fantastic view of the volcanos right in front of our room. the food is delicious, the night coffee and the hard ginger cookies were amazing.I took a dive into the lake and on this side of the shore the water was very clean as fresh. The hotel has a steep natura reserve in the back which I really enjoyed. Since it was steep but easy, I had a great morning exercise and once at the top, the mesmerizing view of the entire lake served a well earned prize.the decoration of the room could not be better. There are well crafted Mayan artifact and all adorned with beautiful textiles. The restaurant has a fireplace with comfortable seats which I really enjoyed while drinking a cold beer made in Guatemala. At night there is magic in this place.

Paradise
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Following a service trip, we spent 4 nights at Lugana Lodge. The rustic building was inviting and cozy. The staff was welcoming and helpful.. Though our Spanish was not great nor was their English, communication was not a problem.. we were provided with ideas of places to visit, hikes to take and transportation ( boat) to places we wanted to go. The food.. all vegetarian.. was outstanding . It was easy , too, to just relax on the balcony and let the volcanoes and beautiful lake help you dream the day away. Lake Atitlan is a gem and Laguna Lodge is the perfect place to enjoy it.