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 553 Reviews
Peaceful setting
Reviewed 3 days ago

The food is delicious (vegan only) and service is impeccable. The view of volcanos and lake atitlan is magnificent. Whole hotel is just a wonderful setting. Beds are comfy and the A/C works splendidly. Bar prices are reasonable. Pool was a little chilly but clean.

Luxury and you can feel good about helping the world
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Laguna Lodge is one of the most luxurious places I've stayed - with careful attention to detail. But what really makes it stand out is the commitment to sustainable travel. The UN identifies sustainable travel as one of the most immediate things we can do to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030. This means keeping your tourism money in the local community and protecting the environment. Laguna Lodge has worked carefully to create local jobs and use natural local resources as much as possible. It's all well documented in the books in the room, which is an important touch.

This means you can relax in luxury, and know that every dollar you spend is one of the most effective things you can do to help the world. And you get to know the folks you are helping, the folks working there are locals and are great to hang out with. It's really not that hard, you get to lay around with a cocktail looking at beautiful mountains, helping the world while you do it.

Amazing!!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was nothing short of amazing! As a first time solo traveler, I felt safe and the staff was very attentive. Food was good given it was all vegetarian. It was a little pricey, but you can get to the near by towns by a short boat ride and get things a little cheaper. I will definitely be back

Stunning Realxing Must stay!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was more than thrilled with Laguna Lodge! The rooms are beautifully decorated in traditional style with beautiful balcony views. I would highly recommend the all inclusive package as the food was phenomenal!! I stayed 2 nights and dinner both evenings was beyond any expectations I had. Easy walk to the shoreline of Santa Cruz. You can also grab a boat right from the doc at the hotel. The hotel shuttle was convenient.

Girls trip!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved Laguana Lodge. People were friendly, food was great, loved the staff. 6 of us girls went and every afternoon watched the sunset from the upper "living room". Just an amazing place. And the rooms were perfect. All with great views and decorated beautiful with big compfy beds! Hooefully we will be back! Thank you Laguana Lodge and special thanks to Leslie!