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 535 Reviews
Beautiful
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The lodge was incredible! The staff was very friendly and always willing the help. The detail of the lodge all the artifacts and statutes were superb. The rooms were large and comfortable.
The two biggest reasons I suggest going here are the views from the room and the coffee! We never had a fully clear day while we were there, but the view was spectacular! Speaking of do the hike on the grounds if you can. The coffee is grown on the mountain behind the lodge, ground fresh, and brought out in a French press.

The only other information is be sure you know the food is vegetarian. Otherwise is could be a bit of a shock.

A+
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some of the most beautiful craftsmanship I've ever seen in a hotel. Very kind staff. Everything was perfect.

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Amazing and true eco-luxury!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Such a lovely place for a special occasion. I was impressed how they truly operate the lodge according to ecological standards. The staff is very motivated, professional and super friendly. It really seems they are very happy to work here too. Everything was perfect! The location is stunning and the lake is clean here to swim. You can also take the Kayaks and paddle around or hike on the Lodge's trails around the reserve.

If there is a heaven on earth, this is it!
Reviewed 2 months ago

We arrived at Laguna Lodge on a dark and rainy evening, but even then we could detect there was something special about this place. Coming in from the rain, we were greeted by the friendly staff that gave us a brief orientation and then lead us to our majestic suite. The wall to wall and ceiling to floor windows were a giveaway that the morning view would be glorious. We each showered and warmed up before dinner, where we delighted in a fireside chat and candlelit dinner, featuring three courses that were absolutely to die for.

The next day, and days to come, we were eager to awake with the sun to watch the clouds part and reveal volcanoes at every turn. San Pedro and Toliman were the perfect back drop to morning coffees on the private balcony, and afternoons full of reading and refreshments on the lakeside deck.

It is rare that one discovers a place that offers such a heavenly experience. It was really difficult to leave three nights later. My advise is to be prepared to be heartbroken when it is finally time to leave this paradise, as even the parting shots from the charter boat are equally beautiful as they are difficult to accept.

We could not have asked for a better place to spend a few relaxing days by the lake. Everything about this place is luxurious, it really is a slice of paradise. We can't wait to go back!

A honeymooners dream
Reviewed 2 months ago

Wow! Had the most amazing stay. Having decided to spend our honeymoon at Laguna Lodge the staff service and ambience certainly exceeded expectations. Lesley, in particular, went to all length the ensure we had the best stay. She organised a great your to Santago which was fantastic. My wife being gluten intolerant had great confidence in the menu. The food was delicious along with quality wine selection. Can not wait to return. A big huge thank you to all the wonderful staff that contributed to our amazing stay.