4.5
Very Good 574 Reviews
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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 574 Reviews
The best vacation my family ever took
joecY1195ZG

The resort was fantastic. The folks working there were friendly and took care of all the details. Our rooms were ready and greeted with a fresh fruit beverage.
I was a little worried about a vegetarian/vegan resteraunt, but everything was fantastic. I will never eat French toast again because the oatmeal/coconut encrusted French toast was the best I ever had. Dinner was in a beautiful dining room looking out on the lake with a warm fire in the fireplace and music was a perfect setting for great food.
The nature reserve had a wonderful hike BUT BE SURE TO TAKE A MAP. I did not and took a turn left when I should have gone right and turned a 40 minute round trip into and 1:20 minute that worried my family. Wonderful views from point 14. Kayaks and swimming were great.
DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND STAY HERE. IT WAS AWESOME! Actual view from our room.

The BEST FAMILY lodge at Lake Atitlan
courageous123

If you are traveling with your family and looking to stay at Lake Atitlan, then look know further than Laguna Lodge.

Here are a few of the things you and your family will be sure to enjoy:

1) The Boat Ride, La Laguna Lodge was voted by National Geographic as being one of the top places in the wild to visit; the 'in the wild' part comes into play not only because it is on a nature reserve, but also by fact that to get to the lodge, you take a motorboat across the lake. The motorboat ride is stunning, as you zoom by tall mountains towering on the edge of the shore, you feel like your entering a whole new world and a since of curiosity beckons you to your destination.
2) The Rooms & View are simply put: Absolutely Spectacular! Each of the rooms, looks out to the volcano range across the lake. You will want to be sure to catch the sunrise to start out the day with inspiration and the sunset to bring in the close of the day with a since of tranquil.
3) The Meals: These all vegetarian meals might be missing the meat but they are not missing any taste.
4) Hiking: Laguna Lodge is located on a Nature Reserve and you can go on a hike right behind the lodge and the higher you go, the better the view.
5) Hot Tub & Kayaking: Who doesn't love both of these activities?
6) Great Hospitality & Kind Service

Honeymoon visit
Edel G

This place is so relaxing. If you’re looking for a small quiet location, with very attentive staff then this is the place! We didn’t realise until we arrived that it was vegetarian food only but we didn’t mind it. The villages nearby are so easily accessible if you do want different foods. The breakfast was the best. And fabulous coffee. Would go back tomorrow if we could!