The 1/2 acre property is terraced with rock walls framing the beautiful organic gardens ....it is a short 3 minute walk from the private dock where we catch the boat taxis to the main town for shopping...there are no cars here ....only (safe) foot paths .......Santa Cruz is a safe and secure place .......in our valley, it is quiet and peaceful .........there is a yoga center nearby ....
The house has THE VIEW and many renters just sit on the sofa on the deck and look out ....seeing the valley with its lushness, the wonderful lake, and the volcanoes across the lake.... it gets very comfortable .....Francisco, the caretaker for 13 years maintain the property...washer/dryer, internet are all available ........it's a meditative environment ........ we are eco friendly ....we take care of all garbage and compost, bidets on toilets, recycle everything .... the house has 1500 sq. ft living space, large living / kitchen combo ...Japanese Sitza bath (soaking tub) ....all beds have orthopedic mattresses ........
To Whom It May Concern:
I am writing this letter to help make your decision renting in Guatemala a little easier.
I am a world traveler and this year, I spent two months at Joel and Joyce's upper home on Lake Atitlan. I highly recommend their place for many reasons.
The view from the large comfortable porch is priceless. It is among the best on the Lake. It is amazing. It's not only a spectacular view of the Lake but also of the two volcanoes as well. It is a wonderful place to also take in the beauty of each sunrise and sunset.
The home is in a convenient and safe location and I found it be comfortable and clean. The kitchen and bathroom were spacious and more than ample.
Joel and Joyce were very accommodating and fulfilled everyone of my personal requests.
A real plus was the Wi-Fi, as not all of the places there have this feature.
I cannot express in words the beauty and great adventure I found there.
Hopefully, you will too!
I had fallen in love with a picture of the owner on their dock and just had to go and see it myself. WOW! It was even better than I anticipated, the accomendations were beautiful! You never get tired of looking at the view and the enchanting fireflies at night. The nearby vegitarian restaurant was great, we went several times. The trip to the nearby (by water taxie) town to shop was wonderful with great bargins and good food. It was like being in your own little paradise! It was the "best first country" experience I have ever had and I am on my third passport, so I do travel extensively.
Are you looking for a break from crowded freeways, noisy restaurants, and long lines at the grocery store? If this is the case then this Guatemalan sanctuary is the perfect place for you. Nestled on a hillside overlooking Lake Atitlan and its majestic volcanoes, this home is a peaceful setting for a relaxing retreat. The property is beautifully maintained by the caretaker and housekeeper who lovingly care for the home throughout the year. The bedrooms have firm comfortable beds with separate bathrooms available. Natural lighting and beautiful stonework create a soothing bathing experience. The focal point of the property is the Buddha room which is a twelve-sided Yurt made of beautiful natural wood polished to a golden sheen. Hand painted murals decorate the outside walls and the hand carved doors reflect the vibrant colors and the opulent foliage of the countryside. There is an adjoining kitchen and doors which open out to patios and a garden setting. You may sit and read a book on the patio under the shade of the beautiful trees and shrubs or you may wander about the gardens through graceful pathways of natural stone, quiet pools of water, and terraced areas filled with lush vegetation. If you tire of cooking you may take an easy walk to Villa Sumaya which is a yoga retreat and restaurant in close proximity to the house. Here you will enjoy freshly prepared food with natural ingredients while enjoying a panoramic view of the lake. If you enjoy shopping, a short boat ride across the lake to Santiago or San Pedro will allow you to purchase hand crafted items ranging from jewelry, to purses, as well as amazing wall hangings and pillow covers. This is a perfect retreat for people looking for a unique vacation experience.
Santa Cruz La Laguna is even more beautiful than the photos! The amazing lake is the perfect setting for this sprawling, spacious and comfortable getaway. And it really feels like you are all alone in your perfect world, surrounded by the colorful, fragrant lovingly tended gardens. All the rooms (bedrooms, baths, sitting area ) are large, spotlessly clean with plenty of room for relaxing, dancing, exercising -even storing your luggage.) The view of the lake from the terrace is spectacular, especially at sunrise and sunset and you will even be treated to a private light show in the garden (lightening bugs showing off their stuff!) There are plenty of walks by the lake with some interesting places to visit (good little resturants, a yoga retreat.) Easy access (newly constructed boat dock) to the nearby city by boat. There are laundy facilites on site. I hope to return soon and have been recommending this lovely place to anyone who loves nature and travel. Thank your to the kind and helpful owners (and their wonderful grounds keepers and help) who made visit the perfect holiday!
This is an amazing property! I'd seen pictures but it's hard to believe until you're here how beautiful it is. The surrounding trees are filled with birds who will sing you awake and a cicada chorus that will lull you to sleep at night. Walkable to lodges with great food or it's easy to catch a boat to surrounding towns for some of the best shopping you'll find. During our stay, the weather was perfect, with clear, cool mornings, sunny warm mid day. Heavy rains only at night when we were inside. You must be mobile and agile to enjoy this area, and have a sense of adventure, but you will be rewarded for the effort.