Top luxury stays in Guatemala

Jurg Widmer Guatemala

In this blog we’ve featured many of the best sights and experiences in Guatemala – many of which are often very affordable. This time we wanted to focus on the more luxury end of things – those hotels and resorts that might cost a little more than usual, but which will give you a unique experience you will truly never forget. So, with that in mind, here is our pick of our top luxury stays in Guatemala.

  1. La Lancha, Tikal

Tikal is a special place, full stop. The ancient Mayan city is absolutely awe-inspiring and is at the top of the bucket list for most visitors to Guatemala. And this, unfortunately, is also the issue – unless you get there before dawn, it can be a very busy and extremely touristy place to spend a few hours. That’s why we love La Lancha so much. It’s a remarkably luxurious hotel that offers a secluded getaway for anyone who is tired of the crowds at Tikal. At La Lancha you’ll find yourself surrounded by the rainforest, with abundant wildlife right on your doorstep. For a bit of added glamour, the hotel is owned by film director Francis Ford Coppola.

  1. Posada Belen, Guatemala City

Guatemala City can feel like an overly-busy and sometimes ugly city to those who don’t take the time to get to know it. Because despite the hustle and bustle, there are plenty of places where you can find a little oasis of tranquillity in the urban sprawl – and the timeless Posada Belen is one such place. This luxury hotel is in a 19th century colonial style home that has also been converted into a museum. It’s close by the historic centre, but tucked away from the crowds, and is itself a fascinating insight into the history of the country. It is absolutely packed with Mayan artefacts too, meaning that there is plenty to keep you interested during your stay.

  1. Casa Santa Rosa Hotel, Antigua

We also wanted to mention another beautiful colonial era hotel, this time in the historic city of Antigua. The Casa Santa Rosa Hotel is close by the Las Capuchinas Convent and the La Merced Church, but it is such a peaceful spot it is the kind of place you’ll want to spend plenty of time. At the heart of Casa Santa Rosa is a quiet courtyard where you can sit and relax, and the rooms themselves are all furnished to a very high standard in the classic colonial style. A chance to step back in time and leave the busy modern world behind for a while.

  1. Casa Palopó, Lake Atitlán

Lake Atitlán is another hugely popular destination for most visitors to Guatemala, who come to see both the beautiful lake and the spectacular surrounding volcanoes. So, it can be a busy place, which is why a hotel as luxurious and peaceful as Casa Palopó on the lake shore is a huge bonus. It is a truly stunning setting, close by the lake and with views of the volcanoes all around, The service here is absolutely perfect too – striking the ideal balance between always having someone to hand to meet your needs while at the same time leaving you plenty of space to chill out and relax. You can either stay in one of the suites in the main house or in the secluded hilltop villa. It’s even got a heliport, if you don’t fancy walking too far.

  1. Hotel Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua

It’s back to Antigua again for our final stay – and the wonderful Casa Santo Domingo. This place deserves a mention if only for the wonderful building you get to stay in: a converted convent, first founded in the 1500s and now a stunning luxury hotel. You get a real sense of Guatemalan history here, not least became you are surrounded by it everywhere you go – in the religious artefacts that line the walls, and in the ruins that are all that remain of the buildings that were destroyed in the various huge earthquakes that have hit the city over the centuries. A truly special hotel experience.

Jürg Widmer 

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