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“Peaceful Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lake Villa Guatemala

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Lake Villa Guatemala
Rural Route, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala   |  
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Peaceful Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

The Lake Villa Guatemala experience was for me, moving, inspiring and great fun. From the authentically-prepared, vegan meals to the surprising insightful Cacao Shaman, I found my body, mind, and heart nourished and nurtured.

I came to Lake Villa Guatemala with an intention to compose music. As a busy musician, it’s easy to get stuck in regular routines and lose the creative edge that draws me to music in the first place. While there, I enjoyed the kayak rides, the visits to local Mayan markets, the delicious food, the sacred ceremonies… and something about the spirit of the place. I found my creativity flowering in the peaceful presence of something I can’t quite name. Not only did I compose some of my greatest works ever, these many months later, I find that same creative energy is still with me.

I highly recommend the Lake Villa Guatemala experience as is a rare opportunity to open yourself to receive beautiful gifts of spirit.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Traci S, Owner at Lake Villa Guatemala, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
It was a joy to have you here and help you take advantage of so much Lake Atitlan has to offer.

It has been a joy to see the creative spark that took hold here transform into your first CD!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

It's one thing to call Lake Atitlan the most beautiful lake in the world. It's another to see it. Stunning. I can only compare it to places like the Greek Islands and the towns that ring Richardson Bay in Marin County, California. But a lot more interesting!

The Lake Villa is a perfect place to enjoy the lake. Far enough away from everything to be quiet and tranquil, Close enough to visit any of the lake's fascinating indigenous villages via a short boat ride. (Boats are the best way to get around the lake.)

The proprietor Traci Styner is a fantastic vegan chef and her modern, spacious villa home is gorgeous. She's also very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and is a wealth of information you won't find in any guidebook. My first time at the lake and in Guatemala and it was great.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Traci S, Owner at Lake Villa Guatemala, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
It was my pleasure to introduce you to Lake Atitlan and help make your visit to Guatemala special.
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Additional Information about Lake Villa Guatemala

Address: Rural Route, Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santiago Atitlan
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Santiago Atitlan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the shore of Lake Atitlan, surrounded by volcanoes in the highlands of Guatemala, lies a unique destination: Lake Villa Guatemala. A private lakefront villa with spacious guest rooms, luxurious grounds, beautiful views, thoughtfully prepared whole food cuisine, and unparalleled personalized attention. This is not a typical hotel, guest house, or B&B. We create a one-of-a-kind experience. ... more   less 
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Lake Villa Guatemala Santiago Atitlan, Lake Atitlan

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