We stayed at Villa Sumaya after trying a more "budget" hotel nearby and fell in love with the hotel for it's quiet ambience, attentive staff and comfortable rooms. Additionally, since we were traveling in the low season, we were made to feel a part of a family instead of just hotel guests. The spa is wonderful with excellent staff and the food was some of the best (mostly vegetarian) and freshest we had in Guatemala. Our room had amazing views of the volcanos and we spent some tranquil time just getting to know our fellow travelers, drinking tea and doing watercolors on the spacious front porch. This is not a luxury hotel but the water was plentiful and hot, the room was meticulously clean and the food was great. We had a big choice of activities on the property and took advantage of using the yoga studio for own sessions and also took a wonderful group class. We hiked the property, soaked in the hot tub, read from the extensive library of books and helped ourselves to the beautiful teas that are available anytime in the dining room. There is also a well-curated gift shop of unique and beautiful items at very reasonable prices. I was able to pick up some souvenirs and gifts without the hassle of the Panajachel tourist traps. I noticed the prices were comparable to the ones in town but at Villa Sumaya you are supporting the artisans directly and they give a portion of the sales to their local charity. Finally, I have to comment on the healing and spiritual aspects of Villa Sumaya. The owner, Wendy, has imbued the entire property with a feeling of nurturing, peace and harmony. You literally feel it in the warm presence of the staff, the thoughtful arrangement of the grounds and the beauty of every detail of the structures.
Santa Cruz La Laguna is a small, laid back village. No nightlife and not a ton of activities but all that is a boat ride away and besides, you don't need to leave Villa Sumaya in order to have a fantastic Lago Atitlan experience.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Sumaya Hotel
- Villa Sumaya Hotel Santa Cruz La Laguna
- Villa Sumaya Guatemala/Lake Atitlan