My girlfriend and I arrived at Villa Sumaya after an awful experience at Casa Rosa (see separate review). Within the first five minutes we both realised we had found a hidden gem. The first thing that strikes you is the cleanliness and order of the place - there is a wonderful attention to detail applied to everything, from the pictures on the walls to the door handles.
It is important to state that Villa Sumaya is more of an upmarket yoga and mediation retreat with a real focus on holistic living, from fresh organic food to the plethora of treatments on offer. It can however just as easily be viewed as a beautiful and calm hotel for a perfect romantic getaway.
We both loved the atmosphere of the place. The staff, the cooks and the owner all try to make Villa Sumaya something special. We particularly loved the yoga and mediation temples, where you can sit on a beautiful parquet floor and meditate with the most breathtaking view of the lake, or just close your eyes and focus on the sounds of birds and the water.
It is not cheap, so definitely not a place to stay if you are on a tight budget, however you get a lot for the money you pay and for us it was worth every penny.
If you don't mind a bit of a climb to your room and are not too scared of heights, then I would recommend room 9. It is high up, but so amazing, with unobstructed views of the lake from you bed - this in itself is worth a night in this room.
If you really don't like spiders (which exist everywhere around the lake) then rooms 1 to 4 (or 5) seemed to be the best to stay in - they are also beautiful and on the level of the restaurant so you can easily pop back into your room whenever you want (but don't have the seclusion or view of room 9 or 10).
I have to mention the food, which is probably the most healthy and tasty food I have ever had - not sure why or how they manage it, but everyone we spoke to also agreed.
My only negative point is that the WIFI access was intermittent, but they may have sorted this out by the time you stay, but if this is something that is very important to you then it is worth checking beforehand.
Overall, for those who love beautiful and tranquil settings, and especially for those who enjoy meditation and yoga and holistic living, Villa is a great place to recharge. You wont be disappointed.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Sumaya Hotel Santa Cruz La Laguna
- Villa Sumaya Guatemala/Lake Atitlan