My first glimpse at the secluded bay - flanked by volcanoes and towering cliffs - suggested that my time at La Fortuna was going to be splendid, but it took a few hours for the experience to really sink in.
A quick hike to the viewpoint over the property and the bay took my breath way, and primed me for a dip in the lake; I spent five nights at Atitlan, and found few places to swim as pleasant as this one - bonus points for the Muskoka chairs on the dock.
The property has the feel of a well-kept secret, especially since it's nigh impossible to see your neighbors from the deck of your private bungalow. I took my morning coffee on the deck, but didn't wait long to move down to the water to watch the local fisherfolk tuck their nets under the glassy surface of the lake.
I wish I would have had more time to sample the food here; the kitchen put together one of the finest steak dinners I've had in years. Listen to Steve and Kat when they make a recommendation – they’re spot on.
I wish I would have had more time here, period; this was an excellent experience at a beautiful lakeside retreat. My bungalow was spacious, the second-floor reading room a beautifully executed idea, and the outdoor/garden restroom perfectly relaxing. By the time I went to bed I began to realize just how lucky I was to be visiting this quiet little Atitlan haven. Owners Kat and Steve have done a wonderful job of developing their property into something extraordinary, one that I hope to visit again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the shores of Lake Atitlán under the San Pedro, Atitlán, and Toliman volcanoes, La Fortuna at Atitlan is tucked into the private bay of Patzisotz, only a 5 minute boat ride from Panajachel. Here you can relax in our lush jungle and gardens, and take in the view of Central America’s most spectacular lake. Hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and exploring the indigenous villages around the lake can be organized through the resort. Come and experience the natural and cultural wonder of Lago Atitlan at La Fortuna. Suites all have stunning private garden bathrooms with huge hot tubs, as well as a cozy loft with day bed and breathtaking views of the lake. Standard bungalows have a private garden bathroom with rain shower, and queen and single beds.We have a fire heated hot tub on the front of the property and a swim up floating dock. There is free wifi on the property, as well. We can help you arrange transportation from the airport or from/to other destinations in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Belize. Please note this location is NOT ideal for those individuals who have mobility issues or for small children. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Fortuna At Atitlan Guatemala/Lake Atitlan