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“Great place to visit and recharge yourself!”
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Villa Sumaya
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Owner, Wendy, is loving and has a lot to share with others. Staff were friendly and the views are amazing. There are plenty of places to relax outside of your room. The hikes around the resort are beautiful. I was thrilled to visit!

  • Stayed: March 2012
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

I recently participated in a retreat at Villa Sumaya. The location is extraordinarily magical. I stayed in #9, at the top of the hill and had a view of the lake and the 2 volcanoes that envelope it. The staff were professional, the vegetarian cuisine superb, the facility clean and inviting. Thank you for a wonderful stay. I completely recommend spending some Mother Earth time at this beautiful retreat centre.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank marh137
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

I found this retreat center online and scheduled to facilitate a retreat there. The photos I'd seen were beautiful, but did not compare to this wonderful place which is truly a place to retreat from the stresses of life. The physical surroundings are breathtaking, the sleeping accomodations are comfortable and soothing. There are 2 different options. There is an older one story building closer to the lake and each room has an outdoor seating area, some with hammocks but all with chairs or small sofas.. a great place to sit and read or meditate or whatever. The newer building is beautiful and each room has a balcony with great views. Either location is great, just different and all with great views. The staff is wonderful and very attentive. The food is vegetarian and well prepared and delicious. The only mistake we made was to schedule outings away from the Villa... a couple would have been fine but many women did too much and probably just sitting still would have been more restorative, but there is much to see around the lake so it is tempting... The yoga rooms are amazing and the energy of the lake is powerful and soothing. The healers that the VS uses are very talented and all of our particants had massages or energy healings or other services and all were very satisfied and grateful. We felt very well taken care of in this wonderful place.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Travelover1214
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Reviewed February 8, 2012

My boyfriend and I stayed at Villa Samaya in March 2009. This review is long overdue, but I had made a New Year's resolution to start reviewing on Tripadvisor since I use it (and totally rely on it) all the time. And I want to put in a good word about any place I've stayed in the past that has left a positive or memorable impression on me and Villa Sumaya was that type of place.

We stayed in Lotus House which had its own balcony and an amazing view of the lake. I think the room was probably newly constructed. It was immaculately clean, tastefully decorated and the bed was super comfortable. The yoga studio was beautiful and open with a great view of the volcano, the dining areas cozy (internet access, too if I remember correctly), etc...

We did not go for a retreat, but took several yoga classes. I wish I could remember the name of the yoga instructor because she was wonderful, especially since it was my bf's first time doing yoga and I'm really glad it was a positive experience for him.

When I originally made my plans, I was going to be traveling alone so I was a little nervous and had a ton of questions, which Lizzie so patiently and promptly replied to, which I really appreciated.

Anyway, after looking at all of our pictures to spark my memory I have a sudden desire to book another trip to Villa Sumaya.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

If you're looking to get away and reset your mind and body, I recommend two things, first go to Villa Sumaya in Guatemala and second participate in a yoga retreat with Elizabeth Neuse and John Ford. Whether you go for a personal retreat or a led yoga retreat, you'll be in good hands in front a volcano on Lake Atitlan. Friendly atmosphere and loving staff help acclimate you to an amazing experience. There are lots of detox services and healing specialists who can come help you with bodywork or chakra clearing. Get reset for 2012=Go to Villa Sumaya!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank EsenciaPolitika
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Reviewed December 3, 2011

I am a facilitator of Psychospiritual Integration Workshops. I have been facilitating for over 20 years and have used Villa Sumaya for the past 6 years. For a spiritual retreat or a place where you can just unwind and feel the essence of peace and beauty there is no better place than VS. Lake Atitlan is called "The mirror of the gods" For me is also their playground. If you are going to Guatemala, you must experience the energy of this magnificent place. The owner and all the people working there are beautiful and that is reflected on the attention to detail and the beauty of the grounds. The food is amazing!!! So treat yourself and stay there for at least a week. You will love it!

Ernesto Ortiz
journey2theheart.com

Room Tip: All the rooms are great! I have used them all with my groups.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank ErnestoOrtiz
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Reviewed November 30, 2011

Villa Sumaya is magical. They have managed to capture the beauty of the lake and surroundings in their gardens and architecture providing you a wonderful space to relax and recharge. The food is yummy and the staff are sweet and supportive going out of their way to make your stay amazing. The rooms are comfortable and feel like home.
The yoga room has a panoramic view of the lake and volcano's that is breathtaking. I would highly recommend visiting Villa Sumaya it is truly a special place to experience.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with friends
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Thank akashaji
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Additional Information about Villa Sumaya

Address: Paxanax, Santa Cruz La Laguna 07014, Guatemala
Location: Guatemala > Western Highlands > Solola Department > Lake Atitlan > Santa Cruz La Laguna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Santa Cruz La Laguna
Price Range: $45 - $85 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Villa Sumaya is an Eco-Chic Wellness Center. We are dedicated to rejuvenating holistic practices and healing modalities as well as preserving Mayan traditions and facilitating outdoor adventure in the heart of the Altiplano. Majestically located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, we offer custom designed all inclusive services, to personal, group and family retreats. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Villa Sumaya Hotel Santa Cruz La Laguna
Villa Sumaya Guatemala/Lake Atitlan

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