Somehow, over the last few years, most of my travels have taken me to coastal destinations and beach resorts. And while I’d love to do some more urban exploring, sometimes the thought of a peaceful retreat at the water’s edge is just too good to resist. I’ve never been to Guatemala, but if I were heading there soon, I’d stay at Laguna Lodge. I love the hotel’s rustic yet well-styled aesthetic and its use of wood, stone, and thatch. Its suites have lots of warm tones and textures, which pair so well with the cool blue views outside. Best yet, the lodge sits right at the edge of Lake Atitlan, and I can picture long, lazy afternoons in a chaise overlooking the placid water, with a good book and a glass of wine in hand—and a pair of binoculars to check out the three volcanoes that are visible across the way. The property is also a nature reserve, and there are plenty of activities to help guests get familiar with their surroundings: horseback riding, kayaking, mountain biking, ziplining—the list goes on. Wouldn’t you love to hole up here for a week, too?
Have you been to Guatemala or Laguna Lodge? What did you think?
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