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Over in secluded Santa Cruz, this cabin offers a real chance to get away from it all. It’s truly off the grid, with a solar lamp for light at night and a solar shower for hot water. As well as plenty of rustic charm and beautiful views over the lake, guests get access to a private dock for swimming, which can also be used to flag passing lanchas for a lift.
As well as renting out an entire property, there are some stunning rooms available around the lake. Casa Jaguar is a beautiful house up above San Marcos that’s built around a tree, with a shared kitchen and balcony. The best thing about this property is the temple room with accompanying bath — have a soak, meditate or do some yoga with views of the lake, Volcan San Pedro, and more.
The StarGaze Eco Caravan is another cozy lakeside retreat. There’s a garden with vegetables that you can cook in the fully equipped kitchen, a lawn to lie on while gazing at the stars (as the name suggests) and lake views. The best view, though, might just be from the ‘captain’s seat’.
Tzununa is a quiet village that feels a lot more authentically Guatemalan than neighbouring San Marcos, and the Bamboo Guest House is the best option for a quiet stay there. The building itself is an impressive construction, built entirely from bamboo and housing a bar, shared kitchen, and farm-to-table restaurant as well as the guest house.
Lake Atitlan’s Airbnbs aren’t only for couples looking for a quiet place to stay. Anyone heading to the area as part of a group will have some stunning properties to choose from. This retreat in Jaibalito, one of the smallest villages on the lake, is an excellent option for up to six people. It’s only accessible by boat, and has views over all of the volcanoes that surround the lake.
Bigger groups should consider the Casa Mandala over in Santa Catarina. It comes with a large garden, filled with hammocks for relaxing in. Best of all is the journey to the property itself, via an electric funicular that transports you from the parking space down to the shore of the lake.
For something really special from a stay on the lake, don’t just rent an entire home — rent an entire cove. Built into the cliff face, this jaw-dropping home for up to 13 guests features a private swimming area, temezcal sauna, kayaks, paddleboards, and a charcoal pizza oven.