Guatemala attracts a lot of backpackers, but there are also some amazing luxury hotels for when you want to treat yourself. Here are the best ones in the country.
Mesón Panza Verde
Ideally located on the more peaceful side of Antigua’s bustling Fifth Avenue, Meson Panza Verde began life as one of the first European-style B&Bs in town, and since then has gone from strength to strength. With only 12 bedrooms and a pretty jasmine-scented veranda, Meson Panza Verde is ideal for travellers who prefer a more intimate hotel experience, but foodies will also be in their element here. The onsite restaurant is considered one of the best in Guatemala, and you can feast upon sumptuous cuisine in a uniquely artistic environment, as the hotel is also an art gallery.
Santa Catarina Palopó isn’t a normal stop on the Lake Atitlan
tourist trail, which means you’ll be able to relax, away from the backpackers. The lakeside property is the epitome of laid-back luxury, and there is an amazing pool looking over the water.
This eco-resort and nature reserve offers laid-back luxury on the shores of Lake Atitlan. The environmentally friendly lodgings offer all of the amenities you would expect, plus the property sits in its own nature reserve which you can explore at your leisure.
Located on a hillside just a 15-minute drive from the Zona Viva tourist centre, this relaxing hotel offers countryside tranquillity and easy access to big-city amenities. It’s great for business or pleasure, with a formal dining room and swimming pool.
Westin Camino Real
If you want to be in the thick of the Zona Viva action, the Westin Camino Real is for you. It offers a familiar American-style luxury, and is a firm favourite with business travellers and tourists alike.
Get back to nature at movie director Francis Ford Coppola’s lakeside hotel in the northern Peten department. The ecolodge is a bargain for such luxury surroundings. It’s a great spot to relax in, and it’s within easy reach of the Mayan ruins at Tikal
Spa Hotel, Golf Hotel
If you’ve ever fancied playing a round of golf on the slopes of a volcano, La Reunion is for you. The golf course stretches over lush countryside just outside Antigua, and the plush rooms provide the perfect place to relax after a couple of good rounds.