|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Casa Juana is nestled into a hillside, inside a secure 3.5 acre compound, reachable by a private rustic staircase. The trek up the hill is over a hundred stairs, but the enchanting view is worth the extra effort. Once inside the gate, your eyes will feast on a gorgeous manicured terraced hillside featuring magnificent stone walls and walkways, all built in the traditional Mayan style. The stairway leads you through a lush green grassy hillside, punctuated with flower beds which follow alongside a gentle natural waterfall, which runs for most of the year. The soothing, calming sound of falling water sets the mood for complete relaxation, away from the nervous bustling energy of town.
Please Note: The main house has a master bedroom, but other guests have to go outside and up a few stairs, to their private bungalows. Each bungalow, has its own private bathroom, with shower. The bungalow on the 2nd level has a bathtub, with a view.
So, this property may not be appropriate for families with very small children, who would have to sleep away from the main house, but is perfect for teenagers, who get their own space.
The house and bungalows rent for: $185.00 / Night (Weekday & Weekend).
The number of beds are limited, to just 2 double beds (Master Bedroom and Guest Bungalow)and a pair of twin beds (in upper Casita), so the accommodations may not be suitable for groups of adults when there are more than four people who do not want to share a bed.
The architecture of the main house is a blend of traditional Spanish and contemporary California styles, with rich beamed cathedral ceilings and bay windows in every room, each designed to frame the magnificent views of what many have called the most beautiful lake in the world.
It's furnishings are a mixture of contemporary and traditional Guatemalan furniture, hand crafted in the the Nahuala style. The main house has 2 wood burning fireplaces, one in the living room, adjacent to a built-in cushioned window bench and the other in the Master Bedroom, which has a double bed, and its own secluded terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of morning coffee while contemplating the tranquil view.
The house was built for ultimate privacy with the extra bedrooms away from the main house, occupying their own bungalows, a few steps away from the house, each set into its own part of the terraced hillside. The largest of the two, also having a double bed, fireplace and bathroom, with a tub; the perfect place to soak and enjoy the view. The 2nd bedroom, is in a small bungalow, with twin beds, has it's own bathroom, and enjoys the best views from its perch at the very top of the property.
The comfortable living room, with sofa, loveseat, large overstuffed chair and window bench, is the perfect place to relax, read, or watch a movie on the flat panel TV. Bring along your music too, as you'll find an iPod/iPhone docking station, with built in charger and speakers that can fill the rooms with your favorite music brought from home.
The full working kitchen, beside a modern stove and refrigerator, includes a coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave and blender. The kitchen is organized around a central island, surrounded by bar stools, serves as both an extra work surface, or a place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a snack, or just chat with the cook.
The dining room table, is just a few steps away, tucked into another bay, with it's own window framing the ever changing skies over the lake. It's the perfect place to enjoy a quiet supper or to entertain, with dinnerware, glassware and tableware, with a complete service for 8.
And of course, the spacious grounds for outdoor living. There are 3 decks from which to enjoy the views and sunsets, as well as lots of little outdoor spots to relax, enjoy the view and spectacular sunsets, along with the sound of the water cascading down the mountainside.
Also, guests are welcome to enjoy the Maya Traditions Foundation's Medicinal Herb garden, which adjoins the property. Our guests can wander through and enjoy the garden, which is the #6 recommendation of things to see in Panajachel , and worth seeing. However, it's been suggested that when spending time there, arm and leg coverings might be a good precaution, as the chances of insect bites are greater than on our property itself.
I am a screen writer & director who lives in California. When not working or traveling, I spend most of my time in Panajachel. When guests rent the house, I am happy to point them to places of interest around the Lake.
Murray Mintz purchased this villa in 1998
I do not own this property, but represnt the estate of my late former wife Jane, who came to this part of Guatemala about 20 years ago, where she setup a foundation to help widows of the 20 year civil war.
She found this then undeveloped land and built a house for herself, where she spent many months per year. After her passing 5 years ago the property went into a long and continuing Guatemalan probate which I as one of the heirs have been asked to oversee from afar.
The property itself is unique in that it provides serenity and is away from the hustle and bustle of Panajachel, a tourist destination in itself, but which is the jumping off place for most of the other lake towns. The house is located in it's own gated compound, on a secluded hillside in the 'Jucanya' neighborhood of Pana, an area pretty much unknown to the average tourist and is only a 10-15 minute walk from town center. Once you enter gate, you're transported to a serene world high above the lake with magnificent views and towering volcanoes, accompanied by the soothing sound of a waterfall which cascades down through the landscape from a mountain spring above. You are truly inside your own private paradise, yet close to everything you will ever need.
The property provides you a place to get away from it all. A magical place to rest and recharge your own personal batteries. There is no better spot to sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the ever setting sunsets over one of the most famous lakes on the earth. Yet, for those times when you feel the need to be connected, like picking up your email, or checking into your Facebook page, or phoning back home, there is wireless Internet and a cell phone to keep you connected. And, for those quiet times at the end of the day, a comfortable living room suite; a place to lie back and read the novel you brought with you or a Guatemala travel guide, to help you plan the next day or continuation of your Central American adventure.
We were a group of 6 that stayed here for 3 nights, so we had the main house, bungalow, and casita. The previous reviews and the photos are all accurate. The property is very well maintained, the owner and caretakers are helpful, and the washer-dryer much appreciated after our muddy trip to Tikal/Yaxha. The interior was a clever blend of Western and Mayan styles. We needed some instructions on using the shower in the casita, but everything else was perfect.
The house is located in a residential section. We walked to and from the main part of town everyday... until the last day, after hiking the Upper Mayan trail. I wish we had realized sooner how fast and cheap the tuk tuks were.
The owner helped us arrange van transport from Guatemala City. The driver safely and easily navigated the curvy roads into Panajachel in the dark. (Other people we traveled with had a less pleasant experience with their driver, booked through an agency.) On the ride back to Guatemala City, the driver stopped at a few points to show us some scenic spots for photos.
The entire experience from inquiring and booking all the way through transport back to GC was easy and smooth. It was the perfect end to our Guatemala trip. If you're looking for a relaxing trip to Lake Atitlan, I highly recommend staying at Casa Juana!
I was there with 5 friends to celebrate my birthday. It was perfect in every way. We all gathered at the main house and it was so nice for everyone to be able to get away to the privacy of their own cottage. The house was well equipped. Nothing was lacking. The views and the atmosphere were superb. The staff was very warm and helpful. The proximity to the main part of town worked well...very walkable. I'd definitely go back.
Beutiful place , awesome view !!! Definetely going back next year
I highly recommend staying at Casa Juana if you are visiting Panajachel. Having stayed in a beautiful villa overlooking the lake the previous year, we were skeptical that we would find any other place to be as perfect, but we found it in Casa Juana. If you like the convenience of being in the touristy part of town, close to the action, then you might not like the location and solitude here. But if you enjoy watching the dawn come gently over the lake and volcanos while you enjoy your morning coffee, if you enjoy watching the sun disappear into the clouds behind the mountains in the evening, if you like being surrounded by beautiful roses, bougainvilleas, flowering trees and bushes and enjoy hearing the birds call early in the morning, then you will love Casa Juana. Inside, the casita has been decorated with a decorator's eye, reflecting the Guatemalan culture through the furnishings, weavings, pottery and pictures.
The gardens surrounding the property are lovingly cared for by Miguel, the caretaker, who will see to it that you have everything you need, Miguel and his wife, Otilia, that is. Along with the property owner, Murray, we felt warmly welcome and well cared for. Not only did Otilia clean the casita every day, she did our laundry and prepared a traditional Guatemalan dinner for us in our kitchen one evening. That was indeed, one of the highlights of our stay at Lake Atítlan. Aside from that very special dinner, we also enjoyed eating at the restaurant El Sol, a Japanese restaurant conveniently located at the end of the street.
Murray, who resides on the same property, lined me up with a very good Spanish language tutor and answered all our questions about where to shop. We arrived late in the evening and found the kitchen stocked with coffee for breakfast, a basketful of wonderful fresh local produce and a bottle of wine. We felt at home.
Two things to be aware of: There are 121 steps from the road to the casita. They add to the ambience and allure of the property and make possible the incredible view. They are also a good workout. The other is to be sure and wear long pants and long sleeves or insect repellent when you are in the garden.
Except for the many steps, you can't beat this place. The siting is remarkable, the houses very well maintained indeed (including cable TV, wifi, impeccable kitchen, bathroom, and beds), the couple who takes care of the place are charming and the owner a great guy. Although located just a bit out of Pana, there are tuk-tuks aplenty for a very low price, and walking to and from the center doesn't take long. We were five adults 55-70 and for two of us the climb up the hill with bad knees was not so easy; staying any longer than week would not have been possible. But the views from the top are unforgettable. We are very familiar with the area and would rank this place as the best.
This was our first trip to Guatemala and Lake Atitlan, having had some good VRBO experiences in the past I decided to take a look at a place for our stay on Lake Atitlan.
This particular property was newly listed with no reviews but the pictures looked great so I decided to contact the proprietor. He was very nice to take time out of his day to give me an overview of the property as well as a lay of the land on Panajachel. It was also quite comforting that he spends a significant amount of time down there in the off chance that something wasn't right.
As with all VRBOs in foreign countries where you are not familiar with, there may be some element of risk in which location (town/property) you choose, however we couldnt be happier with our choice.
The Villa(s) are in a gated property overall that is immaculately kept. It is just the right distance from town where you can relax on the patio without the sound pollution, but hop on a quick tuktuk ride into town for activities, food, and fun.
The Proprietor and his staff were very courteous during our stay (they have other villas within the same gated area), and were there if/when we needed anything (such as great restaurant recommendations), all while giving us our privacy and letting us enjoy the property.
We used the property as home base in Pana' from which we took day trips to climb San Pedro Volcano, Zip Line over Pana, Horse Back Ride about the lake, and much more. Overall we think Pana is a great home base with good mix of restaurants, nightlife, activities for groups of all ages.
The Property itself had some amazing views of Lake Atitlan being perched up on an incline. Some of the best views of the lake and volcanos you can get. It was well furnished, and had internet access for when we needed to reconnect or research our next adventure.
I would highly recommend this property and would stay there again if I ever make it back to Guatemala
Boat Tours of nearby lakeside villages
Solola Market Day
Day tours to nearby cities
Visit Maximon in Santiago Atitlan
Panajachel Nature Reserve
ZipLine in Nature Reserve
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£162|
Higher Rates during Easter, Christmas-New Years
Payment is in US dollars or in the equivalent in Quetzals.
Cancellation Policy: You can cancel your reservation but must do so 30 days before your are scheduled to arrive to receive a full refund. There will be no refunds
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