|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Casa Valdres is truly one of the most appealing private villas on Lake Atitlan. Accessible only by boat in the peaceful lakeside village of Santa Cruz, this 3-story 4-bedroom home is filled with light and ample space and offers some of the best lake views available. Extensive outdoor patio areas surround the solar-heated infinity pool, and the lush garden of tropical flowers invites a wide range of birds. Sweeping balconies offer panoramic views from the upstairs bedrooms and living areas, and the modern but homey feel of the interior makes this an ideal spot to relax in comfort.
The incredibly spacious, modern kitchen is a dream for preparing simple meals or for lavish entertaining, with a huge island, double refrigerator, 6-burner stove, microwave and dishwasher. The equally large dining area seats 10 comfortably, and an adjacent living room with sofas and fireplace is a cozy retreat in the cool of the evening. High ceilings throughout the entire house add to the open plan and give a real sense of spacious elegance. WIFI is available throughout the house, and a DVD player with TV is here for further entertainment. A laundry room is also available with washer and dryer, and an elaborate filtration system including ultraviolet and ozone treatment ensures that all water entering the house is pure.
Rental includes maid service twice a week, and gardener/caretaker is available daily.
We spent 5 days here at Casa Valdrez with our daughter and granddaughter. As we approached the house from the dock we were blown away by the amazing gardens. The infinity pool not only provided a view of the garden but also the volcanos and the lake. The outdoor furniture was very comfortable and the umbrellas provided were really needed as the sun is quite strong. The kitchen was stocked with more than everything we needed and the filtering system provided us with nice clean drinking water and ice. The bedrooms and bathrooms on the second and third floors were large and comfortable with absolutely amazing views!!! You will need to do some grocery shopping in Pana before you arrive because in Santa Cruz you will only have access to fruits and vegetables at one stand at the public dock. There are a few little restaurants by the public dock as well. It is about a 10 minute walk to this area from the house. Everyone we met was friendly and kind. We would definitely recommend this house to anyone who is looking for a tranquil vacation in a stunning setting.
We had a great stay at this property from the moment we arrived. Santos the caretaker arrived to help us with our bags and take us to the house. The house is fabulous with views of the lake from all levels and ensuite bathrooms. well equipped kitchen and comfortable living room all with great finishes and attention to detail. Lovely pool area to relax. Santos the caretaker was awesome and helped us with some hikes and a trip up to the local school and was most attentive to our needs. Definately a place for a family vacation for people looking for R and R as there is not much to do in the immediate area except relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Grocery shopping needs to be done in Panajachel so keep that in mind before you arrive if you plan to cook.Keep in mind that all other points of interest in the area are accessible only by boat which can add to the fun. Definately a beautiful tranquil spot away from it all!
When we first saw the pictures of Casa Valdres online, we thought it was just too good to be true: the tasteful furnishings, the gourmet kitchen, the pool, the lush gardens, the VIEWS! But the place is even more beautiful than in the photos. We did not want to leave this enchanting spot! The caretaker and the housekeeper are thorough, kind, and helpful, and take excellent care of the house and the grounds. Deedle (the property manager) is a phone call or short walk away. All our questions were answered promptly. She has prepared a helpful guide to local activities/tourism. We especially enjoyed having lunch at the CECAP (a restaurant up in the village run by a vocational training center), as the guide suggested. There is not much to do in the immediate area (especially in the evening, when the boats stop running), so this house is best for those looking for rest, relaxation, and quality time with family or friends. We absolutely plan to return!
This was our first visit to Lago de Atitlan and it wouldn't have been the same without staying at Casa Valdres!
The house was absolutely beautiful and well maintained. Santos - the caretaker - stopped by at least once a day to clean the pool, drop off more firewood, and just say hello. In addition to Santos, someone came and cleaned the house twice while there so we felt quite well taken care of.
It's a short 5 minute walk (and very safe) to the public dock where there is a great tour company to organize trips as well as a fantastic hostel/restaurant Iguana Perdida run by Deedle. The views around Santa Cruz of the lake are absolutely stunning, we truly felt like we stepped into paradise - or at least the setting of Jurassic Park.
You should note that the nearest stores to get food are in Panajachel, so you should definitely grab some basics at Sandra's before ferrying over to Santa Cruz (or plan to take a ferry back pretty shortly after arriving to pick up food!).
We'll definitely be coming back to the lake and wouldn't hesitate to book here again! Can't recommend highly enough!
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world, but enjoying it in this sprawling Luxury Villa made the whole experience even more amazing! We LOVED this spectacular vacation home and are already planning to return here for another trip. With three levels - each with patios that had awesome lake views - our group of 6 were able to spread out in easy comfort and luxury. We arranged with the house manager to have a cook so all our of our meals (delicious) were taken care of and the extra time allowed us to enjoy our time by the home's beautiful modern pool or in one of its many inviting living spaces. The House Manager was helpful with EVERYTHING we needed for our stay and he was also a GREAT resource for information on what to do and where to go while at the lake. I do not think we could have had a more enjoyable experience. I highly recommend this beautiful property to anyone who wants a 'top level' vacation experience. You will love it!
Our family spent a glorious week in this little slice of paradise. The property is amazing and I don't use that word very often. Clean as a whistle, the manager, Deedle, was available to answer questions and arrange any transportation and help in getting around the area..exceeded all expectations and would not hesitate to stay again, each bedroom is very private, and there are views from every floor. In fact I think I will book it again right now!
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.