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Gorgeous luxury lakeside sanctuary with private dock, boat, spa tub, solar power

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms4
Space 4,000 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Huge! 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living areas, gourmet kitchen, and lake views

Lake Villa Guatemala is a luxurious lake-front villa on the south shore of Lake Atitlan, between Cerro de Oro and Santiago Atitlan.

This lovely, secluded space is perfect for family groups or those looking for a retreat or private get-away. The home is beautifully furnished and spacious (4000 sq ft); on 3 levels leading to the garden and the lake shore.

The upper, entrance level has a huge open-plan area with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, and a large living area with fireplace leading out to a large terrace with hot tub. This is the perfect spot for morning breakfast or sunset cocktails! Musicians will appreciate the piano and guitar in the living room.

The second floor has a large bedroom with King and Matrimonial (Double) beds. There is an additional Futon bed in the living/meditation space on this level. This is the perfect place for your yoga practice!

The bottom level has two large bedrooms, both with views of the lake, en suite full bathrooms, private entrances leading to the balcony and the lake. One room has two Queen beds; the other has a King bed.

The lush, landscaped gardens slope gently down to the lake. Like to swim? Swim in the cool Lake Atitlan waters from our private beach and dock, or explore the lake in one of our two kayaks.

Furnishings through the home are handmade by Guatemalan craftsmen. The whole house has a water-filtration system, so that water is safe to drink from the faucets--a real luxury in Guatemala! The house runs on grid-tied solar power with battery backup, so you don't even notice those occasional Guatemala power outages. The solar water heater supplies plentiful hot water, with a gas water heater backup for those extra cloudy days.

WiFi is available throughout the house.

Our private boat is available for trips to explore the lake. The boat rental rate includes the boat captain and fuel. We will send the rental agreement and price list upon request or after booking.

The property is part of a large gated community of lake-front properties, accessed by a private road. Santiago Atitlan, which has a couple of good restaurants, is easily accessible by taxi (only about 15 minutes away).

We recommend arriving by car or private van. If you have a car, please pay close attention to the driving directions. Google Maps will often lead you the wrong way! In general, you want to arrive via the coastal road from Guatemala City or Antigua. You do not want to take the InterAmerican hwy to Panajachel. If you do not have a car, please let us help you arrange transportation!

Please note that there are no large grocery stores on this side of the lake--just small tiendas and the local mercados. We recommend that guests stop on the way and pick up groceries. There is a small but well-stocked store in Santiago (Simone's) on the tourist street across from Coffee Eiffel. Panajachel has several grocery stores, and San Pedro has an excellent health food store.

Please note that the chalet is in a wooded area. While we do our best to keep spiders out of the house, they do come inside--especially when there is a change in the weather. Our staff looks for and removes spiders, but if you see one they missed, please tell them so they can take care of it for you.

More Details

Owner
Traci Styner
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018

About Traci Styner

Traci is from San Diego, California. She left a career in technical communication with a Fortune 100 company and moved to Guatemala in 2011. She bought Lake Villa Guatemala to host personal retreats and welcomes guests for either vacation rental, personal retreats, or all-inclusive vegan workshops.

Mark has lived at Lake Atitlan since 1981. He is a musician who has played all around the world. He regularly plays in Panajachel, and he and Traci perform together in Panajachel and Santiago Atitlan.

Traci Styner purchased this villa in 2011

Why Traci Styner chose Santiago Atitlán

Have you ever gone someplace new that immediately felt like home? That's how Lake Atitlan felt to both Mark and Traci, though 30 years apart. When Traci knew she wanted to move to Guatemala, she looked at several properties. Stepping off the boat onto the Lake Villa Guatemala beach, she knew this was the place.

What makes this villa unique

There is nothing like sitting out on the patio, surrounded by nature: the sights and sounds of the birds, the wind in the trees, and the gentle lapping of the lake down below. We love to have our morning coffee or watch the changing colors of sunset from the patio. Trees surround the house, and the property feels like a luxurious oasis in a private park.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santiago Atitlán in Solola

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , On the top floor, by the living room and kitchen
    2nd Floor Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Next to the Garden View room on the second floor
    Lower floor bathroom - queen room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En suite bathroom for the Lake View room with queen beds
    Lower floor bathroom - King room - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En suite bathroom for the Lake View room with king bed
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • 2nd floor Garden View - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , Private bathroom
    Lower floor - Lake View Queen - 2 Large Double Bed , En suite bathroom
    Lower floor - Lake View King - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En suite bathroom
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • snorkelling
  • swimming

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(9 traveller reviews)

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Gorgeous luxury lakeside sanctuary with private dock, boat, spa tub, solar power
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews
5

Peaceful and Splendid Views

  • 5 of 5

We were welcomed at the gate by two wonderful care takers. The house is beautiful with 3 floors and 2 giant patio areas in addition to one more walking to the pier. We chose the bottom floor since the windows looked out on the lake. The kitchen, dining, and living area are beautiful. We cooked breakfast and dinner and during the day we were out. We connected with a great bird guide recommended--Rolando Tol Gonzalez (ask Traci). We had 3 wonderful birding days seeing 50+ each day in different areas. This was an awesome place to unwind after birding and we hopped in the hot tub, which is cleaned after each visitor! Boating to the other towns is great and trust Roberto to take you. We felt well looked after and appreciated the hospitality of all we met. GREAT HOME and say hello to the resident cat Tigre who always showed us new things to see.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Wonderful that you were able to see so many birds and take advantage of the hot tub and the boat. We hope you will stay with us again if you return to the area.
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5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope you'll choose our home again if you return.
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Vermillion, South Dakota
5

Great place to Kick Back

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family had a great time at this beautiful Santiago Atitlan refuge. The house has great appointments, including a free standing spa, which our 8 year old twin daughters just loved. Bring your own items to be cooked in the wonderful kitchen since the village of Santiago may not have what you want to cook or where to eat. We absolutely loved our stay. Bring that book that you wanted to start or finish.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you'll come back again.
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5

A Little Bit of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Traci's house is absolutely gorgeous. Kitchen has everything you need, all you have to add is food. The house has three levels with a spacious kitchen, dining room, living room, and full bathroom on the first floor, a master bedroom/bathroom on the second, and two bedrooms and full bath on third. Beautiful manicured grounds, and a direct view of Lake Atitlan. She has two men, Pedro and (? can't remember his name?) who speak no English, but are ready and willing to help with whatever you need, including a boat taxi across the lake to any of the little lakeside towns. Traci was available to answer any/all questions we had, and provided great suggestions for restaurants and outdoor activities. For the price, it's unbeatable.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home as your base in Lake Atitlán. It was a delight to meet you and your family. We"re so glad you enjoyed our little slice of Atitlán heaven!
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5

5 Star

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything we expected. It was well equiped for cooking large meals for our group. I highly reccomend this for breakfast and lunch, since it is a decent trip, by boat or car to a restaurant. There is on site staff for assistance and questions, they were very helpful. The rooms and beds were comfortable. The internet was down for a day, so know that the tv relies on your laptop, so load a couple of movies or pack a few books before your trip. The privacy and solitude is very relaxing. The scenery is equisite. I wish we had stayed longer, we will devinitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review: we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for pointing out that we don't have TV. The internet is usually great, but the huge windstorm when you were here knocked out power in Panajachel, which took down our internet. We're glad you appreciated our onsite staff. They really are there to make life as easy for our guests as possible.
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5

Fantastic place to be, in any weather

  • 5 of 5

Man, we saw more rain at Lake Atitlan than we've seen in years (some of us are from California) but, still, never cared much since the house we rented from Traci was fantastic. Perfect for six people who love to share a lounging space, some musical instruments, a top-notch kitchen, a hot tub and a view to die for.

Yup, it's a little removed from town (Santiago) but that didn't stop us from getting out a few times. My nephew and I flagged down a passing pickup truck on the road up the hill, in the pouring rain, and took that into Santiago. Not for the faint of heart but there if you'd like it. However, Traci provides a couple of phone numbers for drivers, as well as a boat to rent which is expertly captained by Pedro or Roberto, the two most-excellent caretakers at the property. We loved those guys.

The house's many levels spill down the hillside toward the lake which creates one fantastic view after another and, my god, cannot speak more highly of the hammocks hanging out down toward the dock.

Santiago, the nearest town, is small and very walk-able and is a little on the "rougher" side, meaning a little more "real" feeling. Seems like tourism and its ills are only now starting to make their way through the economy. San Pedro, a very cool destination for a day trip, is larger, a little cleaner and somewhat more tranquil seeming. It's filled with Spanish schools and gringo-friendly (not a bad thing, just saying) restaurants and very mellow salespeople hanging around. Throw in a few smelly hippies and a large dose of evangelical Christian churches up the hill and you have a great cultural mash up in the most beautiful of settings, Lake Atitlan.

Do yourself a favor, just go. Stay at Traci's house, bring a few of your most favorite people in the world and you'll never regret it.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Reserva Natural Atitlan
Nice hiking trails. There's a small butterfly enclosure, and sometimes the monkeys are out. ...
Cerro de Oro
Cerro de Oro is a small, ancient volcano surrounded by a village of the same name. Our emplo...
El Volcan de San Pedro
The easiest of the big Lake Atitlan volcano hikes. The trail is well-maintained and you can ...
Iglesia Santiago Apostol
The first Catholic church at Lake Atitlan, built in the 1540s on the site of a Mayan temple....
Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Guatemala City
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Quila's
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Las Lagartijas
Nearest Beach
130 Kilometres
Sipacate (Pacific Coast)
Car: not necessary

Lake Atitlan is home to 12 Mayan towns and villages, each with a distinctive personality. Most of our guests visit Santiago Atitlan, only 15 minutes by car or tuk tuk. Many take our private boat to the charming village of San Juan, which is home to several painting and weaving cooperatives. San Juan specializes in natural dyes for their cloth: something you won't find in the rest of Guatemala.

A trip to San Juan is often combined with a stop in San Pedro, which has good restaurants and the lake's only health food store.

A visit to Lake Atitlan isn't complete without a stop in Panajachel. Our private boat takes you there in about 20 minutes, or you can travel like the locals on public boats. In Pana you'll find restaurants, handicrafts from all over Guatemala, a couple of small museums, and a great zip line and nature reserve.

If you're more adventurous, the hike up Cerro de Oro is short but steep trek, with beautiful views and a stunning Mayan altar. The trail head is only a 10 minute drive from our location.

If you're extra adventurous, take the boat to San Pedro and hike San Pedro volcano. The trail is well-maintained but steep. Unless you're in stellar shape, plan on 5-6 hours hiking.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santiago Atitlán, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£321
for 2 nights
From
£161
From
£183
Fri,Sat
£1,121
£2,988
 

Additional pricing information

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

Please be aware that there are no grocery stores in this part of the lake. There are wonderful local markets for fresh produce, and small stores with some staple items. If you are coming from Guatemala City or Antigua, we recommend picking up groceries there before coming to the lake.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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