sought where possible as well, for instance, heating is provided by fireplaces fueled by naturally fallen and non-reusable construction wood. The lodge also works to reduce energy wastage, with initiatives such as hosting their website on carbon-neutral servers, eschewing in-room appliances, water powered clocks, manual lawn mowers, rechargeable batteries and energy saving light bulbs.
‘With its sweeping volcano and lake views, Laguna Lodge is where culture meets nature. Connect with the indigenous people to learn about the history of Lake Atitlán, or unwind in the peaceful Hummingbird Spa’
- Vegetarian & vegan-friendly menus
- Lakefront restaurant, organic cuisine
- Entry to this lodge begins by boat
- Set within a beautiful nature reserve
- Witness endangered & rare wildlife
- Kayaking, boating & paragliding
- A relaxing Spa with handmade products
- Be greeted with a fresh fruit beverage
- Laguna Community Care programme
- Children 13+ welcome
- Check-in: 3:00pm
Minimum stay: 1 night
Equivalent price per night: from approx. $244 USD
This private lodge is situated inside of its own nature reserve and on the shore of a beautiful lake facing a trio of mountains, so it is perfectly located for a wealth of activities such as kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking. The lodge is also home to a spa where you can be pampered and lulled by the sounds of the serene lake. Guatemala is a very diverse country and if you want to explore further afield, places of interest include:
- City of Antigua, 2h 10 min drive (117km)
- Santiago Atitlan, 2h 16 km drive (56km)
- Museo Lacustre de Atitlán, 44 min drive (8km)
- Atitlán Nature Reserve, 48 min drive (17km)
Laguna Lodge is located in Santa Cruz La Laguna in Guatemala, sitting on the edge of the stunning Atitlán Lake. Guatemala has been referred to as the land of eternal spring because it is situated in the tropics, 1,565 metres above sea level and as a result enjoys a year-round pleasant climate, except for the rainy season, May through till October.
- Distance from airport: La Aurora International Airport, 2h 47 min drive (150km)
- Key attraction: Volcán San Pédro, 1 h 42 min drive (53km)
- Nearby restaurant: Deli Jasmin, 44 min drive (8km)
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EnergyThe lodge has 180 solar panels to create renewable, clean energy. These panels power the electricity, Wi-Fi and a solar water pump. Other means of energy are...
WaterDuring the rainy season, rainwater is collected to be used in the lodge. This rainwater, as well as lake water, is cleansed through ultraviolet light and reverse osmosis filters...Read More >>
all of which make sure that the water is clean and safe. Water usage is closely monitored with meters, to control wastage. Dual-flush toilets and low flow shower heads are one of the ways they prevent water wastage. They also reuse gray water from showers, baths and taps which is used to water the plants in the late evening or early morning, when evaporation is least likely.
WasteTo help guests avoid using plastics, drinks are provided in glass & reusable water bottles are provided with refilling stations situated throughout the lodge. Reusable products are used where possible...Read More >>
such as bags and boxes to bring back supplies and most things are bought in bulk in an effort to avoid packaging. They follow a strict reduce, recycle and reuse policy with plastics, paper, metal and glass all being recycled. As well as this, the staff avoid printing and using scrap paper. In terms of organic waste, it is weighed to measure consumption wastage so that the lodge can work on reducing it in future. The waste is then composted to fertilise the garden.
ConservationConservation is key at Laguna Lodge as they care for the area surrounding the lodge. Staff collect rubbish along the lake shoreline to keep the area clean as well as planting native trees that are seeded in the nursery...Read More >>
The lodge also owns Laguna Nature Reserve which conserves 40 hectares of tropical dry forest and protects over 100 acres of bio-diverse eco-system which is home to many endemic species such as the Belted Flycatcher which is near threatened. Guests can pay to visit the reserve with knowledgeable Mayan guides and the proceeds are then put back into preservation methods such as limiting invasive species and training guides.
FoodThere is very much a focus on organically produced food without any preservatives, colourings, flavourings or emulsifiers at Laguna Lodge. Most of the food is sourced from the on-site garden...Read More >>
where avocados and many other fruits and vegetables are grown. Any ingredients that are not grown in the garden are sourced locally, to reduce food miles, with the kitchen prioritising sustainable plant-based food. Some sustainable meat and fish are offered though, and guests are also offered carbon-neutral wine.
Engage GuestsThere are plenty of opportunities for guests to learn about the eco practices at the lodge. For instance, they can take ‘behind the house & garden’ tours to learn about...Read More >>
the renewable energy systems and organic food. As well as this, Mayan guides can teach guests about the local culture on tours to the working villages and coffee plantations, where they can observe shaman ceremonies and traditional weaving demonstrations. If guests do not want to go on tours but still want to learn about the area, suites come with informative books about the local history and culture. Furthermore, in an effort to encourage guests to help save power, sheets and towels come with a reuse option for guests.
ArchitectureLaguna was built with attention to detail. Construction started with sourcing wood from a sustainable forestry and handmade adobe clay blocks sourced locally, as well as recycled wood...Read More >>
railway sleepers and reclaimed timber also being used. Some trees were cut down for construction but have since been replanted of native species. The roofing was made with local wood-fired terracotta tiles and slates and the stones used in the construction were sourced by clearing a natural disaster area. The special design of the lodge creates natural ventilation through large open windows and high ceilings. Most of the features and furniture at the lodge were handmade locally, to support the local economy, including: the upholstery, towels, cloths and napkins (which are all handwoven and are washable and reusable) and table mats which are made from recyclable bamboo. Also, the glass and stoneware were hand-blown using recycled materials.
HousekeepingThe lodge uses only natural, non-toxic and chlorine-free cleaning products. For example, linseed oil and water-based varnish are used for wood preservation and only organic spray is used for...Read More >>
aromatherapy. Rooms are smoke and fragrance free, with only unscented candles being offered. As well as this, tissue and paper at the lodge are unbleached so that they are not toxic to the environment. Guests are provided organic cotton bathrobes and natural and organic toiletries, which are also used in the spa range.
Kiwano BonusThe pool at Laguna Lodge is treated with copper ionisation and an ultraviolet filter which kills bacteria and prevents algae, without any toxic chemicals like chlorine. As well as this...Read More >>
the lodge proudly runs a programme called Laguna Community Care, which provides medical aid to the surrounding areas to reduce suffering and poverty. This programme donates what it can to the community, and medical professionals are offered free stays at the lodge. The programme also aims to provide education on subjects such as family planning. Guests are encouraged to donate to the programme in order to help the area. The lodge employs 100% indigenous people in many different fields of work, which helps the community’s economy, they also dress in traditional clothing to maintain the cultural identity of the community at the lodge. Furthermore, employees at the lodge do not drive to work because they are all local, but an electric golf cart is provided for getting around.
"The best vacation my family ever took"
The resort was fantastic. The folks working there were friendly and took care of all the details. Our rooms were ready and greeted with a fresh fruit beverage.
"I really enjoyed my stay at the Laguna Lodge!"
If what you are looking for is a place to relax and get away from the noisy city this is the right place. The hotel is absolutely beautiful, the rooms are big and comfortable.
Adriana, Google Reviews
"The BEST FAMILY lodge at Lake Atitlan"
If you are travelling with your family and looking to stay at Lake Atitlan, then look no further than Laguna Lodge!
What an amazing hotel/resort and staff! If you're looking for a peaceful resort, hearing the sounds of nature and not a busy tourist spot, this place is it!! All the staff is super friendly and very accommodating.
Adam, Google Reviews
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