by, 02-28-2010 at 01:14 PM (16431 Views)
Just returned from our fourth visit to Guatemala. Great flights on Delta. Used Elizabeth Bell's services for transfers and our hotel in Antigua. Stayed at Hotel Cissus in Antigua and just LOVED IT!!! Great quiet location. We stayed in Std Suite 2 on the 2nd floor. Lovely room with two terraces; one to take breakfast and one to enjoy the views of the volcanoes. Eat at Las Palmas and enjoyed bebidas at Sky Bar (great location on the 2nd floor with magnificant views....get there early...the place books up quickly!!) On to a new LL property; Laguna Eco Lodge. Really enjoyed the location on Lake Atitlan. We had the least expensive room on the ground level. Beautiful views on the lake and quiet location. We enjoyed walking in to Santa Cruz to Arca de Noe, a lovely restaurant and inn owned by a lovey couple; Anne and Wolfgang. She loves to cook so would have amazing meals and desserts. Thank you!!! We also loved Isla Verde for food and Perdida Iguana. Great atmosphere. Planned some activies with Lee Beal from Kayak Guatemala...great guy from the States. Has a pontoon boat to do tours. We went hiking one day and enjoyed lunch at the relatively new "Club Ven Aca". Great food, swimming pool, and lake views. We visited every little town and received wonderful directions from Anne as to finding the least developed location. Lee took us and another LL couple on his pontoon for a tour of the entire lake on the pontoon and then visiting San Juan and having lunch at a lovely local place....Great job LEE!!!!!! He is the man to work with on the lake.
On to the best place and best manager....Casa Palopo and Jennifer!!! Room 6 this time which I thought would not be as nice as the junior suite (room 3) we had last year...WRONG!! Just lovely view of the lake and great room...Absolutely amazing service by the staff...so amazing and relaxed. Loved the food!!! Jennifer coordinated several of our outings and we couldn't go wrong. Her suggestions and knowledge of the area is incredible!
If anyone is looking for a more remote get away, with beautiful scenary, great food, peace and quiet!!, Lake Atitlan and Casa Palopo is the place to go.
View from Room 6 (ps-one taken from one terrace and one taken from the other terrace for the room....lots of outdoor living space!)