The Secret of Staying in a Luxury Villa on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala has been written about for years and years. Even in the 1940’s this place was a hot spot for the ‘adventurous’ rich and famous (like the Swedish Countess) and many other aristocrats and merchants.

Cloudy Lake Views from Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Why, you might wonder? Because it’s considered one of the top 12 most beautiful lakes in the world. And the world has many lakes. So this honorable credit doesn’t just happen. And once you visit the place you’ll see it too.

Yet, after visiting Lago de Atitlan many times with my family, something changes when you treat yourself to a bit of luxury.

Master Bedroom View, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

After my husband and I had a romantic getaway (lunch) at Meson Panza Verde we got to talking to Ingrid, the general manager, and she mentioned that they have a sister site at the Lake – B’alam Ya. Unlike the ‘adults only’ hotel in Antigua, these were villas especially designed for families. After very little deliberation we decided to splurge and enjoy one night on the lake.

Entrance to Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Entrance to our Villa

Over the past several years we’ve stayed at the lake several times. Each trip we had a different experience from luxury hotels (one room) to small cabins. Yet, when we arrived to Balam Ya, the lake seemed to take on a different look and feel altogether.

Views from Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Our View from our terrace

Why Staying in a Luxury Villa on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is Worth It

Single room luxury hotels are fun. You have some cool amenities like turn down services or fluffy towels. But when you have kids, having a living area where you can all hangout on comfy sofas with an awesome entertainment system it makes such a huge difference. And don’t get me started on having your own separate bedrooms.

Living Room, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

My three year old still doesn’t sleep through the night at home. However, when we travel the excitement of a new place really wears him out and he gives me a full night’s sleep. And I take full advantage of it when I have my own master bedroom.

Master Bedroom, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Our villa at B’alam Ya – the Mirador – has two floors with two full bedroom suites. One upstairs and another downstairs.

Upstairs Suite, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

But it was the amazing terraces that truly did it for me. And we had two! Even though we traveled to the lake during the rainy season, and it rained all afternoon and evening, we enjoyed being outdoors for most of the time.

Our Porch and view, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

The villa also came with a fully stocked kitchen. I’m not a big cook, and during trips I almost never do. But for some reason I was struck with a domestic calling and decided to cook my family a meal.

Cooking Dinner, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

NOTE: You totally don’t have to cook. As a matter of fact you can hire a private cook. The price is super affordable and you can choose from a number of things off the menu as well.

Yet another reason to enjoy your terrace for sunsets and dinner.

Dinner on the Porch, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Amenities and Design of B’alam Ya

The owners of Panza Verde and B’alam Ya have a unique talent for design and covering all the needs and wants of their patrons, without their patrons even realizing how much better their stay will be with these little additions and attention to details.  Spiral staircases are always winners.

Spiral Staircase, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

My husband is a huge Birder. He usually always brings his gear when we travel. But lately with a three year old it’s easy to forget such things. So when we discovered binoculars and a book about Birds in Mexico and Central America, he was in his glory. He was up at 5 am checking out the different birds that came directly to our porch.

Binoculars for Birdwatching, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

He even got my oldest son to do it with him, but at 7 am.

Bird Watching, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

I fell in love with the artwork. All around the villa were unique art works, sculptures and photographs. Perfectly arranged and just in the right place. This is a weak spot for me since I don’t have the talent for this. But when someone clearly does, that in itself is art.

Art Work in the Villa, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Good Morning Lake Atitlan

Nothing beats feathered beds, with a gorgeous view from the glass walls of the master bedroom. But the knock on the door for our in-room breakfast service was sublime.

Room Service Breakfast, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

A light, healthy breakfast is included in the price of the villa made fresh for you in your villa and served on the terrace.

Breakfast on the Porch, Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Time to Explore the Grounds

The property has four totally different and unique villas. There is even one for couples with one bedroom. Our villa is one of the highest over looking the property. But it is placed so well, you never see other people or hear anyone else.

Up in the Hills Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

You can go all the way down to the piers where you can take out canoes for free. Or you can have your kids climb the walls like mine were doing every chance they got.

Climbing up Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

I personally preferred to sit outside in the yard of our villa amongst the trees and flowers. Almost enjoying tranquility. But with kids, that can never really be experienced. And quite frankly, if I don’t hear their excitement and see their curiosity I stress more than simply sitting and listening to the birds chirping.

Villa Mirador Yard Balam Ya, Luxury Villas, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Information For B’alam Ya

There really isn’t a best time to come to the Lake and stay at the villas. You can have your pick of one of the four villas.

After reserving, you can decide if you want to have a cook, or do it yourself. They can also have groceries waiting for you from this list of groceries.

After staying at the villa, the lake has come back alive for me. The isolation and pure tranquility of the place will transport you to a place you never want to leave.

 

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!
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7 Responses to The Secret of Staying in a Luxury Villa on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

  1. Michelle F. says:

    What a beautiful place! I fell in love just by looking at the pictures! Maybe one day I’ll be lucky enough to visit such a beautiful place!
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  2. Jessica says:

    What an absolutely beautiful place. Such a wonderful vacation to share with your family!
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  3. Krystal says:

    As always your photos are beautiful! I love them.
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  4. SnarkyNomad says:

    I like the picture of an entire bed being commandeered by a single small child. It’s just like how a dog or a cat can somehow take over a king size bed even though they’re tiny.
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  5. Jennifer says:

    I can see why it is said to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.
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  6. This is amazing! The lake and surrounding area are absolutely stunning and the accommodation are some of the most tempting and beautiful that I have yet seen. The only problem.. I would want to bring a stack of books, light a fire and move in! One or two nights would never be enough!
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