A Romantic Getaway for Parents (Sans Kids) in Antigua

What would be the perfect birthday gift to the Papa of my children?

How about an escape from Papa duties to enjoy a romantic getaway with the Mama of his children.

Romantic Birthday Lunch - Panza Verde

Without extended family nearby, we aren’t able to go for a short trip, but we do have time to enjoy a romantic lunch together.  So my search begins.

For a long time I’ve been eyeing out Meson Panza Verde Hotel and Restaurant. Whenever anyone talks about a romantic experience and delicious international style food, this is always the first place mentioned both amongst Guatemalans and expats of Antigua.  It is time we checked it out for ourselves.

Main Entrance Panza Verde Antigua Guatemala

The upside is that no kids under 16 are permitted. (NOTE: They are lax on this rule. If your children are younger and well behaved, it’s not a problem. Our kids don’t fall into any of those categories and we really just wanted to enjoy our meal tranquilly.) So, to the say the least, I am extremely excited about this rule and made a reservation immediately.

We arrived a bit early, actually so early the restaurant wasn’t even open yet – that’s how badly we needed a getaway. With time to spare we had a chance to talk with Ingrid, the general manager, for a while. And since I have a fascination with luxury, boutique hotels I asked for a grand tour.

General Manager - Panza Verde

Why Panza Verde Hotel and Restaurant is the Perfect Romantic Getaway For Parents Who Really Need It

Hotel Fun

Lounge area - Panza Verde

The hotel was opened in 1986 as one of the first luxury hotels  in Antigua. The owner, who designed the place herself, has impeccable taste and eye for detail which she uses flawlessly with colonial style and European touches.

The main courtyard

Panza Verde Staircase and Courtyard - Antigua, Guatemala

Pool Time – this is one of the sleekest pools I’ve seen

Pool - Panza Verde

Live Music is available a few nights a week

Live Music - Panza Verde

Art Gallery – Panza Verde has one of the best galleries in town. Some of the most talented artists in all of Guatemala have exhibits here. If you aren’t staying at the hotel, or dining here, I highly recommend visiting the gallery.

Art Gallery at Panza Verde

Views from the Terrace – Antigua is right in the center of the Ring of Fire. The city is surrounded by three volcanoes and this terrace has amazing views

Terrace Views - Panza Verde

Spiral Staircases and hidden areas

Spiral Staircase - Panza Verde

Hotel Rooms

Antique Wooden Doors

Antique Doors - Panza Verde

Master Suite (living room and sitting area)

Master Suite living area - Panza Verde

Master Bathroom – yes this is a bathroom, even though I had dreams of living in this room

Master Bathroom - Panza Verde

Restaurant Fun

Whenever we visit restaurants I always like to taste the restaurant’s special or signature dish. Not the ‘Specials of the Day’, but what the restaurant is most proud of serving. In most cases the waiter or the manager are eager to display that dish. When I asked Gavin, the manager of the restaurant, he responded that everything is equally fabulously and for us to go nuts choosing whatever calls out to us.

Panza Verde Restaurant

Describing our dishes will be difficult to relay since the food was beyond heavenly. To get the full burst of flavors and feel of the atmosphere, it goes without saying, you have to arrive here in person. So I’ll do the second best thing – give you a sneak peak.

Appetizers

Bread Goodness and Wine

Romantic Getaway - Bread and Wine - Panza Verde

Shrimp and Avocado Salad

Shrimp and Avocado Salad - Panza Verde

Beet Cream Soup (This was the soap of the day)

Soup of the Day - Beet Cream Soup - Panza Verde

The Entrees

Shrimp with Garlic Sauce

Shrimp with Garlic Sauce - Panza Verde

Duck a la ‘Orange

Duck a la 'orange - Panza Verde

Dessert and Tea

I had the Macadamia Nut Parfait which is so fluffy, sweet and one of those things you never want to end. This was accompanied with tea. I’m a huge tea junkie and the selection here was the most unique I’ve seen in all of Antigua. I ordered organic green tea with an organic rice brew.

Dessert and Tea - Panza Verde

Simply Fun Facts

Panza Verde, interestingly enough, is what Antigüeños who have lived in Antigua for generations upon generations call themselves. Some families are here from when Antigua was the capital of Guatemala. The legend goes that the families that stayed behind were so poor that they survived off of avocados and their bellies were green from eating it too much.  This term is used with a deep pride.

Information Panza Verde

Address: 5a Av. Sur # 19 Antigua
Phone: (502) 7832 2925
Room rates – there are several different suites and rooms to choose from. The prices, for what is offered, are super reasonable with breakfast included

Restaurant information

To see the full selection of eats, here’s the menu

For nights when there is live music it’s highly recommended to make reservations.

Lunch is less calm, but dinner can really pack up, especially because it’s intimate.

Conclusion and Video

This is a must visit, stay and eat at destination in Antigua, Guatemala.

 

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About 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!

4 Responses to A Romantic Getaway for Parents (Sans Kids) in Antigua

  1. Krystal says:

    These pictures are stunning! I love the one of you by the blue door. I’ve always wanted to paint my door teal! 😉 Thanks for sharing. I think the shrimp salad looks the best!
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  2. Oh my! I want to go to there!!!! How lovely. I liked the Panza Verde story. And the hotel grounds look amazing!
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  3. It’s absolutely gorgeous! Everything from the breathtakingly arched ceilings to the vines, pool and views are perfect! Thank you for the delightful tour! I might also steal a taste of your beet cream soup – yum!
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  4. Jennifer says:

    Looks like a beautiful hotel and a delicious meal! I love the no children rule. Sometimes you just want a meal and adult time.
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