Imagine tiny foot paths surrounded by tropical plants, small shops and friendly locals. This is San Marcos, a tiny village located on one of the most beautiful lakes in the world – Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.
However, what makes this town even more unique is all the different activities and water fun you can have.
That is until I arrived to my hotel – Lush Boutique Hotel, otherwise known as Aaculaax (The owner’s name in the Mayan dialect spoken in the area). And ended up staying here for the most part of my stay.
My great friends Niels and Lily are the owners. Niels, who started building this hotel almost 20 years ago, I’ve been told is the creative mind behind the way the hotel looks and stands.
But until you see it for yourself, and stay at the hotel, it really is hard to describe.
The hotel is literally built into the cliff, which allows you to have some of the best views in the central part of San Marcos. The view above is from my bedroom.
It is a small hotel of 12 rooms, but they cover everything from family suites to honeymoon suites.
There is fresh breakfast served every day on the terrace, included in your stay.
The staff is helpful and always available. Plus, for a tiny indigenous village such as San Marcos, I was happily surprised to see most of them being 100% bilingual. Usually a huge concern for travelers to smaller villages.
Don’t worry about any of that! You won’t have any problem communicating.
Each room has a bathroom (this room alone is a work of art) and full kitchen, with sitting rooms to enjoy the views and the nature that surrounds you.
Lily, who has a special love for the flowers that are on the property, had found a way to have the most colorful and tropical plants grow just the right way to become part of the architecture and invite fun wildlife.
Lush Hotel, San Marcos, Lake Atitlan in Photos
My room – Sirena
Window Art – My Favorite Part
I normally am not one to show bathrooms, but they really are spectacular in this hotel. The cliff, which is one of the main elements of the hotel, plays beautiful into the bathroom walls, and even acts as natural waterfalls.
Video Tour of Lush Hotel
I have stayed in hundreds of boutique hotels all over the world, so can say I am pretty much an expert in this. Lush Hotel is one of the most beautifully created, in all essence a boutique and luxury hotel.
You will definitely have a beautiful San Marcos experience!