Framed by the mile-high waters of Lake Atitlán and its three stunning volcanoes, Casa Palopó is an award-winning villa accommodation in the charming village of Santa Catarina Palopó. Since its opening at the turn of the millennium, this beautiful villa retreat has promised stunning lake views, rustic sophistication, and a sense of unpretentious calm on the shores of Lake Atitlán, the starlet of the Guatemalan Highlands.
Once a private home, Casa Palopó is now a modern-rustic boutique accommodation chock full of bright colors and arty flourishes. From Asian sculptures of elephants and acrobats to paintings by Botero on almost every wall, each of the hotel’s seven bedrooms pay homage to Guatemala’s uniquely contemporary yet indigenous heritage. While different in design and layout, all rooms come outfitted with L’Occitane luxury bath amenities, Italian beds, Frette linens and bathrobes, and incomparable views of Lake Atitlán and its three volcanoes, whether from the private sun terraces or the floor-to-ceiling windows in the bathrooms.
Located a steep 150 steps above the main hotel is the private two-bedroom Villa Palopó, perfect for friends and families looking for a secluded retreat. African textiles, a large living room with fireplace, gourmet kitchen, outside terrace with infinity pool and Jacuzzi, butler service, and a gazebo that doubles as its own private spa are all features of this exclusive villa accommodation.
At Casa Palopó, guests enjoy all of the amenities of a five-star hotel. Indulge in in-room massages and delicious international cuisine. A refreshing mosaic tiled solar-heated infinity pool overlooks the deep, blue lake. The hotel’s gourmet restaurant, 6.8 Palopó, is an intimate indoor/outdoor-dining venue drenched in soft candle light, serving up mouthwatering fare alongside awe-inspiring volcano views. Romantic sunset dinners and treatments at the full-service, Balinese-styled spa next door are hallmarks of any Casa Palopó stay.
Casa Palopó merges the best of Lake Atitlán’s natural beauty and Mayan culture to create a stimulating and relaxing escape. The 1,000-foot-deep Lake Atitlán is the uncontested starlet of the Guatemalan Highlands. A time capsule of about a dozen Indian villages preserve centuries-old customs and create a rich and varied tapestry of food, color, language, and culture. Visits to these local Mayan villages and markets are a must. Chichicastenango, in particular, is the most impressive native market in all of the Americas. Other activities include bird watching, fishing, horseback riding, and waterskiing on the crystal clear waters of the lake.