The Petén area of Guatemala is the northernmost portion of the country and is composed of vast expanses of rainforests, massive trees and plants, exotic birds and local animals all surrounded by great rivers and ancient Mayan ruins. Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is nestled among it all, with luxurious structures that blend into the jungle surroundings creating a majestic stay alongside the trees and deep blue lagoons. The property is located on a 300-acre nature preserve in the San Miguel Flores rainforest and is the epitome of a five-star luxury experience in the heart of the jungle.
Stay in one of 19 beautifully crafted cabins built on stilts above the surrounding lagoons, with interiors complete with plush beds, jet-lined showers and large floor to ceiling windows that open up to an enclosed porch where you can dip in a private hot tub and take in the view of the rainforest and a sunset over the lagoon. The indoor comfort blended with outdoor features of the bungalows allow guests to feel fully immersed in the Guatemalan jungle, with a symphony of crickets, bullfrogs, and howler monkeys performing just outside the room walls.
The secluded jungle cabins are all connected by wooden walkways to an open-air main building where you can find plenty of luxurious features and facilities at your fingertips. The main building welcomes guests with natural design features, soaring ceilings, and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the swimming pool and lagoon beyond. The property has a private museum on site that is filled with an ancient collection of Mayan artifacts like jade jewelry, pottery and decorative sculptures found in the surrounding regions of the country.
A sweeping infinity pool covered by large sprawling trees provides the perfect spot to sit poolside with a drink in hand or plan the next day's adventures after a nighttime dip. Experience the tranquility of the jungle with a relaxing massage or facial in the property's spa. Accompanied by the sounds of birds and hum of the surrounding nature, guests can enjoy a variety of treatments using local ingredients that enhance the sensory experience.
For an elegant and picturesque dining experience, visit the hotel's restaurant, Shulton, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A glassless window frames the surrounding lush forest and water, creating an ideal backdrop for any meal. Executive chef, Michael Muller brings an international twist to local Guatemalan fare, using locally sourced ingredients and fish that come straight from the lagoon outside the hotel.
Activities surround the open both off-site and on-site. Just in front of the property, Monkey Island is one of several islets in the lake and home to a colony of habituated spider monkeys. Private boats from the hotel can take guests to view the monkeys, but don't be startled if a monkey or two jumps on board in search of some treats. The hotel offers moonlit boat rides for an evening of wine and cheese excursions around the island. Surrounding the hotel there are also plenty of mountain biking trails, four-wheeling trails, hiking, and more.
The main attraction in the region surrounding Las Lagunas is the ancient ruin of Tikal, a UNESCO-protected Mayan pyramid temple complex in the middle of the jungle just an hour's drive away.
The peaceful setting and on-site facilities, combined with the location allow guests to choose as much adventure or relaxation they want while vacationing in Guatemala. If you're interested in staying at the Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, take a look at our trips to Belize and Guatemala or let us help you plan a private journey to explore the spots you have in mind.