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El Convento Hotel, Antigua
Located in Antigua’s historic center and painstakingly built in the style of a 15th-century convent, El Convento is a charming 26-suite hotel that blends Guatemalan and colonial décor with modern luxury amenities. The property’s spacious, comfortable rooms are perfectly complemented by warm and welcoming common areas, and a garden courtyard complete with a rectangular lap pool. View hotel website.
Casa Palopó, Lake Atitlán
Perched on the shores of Lake Atitlán, this Relais & Châteaux property is the essence of unpretentious sophistication with a twist of Guatemalan flavor. Sixteen water-view suites overlook Atitlán’s brooding shoreline, each one designed and decorated differently, with vibrant colors and unique bathrooms built with the utmost attention to detail. Multi-tiered terraces that boast spectacular panoramic lake views and a beautiful infinity pool make this a must in Lake Atitlán. View hotel website.
La Lancha, Santa Elena
Amidst rainforest splendor, Francis Ford Coppola’s back-to-nature lodge near Tikal is a secluded, sophisticated haven that overlooks the glassy waters of Lake Petén Itzá. The 10 suites mix traditional Guatemalan and tropical design elements, creating a warm and welcoming home away from home, with the bonus of a lovely split-level pool and the accomplished onsite Guatemalteca Restaurant which serves authentic local dishes of fresh fish and parrilla-grilled meat in a palm-thatched palapa overlooking the lake. View hotel website.
Chaa Creek Resort, Cayo District
This exclusive 23-suite operation in Belize’s Cayo District on the banks of the Macal River comes from humble means, beginning as an overgrown 140-acre farm in 1977. Careful, painstaking expansion over the past 40 years has seen Chaa Creek grow into an award-winning jungle resort, featuring modern amenities, superb cuisine and generous hospitality in a location that not only provides spectacular views but is also within easy access of Cayo’s many adventure activities and ancient Mayan ruins. View hotel website.
Naia Resort & Spa, Placencia
Turquoise waters lap at expansive white stretches of sand on the beaches of Naia Resort & Spa, resting on the shores of Placencia. Set amid lush, tropical gardens, this is the ideal setting to soak up the area’s natural beauty and privileged climate. This colorful hotel spares no detail, with luxurious touches at every turn, including a palm tree-lined pool and an enticing spa menu to lull you into a deep state of relaxation. Visit hotel website.