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Luxurious And Magical Jungle Getaway At Las Lagunas Hotel in Guatemala

If you are looking to experience the Guatemalan jungle in a relaxed and magical setting Las Lagunas boutique hotel is the ideal choice. Just 15 minutes away from the Santa Elena airport and the Island of Flores and 45 minutes from the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Las Lagunas is the ultimate jungle getaway.

Las Lagunas Hotel Guatemala

Las Lagunas Hotel’s suites seen from the lake. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt Diaz. All rights reserved.

After having a stressful few weeks at work, I made a last minute decision to hop on a plane and head for the Guatemalan rainforest. When I travel to Guatemala, I usually go to see my family, but this time I needed to recharge my batteries and getting close to nature always fills me up with positive energy. As a kid, I traveled to the Mayan ruins of Tikal with my parents. We drove there from Guatemala City along roads that cut deep into the rainforest, and we camped in the Tikal National Park. Waking up in the midst of the jungle with the sounds of the rainforest all around was an adventure I will never forget. Now as I traveled back to Peten, this time via airplane, I wanted to find a hotel that would provide that sense of experiencing the rainforest from the inside out rather than from the outside. After reading reviews and looking at pictures of many hotels Las Lagunas seemed to be the right choice for me.

Infinity pool at las Lagunas hotel Guatemala

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I grew up and lived most of my life in Guatemala, and I am no stranger to its natural beauty yet as I walked across the lobby of Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel and took in the view of the infinity pool that seemed to blend right into the lagoon I was taken aback by the fantastic and magical sight. I dropped my bags and slowly walked out onto the terrace as if in a trance. I stood at the edge of the balcony that overlooks the emerald green lagoon; from that point, the whole jungle seems to open up around the building that houses the lobby, the restaurant, and a few small meeting rooms.

lobby and pool area at Las Lagunas hotel inn Guatemala

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I sat out on the terrace trying to take it all in; the breathtaking view of the emerald green rainforest all around me, the symphony of insects humming, birds chirping and leaves rustling in the soft breeze coming in from the lagoon and the smell of the crisp morning air mixed with the sweet fragrance of fresh vegetation, flowers, and wet earth. I could feel tears of happiness welling in my eyes: this was paradise, and it felt like home to me.

Las Lagunas Hotel welcome Rosa de Jamaica cocktail.

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I had arrived on an early morning flight, and just a couple of hours ago I was in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Guatemala City. Now as I sipped on a frozen Rosa de Jamaica mocktail the chaos of the city and the stress from work seemed distant and unreal.

suite at Las Lagunas Hotel

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As I entered my private cabin I immediately fell in love with the warm space; all made of wood and filled with light the room was beautiful and refined yet it felt inviting and familiar. Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel has only 19 rooms, all of them suites. Each suite is built as a private wood cabin overlooking the lagoon. Most of the rooms are on stilts, not only providing a magnificent view but also making you feel like you are completely surrounded by water wich, in turn gives you a sense of peace and tranquility. The rooms are not only comfortable but they also provide all of those modern amenities we have grown accustomed to, from a large screen TV, which I have to admit I never turned on, to free WiFi in the room and in the pool area, which was surprisingly fast.

covered terrace at Las Lagunas hotel

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The suites have a covered terrace with a sitting area and a whirlpool, ideal for relaxing after a long day of exploring the Mayan ruins. I loved the spacious bathroom which opens up into the room, and the verbena scented toiletries from L’Occitane were a real treat.

bathroom at Las Lagunas

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After settling into the room I headed out to the pool which wraps around a big, beautiful tree filled with wild orchids. I was almost weary of getting in as I did not want to disturb the water where the reflection of surrounding vegetation made it look as if the pool itself was also part of the thick canopy of trees all around me.

Las Lagunas Hotel Guatemala

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After taking some time to enjoy the pool I was ready for lunch. The hotel restaurant offers spectacular views of the forest canopy and lagoon. Here you can enjoy a breakfast of huevos rancheros, refried beans, and sweet fried plantains or a variety of other choices including fresh yogurt with tropical fruit, which is included with your stay. For lunch and dinner, there is a wide array of options from traditional Guatemalan dishes to international cuisine created with local fresh ingredients.

breakfast at Las Lagunas Hotel in Guatemala

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You can also enjoy your meal poolside, which is what I chose to do. I tried the Subanik, a traditional stew made with three types of meat which was accompanied by a corn tamale and I paired that with a Michelada, a beer cocktail that combines tomato juice, lime, and spices. I have to say that the Subanik was one of the best I’ve had, the stew was thick and flavorful with just a bit of heat and the meat was soft, moist and delicious.

Subanik at Las Lagunas Hotel

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After lunch, I decided to explore the rest of the hotel and check out the recently finished full-service spa which offers relaxing massages and a series of rejuvenating and reenergizing spa services and dry and wet sauna as well as a secluded infinity pool. You can also request your massage in the privacy of your suite or on the enclosed dock overlooking the water.

Pool at Las Lagunas spa

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Every morning the hotel offers a scenic boat tour across the lagoon. While on the boat tour you also get to visit the islets which are home to a group of rescued spider monkeys which are fed by the staff from the boat. I had so much fun watching the monkeys swing from tree to tree, some of them carrying babies. But the best part was getting to meet Margarita, a friendly monkey that likes to go for short rides on the boat with he guests, taking advantage of the fact that she then has all of the treats to herself!

Las Lagunas hotel boat tour to monkey islands

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The owner of the hotel has an exceptional collection of Mayan artifacts, which you can marvel at in the newly finished museum quality gallery built to house them. Some of the pieces are really breathtaking and as I looked at them I wondered how many of these treasures are still buried in the countless Mayan sites that are still completely covered by vegetation and how many Mayan sites are still yet to be discovered in the area.

Museum at Las Lagunas Hotel

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Las Lagunas’ ideal location makes it the perfect base camp for exploring the spectacular mayan ruins of Tikal, Uxactun, Yaxhá, Nakum and many others. You won’t find another hotel in the area that combines this level of luxury and comfort within a breathtakingly beautiful natural setting.

Visiting the ruins of Tikal

Tikal National Park with El Gran Jaguar temple in the background. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt Diaz. All rights reserved.

Additionally, this unique and magical jungle getaway provides you with countless ways in which to explore and enjoy the rainforest. From jungle treks and kayaking on the lagoon to ATV tours of the natural reserve.

Rescued Tapir now calls Las Lagunas hotel home.

Rescued Tapir now calls Las Lagunas hotel home. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt Diaz. All rights reserved.

My experience at Las Lagunas was truly memorable. I could just move there and stay forever. I have to admit it was hard to go back to reality after spending a few days in paradise. I can’t wait to go back and bring my family with me, I know my kids would fall in love with Las Lagunas just as I did.

For more information and rates be sure to visit the hotel website at LasLagunasHotel.com, like Las Lagunas on Facebook and follow @LasLagunasHotel on Instagram for daily jungle inspiration.

About the author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula moved from her native Guatemala to SW Florida with her husband and two children and together they are discovering what it means to live life between two languages.

Paula studied architecture who now makes a living as a freelance writer, traveler and amateur photographer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on travel, food and bicultural and bilingual parenting .

When she is not on a plane or road trip she likes to create recipes inspired in the flavors of her native Guatemala.

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  1. Jeanette

    Oh my gosh I would like to go there! I need to pack myself in your bag the next time you go on vacation. I have never been to Guatemala but I do know that I want to explore it.
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  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    Oh my. I would love to spend a week or two in Lagunas with my husband. What an incredibly romantic getaway.
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  3. Lisa Favre

    Guatemala looks like such a wonderful place to visit! I am always looking for new resorts and this one looks like a tropical paradise.
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  4. Bella

    Wow, what a beautiful place to escape to! I think your vacation was a great idea, I hope you are able to get back there soon.

  5. Kerri Olkjer

    This looks gorgeous!! I have family living in Guatemala.

  6. Joely Smith

    What a beautiful hotel! Looks like a SPA getaway! I have been to Costa Rica but always wanted to visit Guatemala!
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  7. Chrishelle Ebner

    Oh my goodness. I would love to take a break in that luxurious hotel in the Guatemalan jungle. The private suites and views are just amazing.

  8. Claudia Krusch

    This looks like it would be an amazing trip. I would love to stay here. I have always wanted to got to the Guatemalan rainforest.

  9. Dogvills

    Oh wow, I love the pool! What a beautiful place to stay. A place for luxury in the middle of the jungle!

  10. Oyinkan Ogunleye

    This is sooo pretty! A jungle of luxury.

  11. Melissa Dixon

    Wow this looks like a great place to visit. Your photos are so pretty!

  12. Kathy

    What a beautiful hotel. The view is amazing! All the food and such looks so good too.

  13. up run for life

    Wow that view is super amazing. I would love to stay in a hotel like this one day. The pool looks so peaceful too.
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  14. CourtneyLynne

    Omg what a fabulous hotel!! I love how it fits the counties feel! Nothing better than taking a vacation and staying somewhere that makes you feel you have left home!

  15. Amy D

    Such an awesome! That pool is amazing! I have never been to Guatemala before, but I have friends who were missionaries there for years! I would love to visit one day!
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  16. Ali Rost

    What a lovely place to escape to! I’d love to eat all of the yummy food and relax in the hot tub. While I’ve never been .. I’ve heard Guatamala is absolutely wonderful!

  17. Amanda

    Oh wow, absolutely everything about this place looks magical. I love the chairs sitting in the water in front of the beautiful view…and of course the private hot tub!
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  18. Echo

    What a gorgeous, gorgeous place! I seriously want to see everything, especially these serene and tranquil spots! That food looks fantastic as well!
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  19. Adaleta

    Wow that looks amazing! I could use a nice vacation! You captured some beautiful photos!

  20. Marielle Altenor

    Gorgeous hotel! Guatemala is such an exotic and beautiful place! A hidden gem for sure.
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  21. Patricia

    im jealous! what an amazing place! i wonder how long the flight is from canada! i just want to book now! http://www.crayonized.com

  22. Viveena Rodrigues

    Voilà ! Las Lagunas looks like the perfect peaceful getaway tucked in nature. The images on your post hold true to every description you’ve provided.

  23. Claudia Krusch

    I have always wanted to explore Guatemala. The Las Lagunas boutique hotel would be an amazing place to stay. I will have to add it to my travel bucket list.

  24. Betty Boiron

    I love hotels that are right on the water. I find them so romantic. And the fact that this one is luxurious just makes it all that more appealing!
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  25. Heather Johnson

    Wow! The Las Lagunas boutique hotel does sound like an ideal choice! What an amazing place to stay at for a little vacation.
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  26. Gideon

    This Las Lagunas boutique hotel does look amazing love the vegetation.

  27. Sarah Bailey

    Wow what an absolutely beautiful looking place to stop and stay for a with I would absolutely love to explore the jungle and stay in luxury at Las Lagunas.
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  28. Denay DeGuzman

    Wow – what an awesome adventure. My daughter Ashley just got back from a trip to Guatemala that she planned with nine of her law school friends. They needed a fun vacation before heading back to class and hitting the books again. I enjoyed looking at her photos and now yours too! Thanks so much for sharing this wanderlust inspiration. 🙂

  29. Alicia Taylor

    I think breathtaking is a great description! I would have a hard time leaving. That boat tour sounds irresistible.
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  30. corinne & kirsty

    your photos are amazing and the place looks absolutely amazing! perfect for a vacation and te relax! I have never been to Guatemala but now I really want to go

  31. David Elliott

    It does look like such a great getaway to Guatemala. You have so many great and beautiful pictures here. I think my daughter would just want to go there because of the monkeys.
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  32. Angela Milnes

    I can’t get there soon enough! This looks like a great place to stay.

  33. Aida Ingram

    This place looks absolutely amazing. The scenery is breathtaking. I am amazed that there is a place just a short trip away that is this picturesque. I am adding this to my bucket list.
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  34. Natalia

    This looks like heaven on earth! Never been to Guatemala but now I so much want to visit it!
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  35. Sarah

    Such a beautiful place for family vacation. I love looking at these photos. So peaceful and breathtaking.

  36. Cynthia Nicoletti

    Looks like a fabulous place to visit. I love all your beautiful photos.

  37. fashionmommy

    It looks like paradise, how lovely to stay so close to the jungle, and in such a luxurious dwelling.

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