Villa Maya

Laguna Petenchel, Santa Elena, Petén, Guatemala

You could lie in bed and count the birds flying by your window at these villas on Lake Petenchel, east of Santa Elena, where pyramidal angles invoke the temples at Tikal. Some 50 bird species have been spotted in the area. If you're interested in more wildlife, ask an attendant where to find the troop of spider monkeys that roams the grounds and the adjacent rain forest, or the local crocodile. All 56 rooms, in two-level bungalows spread out around the grounds, are tastefully decorated with colorful weavings and mahogany accents, and have terrific views. Villa Maya is part of a small group of villa-type hotels around Guatemala. Vans shuttle you to and from Tikal.

PROS

  • beautiful lake views
  • retreat-like setting
  • pleasant pool

CONS

  • not convenient to a selection of restaurants and shopping
  • bugs can be bothersome

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 502-7931–8350-hotel | 502-2223–5000-in Guatemala City

HOTEL DETAILS

56 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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