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Lake Shore Retreat, no stairs

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Los Elementos is located in Santa Cruz la Laguna, the most beautiful and tranquil village on the lake. It is the perfect base for exploring the lake and it’s Mayan villages. Spend the days hiking the mountains and volcanoes that surround the lake, or relax with a day of pampering at our on-site spa. Receive a free one hour massage with a one week booking. Prorated discounts available for shorter rentals.

Enjoy a morning swim in the lake, a mid-day kayak tour, and an afternoon siesta in a hammock. Imagine awaking each morning to the sight of majestic volcanoes just outside your window, the sounds of tropical birds, and the taste of fresh fruit grown on the property. Spanish language school nearby.

The property has 50 meters of lakefront, with the best swim beach in the area. Private dock, kayaks, and lake shore recreation area are yours to enjoy. Private boat is available for exploring the further reaches of the lake for additional rental fees. This property is only accessible by boat, so the quiet tranquility, nature, and privacy are unparalleled to none. While there is no road access, launchas (water taxis) run every 30 minutes and stop just next door. Several excellent restaurants are within walking distance.

Backed by dramatic mountains, the views in all directions are spectacular. A seasonal creek runs next to the property during the summer and fall, and extensive hiking trails start just outside your door.

Casa Sirena/Mermaid house: 750 sq. ft. sleeps 2-3.

Large indoor/outdoor area, 400 sq. ft. (22 ’x 18’) includes kitchen, dining area and living space. Semi-open to the lake views with covered roof and protected from the elements. The fully equipped kitchen is ready to prepare the freshest of meals from our locally grown produce with fresh fish from the lake or Pacific Ocean.

Interior rooms total 350 square feet and include a bedroom with queen size bed and second dining table. Second bedroom includes a large wardrobe and dressing area, and has a single bed. Perfect for a couple, or a family with 1-2 children. Bathroom with hot water shower. Two person Kohler jetted tub.

Spa is separate from the rental, and does not have access to your private gardens. However you may enjoy the spa amenities while you are visiting. The spa has lots of comfy seating and is located just feet from the lake shore. Massage, facials, waxing and other spa services available on-site. Enjoy two patios, each 200 sq. ft. in size for relaxing in the morning or at sunsets. Solar heated shower and bathroom.

Internet access on our private satellite system, for a small user fee. Stereo w/ CD player and iPod connection, TV with DVD player. Rental includes linens, towels, utilities and filtered water. Housekeeper available but not included in price.

Large lawn and beautiful gardens. Extensive hiking in the canyon and mountains nearby. Kayaks available on-site. You can go there on Google Earth at 14’44’22.54 N 91.12’36.70 W.

When booking you may also want to consider deep sea fishing in the Pacific, golf outing, trips to Antigua, the market in Chichicastenango, and the Mayan ruins in Tikal. All trips we can help you with.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About The Owner

We have lived on Lake Atitlan since 2005 and have an extensive knowledge of Guatemala and the Lake Atitlan area. I operate Los Elementos Adventure Center, and can help you plan your holiday activities before you arrive. We can explore the villages around the lake together, or on your own. I can help with transportation to and from the area, as well as any other travel plans in Guatemala.

Why The Owner chose Lake Atitlan

We are the highest rated rental in Santa Cruz. The property is flat and easy to access. No stairs or steep grounds.

What makes this house unique

We are the highest rated rental in Santa Cruz. The property is flat and easy to access. No stairs or steep grounds.You will have an on-site tour expert available to help you make the most of your holiday on Lake Atitlan and Guatemala. You have access to kayaks (included) and private boat rental (for an additional fee).

Enjoy a massage every day at our on-site Day Spa.


Santa Cruz la Laguna House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Mountain View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
  • Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Lake Shore Retreat, no stairs
average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews

Absolutely beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have found a better vacay home , beautiful view of the lake and volcanoes although some days were foggy , and beautiful vibes from everyone (:!

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  • 2 of 5


Located on a beautiful piece of property with lovely views of the lake and volcano in front and steep hills and jungle behind.

Access to a fleet of kayaks and some beautiful paddling.

Owner/managers live on site.

Outdoor area is lovely.


No indoor living area, other than your bedroom. One bed is located in the kitchen, the other in an unattractive and rustic structure built onto the back of the casita.

Comfort is problematic when the sun sets and the wind blows, which it often does, sometimes at 80 mph. We were in bed more than 50% of the 37 days we spent there before 7 pm because it was the only way to stay warm.

The casita is not really as advertised: there is no jetted tub, nor is there a cd player or a video or a music library. There is no propane tank for the advertised a bar-b-que.

The casita is advertised as having 1.5 baths and 2 bedrooms. It sounded perfect for 2 friends. But one bed is in the kitchen along with the sink, dishes etc. and the other is in the small structure behind. There is really only one bathroom but the facilities are split in two – sink and toilet in what looks like a bathroom while the shower is in the small room with the 2nd bed. Awkward.

The door between the 2nd “bedroom” and the toilet does not shut. We mentioned it twice and were told that we just had to kick the door to get it to close.

There is no hot water in the kitchen or the bathroom sink. There is hot water in the shower on sunny days between noon and 5 pm.

The VRBO description also mentions a washer and dryer. But you do not have a washer and dryer - you have access to a washer once a week. And a clothesline.

The spa is really a massage table in a palapa.


I have spent 4 months out of the last 2 years in Guatemala and have stayed in everything from a hostel to a budget room to a posh spa. I cannot say the same for this casita. The sheets, towels and pillowcases are faded and stained. My very old quilt (it appears in pictures taken many years ago) was peppered with mildew.

There is a fridge in outdoor kitchen but the freezer is full of the owners’ meat.

There was obvious black mold on the freezer bottom as well as the base of the water reservoir.

the clothing storage area for both bedrooms is located in that 2nd tiny bedroom – some shelves, a rod, a few hangers and some drawers, most of which have come off their railings. Inconvenient, awkward and ugly.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

Our experience with Lee and Elaine exceeded expectations. Lake Atitlan is a unique and beautiful place that offers visitors an opportunity for the trip of a lifetime. Through their friendly support, we were able to realize this opportunity. From arranging transportation from the Guatemala City Airport to the lake, assisting in grocery purchases, designing and delivering wonderful tours/experiences and booking hotel reservations in Antigua, we were helped by Lee and Elaine from beginning to end. The accommodations were clean, comfortable and were exactly as pictured. We will remember this trip for the geographic awe of Lake Atitlan, the unbelievable cultural immersion with the Mayan people, and the friendly professionalism of our hosts, Lee and Elaine.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for about 3 days for the start of our honeymoon back in 2010. (Sorry this review is so late!) We had an amazing stay and Lee and Elaine were so helpful with communication before our arrival, even arranging for a driver to pick us up at the airport when we arrived in Guatemala to bring us to Panajachel. When we arrived, there was a basket of goodies awaiting us and with helpful information from them, we started planning a tour of the neighboring villages. Lee was an excellent tour guide. The spa facility is also an added bonus. The hiking right behind the cabin is an excellent workout, with some gorgeous views of the lake and valley! Overall, an awesome stay with really great hosts!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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baton rouge, la

Great rental, great people

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 5 nights and had a fantastic and unforgettable trip. This property is simply amazing. Killer views of the lake and all its volcanos, amazing stars at night, an outdoor kitchen literally 30 yards from the lakeshore, kayaks in the front yard to take out for a morning paddle with a cup of coffee...seriously, what more could you really ask for?

In addition to providing a fantastic and incredibly affordable place, they were extremely helpful with arranging a lot of transportation logistics, not just around the lake, but also up near Tikal, where we headed after we left the Atitlan area. We did most of our exploring on our own (our choice), but the advice that Lee and Elaine gave regarding places to see and things to do was priceless. In addition to being great guides and renting out a fabulous home, they were laid back, fun, and pleasant to spend a little time with each night before dinner. Our trip far exceed our expectations and a great deal of that we owe to Lee and Elaine.

We will definitely return and would recommend this to anyone.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We live in Guatemala and are always looking for a little retreat area where we can rejuvinate and this location was perfect for our needs. Thank you Lee and Elaine.

  • Submitted: Feb 29, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Santa Cruz la Laguna House Rental Rates

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Summer Season
May 17 2017 - Sep 13 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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