Casa Juana is nestled into a hillside, inside a secure 3.5 acre compound, reachable by a private rustic staircase. The trek up the hill is over a hundred stairs, but the enchanting view is worth the extra effort. Once inside the gate, your eyes will feast on a gorgeous manicured terraced hillside featuring magnificent stone walls and walkways, all built in the traditional Mayan style. The stairway leads you through a lush green grassy hillside, punctuated with flower beds which follow alongside a gentle natural waterfall, which runs for most of the year. The soothing, calming sound of falling water sets the mood for complete relaxation, away from the nervous bustling energy of town.
Please Note: The main house has a master bedroom, but other guests have to go outside and up a few stairs, to their private bungalows. Each bungalow, has its own private bathroom, with shower. The bungalow on the 2nd level has a bathtub, with a view.
So, this property may not be appropriate for families with very small children, who would have to sleep away from the main house, but is perfect for teenagers, who get their own space.
The house and bungalows rent for: $185.00 / Night (Weekday & Weekend).
The number of beds are limited, to just 2 double beds (Master Bedroom and Guest Bungalow)and a pair of twin beds (in upper Casita), so the accommodations may not be suitable for groups of adults when there are more than four people who do not want to share a bed.
The architecture of the main house is a blend of traditional Spanish and contemporary California styles, with rich beamed cathedral ceilings and bay windows in every room, each designed to frame the magnificent views of what many have called the most beautiful lake in the world.
It's furnishings are a mixture of contemporary and traditional Guatemalan furniture, hand crafted in the the Nahuala style. The main house has 2 wood burning fireplaces, one in the living room, adjacent to a built-in cushioned window bench and the other in the Master Bedroom, which has a double bed, and its own secluded terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy a cup of morning coffee while contemplating the tranquil view.
The house was built for ultimate privacy with the extra bedrooms away from the main house, occupying their own bungalows, a few steps away from the house, each set into its own part of the terraced hillside. The largest of the two, also having a double bed, fireplace and bathroom, with a tub; the perfect place to soak and enjoy the view. The 2nd bedroom, is in a small bungalow, with twin beds, has it's own bathroom, and enjoys the best views from its perch at the very top of the property.
The comfortable living room, with sofa, loveseat, large overstuffed chair and window bench, is the perfect place to relax, read, or watch a movie on the flat panel TV. Bring along your music too, as you'll find an iPod/iPhone docking station, with built in charger and speakers that can fill the rooms with your favorite music brought from home.
The full working kitchen, beside a modern stove and refrigerator, includes a coffee maker, toaster oven, microwave and blender. The kitchen is organized around a central island, surrounded by bar stools, serves as both an extra work surface, or a place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or a snack, or just chat with the cook.
The dining room table, is just a few steps away, tucked into another bay, with it's own window framing the ever changing skies over the lake. It's the perfect place to enjoy a quiet supper or to entertain, with dinnerware, glassware and tableware, with a complete service for 8.
And of course, the spacious grounds for outdoor living. There are 3 decks from which to enjoy the views and sunsets, as well as lots of little outdoor spots to relax, enjoy the view and spectacular sunsets, along with the sound of the water cascading down the mountainside.
Also, guests are welcome to enjoy the Maya Traditions Foundation's Medicinal Herb garden, which adjoins the property. Our guests can wander through and enjoy the garden, which is the #6 recommendation of things to see in Panajachel , and worth seeing. However, it's been suggested that when spending time there, arm and leg coverings might be a good precaution, as the chances of insect bites are greater than on our property itself.