Huge! 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living areas, gourmet kitchen, and lake views
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About Traci Styner
Traci is from San Diego, California. She left a career in technical communication with a Fortune 100 company and moved to Guatemala in 2011. She bought Lake Villa Guatemala to host personal retreats and welcomes guests for either vacation rental, personal retreats, or all-inclusive vegan workshops. Mark has lived at Lake Atitlan since 1981. He is a musician who has played all around the world. He regularly plays in Panajachel, and he and Traci perform together in Panajachel and Santiago Atitlan.
Traci Styner purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Traci Styner chose Santiago Atitlán
Have you ever gone someplace new that immediately felt like home? That's how Lake Atitlan felt to both Mark and Traci, though 30 years apart. When Traci knew she wanted to move to Guatemala, she looked at several properties. Stepping off the boat onto the Lake Villa Guatemala beach, she knew this was the place.
What makes this Villa unique
There is nothing like sitting out on the patio, surrounded by nature: the sights and sounds of the birds, the wind in the trees, and the gentle lapping of the lake down below. We love to have our morning coffee or watch the changing colors of sunset from the patio. Trees surround the house, and the property feels like a luxurious oasis in a private park.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No pets - A cat lives on the property and comes in the houseA cat lives on the property and comes in the house
No smoking - Smoking only outside on the lower patios only.Smoking only outside on the lower patios only.
Max guests: 8
House was beautiful. Very clean and very modern inside. Gorgeous kitchen and views of the lake. Pedro and Roberto were awesome. When I first booked this property, it was advertised as having a boat on the property that we could rent when needed but there is no boat available anymore so maybe you should correct that. Pedro arranged for us to rent a boat and take us across the lake to Panajachel which is a must! The kitchen also has a slight ant problem but nothing we couldn't handle and if you don't like steps or stairs, this house has a lot of them! Overall this place is worth the price and I would definitley rent again if in the area.
Beautiful would have like to be informed more
Beautiful home. Beautiful place and surroundings. There was a little bit of miscommunication regarding some of the amenities that the house comes with. Also was expecting small crawlers like spiders and bugs but was not expecting to find myself with scorpions. Just better communication would be nice.
We had a wonderful stay!
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope you'll choose our home again if you return.
Peaceful and Splendid Views
We were welcomed at the gate by two wonderful care takers. The house is beautiful with 3 floors and 2 giant patio areas in addition to one more walking to the pier. We chose the bottom floor since the windows looked out on the lake. The kitchen, dining, and living area are beautiful. We cooked breakfast and dinner and during the day we were out. We connected with a great bird guide recommended--Rolando Tol Gonzalez (ask Traci). We had 3 wonderful birding days seeing 50+ each day in different areas. This was an awesome place to unwind after birding and we hopped in the hot tub, which is cleaned after each visitor! Boating to the other towns is great and trust Roberto to take you. We felt well looked after and appreciated the hospitality of all we met. GREAT HOME and say hello to the resident cat Tigre who always showed us new things to see.
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Wonderful that you were able to see so many birds and take advantage of the hot tub and the boat.
We hope you will stay with us again if you return to the area.
Great place to Kick Back
Our extended family had a great time at this beautiful Santiago Atitlan refuge. The house has great appointments, including a free standing spa, which our 8 year old twin daughters just loved. Bring your own items to be cooked in the wonderful kitchen since the village of Santiago may not have what you want to cook or where to eat. We absolutely loved our stay. Bring that book that you wanted to start or finish.
We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, and thank you for sharing your experience! We hope you'll come back again.
Lake Atitlan is home to 12 Mayan towns and villages, each with a distinctive personality. Most of our guests visit Santiago Atitlan, only 15 minutes by car or tuk tuk. Many take our private boat to the charming village of San Juan, which is home to several painting and weaving cooperatives. San Juan specializes in natural dyes for their cloth: something you won't find in the rest of Guatemala.
A trip to San Juan is often combined with a stop in San Pedro, which has good restaurants and the lake's only health food store.
A visit to Lake Atitlan isn't complete without a stop in Panajachel. A private boat takes you there in about 20 minutes, or you can travel like the locals on public boats. In Pana you'll find restaurants, handicrafts from all over Guatemala, a couple of small museums, and a great zip line and nature reserve.
If you're more adventurous, the hike up Cerro de Oro is short but steep trek, with beautiful views and a stunning Mayan altar. The trail head is only a 10 minute drive from our location.
If you're extra adventurous, take a boat to San Pedro and hike San Pedro volcano. The trail is well-maintained but steep. Unless you're in stellar shape, plan on 5-6 hours hiking.