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Gorgeous luxury lakeside sanctuary with private dock, boat, spa tub, solar power

Bedrooms 3
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Huge! 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 2 living areas, gourmet kitchen, and lake views

Lake Villa Guatemala is a luxurious lake-front villa on the south shore of Lake Atitlan, between Cerro de Oro and Santiago Atitlan.

This lovely, secluded space is perfect for family groups or those looking for a retreat, get-away rental. The home is beautifully furnished and spacious (4000 sq ft); on 3 levels leading to the garden and the lake shore.

The upper, entrance level has a huge open-plan area with a fully-equipped kitchen, dining area, and a large living area with fireplace leading out to a large terrace with hot tub. This is the perfect spot for morning breakfast or sunset cocktails! Musicians will appreciate the piano and guitar in the living room.

The second floor has a large bedroom with King and Matrimonial (Double) beds. There is an additional Futon bed in the living/meditation space on this level. This is the perfect place for your yoga practice!

The bottom level has two large bedrooms, both with views of the lake, en suite full bathrooms, private entrances leading to the balcony and the lake. One room has two Queen beds; the other has a King bed.

The lush, landscaped gardens slope gently down to the lake. There is a covered area where you can relax in a hammock or have a picnic. Like to swim? Swim in the cool Lake Atitlan waters from our private beach and dock, or explore the lake in one of our two kayaks.

Every detail is attended to with all the furnishings throughout the home. The whole house has a water-filtration system, so that water is safe to drink from the faucets--a real luxury in Guatemala! The house runs on grid-tied solar power with battery backup, so you don't even notice those occasional Guatemala power outages. The solar water heater supplies plentiful hot water, with a gas water heater backup for those extra cloudy days.

WiFi is available throughout the house.

Our private boat can pick up guests from Panajachel and return you to Pana (included in the price of a rental of six nights or more--maximum seven people). You can also rent the boat for trips to explore the lake. The rental rate includes the boat captain and fuel.

The property is totally secure, as it is part of a large gated community of lake-front properties, accessed by a private road. Santiago Atitlan, which has a couple of good restaurants, is easily accessible by taxi or tuk tuk (only about 15 minutes away).

More Details

Traci Styner
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 12, 2017

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 Guatemala

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.


Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Guatemala City
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Las Lagartijas
Nearest Beach
130 Kilometres
Sipacate (Pacific Coast)
Car: not necessary

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. Our 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 the 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.


Santiago Atitlán Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs bathroom - toilet , shower , On the top floor, by the living room and kitchen
    2nd Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Next to the Garden View room on the second floor
    Lower floor bathroom - queen room - toilet , shower , En suite bathroom for the Lake View room with queen beds
    Lower floor bathroom - King room - toilet , combination tub/shower , En suite bathroom for the Lake View room with king bed
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • 2nd floor Garden View - 1 king , 1 double , Private bathroom
    Lower floor - Lake View Queen - 2 queen , En suite bathroom
    Lower floor - Lake View King - 1 king , En suite bathroom
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • swimming


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Gorgeous luxury lakeside sanctuary with private dock, boat, spa tub, solar power
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A Little Bit of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Traci's house is absolutely gorgeous. Kitchen has everything you need, all you have to add is food. The house has three levels with a spacious kitchen, dining room, living room, and full bathroom on the first floor, a master bedroom/bathroom on the second, and two bedrooms and full bath on third. Beautiful manicured grounds, and a direct view of Lake Atitlan. She has two men, Pedro and (? can't remember his name?) who speak no English, but are ready and willing to help with whatever you need, including a boat taxi across the lake to any of the little lakeside towns. Traci was available to answer any/all questions we had, and provided great suggestions for restaurants and outdoor activities. For the price, it's unbeatable.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing our home as your base in Lake Atitlán. It was a delight to meet you and your family. We"re so glad you enjoyed our little slice of Atitlán heaven!
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5 Star

  • 5 of 5

This house was everything we expected. It was well equiped for cooking large meals for our group. I highly reccomend this for breakfast and lunch, since it is a decent trip, by boat or car to a restaurant. There is on site staff for assistance and questions, they were very helpful. The rooms and beds were comfortable. The internet was down for a day, so know that the tv relies on your laptop, so load a couple of movies or pack a few books before your trip. The privacy and solitude is very relaxing. The scenery is equisite. I wish we had stayed longer, we will devinitely be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review: we're so glad you enjoyed your stay. Thanks also for pointing out that we don't have TV. The internet is usually great, but the huge windstorm when you were here knocked out power in Panajachel, which took down our internet. We're glad you appreciated our onsite staff. They really are there to make life as easy for our guests as possible.
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Fantastic place to be, in any weather

  • 5 of 5

Man, we saw more rain at Lake Atitlan than we've seen in years (some of us are from California) but, still, never cared much since the house we rented from Traci was fantastic. Perfect for six people who love to share a lounging space, some musical instruments, a top-notch kitchen, a hot tub and a view to die for.

Yup, it's a little removed from town (Santiago) but that didn't stop us from getting out a few times. My nephew and I flagged down a passing pickup truck on the road up the hill, in the pouring rain, and took that into Santiago. Not for the faint of heart but there if you'd like it. However, Traci provides a couple of phone numbers for drivers, as well as a boat to rent which is expertly captained by Pedro or Roberto, the two most-excellent caretakers at the property. We loved those guys.

The house's many levels spill down the hillside toward the lake which creates one fantastic view after another and, my god, cannot speak more highly of the hammocks hanging out down toward the dock.

Santiago, the nearest town, is small and very walk-able and is a little on the "rougher" side, meaning a little more "real" feeling. Seems like tourism and its ills are only now starting to make their way through the economy. San Pedro, a very cool destination for a day trip, is larger, a little cleaner and somewhat more tranquil seeming. It's filled with Spanish schools and gringo-friendly (not a bad thing, just saying) restaurants and very mellow salespeople hanging around. Throw in a few smelly hippies and a large dose of evangelical Christian churches up the hill and you have a great cultural mash up in the most beautiful of settings, Lake Atitlan.

Do yourself a favor, just go. Stay at Traci's house, bring a few of your most favorite people in the world and you'll never regret it.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York

Tranquility Base

  • 5 of 5

There's something magical about this place. It's secluded and gorgeous, tasteful and luxurious. All the details reflect the good taste of the owners. If you want a quiet retreat with access to history, culture, and amazing scenery, this is your place.

We rented this house with our family of 6 and it was certainly large enough for each person to find spots to be alone and quiet, but also had plenty of wide open spaces for us to be together and enjoy meals and family time. We brought our own food and prepared it in the very well-appointed kitchen which, by the way, is a cook's dream.

The gardens between the house and the dock are a work of art, and include a covered pavilion with table, chairs, and hammocks, easily my favorite spot to drift away on the warm and fragrant tropical breezes, listening to the sounds of lapping waves and chirping birds. Very tranquil.

The care takers - Pedro and Roberto - are wonderful; they show up every day to keep the house in order and are also available to pilot the included boat to places around the lake. These guys are cheerful and helpful, and treated us well. Such good guys!

I can't say enough good things about this house. If I ever return to Lake Atitlan I wouldn't think twice about booking this place again. I can't think of anything that would make it better.

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed the villa as much as we do. It truly is a magical place, and we love to be able to share it. Thank you so much for your comments.
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Brooklyn NY

Relaxing get-a-way!

  • 5 of 5

I live in Brooklyn NY and just had to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I also work the night shift and was beyond exhausted. I was in desperate need to get away to a beautiful, quiet, peaceful setting where I could and rest.

As you step out of the car you can’t help but to admire the beautiful garden with an array of flowers and plants.

I entered the home through the main entrance which has an open concept kitchen that flows into the dining area and living space which leads the eyes straight to unobstructed view of the lake. I definitely did not get tired of the view with beautiful hills and volcanoes surrounding the lake. The furniture in the main living area is also very comfortable.

The bed was very comfortable and the pillows are nice and fluffy. The garden room is adjacent to the mediation room, which has unobstructed views of the lake. Each level has its own entrance that leads to the backyard which in turn leads to the dock/lake. I would go kayaking/swimming some mornings, and enjoy the hot tub too.

The villa goes green big time as well. All kitchen waste goes into the compost. There is is a water filter so you can drink the tap water and shower with your mouth open with no worries!

I highly recommend Lake Villa Guatemala.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You made the most of your visit! Thank you for choosing us, and we hope to see you again.
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Amazing lake retreat

  • 5 of 5

An amazing place right on the shores of Lake Atitlan. From the really great views, to the quick boat rides to local towns, to all the tours and activities you can do, everything was perfect for us. We even got to do a ceremony where a local Mayan Shaman blessed us - how cool is that!? You definitely will not regret spending time here!

  • Submitted: May 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return!
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.

Please be aware that there are no grocery stores in this part of the lake. There are wonderful local markets for fresh produce, and small stores with some staple items. If you are coming from Guatemala City or Antigua, we recommend picking up groceries there before coming to the lake.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.