El Castillo, San Marcos La Laguna: 10% DISCOUNT FOR 2016 IF YOU BOOK BEFORE 31st MAY!
Relax like royalty in this large triple-terraced home with royal-style panoramic views. See the photos and video to understand! Nicknamed 'El Castillo' or 'The Castle', this graceful lake-front property is situated in a quiet cove with a king's view of the lake, mountains, villages, fabulous cloud formations. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms, with a large, open living, dining and kitchen area on the ground level. Also on the ground level is a terrace with hammock and jacuzzi. On the next level are 2 bedrooms, the Master Bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a twin bedroom with two double beds, also en-suite. Up a further flight of exterior stairs is a third, double, bedroom. Both levels also have terraces with fabulous views.
The location offers quick access to some of the best swimming, diving, fishing, a myriad of boating, hiking, biking and trail activities or more relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, healing spas, or your best massage ever. The property is private without being isolated and enjoys a newly terraced and landscaped meditation area.. There are breathtaking views from every room, including from the jacuzzi. The caretaker/guardian, Nicolas is always discreetly present to assist - to take you by row boat to San Marcos, to arrange for a private launch trip to one or more of the indigenous villages that ring the lake, and to prepare the fireplace, even run into San Marcos to buy something. His wife, Rosa, can also cook traditional Guatemalan dishes at an extra fee, just ask them.Canoe for 3-4 people or a dug-out kayak are available for touring the lake. Fishing and crabbing with Nicolas can be arranged any day you would like.
There is cliff diving and sunbathing from the 'Trampoline' located 5 minutes east along the shoreline. I suggest you check out the TzanK'ujil Nature Trail and hike to the top of the mountain to the sacred Mayan ceremonial area. There is also a wonderful little restaurant less than 100 yards west of the property. In town there are restaurants, massage spas, natural health centers in nearby San Marcos village and at most of the villages around the lake there are opportunities for shopping, dining, tours, cultural experiences, and socializing. The village of San Marcos La Laguna is famous for its holistic and meditation centers, but even more so for its relaxed, chilled-back atmosphere. It has a lovely shaded central park and a band shell for locally produced music and plays.
Nicolas the property custodian will arrange for a launch to pick you up at our dock and take you anywhere on the lake. The entire lake and the villages around San Marcos are accessible via inexpensive 'public boats (lanchas) that run throughout the day every 20 minutes from 6am to 5pm. A road north from the village leads to Quetzaltenango (Xela) and the many historic archaeological sites of that region. Xela is a university city and a gateway to Mexico.
The major lake town of Panajachel (Pana) is loaded with quality restaurants, night life, grocery stores and other urban attractions, but San Marcos itself is a lovely, quiet family friendly town. You can do banking in Pana or nearby San Pedro. Across our end of the lake are the villages of San Pedro and San Juan which are delightful towns filled with interesting visitor attractions, casual sight-seeing walks and good restaurants and cooperatives of artisans. Further away is the famous village of Santiago Atitlan, which attracts visitors from around the world for its sights, arts, weaving, woodcarving and entertainment. Finally, one can tour the highlands of Guatemala from the Lake and visit such exotic places as Solola, Chichi market and the ancient pre-classic and classic era Maya ruins of Iximche, Zacaleu, Takalik Abaj. To the northwest is the large hot springs of Fuentes Georginas by Zunil, which is open to the public and situated in a delightful cloud forest. It is quite a treat to float in the hot waters, while watching clouds swirl through the trees above. In the nearby valley is the village of Zunil where shrines to Maximon can be visited. The vegetable market in Almalonga is the very best in all of the highlands. Our local manager in Panajachel can arrange all travel and accommodations for you if you are interested in some side trips around or away from the lake.
The Reserva Atitlan, on the Pana Riviera has a wonderful Butterfly House along with nature trails filled with monkeys and a zipline. There was even a new butterfly named Pan Ajachel, which was discovered and that scientists believe could only have developed in the climate and ambience of Panajachel.
Each year in the weeks leading up to Easter (Semana Santa)villages around the lake fill with street processions, art, and religious ceremonies, culminating in the major day of Good Friday.
(Min stay 3 nights)TripAdvisor property ID 2391057...Read more
Bed & bathroom
3 queen beds, 1 king bed
3 Full Bath (includes shower), 1 Half Bath (no shower)
3 Bed, Lake-Front, San Marcos, private home San Marcos La Laguna, Western Highlands, Guatemala
Additional Location Information
San Marcos La Laguna Chateau / country house description:
Our home is located in one of the most beautiful and tranquil bays on Lake Atitlan that is well protected from the wind storms that sometimes affect other parts of the lake. We are adjacent to the village of San Marcos, which is just a ten minute walk from the house. The lake is picturesque and it is fun to visit the lake villages of San Pablo, San Juan and San Pedro which are near by and can be reached either by boat launch or by road in a tuc-tuc.
San Marcos is filled with much to see and do. These include fine restaurants, nice cafes and bars, saunas, boating and lake activities, grocery and pharmacy stores, open market days, and other tourist accommodations. The Maya community of San Marcos itself is also an enjoyable an colorful experience. Community security is excellent. Hiking, lake activities, yoga, massage and other spiritual retreat activities are many. The location offers quick access to best swimming, diving, a myriad of boating activities, hiking, trail running or more relaxing activities like yoga, meditation, healing spas or excellent massage.
The property is very private without being isolated, with a private outdoor meditation area, private docks and nearby access to a nature trail. There are breathtaking views from every room, including from the jacuzzi. The caretaker is always discreetly present to assist -- to take you by row boat to San Marcos, to arrange for a private launch trip to one or more of the indigenous villages that ring the lake, to prepare the fireplace.
Catering can be supplied from the nearby Jinava Bay Inn and our housekeeper and cook can upon request, prepare meals (at guest expense) .
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
Master: 1 king panoramic bay window view of lake and access to terrace
Guest: 2 queen. private bathroom and shower, view of lake, access to terrace.
Eagle's Nest: 1 queen Private terrace looking directly on lake
Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, sink
Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, sink
Bathroom 3: toilet and sink
Canoe and kayak rental are available in San Marcos for touring the lake. Fishing and crabbing with caretaker can be arranged any day you would like. There is great cliff diving and sunbathing from the 'Trampoline' located 5 minutes walk east along the shoreline. I suggest you check out the TzanK'ujil Nature Trail and hike to the top of the mountain to the sacred Mayan ceremonial area. There is also a wonderful little restaurant less than 50 yards west of the property and there are restaurants, massage spas, natural health centers in nearby San Marcos village and at most of the villages around the lake there are great opportunities for shopping, dining, tours, cultural experiences and socializing.
Entertainment: Books, Jigsaw puzzles, CD player/radio provided, along with a few CDs. Best to bring your own favorite CDs.
Theme: Romantic, Family, Away From It All, Artist's retreat
Tourist Attractions around lake: Botanical Gardens; Churches, Library, Marina, Museums, Playground, Water Parks, Butterfly park, Restaurants, Ruins, Health/Beauty Spa, Fitness Center, Massage Therapist, Groceries,
Leisure Activities: Horseback Riding, Walking, Bird Watching, Eco Tourism, Scenic Drives, Boating, Shopping, Wildlife Viewing, Sight Seeing
Internet: Yes, excellent service via 2 pre-pay USB modems. Caretaker will assist in making prepayment, Q75 will buy a week of broadband connection.
Parking IS available in guarded lot in Panajachel 40 min away by launch, or in San Marcos, 5 minutes away. The caretaker will gladly help with luggage transfer.
Lawn / Garden: There is a terraced garden on the left of the house that is wonderful for meditiation or just a snooze under the trees.
and we have Balcony on each of the three levels.
Bicycles: We have no bicycles on site but they can be rented in Panajechel. Bike trips on the roads around the lake can be very enjoyable
Water Sports Gear: 2 sets of snorkels and swim goggles.
Hot Tub: Secluded private Jacuzzi with lake view situated between terrace and garden. Cost of gas to heat the Jacuzzi will be applied.
Communal Pool: The lake is right out the front door and the private dock is used as a sun deck and swimming platform.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Lake nearby, Mountain nearby, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
How to get there
Nearest airport: Guatemala City , 109.98 miles Car is not necessary
Left on 04/14/2015 for a stay in April 2015 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 14, 2015Stayed Apr 2015
A stunning couple of days spent here with beautiful views of the lake. El Castillo was clean and welcoming and the caretaker Nicholas and his wife went out of their way to help us with travel arrangements etc.
Francesca left us detailed information and advice about the house and we definitely did not want to leave at the end of our stay.
The climb up the steps is not for the faint-hearted but then we had just climber San Pedro volcano and ached for days afterwards!
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