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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

 

Laguna Lodge Eco Resort and Nature Reserve sits at the waters edge of Lake Atitlan surrounded by it’s own nature reserve.

The resort is not accessible by car, so Cody and I hopped on one of the many public boats at the dock in San Pedro, arriving in the early afternoon.

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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Approaching the  thatch roofed building amid the mountains of Guatemala, we stepped up on the private dock, and were immediately mesmerized by the building, and grounds. So much beauty and nature abound. We were warmly greeted by a staff member, and shown to our room.
 

Our Room

Our luxurious and spacious room was tastefully decorated with local indigenous textiles and art work that paired well with the warm textures and tones of the wood, stone, and adobe brick.

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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Beautiful high beamed ceilings, antique wood furniture, and a beautiful bathroom with ceramic sinks added to the luxurious feel.

Walking out onto our deck, we were greeted with a breathtaking blue view of Lake Atitlan, and the surrounding volcanoes.

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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

All 7 luxury suites at Laguna Lodge Eco Resort and Nature Reserve are gifted with the same view, as well as an extremely plush love seat on the balcony that was difficult to remove ourselves from

The rooms intentionally do not include a television, and what interest would anyone have to reach for the remote with view a like this?

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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

There is however a lovely sitting room with a large screen television and several movies, and ecological documentaries for you to choose from.
 

Laguna Lodge is As Green As it Gets

Constructed by co-owner Jeffro, and his local indigenous team; the lodge was built from local materials of palm, wood, adobe, and volcanic stone. Solar power is used throughout the property, and special attention is paid to avoid purchases that generate excess packaging.

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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Their 100% vegetarian and vegan menu helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, encourages a change in eating habits, and the way we view animals.

They also do not serve drinks with straws, and recycle 75% of garbage including batteries, and waste from guest rooms.

Owners Mayah and Jeffro own a home in Santa Cruz which houses their huge organic garden that provides everything from morning coffee to the incredible meals we enjoyed in Zotz, their full-service restaurant.

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Laguna Lodge, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

The organic garden includes wild figs, spring onion, chipilin, amaranth, basil lettuce, cilantro, asparagus, squash, green chilis, coffee beans, baby strawberries, banana and papaya.
 

Sustainability

In the past few years, Lake Atitlan has been mistreated, what with raw sewage, and agrochemicals being dumped into the water, and a problem with litter.

This has resulted in an increase in poverty, and illness for the locals and a reduction in jobs, and tourism. The need for sustainable accommodations is crucial in order to improve the quality of life for the people, and to respect, and care for the land.

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Laguna Lodge is the leader in true sustainable, and green luxury hotels. Their respect for the environment is inspiring.

 

Community

Mayah and Jeffro met close to 20 years ago and had originally planned on opening an eco backpackers lodge, but it quickly evolved into a luxury eco-lodge with the intention of preserving nature, and living sustainably.

Their love and commitment to the local community is uplifting. All of the staff employed at Laguna Lodge have no previous hospitality background, and were personally trained by Mayah and Jeffro.

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100% of the staff are indigenous Tz’utujil and Kaqchikel Maya, over 50% are women, they are paid well, and also receive medical benefits.

 

The Food

Although we have not found it overly difficult to come across vegan options during our travels, it is quite the luxury for us to open a menu, and be able to choose from every single item before our eyes.

Our breakfasts, and 4 course meals were the stuff vegan dreams are made of.

Each morning we awoke to a stunning view of the lake, and made our way to the dining area for breakfast and more beautiful scenery through the open air windows. (You can also enjoy meals in the comfort of your own room, or balcony)

We started with fresh orange juice, and rich Guatemalan coffee from the organic garden.

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Cody chose a traditional Guatemalan breakfast of scrambled tofu, fried plantain, frijoles, and warm corn torts, with rancheros sauce. Delicious.

I had to go for the oat, and coconut crusted french toast served with fresh fruit.

I also asked for some whipped soy cream on the side.

Sweet, and crispy, it was the best french toast I have ever had.
A most decadent breakfast.

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Dinner at Laguna Lodge is a set 4 course gourmet meal.

There are 8 set vegan menus that rotate. Guests are presented with the menu of the day, and you must decide on dinner before 2pm as everything is made from scratch.

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We started with a spicy Indonesian peanut soup with plantain served with chapati, followed by an organic green salad with marinated tofu.

Our main course was an incredible eggplant squash tower, with a rich cilantro garlic cream sauce.

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And dessert was a rich chocolate pudding.

After such a wonderful experience with our first dinner, we decided to try another set menu the following evening.

Our first course was an incredibly flavourful french onion soup, topped with vegan cheese, and served with crostini.

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An organic green salad followed, and the main course was a mouth watering baked lasagna, stuffed with vegan cheese, and vegetables.

I wasn’t able to finish the entire meal, but Cody helped me out, plus, I always save room for dessert.

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My sweet tooth thoroughly enjoyed the lemon sorbet, served with chocolate truffle balls rolled in coconut.

They were sweet, smooth, and creamy, and made from black beans! How amazing and healthy!

Every meal was high quality, full of flavour, and beautifully plated.
An absolute Heaven for vegans.

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With such high awareness for the people, animals, and planet, there are few better places to guiltlessly enjoy the panoramic views of one of the most gorgeous lakes in the world, than at Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort and Nature Reserve.

And rumour has it, that plans of the lodge being 100% vegan are soon to come.

 

Laguna Lodge Eco Resort and Nature Reserve, Santa Cruz La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
1 Tzantizotz Santa Cruz La Laguna, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Website: Laguna Lodge Eco Resort and Nature Reserve
Email: info@thelagunalodge.com
Tel. (502) 4066.8135

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Elizabeth February 24, 2016 Reply

    Wow. This Lodge looks like Paradise. Serene and Eco friendly. The food sounds and looks delicious. Truly beautiful!

  2. Alex & Jenn February 24, 2016 Reply

    Absolutely stunning spot…beautiful food, spectacular scenery, and fabulous looking food. This one is on the bucket list for sure. Thank you so much for sharing! We always love following your posts at Mindful Wanderlust for guidance on places to see/stay for our compassionate travel plans!

    • Giselle and Cody February 24, 2016 Reply

      You two really must visit! You will absolutely love it. We can care for the animals while you’re gone 🙂

  3. Lucia Pereira February 24, 2016 Reply

    WOW!! I am speechless with how eco-friendly the entire lodge is and the beauty of the views takes my breath away….I would book a stay here any day of the week or month or year…..Thank You Mayah and Jeffro for your highly conscious choice to build an
    Oasis of peaceful, friendly and cruelty free sanctuary….I love to visit one day… lucia

  4. M. February 28, 2016 Reply

    such a beautiful hidden gem. i’d love to go there, but i have a funny feeling that i would never leave <3

  5. Caryl March 4, 2016 Reply

    Now that’s the way to travel in vegan luxury! What an inspiring place, vegan, green, eco travel has to be be the future of the travel world for sure and this place is proving how to do it. Straight on my list of places to visit should we ever make it over that side of the world. Thanks for the info (will share now on the Vegan Luxury Facebook Page too so everyone gets to hear about it).

    Happy travels you guys xx

    • Giselle and Cody March 5, 2016 Reply

      Hey Caryl, this place was so incredible. Easily one of the top five places we have stayed in the world. The Vegan/Vegetarian menu was a huge bonus. It is absolute heaven anytime you can find a full Vegan menu and the food here definitely did not disappoint. Hopefully you two will make it here because this is one place not to miss. Thanks so much for sharing as well. Safe travels to you and Paul.

  6. Brittany Thiessen March 21, 2016 Reply

    This place looks so serene and beautiful!

    I will definitely add it to my list for planning my future Guatemala travels.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Giselle and Cody March 22, 2016 Reply

      We hope you make it there one day Brittany.
      One of the nicest places we have ever stayed 🙂

  7. Feetoutofbed June 11, 2016 Reply

    Breathtaking views.. and the hotel room! 🙂
    Reading and dreaming to get there already!

    • Giselle and Cody June 14, 2016 Reply

      It was such a wonderful place to get away from it all.
      Not to mention the food was absolutely delicious. Thanks for commenting!!
      Hopefully you make it there one day.

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