A Luxury Hotel With a New Spa, Volcanoes, and TWO Helipads for $140 a Night? Get Thee to Guatemala!
Casa Palopó on Lake Atitlán has a solar-heated pool, among other things. (Photo: Al Argueta)
By Chris Bunting
Some people go to lunch and wind up with spinach in their teeth — others walk away with a hotel. Well-to-do Guatemalan native Claudia Bosch found herself in the latter camp back in 2010 when she was grabbing a bite one lazy afternoon with the then-owner of Casa Palopó. He offhandedly mentioned he was selling her favorite micro-boutique hotel — so, boom, she cut a check.
Rooms like Casa Palopó’s Santa Catarina Master Suite are heavy on the arty flourishes. (Photo: Al Argueta)
High up in the lush hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palopó village, about a two hour’s drive west from Guatemala City (assuming roads/people are behaving), sits 1,000-foot-deep Lake Atitlán, the starlet of the Highlands. Imagine it as a giant horse’s head — Casa Palopó is the eyeball on its northeastern shore.
The hotel’s hosting a wellness week Oct. 12-19. Over the summer, they just added a full-service, Balinese-styled, 130-square-foot (one at a time, please!) spa right next to its restaurant, 6.8 Palopó. Not to be outdone, the solar-heated pool area was just renovated with new mosaic tiling, a wooden deck addition, backsplash and more space to lay out. They’re embroiled in a veritable space race vying to pleasure you more!
The town of Santiago Atitlán. (Photo: Handout)