We try to review the best luxury hotels in each location we cover, but there are times when a hotel is a hidden gem and we miss it the first time around. That’s the case with Casa Palop├│ on Lake Atitl├ín. Put yourself here and say ahhhh…

luxury hotel Lake Atitlan

We had never heard about or read about this hotel before, but our mistake. It’s been covered in Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report and given a lavish spread in Wallpaper. The correspondent who wrote the review, Moon Handbook Guatemala author Al Argueta, says it’s his favorite place to chill in the whole country. There are just seven suites and a two-bedroom villa, all of them far more luxurious than anything else you’ll find on the shores of this lake. In fact the only hotel that even tries to offer this kind of pampering outside Antigua is La Lancha on (less picturesque) Lake Peten in the far north.

Rates start at $125 for the smallest room in low season and the master suites are $208 to $290 depending on season. Splash out in the two-suite villa for $717 to $1,099.

Our reviewer gives the restaurant here high marks and it’s surely safe to say it’s the best outside Panajachel, if not in the whole lake region. This lake is truly one of the most beautiful places this globetrotting travel writer has ever seen and just looking at the photos on their site makes me want to book a flight immediately.

Read the full review of Casa Palopo Lake Atitlan.