I can’t help but smile as I glance over at the little pouch filled with worry dolls on the night table next to me. These dolls are my absolute favorite souvenirs from my recent trip to Guatemala. You confide your worries to the tiny dolls before you sleep, tuck them under your pillow, and wake up to find your worries miraculously vanished. It’s a magical tradition that I’ve adopted into my life since visiting Guatemala.
Much of what made my trip to Guatemala unforgettable was the boutique hotels where I stayed: Casa Palopó and Villa Bokéh. Choosing the right hotel can make or break a vacation. These two options in Guatemala cater to slightly different preferences — both are cozy Relais & Châteaux properties, but Casa Palopó dazzles with its Maya-inspired decor and lakeside setting while Villa Bokéh delights with colonial elegance and greenery. After experiencing both, I find it impossible to pick a favorite. But one thing I know for sure is that whether you stay at Casa Palopó, Villa Bokéh, or both, your visit to Guatemala will be one for the books.