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Guatemala’s Lake Atitlan is high in the running for the most beautiful lake in the world. Surrounded by perfectly conical volcanoes and lush, tropical greenery that gives way to crystal waters, the lake’s edge is the best place to take in the views and keep yourself close to on-water activities, as well as hiking, mountain bike tours, and land-based sightseeing. These breathtaking Airbnbs bring their own “wow” factor to the already breathtaking atmosphere of Lake Atitlan.
Four-bedroom, two-bath loft with amazing views and two hot tubs
This open-air loft is complete with not one but two hot tub terraces. You’ll be near to, but not in, the city of Panajachel, so you can head into town for dinner or drinks and then retreat to your lakeside enclave for a nightcap or a romantic evening looking out over the water. The teak patio setup is calling.
Eight guests, four bedrooms
Price: $280 per night
Under the Mayan stars
Sunsets never looked as good as they do from the deck of this large chalet. Looking out over the lake itself, you’ll be awed by the views as well as the amenities, including a large deck on which to lounge and easy access to San Antonio Palopo as well as the nearby town of Panajachel. The home features a large living room, two dining areas, and five bedrooms.
10 guests, five bedrooms
Price: $500 per night
You’ve likely never woke to a volcano view, let alone had one be the first thing you see as you open your eyes. This lodge is life-changing in that regard — the home is bright and open, letting the volcano steal the glory whether from the main bedroom or while dining on the deck. This property is between San Marcos and Tzuzuna, surrounded by lush greenery, and nearly every color of the rainbow appears at some point throughout the day.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $86 per night
Casa Colibri Santa Catarina
Casa Colibri is Atitlan luxury at its finest — a large, five-bedroom house set amongst the lakeside forest with a private pool, covered terrace deck, and bright interior that matches the vibe of your vacation. Every room offers a lake view with the bonus of multiple volcanoes, highlighted by large glass windows. Each bedroom has its own bathroom.
12 guests, five bedrooms
Price: $395 per night
Three-bedroom house in Santa Catarina Palopo
If a turquoise-water pool overlooking Lake Atitlan and its volcanic skyline are on your wishlist, this gorgeous home is your fix. It’s nicknamed Casa Tzampoc and is located atop a hill between two historic Mayan towns, Santa Catarina Palopo and San Antonio Palopo. The private swimming pool is heated by solar panels, and with the full kitchen, you can prepare a meal onsite or visit the nearby city of Panajachel to dine.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $283 per night
Three-bedroom house with breathtaking views in San Antonio Palopo
Houses surrounding Lake Atitlan are open concept by default, and this well-appointed spot opens to an incredible view of the lake. Dip in the plunge pool and hot tub, chill lakeside on the deck, and enjoy a private but fully serviced retreat that highlights the best the area has to offer. This home is accessible via a ramp from the street — no need to go up or down stairs to come in or out.
Six guests, three bedrooms
Price: $215 per night
One-bedroom villa with spectacular nature views and hot tub
Up to five can stay, but this villa is ideal for couples or solo travelers seeking refuge away from the rest of the world (without sacrificing those epic lake views, of course). The outdoor hot tub overlooking the surrounding natural landscape is as inspiring as it is relaxing, but the real highlight here is the bed. Facing large bay windows, you’ll wake up to the sun scurrying across the mountains and lake in the morning and have a front-row seat to dramatic daybreak.
Five guests, one bedroom
Price: $115 per night
Casa Paloma lakefront with waterfall views
Views of gardens, waterfalls, and Lake Atitlan dominate the 180-degree windows at this five-bed villa. The home is done up for a family or group of friends to stay and spread out in style, with two fireplaces, an outdoor shower, a sauna, and an organic vegetable garden on site. Prepare your own home-cooked pizza in the wood-fired pizza oven, and enjoy it out on the deck as you gaze upon the lake.
Eight guests, three bedrooms
Price: $250 per night
One-bedroom cabin with stunning views and hot tub
If you’re traveling solo or with a partner and want a secluded retreat on the corner of Lake Atitlan from which to base your stay, this dream cabin is your spot. Soak on the patio while taking in the sunset, and explore the dense vegetation surrounding the property and leading down to the lake. Panajachel is seven minutes up the road, and the queen-sized bed offers views of the volcanoes the area is known for.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $100 per night
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