Maya Moon Lodge at Tzununa
Three levels of finished cedar and pine, gray stone and bamboo tower 100 feet over the lake. The terrace on the first level, set back 20 feet from the surf lapping the pebbled path along the shore, soars 30 feet in the air. Cabanas and shared accommodations present a different view of the lake from the second and third levels, and a palapa at the top provides space of Yoga lessons or meetings.
The Gecko Rooms offer shared accommodations with lockers and individual beds, not bunk beds, and balconies on each floor. Built around a large tree, the Blue Heron is a private en-suite cabana with luxurious tree house feel and amazing views. Some rooms can be converted into a self-catering house with private bath and kitchen.
Privacy and security are hallmarks of Maya Moon, a family friendly lodge that, unlike many hotels, has handrails on the stairs. Laundry service is available, and free Wi Fi is available in every room and at the bar.
Dining and Drinking at the Dancing Jaguar Bar
Wisps of white clouds drift into the sky over the distant hills, while butterflies, hummingbirds and dragonflies flit past close by the lounge at the Dancing Jaguar bar on the terrace, where the thin crust pizza is a clear winner. British fare such as genuine Fish and Chips, Cottage Pie and Shepherd’s Pie is on the menu, along with curry.
There’s a big grill for the all-you-can-eat barbeque on Saturdays. Locally grown vegetables and fruits, even Tzununa honey, make dining here as healthy as it is nutritious.
Cocktails go for Q15, with Jack Daniels and other brand available at extra cost. This is one of the few bars that doesn’t use Coca Cola for drinks, but fresh juices instead. Free refills of coffee could make a difference the next morning.
Things to Do in Tzununa
A legendary site, the local waterfall is hidden on a trail minutes away. Other hiking experiences visit nearby spots or as far as Santa Cruz. There’s even a zip-line. Atitlan Organics does weekly tours on Friday mornings. (See Atitlan Organics for more info.)
Kayaks and tubes are free, and the water here is crystal clear. An in-house masseur who trained in Bangkok does Thai-style massage. Other activities include Spanish language lessons, Yoga classes and, uniquely, art lessons that focus on the tools of art and their application.
With only the views of Cerro de Oro and twin volcanoes to remind you that you’re at Lake Atitlan instead of a secluded tropical bay in the South Seas or Caribbean, Maya Moon Lodge is a stylishly laid back hideaway with prices as attractive as the scenery.