I live in Brooklyn NY and just had to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I also work the night shift and was beyond exhausted. I was in desperate need to get away to a beautiful, quiet, peaceful setting where I could and rest and eat well.

After much research, I came upon this charming bed and breakfast on TripAdvisor and felt it was a perfect match. Not just because of the beautiful setting, but because I was traveling solo as a female for the first time and wanted to feel safe. I was nervous and hesitant, but corresponded with Traci via email and she promptly addressed all of my concerns. For instance, I wanted to rest and relax, but was afraid of feeling lonely and bored. Traci assured me that would not happen because of the many activities and excursions that are available and she was right! She escorted me to every excursion and knows the area very well. She and her husband are also very knowledgeable of the culture and history of the place as well as being fluent in the language.

After being picked up from the airport and finally arriving at the villa, I knew I had made the right decision. As you step out of the car you can’t help but to admire her beautiful garden with an array of flowers and plants.

I entered her home through the main entrance where she has an open concept kitchen that flows into the dining area and living space which leads the eyes straight to unobstructed view of the lake. I definitely did not get tired of the view with beautiful hills and volcanoes surrounding the lake. The furniture in the main living area is also very comfortable.

I chose to stay in the garden view room which is large, comfortable, and beautiful, yet simple. The bed was very comfortable and the pillows are nice and fluffy. The garden room is adjacent to the mediation room, which has unobstructed views of the lake. Each level has its own entrance that leads to the backyard which in turn leads to the dock/lake. I would go kayaking/swimming some mornings, and enjoy the hot tub too.

The villa is vegan only. I’m not vegan, but decided to try it out. Traci cooks practically everything from scratch and it’s delicious. She asks in advance what your likes/dislikes/preferences/allergies are and so the menu is pretty much catered to you. Her desserts are divine! I would melt in my seat during dessert and yes moan! It’s nice to hang out with her in the kitchen too because you learn so much by just watching and can experiment too.

In all it was a lovely trip with great company. I felt safe on the premises in general.

The villa goes green big time as well. She has her own compost in the back. She also has special [water filter system] so you can drink the tap water and shower with your mouth open with no worries!

I highly recommend Lake Villa Guatemala. Traci will make you feel right at home. My goal was to come back to Brooklyn feeling rejuvenated and rested-goal accomplished.