We loved our four days at Lake Villa Guatemala.

The inn is comfortable and tastefully decorated with locally made furniture and handicrafts. The grounds — the gardens, gazebo, hammocks, hot tub and, of course, the lake — are beautiful and relaxing.

Traci was an excellent host. She is completely vegan, meaning no eggs or dairy as well as no meat, fowl or fish. But this was hardly a hardship for us kosher-keeping omnivores as she is a fantastic cook. Everything, from the black bean soup, gazpacho and corn chowder to the tofu with pumpkin seed sauce and the soba noodles and vegetables with peanut sauce and from the granola, fresh fruit, smoothies and whole wheat sour dough bread to the oatmeal cookies and chocolate-date balls, was not only wholesome but delicious as well.

Traci was also helpful and generous with her time, teaching us about the local customs and taking us on two memorable excursions — a fascinating and moving tour of Santiago’s sacred Catholic and Mayan sites with Dolores and an inspiring session with the local (Anglo) chocolate-using non-denominational spiritual healer in San Marcos.

Her books about Guatemela, Mayan culture and the lake, and the meditation apps on the iPod and yoga mats she lent us, added to our edification and relaxation.  We learned a lot but also completely mellowed out, which can be hard for one of us.

Highly recommended.