We knew how beautiful Lake Atitlan was in its volcanic splendor, and we were intrigued by the idea of a vegan resort in such a remote and undeveloped area. We were not prepared for how gorgeous the villa was, how gently nestled it was into a beautiful hillside on the shore of the lake, how easy and fun it was to travel to the many, interesting towns around the lake, and, most of all, how exquisite the meals would be. The recipes were original, the range of meals impressive, and each breakfast, lunch, and dinner a delicious adventure. Then there were the little touches: the thrum of the bees sipping from the flowering tree overhanging the terrace, the elegant and shameless Tigre, the lilting harmonies of our hosts practicing as we lounged in the afternoon sun, and the easy, beautiful kayaking to see other over-the-top mansions along the lake-front. Add the warm and friendly Guatemalans and their art and commerce, and this added up to a perfect vacation.