La Fortuna at Atitlan

La Fortuna at Atitlan

Patzisotz Bay Between Panajachel and Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz La Laguna 07014 Guatemala
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Located on the shores of Lake Atitlán under the San Pedro, Atitlán, and Toliman volcanoes, La Fortuna at Atitlan is tucked into the private bay of Patzisotz, only a 5 minute boat ride from Panajachel. Here you can relax in our lush jungle and gardens, and take in the view of Central America’s most spectacular lake. Hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, and exploring the indigenous villages around the lake can be organized through the resort. Come and experience the natural and cultural wonder of Lago Atitlan at La Fortuna. Suites all have stunning private garden bathrooms with huge hot tubs, as well as a cozy loft with day bed and breathtaking views of the lake. Standard bungalows have a private garden bathroom with rain shower, and queen and single beds.We have a fire heated hot tub on the front of the property and a swim up floating dock. There is free wifi on the property, as well. We can help you arrange transportation from the airport or from/to other destinations in Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras and Belize. Please note this location is NOT ideal for those individuals who have mobility issues or for small children.
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Canoeing
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Breakfast in the room
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Jonas P wrote a review Jan 2020
Panajachel, Guatemala5 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent New Years Eve at laFortuna. Although we only live 15 minutes away, it is like another world. The view is breathtaking, sunsets and sunrise are spectacular, the staff are extremely courteous and obviously someone has spent a lot of time in staff training. The meal was excellent and very reasonably priced, service prompt and efficient, and, being an early riser, having coffee delivered to my doorstep at 7:00 am was a real pleasure. Our casita was quiet with a comfortable bed and private outdoor bathroom with hot shower and a biodigester powered toilet. Although this is an eco-lodge powered by solar panels there was plenty of power available for lighting when I needed it (1am bathroom trips) but leave your hair dryer at home and let Mother Nature dry your hair in the surprisingly dry air. This is not a humid climate. The view of the fireworks was spectacular and when it was over about 1/2 hour later the lodge was peaceful and quiet with perfect sleeping weather. We shall certainly return for another New Year's celebration.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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Response from KatharineKmack, Owner at La Fortuna at Atitlan
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Thank you so much for choosing to spend New Year's Eve with us. It was or pleasure to spend the evening with you both. Thank you for recounting your experience here on Trip Advisor, as well. Wishing you all the best in 2020, K & S
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Megan K wrote a review Dec 2020
7 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is it.
It’s secluded with beautiful and well maintained grounds. Each casa is secluded in its own spot that you almost feel you have the entire cove to yourself.. well other than Sasha, Sanza and Bicsuit the 3 incredible dogs that live on the property. Sanza will be happy if at anytime you want to play fetch with an avocado. And if dogs aren’t your thing they will leave you be.
The minimal footprint of this place is inspiring. Being mostly self-sustainable and still able to provide top amenities is something to be proud of.
The food is incredible and I miss the delicious coffee and breakfast watching the sunrise. I am pescatarian and my husband a vegan, so we sometimes worry of being that burden to small hotels. We stayed for a week and the dinners were do delicious!
The quaint style and attentiveness of the staff is unparalleled. They are the there to help with any needs. Kat and Steve are so awesome and we loved getting the chance to talk with them.
The location is secluded in its own cove, but it is so close to any of the nearby villages and easily accessible and cheap by taxi boat. Lake Atitlan has such colorful and kind cultures living among the lake. And if exploring isn’t your thing than you will have plenty of relaxing and swimming to do on the property.
To bring up the obvious concerns for many.. COVID. I work in healthcare in the US and felt that coming here was safer than traveling to see my family over the holidays. Guatemala’s numbers are very low. Temperatures are taken on outings and hand sanitizer everywhere. All people on the flight had a negative test prior to arrival. We took a very safe private van (driver was partitioned from us) to the lake from the hotel. Everyone wears masks. The property is super secluded and quiet. Meals can be delivered to your room for your own privacy.
What you are comfortable with is a personal thing. But when you are ready this should be the first place you go. And when you do, this magic cove and incredible vibe will be waiting for you.
We will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Lars A wrote a review Jan 2020
Mumbai, India13 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
La Fortuna is an isolated green slope between Panajachel and Santa Cruz on the northern shores of Lake Atitlán. It can only be reached by boat and there are just five cabanas for guests so at any given moment it’s a small group of visitors staying there.
This could be turned into an advantage, as we have seen in other similar lodges where people having breakfast and dinner together form a tight social unit sharing personal experiences.
But at La Fortuna this doesn’t really work. Many guests prefer to eat in their cabins. The relax points by the beach only has room for one pair each. The only meeting point is the “club house” which is nice but not really welcoming or cosy.
And the owners don’t really encourage social interaction either. It’s clear that they prefer guests from USA (they didn’t even welcome us), if they are present at all. They don’t eat with the other guests. They don’t say goodbye when you leave.
Our cabana was labelled a “petit” one, and sure enough there was room for a bed and not much more. The bathroom is outdoors which can be great, but not when it rains...
The food was generally good, but not fantastic. We had a special new year’s dinner which was in parts a disaster. Not just because the potatoes were raw, and the meat was tasteless but also because it started at 6pm and was all over at 8pm. During the four hours until 00:00 we had to entertain ourselves, neither of the owners were there. Over all, being so close to nature is a great thing, but you also need to make some effort for the guests to feel like they’re really welcome and part of something special.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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chellard1990 wrote a review Jan 2020
Vancouver, Canada71 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the most deluxe bungalow (the one with the private infinity pool) and I can't imagine anywhere else in my life ever topping it. We had only booked 2 nights and even though it is also the most expensive place we have ever stayed we just had to extend another night (and just let our other hotel reservation in San Pedro go without any refund XD) because it was just that amazing. Waking up to the delicious breakfast delivery and eating it in your living room with the view of the lake is literally heaven on earth. One night we were there we were lucky enough to experience an epic thunderstorm and watching the lightning over the volcano across the lake all night long is one of my favorite travel memories ever. The only downside was that when we were there there were no other guests staying on the entire property (or at least they did not eat dinner in the main lodge) so all 3 nights we ate dinner alone, so it was a bit isolated, but the owners did join us on our last night. I would recommend this to anyone
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Date of stay: May 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Kerry D wrote a review Mar 2021
Seattle, Washington8 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't even know where to start raving about this place. I've traveled 6 continents and have been lucky enough to stay in some beautiful accommodations but this place is next level. If you really want to inspire envy across all your social media channels, this is the place - especially Bungalow 5 which is hands down the best value for money property I've ever seen. So much care and attention to detail has gone into everything on this property, you can tell it is very much a labor of love for the owners. And speaking of the owners, you can't ask for nicer hosts!! The food is great, there's even a wine cellar! Finally, you can't forget the dogs - Sansa, Sacha and Biscuit are just the best.

Lake Atitlan is magical on its own but if you really want to take it up a level, stay here!!
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Date of stay: March 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Bungalow 5 - just do it.
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Annie_in_Antigua wrote a review Aug 2020
Antigua, Guatemala19 contributions3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the first spot my fiance and I visited as soon as Guatemala started (slowly) reopening for tourism. It wasn't our first visit, and based on the standards I saw previusly I knew I could trust it for a peaceful, isolated, safe, hygienic, and worry-free escape.

It definitely won't be our last visit, either. That's because every single time, La Fortuna is one of those places where when the water taxi turns into the private bay, and we see the thatched roof of the reception building nestled in between the soaring cliffs, we turn to each other and say, "How is this our life?"

What's more, that feeling never fades while we're there. Whether we we're sipping house-grown coffee and eating macadamia pancakes on the porch of our bungalow, or drinking mimosas on the dock, or swimming and throwing sticks for the dogs in the perfectly clear 73° water, it's All. Just. Perfect. The owners' impeccable taste and the staff's friendly, unobtrusive attention to detail made our stay at La Fortuna, once again, the perfect getaway.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Johan G wrote a review Sept 2021
New York City, New York141 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This hotel was one of the reasons we decided to visit lake atitlan and we are glad we stayed
Everything from the staff, service, dogs lol, property, etc is perfect I have no complains. Our room deluxe suite 5 was amazing and is the only room on property with its own pool. The bathroom is an open concept and we loved taking showers with the volcano view. The dogs were lovely and very playful sometimes they will show up at our room in the morning. I had so much fun playing with them especially by the lake throwing toys or fruits in the water lol food was also very good but I have to say the staff was what made our stay even better, so nice and attentive. Had an amazing birthday stay and we will def comeback and stay at la fortuna de atitlan
Thank you guys for everything
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Karis wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York11 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After a long hiatus from international travel (because of covid) I asked my best friend to join me for a long weekend in Guatemala (we hadn’t seen each other for almost 2 years). I discovered La Fortuna at Atitlán on Instagram and decided to book our stay there. I emailed Kat a couple of questions before booking our stay and she was always quick with her replies and very transparent. She even helped arrange airport transfers and a sunrise hike with a guide. We stayed in Suite 1 which was beautifully situated on the lake’s edge with amazing views. One of the most unique parts of the Suite was the outdoor bathroom (completely private), which honestly wasn’t an issue. If anything I felt a bit of freedom! We took full advantage of all of La Fortuna’s amenities: paddle boarding, dip in the pool, relaxing seating areas around the lake, incredible views, magical sunrises, and delicious meals! Oh yea, and their 3 pups…I’m an animal lover so that was an added bonus. It was the perfect place to be during a global pandemic: staff wore masks, we ate all of our meals on our porch, very little contact with others, etc! If/when I get back to Lake Atitlán, I will be staying at La Fortuna again…I’m already missing it!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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EEA wrote a review Oct 2021
Houston, Texas9 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been waiting to visit La Fortuna for over ten years, and it was as stunning as I hoped it would be! We stayed in bungalow 5, and were so impressed with everything including the grounds, the décor and attention to detail in the bungalow, the staff service (extra special shout-out to Aldo who was so friendly), and the delicious and affordable meals and drinks! The owners were not there at the time, but Kat was great and fast to reply to all of my questions via email prior to our trip. My advice to those planning a visit; stay at the resort! There are plenty of paddleboards and kayaks for those who need some activity/exercise. Everything you need is there and it is paradise!
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Alison728 wrote a review Jul 2022
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 4 nights in Suite 1 and Petite 4 Bungalow - either space is highly recommended! As some others have said, details are extremely well thought out and each cabin has its own charm and all feel very private.

We absolutely loved the food there as well, and that meals could be taken in the dining room or the outdoor seating space of the rooms. The desserts were sublime and I looked forward to getting the menu every afternoon, was often hard to choose as everything was appealing. We enjoyed meeting other guests over dinner in the dining room, I suggest doing that a few evenings even if it is tempting to snuggle up in the loft.

A huge thank you to everyone working there - the team was hospitality minded and genuinely happy to help us enjoy the property and the lake as a whole. Always smiling and patient with my millions of questions before check in and during the stay :)
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Answer from Katy
63 contributions6 helpful votes
Hey there! My husband and I started in Antigua and then went to Lake Atitlan in March 2022 and had an AMAZING time! We traveled with carry-ons and a small laptop backpack each. We each used a "Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack" for our 10-day trip and it was perfect. We used compression packing cubes from Eagle Creek. You will spot plenty of people walking the streets with travel packs. You will also spot people unloading small suitcases at some of the more "luxury" hotels. The street are cobblestone in Antigua so rolling a suitcase very far would be not ideal. However, we easily took tuk tuks and Ubers over walking between stays when transporting our bags. I don't see an issue either boarding the boats of Lake A with roller bags. Your ride will take you straight to La Fortuna and you can easily get off with either a backpack or a small wheelie suitcase. I felt peace of mind having a small travel lock on my bag with my laptop but overall felt extremely safe in Guatemala. You can find ATMs throughout the city and can easily pay with card in most places except maybe the local markets. As far as other things to pack, you may want some bug spray or anti-itch cream for any bug bites...go into La Fortuna knowing it is AMAZINGGGGG and also situated in the jungle. Our bathroom for example was completely outside where other critters make their homes :) In Antigua, I absolutely have to recommend the private room with Volcano view at Ojala!!! The staff there can't be beat! The breakfast and bar and food available was delicious and it was truly magical. So close to everything for wakling around and just truly we became dear friends with the amazing staff...would go back and spend our whole time just at Ojala in a heart beat! We also loved getting a bite and drinks at Antigua Brewing Company and seeing the volcano view from the roof top bar. Stunning! Have a blast!
LovesTravel41 asked a question Jan 2022
Brewster, New York169 contributions30 helpful votes
How cold is it overnight for sleeping? Long sleeve pjs?
lauren K wrote a tip May 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"From Antigua it’s a 2 hour drive and then a 10 min boat ride. The roads are winding. The location is remote but that’s what makes it special"
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Adrienne S wrote a tip May 2024
Squamish, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You will need to take a boat from Panajachel or Santa Cruz. No roads. Secluded and private"
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Yamilet S wrote a tip Feb 2024
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take the private boat."
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Truebluesy wrote a tip Jan 2024
Los Angeles, California10 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Not for those with issues getting around."
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Sarah_Long_Name wrote a tip Sept 2023
Cincinnati, Ohio14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a photoshoot to highlight this gorgeous property!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about La Fortuna at Atitlan
Which popular attractions are close to La Fortuna at Atitlan?
Nearby attractions include Lago de Atitlán (3.1 km), Hotel Atitlan Gardens (2.9 km), and Atitlan Nature Reserve (3.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at La Fortuna at Atitlan?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and airport transportation.
What food & drink options are available at La Fortuna at Atitlan?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to La Fortuna at Atitlan?
Conveniently located restaurants include El Rincon Del Chef, Crossroads Cafe, and Cafe Sabor Cruceno.
Does La Fortuna at Atitlan have airport transportation?
Yes, La Fortuna at Atitlan offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at La Fortuna at Atitlan?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does La Fortuna at Atitlan have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.
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