Casa Palopo Hotel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala / by Beau Dunn

馃搷Lake Aititlan, Guatemala

Carretera a San Antonio Palop贸 km 6.8, San Antonio Palop贸, Guatemala

One of the best hidden gems in the world - and only a half hour helicopter ride outside the city of Guatemala lies Casa Palopo! 

This stunning property is set in the steep hills surrounding Santa Catarina Palop贸, a Mayan village northwest of Guatemala City. It overlooks Lake Atitlan and not one, but three volcanoes. Each of Hotel Casa Palop贸's seven modern-rustic rooms opens up to this view via private terraces. Even the bathrooms have a view. Rooms also include plush accessories like Aveda spa products and Frette linens, towels, and robes.

Larger parties can rent out the adjacent villa - where we stayed-  a two-bedroom house,  containing its own private spa and 50 ft. lap pool.