Guatemala Resorts

Guatemala is not exactly littered with resorts, much like you would expect to find in Mexico or Costa Rica. However, as Guatemala continues to distance itself from the 36-year-long Civil War that defines latter 20th century Guatemala history, it is safe to assume that more Guatemala resorts will arise in the future. As for now, your pick of Guatemala resorts is fairly limited, but there exist a few luxurious locales where you can relax in resort comfort. Cruises to Guatemala operating throughout the Caribbean continue to grow in popularity, which has led to the construction of Guatemala resorts near the major cruise docking ports of Santo Tomás de Castilla in the east, and Puerto Quetzal to the west. Along the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan, a few options for resorts offer the best in lakeside relaxation.

As most flights to Guatemala arrive in the capital of Guatemala City, you might be looking for the nearest Guatemala resorts off the plane. While Guatemala City hotels present a fair choice of luxury options, your best bet for a resort is the Jamaril Resort Club, offering mainly timeshare rentals. To the near west, the city of Antigua attracts a number of visitors with its cobblestone streets and colonial architecture. Some of the most popular Guatemala tours can be arranged out of Antigua, including beautiful Lake Atitlan and the Pacaya volcano. The Filadelfia Coffee Resort and Spa in Antigua offers a truly unique resort atmosphere. Within walking distance of the city's only Gothic chapel, The Filadelfia Coffee Resort and Spa's position on the edge of town affords it sprawling mountainside terrain, most of which bears the resort's coffee. The estate has been family owned for generations, since Manuel Matheu Sinibaldi first began planting coffee there in 1864. The present day resort offers 20 luxurious rooms, from the 240 square-foot standard doubles to the 1,200 square-foot superior suites. Every room features king sized beds, WiFi internet access and LCD televisions among the upscale amenities. While not a Guatemala all-inclusive resort, the resort offers complimentary breakfast with its rates. Guests can use the onsite tennis courts, relax at the pool and jacuzzi or soothe tired muscles with an on-premise massage. Drinks at the elegant bar can be followed by an exquisite meal at the resort's international gourmet restaurant. Weddings and meetings can be enjoyed either in the landscaped gardens or in the private dining room. Various tours of the coffee plantation and surrounding mountains can be arranged for an extra fee, as well as helicopter tours throughout Guatemala.

Among the top Guatemala resorts is the Amatique Bay Resort & Marina, which can be found along the eastern shores of Guatemala near the port at Santo Tomás de Castilla. Often offered to cruise guests as an option for onshore excursions, the Amatique Bay Resort & Marina has a myriad of recreation opportunities, from swimming pools and swimming channels to its own private beach. Guests can peruse the souvenir shop, play beach volleyball, rent bicycles or golf carts, go fishing or take diving lessons, among other activities. The resort's marina can handle ships up to 160 feet and its onsite restaurants offer some of the finest dining around. With 57 fully equipped villas, you have the space to relax comfortably between activities. One of the resort's most unique features is the large replica Spanish Galleon that lies at the end of the swimming pool area. Also boasting a grocery-convenience store, you can grab the necessary items to prepare meals in your villa kitchen. With agreeable rates and so much to offer, the Amatique Bay Resort makes an ideal base for area tours and extended tours to the great Mayan ruins at Tikal and El Mirador, if you should ever want to leave the complex.

Located near some of the black sand Guatemalan beaches that characterize the country's Pacific coast is one of your best bets for a Guatemala all-inclusive resort. The Hotel Villas del Pacifico Resort and Conference Center can be found in Chulamar, near the important port of San José. A couple hours trip by bus or car from either Guatemala City or Antigua, the resort's lowland, seaside location provides a stark contrast to the Guatemalan highlands. Each of the 128 rooms and bungalows feature much needed air conditioning, televisions, large double-bed bedrooms, sizeable bathrooms and garden-view balconies. For extra safety, you can lock any valuable items in your in-room deposit box. Guests can relax at the outdoor pool or enjoy a languid day at the beach. Various indoor entertainment options compliment lunch or dinner at one of several resort restaurants, and the resort's bars are a great place to grab a drink. The hotel Villas del Pacifico offers all-inclusive plans, or you can choose to just include breakfast with your rates. Fishing enthusiasts may wish to choose a Guatemala all-inclusive resort and sportfishing package with Villas del Pacifico and the Great Sailfishing Company.

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