Stephen Bailey
A Divine Window Into Guatemala's Soul - Villa Bokeh
A Divine Window Into Guatemala's Soul - Villa Bokeh
Stephen Bailey

Guatemala has traditionally been considered a poor Central American sister, a destination for backpackers, not luxury holiday makers. As Costa Rica’s popularity soars, Guatemala remains a wonderfully under-discovered gem. 

It has pristine nature, like Lake Atitlan, thick rainforest, wild beaches and continually erupting volcanoes. There’s the culture, both colonial history such as in Antigua, and Mayan history, like the fabulous Tikal ruins and everyday Maya culture kept alive.

Except for years there’s been a lack of comfort in the form of accommodation that will suit the most discerning of visitors. The new Villa Bokeh is just one of the properties set to make Guatemala a big destination for explorers who also demand high-end luxury. 

The villa looks out on a volcano
It’s a converted 7-room hacienda
Mixing colonial and native styles

A little sister to the country’s most legendary five-star retreat, Casa Palopo, Villa Bokeh is a transformed country estate surrounded by volcanos, on the edge of Antigua. It’s just opened.

“Our mission with Casa Palopo and Villa Bokeh is to offer our globe’s most curious travellers a window into the soul of Guatemala – a country brimming with natural wonders, mysticism and one of the world’s most beautiful and friendly populations.” 

Claudia Bosch, president of Grupo Alta who own Villa Bokeh

The villa accommodates just seven reservations per night. Each suite is decorated by a private art collection, all of it sourced from the local community and providing a glimpse into Mayan culture. 

Balconies have volcano vistas, gardens are complete with fire pits, and it’s easy to explore the World Heritage city of Antigua down the road. The aim is to invite the most discerning travellers to experience the colours and sounds of Antigua, while simultaneously embracing the beauty of a rural hacienda stay. Casa Palopo and Villa Bokeh are also the only Relais & Chateaux properties in Guatemala. 

“We want to show the world something different and beautiful about Guatemala, that here we can do things very well. We based the whole concept on art, using items made in Guatemala, by artisans and also by recycling many things.” 

Claudia Bosch

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