Our duplex, Tzan Cruz, is on a lakeside cliff near Santa Cruz La Laguna. (In the local Mayan language, the word "Tzan" means nose, which is what the cliff resembles as it juts into the lake.)
The duplex is on two levels and forms two separate apartments. The offered upstairs unit is 1,400 square feet (135 square meters) and features two bedrooms, a loft with extra sleeps, a living room with a fire place, a full kitchen and two bathrooms. All rooms have spectacular views. The units have all the modern amenities including refrigerators, gas stoves and wireless internet. You have access to three acres of communal gardens and terraces, plus a herb garden. Walls, floors and cabinets are crafted from indigenous, exotic woods. Handmade tiles round off the interior. The beds have orthopedic mattresses. A maid, a caretaker are available or by request a chef and extra beds can be arranged for.
Our private dock is great for sunbathing, swimming or getting one of the public shuttle boats, which pass every 20 minutes.
But most of all you're on the edge of this extraordinary lake at an altitude of 5,200 feet, which means you're 5,200 feet closer to heaven!
Chek in: 2 pm
Chek out: 10 am
Enjoy your stay!!!
Our stay at the flat was wonderful and romantic! The flat was even more beautiful in person than in the pictures. Jeanny went above and beyond to help me plan not only my 3-day stay at the flat but also the rest of my trip in Guatemala. The view and location cannot be beat! It's a great location for hiking, swimming and relaxing. It is only a short walk to Santa Cruz for more activity and dining options. We also hired a chef (Jerry) to cook for us on the first night at the flat and the meal was excellent. I highly recommend hiring a chef (Jerry if possible), especially on the first night as it was a relaxing and delicious way to end a day of traveling. The only thing to be cautious of is the bugs at night- there are a lot of them. The first night I was rather annoyed by it but after that, I got over it and wasn't phased. The view and gorgeous grounds made up for the bugs. I highly recommend staying here!
Wow, what an amazing place!
The view of the lake and volcano is incredible. There are a lot of stairs to climb to get to the house, but it is well worth it! You will definitely feel more in tune with nature during your stay. Be sure to stock up on some items in town if you plan to stay a while as you will be enjoying the quiet and secluded grounds. If you like, there is a delicious restaurant within walking distance at Isla Verde!
The hosts were wonderful, easy to talk with, very accessible and thoughtful. Clemens helped us with everything from arranging boat trips to grocery shopping. I wish we had more time to spend on the lake. We hope to be back someday and would love to stay at Closer to Heaven again. It is a truly magical place!
Our stay at Closer to heaven was great! Jenny and Clemens were very helpful, as was Andres the caretaker. The house has a beautiful view and had everything we needed. It is a short walk into town and was a relaxing stay. Would recommend.
This house is amazingly beautiful. It may be one of the most beautiful lake/beach side houses that I've seen. Every detail in the interior design has been carefully thought and the guest will enjoy the beauty of nature and of the house's architecture. The rooms are comfortable and spacious. The kitchen only lacks a bread toaster. Other than that, it is complete and gracious in its design as well. The only setback was that you had to climb more than 60 steps to get from the lake to the house. As a result, older people might find it difficult to use this rental. There were also hundreds of bugs—some pretty, some ugly, some annoying—all over the house. We didn't have any problems with this, but my girlfriend or my mother would have left the house immediately and forgo the money paid for the stay. Other than that, it is extremely beautiful. I would definitely go back to this house.
The philosophy of our is house is to provide best amenities. If something is missing, we replace it right away. The kitchen now has the toaster and the house has bug traps. In deed every year in May at the beginning of the rainy season, we do have lots of bugs at the Lake Atitlan. Thank you Amaury, for letting us know and helping to make the stay as comfortable as possible.
If you have stumbled across this house looking for a place on Lago Atitlan, go right ahead and book it. Stop looking. It's truly a magnificent home. The views are amazing, the house is gorgeous. Spacious enough for guests to feel they have space to relax, unwind and just stare out at the lake. The grounds are meticulously gardened. Beautiful flowers and plants are everywhere.
It is a bit of a hike up from the water and the dock so be prepared! Clemens was super responsive to all emails, and called daily to check if we needed anything. I can not wait to come back to stay at Tzan Cruz. It truly is closer to heaven!
The pictures are every bit as beautiful as they appear.
It's a magical spot...very spacious, safe, clean, quiet. Six people will comfortably sleep here, more if someone doesn't mind the large couch.
The deck has a killer south and west view.
It's about 10 minutes to our favourite village of Jaibalito (no motorized vehicles, just an authentic feel to this traditional and simple pueblo. To the east 5 minutes is Isla Verde...an eco lodge with great nachos. Another ten minutes east along the water trail is the dock for Santa Cruz, where a number of gringo inns and watering holes will feed and house you.
Hard to find fault, but full groceries and libations aren't easy to find, so you'll have to haul it from Pana. To be honest, it's a pain, especially if you're running low on water. They start you off with a 36L (?) jug, but we went through that easily in a few days.
Would also be nice to have a toaster, a coffee grinder and filters. These aren't easy things to lug around while traveling. Otherwise, the kitchen is well-appointed.
We never saw the host after our arrival. They live in Pana. It would be nice to have an on-site owner or manager. They have a groundskeeper, but we really didn't see much of him either.
To be fair, we got into a few jams e.g. missed the last water taxi and Clay bailed us out in an instant. His wife Jenny doesn't speak ingles, espero su espanol es bueno.
Lovely spot, but stay for 4 or 5 days to make it worth the trek.
We have just returned from a week in Guatemala and stayed 4 nights at Clemens' flat which lies in between Santa Cruz La Laguna and Jaibilito.
It is a really lovely place to stay, the views from the front of the house are amazing and it was very tempting to just sit out on the balcony and take in the view of the volcanoes which are directly opposite. The flat is spacious and was perfect for our family, 2 adults and 2 kids.
The kitchen is well equipped and we ended up eating out for lunch and cooking for ourselves each night. It is best to stock up in Panajachel before getting on the boat as there are no big stores nearby.
San Juan is a lovely village to visit, it's easy to wave a public boat over to the dock and they'll take you to any of the villages or hotels dotted along the shore. San Juan has a wonderful weaving association and many lovely shops to wander around, without getting hassled to buy. You can see how they dye yarn using natural plant based dyes and also see them weaving the yarns. My kids enjoyed looking at the community library there and buying fresh handmade corn tortillas from a woman cooking them on hot stones.
The walk to Santa Cruz is fun because the pathway has disappeared into the lake due to its level rising substantially in the last few years. You get to walk on boardwalks right on the edge of the lake.
Great relaxing place to be!
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