Surrounded by three grand volcanoes, Antigua Guatemala captivates you on arrival and stays with you long after you have left. 

Antigua is one of the world’s most beautiful colonial cities and a real highlight of Guatemala. It is impossible not to fall in love with this beguiling city of pastel facades, cobbled streets and pretty parks. The city has World Heritage listed status which beautifully restricts any modern buildings and perpetuates the traditional atmosphere.

The vibe in Antigua is definitely a laidback one. Wander the streets, stopping for a coffee or to watch the hawkers go about their business in the Parque Central. Guatemala makes the best rum in the world so a visit to the Casa del Ron is essential for some tastings. There are many fine examples of Baroque churches here and they are fascinating places to observe how the colonial has intertwined with the Mayan indigenous beliefs. For shopping, there are many exquisite traditional textiles, jewellery and the jade for which Guatemala is known.  Outside the city there are opportunities for day trips to Mayan communities for a glimpse of this fascinating indigenous culture which is so important in Guatemala today or coffee plantations to learn how it is grown and produced and pick up a few bags to take home. If you are looking for something a little more active, why not head for a trek up one of the volcanoes?


Our favourite luxury hotels

Hotel Las Cruces, Antigua, Guatemala

Las Cruces

A charming luxury boutique hotel in the centre of Antigua. This is a peaceful haven and a delightful base from which to explore beautiful Antigua. This is a traditional colonial building with whitewashed walls and built round a central courtyard. The 11 suites are each uniquely decorated with unique pieces including original silverware from the 17th century. Traditional artefacts and antiques adorn the walls throughout the hotel, incorporating Guatemala’s traditional and colonial history. Guests can expect excellent service and a warm welcome at this delightful hotel.

Hotel El Convento, Antigua, Guatemala

El Convento

El Convento is an historic property in the centre of Antigua Guatemala. Part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this luxury hotel is a delightful spot. It offers 26 spacious suites, each decorated in a luxurious yet traditional style, embodying the theme of colonial Antigua. The hotel features a charming courtyard and rooftop terrace as well as a restaurant offering a fine dining experience with a variety of local and international dishes. Guests can indulge in a relaxing spa treatment after a day exploring Guatemala.

Villa Bokeh, Antigua Guatemala

Villa Bokéh

The sister hotel of Casa Palopó in Lake Atitlan, Villa Bokéh is a luxury hotel just outside the centre of Antigua Guatemala. Set in charming gardens, it captures the essence of colonial Guatemala blended with contemporary design. Each of the 12 rooms is uniquely decorated and the style is bright & airy with pieces from the owner’s private art collection adorning the walls. Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast each morning, lounge by the beautiful pool or indulge in a spa treatment using traditional Mayan techniques. Other facilities include a fully-equipped gym and a billiard room.

Posada del Angel, Antigua, Guatemala

Posada del Angel

A delightful boutique hotel in the heart of Antigua Guatemala. One of the city’s first boutique hotels, it knows just how to look after its guests. The property offers just seven room, each full of character and decorated in a unique style. The design is a charming blend of traditional Guatemalan and colonial pieces, capturing the essence of Antigua. The toiletries were designed by a local alchemist who has created the hotel’s signature scent, Semana Santa using local ingredients.  The Rose suite is at the top of the building and features its own private terrace. A gorgeous hotel.

The San Rafael Hotel, Antigua Guatemala

The San Rafael

The San Rafael is an historic colonial house that has been painstakingly restored to preserve its original features and create a stunning luxury hotel. The seven spacious rooms and suites are located off two central courtyards. Each offers a grand fireplace and is decorated with ornate fabrics and antiques, maintain the colonial feel of the property. Guests can enjoy breakfast in the dining room or the charming courtyard each morning and relax there in the evening with a glass of wine after a day exploring beautiful Antigua.

Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala

Casa Santo Domingo

Casa Santo Domingo is an historic site in itself, combining hotel, museum and spa all in one. The hotel is spread over the grounds of an historic convent. It is home to its own museum which guests can visit. The hotel is made up of 126 rooms including 26 suites that offer the concept of SPA living. The rooms are spacious and stylishly decorated with original features including large fireplaces, traditional artefacts and vaulted wooden ceilings. The extensive spa is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing treatment and the restaurant serves excellent cuisine with a stunning view of the city.