Villas B’alam Ya (Mayan for “The Water Jaguar”) is a cluster of luxury rental villas located on the shores of exquisite Lake Atitlan.

The deep crater lake is girdled by Mayan Indian villages nestled in the hills as well as three majestic volcanoes which B’alam Ya directly faces.  Comparing the lake to Como, writer Aldous Huxley wrote in the 1930’s that while Como was “permissibly picturesque”, Atitlan surpassed it in beauty.  “It really is too much of a good thing.”

Located at km 2 on the paved road between Panajachel and Santa Catarina Palopo, an array of  housing, ranging from large house to cozy studio apartments nest in the lush tropical foliage of the hillside with spectacular views and access to the lake.  Each villa is unique, decorated with comfortable furnishings, full kitchens, luxurious baths and balconies on which to watch the day dawn and the sun set beyond the volcanos.  We invite you to bring your own food, take advantage of our personal shopping service to have your kitchen already stocked upon arrival or enjoy a meal prepared by a gourmet chef in the comfort of your own villa.

Swim, meditate, practice yoga, laze in a hammock, order a massage, hike, boat across the lake to other villages, enjoy a retreat.  B’alam Ya’s creature comforts, along with the property’s tranquility, its gardens and birdsong, the panoramic views of the stately volcanoes and the bewitching beauty of the lake will conspire to feed your senses and your soul.