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Relais & Châteaux Welcomes First Hotel Property in Guatemala

Hotel & Resort | Brian Major | May 06, 2015

Relais & Châteaux Welcomes First Hotel Property in Guatemala

The Pulse: Casa Palopó Hotel has joined the Relais & Châteaux collection.

Why it Rates: Guatemala’s boutique luxury resort Casa Palopo has achieved a key distinction through joining the exclusive Relais & Chateau group. The organization’s high standard of hospitality excellence is recognized by experienced travel consultants who serve upscale clientele. – Brian Major, TravelPulse Latin America editor

Casa Palopó, a private home turned luxury boutique hotel overlooking Lake Atitlán, is the first property in Guatemala – and only the second in Central America – to become an official member of the esteemed Relais & Châteaux collection, joining a distinguished group of hoteliers, chefs and restaurateurs that have set the standard for excellence in hospitality.

Perched on the shore of Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands, Casa Palopó offers an exclusive, high-end getaway for sophisticated travelers who value a rich dose of culture with their vacation experience. Each of the boutique hotel’s nine accommodations offers brightly colored stucco walls, an original collection of Latin American artworks, handcrafted antique furniture and private terraces with uninterrupted views of the lake and the three majestic volcanoes across the shore.

Casa Palopó’s in-house restaurant, 6.8 Palopó, is run by 23-year-old Chef and Sommelier Marcela Jongezoon Bosch, whose seasonal menus are inspired by a passion for culinary technique and precision, local Guatemalan cuisine and international wines. At 6.8 Palopó, the al fresco experience is transformed as guests are invited to dine on the veranda from where they can admire small boats making their way across the lake, and in the evenings, sit quietly alongside colorful candelabras and twinkling lights from Mayan towns that line the shore.

Guests enjoy an intimate, harmonious experience at Casa Palopó’s Balinese-inspired boutique spa, expansive pool deck, wellness room with fitness equipment, library, and expansive terrace, among the hotel’s other amenities. The hotel was originally built as a private lakeside home, turned into a boutique hotel in 2000, and purchased by the current owner – Guatemala native and entrepreneur Claudia Bosch – in 2010. Day to day operations and overseen by property managers Isabelle & Didier Torchut of France.

“I am pleased to confirm that our board gave a favorable opinion to Casa Palopó’s admission as a member of our great association as a hotel and restaurant, and very pleased to personally welcome Casa Palopó into our family of hoteliers and passionate chefs,” said Relais & Châteaux Chairman Philippe Gombert.

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 518 of the finest luxury hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character, and that share a passion for providing their guests with moments of true harmony.

SOURCE: Casa Palopó press release

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