This is the premier lodging choice in this neck of the woods, and one of the nicest hotels in the country. Much loving care has gone into creating the beautiful grounds and cottages here. All of the thatched-roof cottages are artistically decorated with local and Guatemalan textiles and handcrafts. Each comes with a quiet porch or balcony area set amid the flowering gardens. My favorite rooms are the large treetop suites, which feature a queen bed, a sunken living-room area, and a wraparound deck fitted with a sunken Jacuzzi. Budget travelers can stay in the camp casitas for BZ$130 a night, and even though they lack the luxury of the main buildings, they’re right in the heart of the jungle and all the wild animals that come with it (and the budget rate includes breakfast and dinner). 

The lodge has a lovely full-service spa, and a host of on-site attractions, including a natural history museum, a Blue Morpho farm, a medicinal plant trail, and a beautiful pool. Canoes and mountain bikes are available, and horseback rides can always be arranged (as can all sorts of other tours). Mick and Lucy Fleming, who originally began farming this land in 1977, are the engaging hosts, and much of the food served in the restaurant is organically grown on the hotel’s own farm. In 2017 Chaa Creek received the prestigious World Legacy Award from National Geographic for their accomplishments in sustainable ecotourism.