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... sunbathing on the private dock, swimming in the hotel pool or even better, in the lake itself, or kayaking, or...
... open air restaurant overlooking the lake and the stunning pool. All of the rooms are private casitas fully equipped and...
... has charming local touches with high end finishes. The pool was well loved by my family, and the staff are fantastic. We...
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Sarah and Rob Y. wrote a review May 2020
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Bolontiku is a hidden gem on the Lake Peten Itzá.

My husband and I travelled here during the "shoulder season" on September 30, 2019 - October 6th, 2019, for our honeymoon. Neither of us have ever been to Guatemala, and don't have any family there, but we wanted to use our vacation to see the ruins at Tikal, and go somewhere remote, but not necessarily a beach to sunbathe for a week; we wanted to see something! I was a little bit nervous about the timeframe of the booking, given that all blog posts (on this site and others) gave warnings about the rain and storms that could potentially ruin our trip. On the flip side of that, reviews from the locals said it was a good time to go, but you'd be at the mercy of the weather.

I'm glad we took the risk, and booked at the time that we booked. There was hardly any rain at all during the days and on the two nights there was rain, it was the most beautiful soundtrack to listen to from our room. Being from Los Angeles for the majority of my life, we had never heard or seen rain in that way. There is nothing quite like experiencing the sound of booming thunderclaps and rain showering the trees around your room and looking out the window to see the lake and the leaves percolating from the storm! It was absolutely stunning! Another day, we decided to go to the town for dinner, and there was a little rain that prevented us from boating back to the hotel due to choppy water. This wasn't a problem; we waited out the "storm" for 30 minutes while talking and joking and getting to know the locals under. It was a simple, yet unforgettable moment!

Our stay at the Bolontiku was absolutely perfect. From the moment you land at the Flores Airport, there is a Bolontiku bus waiting for you at the airport to bring you to the dock (thank you for your attention, Sr. Jacobo!), at the dock, the pontoon boat will bring you on a short (20 minute) trip to the most magnificent waterfront hotel you've ever seen. Ousman, the captain of the boat, and jack of all trades, is wonderful!!! He talked to us about Peten Itza lake's history, the quant surrounding town, the fish, the birds, everything on that short boatride to the hotel while always smiling. When you arrive to Bolontiku, you are greeted by the best hotel manager Mr. Salvador, and the wonderful Ms. Barbara, with all smiles, a refreshing beverage for you to enjoy, and even some bread to feed the fish at the dock! The next stop is the concierge desk, situated in the breathtaking main restaurant and bar area, which welcomes you while you look out to the most serene, clear blue lake, Lago Peten Itza. Ana Lucia helped us get situated to our rooms, and from that moment, made sure we were comfortable every single moment that we stayed at the Bolontiku. She, and the rest of the staff, are amazing!

Our first night, we were impressed by the candlelit dinner they set up for us to enjoy! One of the unforeseen benefits of booking at this time (besides the obvious cost effective rate for the shoulder season)- we had this enormous, serene, tranquil resort nearly to ourselves. This would be true for the week that we stayed there! Being part of the few number patrons who were at the resort at the time did not mean we were overlooked in terms of attention and service. In fact, we were constantly greeted with smiles, waiting hands, and excellent service for the six days we were there! It only took the staff one day to realize our routine, and by the time we woke up, we didn't even have to request breakfast; in fact "our" table was already set for us the next day's breakfast and dinner, and Barbara was already placing the usual order for our breakfast of choice! Dinners were the same story! They'd ask us if we would be dining in room, or on the terrace, and we would have our usual Zubanik or Pepian with extra fresh tortillas. The food was excellent! As a Peruvian, I was pleasantly surprised to see Ceviche Maya Peruano on the menu. It was a go-to meal for us throughout the trip- so flavorful and fresh. We did not get bored of the food, and that was after a week of staying there! That's how good it was!
They also have a fantastic selection of wine (I recommend the dessert wine) and alcoholic beverages. I also highly recommend having their Margarita. It is so fresh, especially in evenings. I called it Happiness Lemonade! Barbara makes the best margaritas and whiskey-cokes, be careful though, you will get buzzed!

We booked excursions through the hotel, including the unforgettable helicopter ride to El Mirador (you will love it), the trip to Parque Nacional de Tikal (you will also love it), which was a stress free process. They even pack your breakfast for these trips. Definitely book through the hotel- it is stress free and cost friendly! But even if you dont book excursions, there is plenty to do at the hotel for free, including sunbathing on the private dock, swimming in the hotel pool or even better, in the lake itself, or kayaking, or listening to the howler monkeys howl like jaguars by the private spa!!!!

The important par of this review is the staff. While we were at the Bolontiku, we received the most excellent attention, which made for the most unforgettable honeymoon. The staff, including Ana Lucia, Ousman, Barbara, Robert, Maricela, Manuel, Salvador, and everyone else, treated us like family. We were so well received by them, that we were sad to leave the hotel! We became so used to the familiar faces, the wonderful conversations and interactions, and the kindness of the staff, that we even think of them a year later, and will certainly keep them in our cherished memories for years to come. We truly hope that everyone is doing well, especially amid this current COVID crisis that nobody could have predicted. We hope to return to the beautiful shores of Lago Peten Itzá to stay at the paradise Bolontiku soon, and to catch up with everyone.

Thank you all for the memories!!!
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Linda H wrote a review Feb 2020
Chicago, Illinois119 contributions55 helpful votes
Once you board the beautiful boat at the tiny dock in Peten, you are taken on a 15 minute fast cruise to this beautiful hideaway hotel. Waiting for you on the dock is a glass of fresh juice and a cool towel. Climb up the steps and enter the solace of Bolontiku.
Beautiful open air restaurant overlooking the lake and the stunning pool. All of the rooms are private casitas fully equipped and with stunning views of Lake Peten. there is also a spa on the property. Landscaping is exquisite throughout the property.

this is a small, quiet resort and perfect for a serious getaway.

The Peten city dock (where the Bolontiku will pick you up and drop you off) is located a mere 5 minutes from the airport.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Salvador Guerra, Director General at Bolontiku Hotel Boutique & Spa
Responded 24 Feb 2020
Dear Linda: Bolontiku Hotel Boutique & Spa is located on the shore of the beautiful Lake Peten Itza in an area where the nature and warmth of our staff makes the perfect fusion to pamper you, we hope you return soon for more days to enjoy all our amenities! Atte. Salvador Guerra / Hotel Manager
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CCReddy wrote a review Feb 2020
Chennai (Madras), India20 contributions14 helpful votes
What an underrated destination! Anyone wondering if they should book here to see Tikal should absolutely do so--had I known this hotel was going to be so great, we would've shifted our itinerary to spend less time in other places (like Lake Atitlan) and more days here. While we went swimming and kayaking at other places in Guatemala, I wish we spent these activities doing so here.

Bolontiku is situated on a beautiful lake and the hotel itself has charming local touches with high end finishes. The pool was well loved by my family, and the staff are fantastic. We loved waking up in the mornings and enjoying the delicious breakfast. The boat rides are a ton of fun, even in choppy waters. We had our 4-year-old with us and never felt unsafe, especially because they always ensured that we were wearing quality life vests... I wish I could say the same about some of our other boat rides in the country. I also appreciated the golf cart rides that were available in the event that we declined walking up to our room. Nice touch.

What a fantastic stay. Our only regret was spending too few days here.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Responded 24 Feb 2020
Dear CCReddy: Bolontiku Hotel Boutique & Spa is located on the shore of the beautiful Lake Peten Itza in an area where the nature and warmth of our staff makes the perfect fusion to pamper you, we hope you return soon for more days to enjoy all our amenities! Atte. Salvador Guerra / Hotel Manager
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sanbukka wrote a review Nov 2019
New York19 contributions7 helpful votes
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Friends highly recommended that we stay at Bolontiku and they were right, this place is amazing! I stayed with my family (including 2 kids). My 12 yr old called it paradise island. We coordinated a pickup at Isla de Flores and Bolontiku made us feel welcome from the moment they picked us up at the pier. The scenic boat ride to the property was fantastic and upon arrival they were waiting for us with cold drinks. We had a really nice room with a view of the jungle and the lake. The room was quite spacious and had a jacuzzi, which we used twice. We were exhausted from a day in Tikal so we ordered room service, which was really good.

The next day, we decided to spend half day at the property and got to use their free kayaks and swim in the lake (the water is really clean). Bolontiku has a nice area to lounge around and you can order cold drinks from the bar. The pool is also quite nice and overlooks the lake. We took advantage of their free boat shuttle to Isla de Flores. We took the shuttle back to the property at 5:30pm and it was the perfect time to take some great pictures of the lake at sunset.

We tried the restaurant for breakfast and dinner and had great meals. The restaurant staff was great. They saw that my daughter had a stomach ache and gave her some "all spice" tea to settle her stomach.

On the last day, my wife and I tried the spa and had Raquel as our masseuse. She did a great job and was the perfect way to finish off our vacation.

The staff at Bolontiku is fantastic. The hotel is very clean and well designed. It's a small property, but had enough to keep us busy for 3 days. The hotel is great for a relaxing trip away from the hustle and bustle from Flores and Guatemala City.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from salvadorgueragm, Gerente at Bolontiku Hotel Boutique & Spa
Responded 10 Nov 2019
Dear Guest! Thank you very much for your comments and for sharing how great was your stay in our property. Bolontiku Hotel Boutique & Spa is located among the tropical forest on the shore of the beautiful Lake Peten Itzá in an area where the nature and warmth of our staff makes the perfect fusion to pamper you, it is great to know thar your family enjoyed the boat transportantion, lake, pool, acuatic equipment, spa, etc. Your comments motivate us to continue providing excellent service!!! We hope you return soon for more days to enjoy all our amenities !! Best Regards, Salvador Guerra / Hotel Manager
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PatrickfromAmsterdam wrote a review Aug 2019
Amsterdam, The Netherlands30 contributions10 helpful votes
I decided to splurge at the end of my Guatemala vacation and it was totally worth it. Bolontiku hotel is a gem. An amazing location far away from the bustle and surrounded by lush jungle. It feels wonderful to be greeted off the boat with a cocktail. All these little kind of details make all the difference. The little bungalows are set against the hill, not too near each other. The rooms are huge, with perfect beds, good facilities and a spacious bathroom. Our room had lake view, check before booking, not all rooms have that. The facilities of the hotel are really a plus. If you want you can let yourself be transported by golf cart within the hotel (steep hill!).
The lobby/restaurant with the enormous palapa and terrace with lake view is the best. Great pool, lots of space, and then just a few paces down, the lake, with all kinds of amenities like kayaking etc.
The service is perfect, everyone was polite and welcoming (I speak Spanish so don’t know about the English issue). Everyone went out of their way to make my stay worth it. The food in the restaurant was good, maybe a bit too fancy for my taste and a small menu. I would suggest to put some local dishes in there.
Take into account that you’re far away from everything. The boat ride to Flores is about 18 minutes, and they’ve got a new beautiful motorboat. Maybe the only issue I would mention is that you get a free ride at check-in and -out and further there are 3 free boat rides during the day, around 7:00 am, 1 pm and 5 pm. If you want to go out outside of these time slots they charge $25 per ride. It would be nicer if they would offer free rides at least every hour and a half.
Apart from that, it was a fantastic stay!
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Date of stay: July 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from salvadorguerragm, Gerente at Bolontiku Hotel Boutique & Spa
Responded 6 Aug 2019
Dear Parick !! Receiving your comments encourages and excites us, each of the collaborators is grateful for taking the time to share your experience in Bolintiku, we love knowing that you have a memorable stay and that future guests may have references that they will also have a beautiful experience. Best regards, Salvador Guerra General Manager
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