4.5-Star Resort with Private Plunge Pools and Mountainside Golf Course amid Four Volcanoes
Guatemala's Fuego volcano hasn't had a major eruption in years, but it still likes to put on a show. On an almost daily basis, Fuego sputters lava and columns of smoke. At the 4.5-star Hotel La Reunión Golf Course & Residences, you have a front-row seat to Fuego's spectacle along with views of three other volcanic mountains: Agua, Acatenango, and Pacaya. The resort also offers more active ways to get in touch with the landscape, including horseback rides and zipline tours. And at the base of Fuego, a par 72 golf course designed by renowned architect Pete Dye undulates almost inexplicably with the terrain. The course helped the hotel earn a finalist nod for the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence in 2013.
Up in the secluded suites, private plunge pools and shaded hammocks overlook the tropical scenery. Hand-carved furniture and native weavings add a rustic vibe, and the rooms include convenient wireless Internet access. To help you to unwind, in-room massages are available, ranging from aromatherapy treatments to shiatsu and reflexology.
At El Mirador Gourmet Cuisine & Grill, chefs slice tropical fruit for breakfast and grill fresh-caught fish come dinnertime. For a lighter meal, hit up Bar Wayeb. Considered the golf course's unofficial 19th hole, it has a menu that features traditional carne picada and local Guatemalan rum.
Out on the golf course's 18 inedible holes, you can see all four volcanoes—and sometimes the Pacific Ocean—when skies are clear. The fairways unfurl over more than 7,300 yards, presenting several challenging blind shots and varied elevations. The 17th hole passes by a picturesque waterfall and a small pond.
Antigua, Guatemala: Spanish Colonial Churches and Exotic Wildlife
Deep in the highlands of central Guatemala, the city of Antigua is located amid a breathtaking landscape punctuated by volcanic mountains and tropical forests. Both the terrain and the temperate climate encourage scenic outdoor activities—Guatemala is often called “The Land of Eternal Spring.” Although mountain biking is a popular pursuit, you can also ride a mule through a coffee farm. Be on the lookout for hundreds of exotic birds, including Pacific parakeets and tanagers.
Downtown is where Antigua, Guatemala, or "ancient Guatemala," lives up to its moniker. The UNESCO World Heritage site is lined with colonial-era Spanish churches and convents dating as far back as the 16th century. The downtown streets are mostly pedestrian friendly, especially the landscaped pathways of Plaza Mayor. Here, a stone fountain takes center stage, and locals dance to live music.
Just a few blocks away at El Mercado, the vibrant open-air market, fruit stands teem with fresh-picked pineapples, papayas, and fruit roll-ups. Artisans also showcase hand-carved masks and traditional jewelry.
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Must book by 5/17/13 or promotional value expires. Valid for travel 4/1/13-6/30/13. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 2 per visit.Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, subject to availability. 72-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 18 or older to check in. Credit card required at booking. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid with reward points. Resort credit only valid towards golf or spa services. 22% tax not included.