La Reunion Golf Resort & Residences Rating: 4.5 Pearls
Guatemala

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Pros

  • Scenic location in the shadow of 4 volcanoes, near UNESCO site
  • Modern and spacious rooms with incredible volcano views
  • Rooms with private patios and an infinity-edge swimming pool
  • Fantastic bathrooms with soaking tubs and private outdoor showers
  • All rooms have iPod docks, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi
  • Pete Dye designed golf course and sunny fitness center with modern machines
  • Outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool and separate kiddy pool
  • Upscale restaurant and rooftop bar with volcano views on-site

Cons

  • Service can be slow in the restaurant
  • Food and drinks on the pricey side
  • Steep uphill climb to get from rooms to restaurant (call for a golf cart pick-up)

Bottom Line

La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort is an outstanding luxury pick located in the shadow of four volcanoes (two of them active) about 30 minutes from the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Luxurious facilities and incredible volcano views are highlights here, along with an infinity-edge swimming pool and a Pete Dye designed golf course. Plus, the upscale restaurant and rooftop bar both have volcano views. Rooms mix elegant decor with hand-woven indigenous textiles to create comfortable, appealing spaces. Room amenities include private patios with infinity-edge swimming pools and fantastic bathrooms with soaking tubs and private outdoor showers. The smaller details are excellent as well, such as iPod docks, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

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A luxurious golf resort in the shadow of four volcanoes

Volcano view from the hotel
Volcano view from the hotel

La Reunion Golf Resort offers luxurious facilities surrounded by incredible scenery. Striking views of Fuego and Acatenango volcanoes are seen throughout the resort, and the Fuego volcano regularly belches out plumes of gray ash. To reach the resort, visitors will follow a cobblestone road uphill, passing coffee trees and vegetation along the way. The clubhouse lies at the heart of the property, and houses the front desk, golf pro shop, fitness center, restaurant and bars.

The resort is built in a Neo-Colonial style, with gurgling fountains, textured stucco walls, and wooden beams; the scent of incense adds to the ambiance. Because the resort is located a 30-minute drive from Antigua, it has a wide range of activities to keep guests entertained on-site. Several restaurants and bars, an infinity-edge pool with swim-up bar, kiddy pool, and the 18-hole Fuego Maya golf course are all located on the resort's grounds.

El Mirador Restaurant and Wayeb Bar have impressive views, but the food (and sometimes the service) at the latter leave something to be desired. The staff speaks limited English. A sure bet, however, is the popular Sunday morning breakfast buffet. An open-air snack bar next to the pools offers more casual fare.

The 26-room boutique hotel is located downhill from the clubhouse, surrounded by the 18-hole Fuego Maya golf course. Rooms are divided into two subsections, found on opposing ends of one of the golf course’s holes.

Renowned course architect Pete Dye designed the golf course, with 18 holes inspired by the 19 months of the Maya calendar. The bar (commonly known among golfers as the 19th hole), is named for the last month, Wayeb. The months of the Maya calendar are depicted in their traditional emblem glyphs, found on concrete plaques at their respective holes along the golf course.

 Location

A 30-minute drive from the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua

La Reunion Golf Resort and Residences is located a 30-minute drive from the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. This UNESCO World Heritage site is located amid volcanoes and is home to a wide range of restaurants, bars, shopping, and cultural attractions. It is one of the most popular tourist spots in Guatemala.

The resort lies about 10 miles as the crow flies from Antigua, but a trek along a twisting mountain road is required to reach it; some guests (or golfers) opt to arrive by helicopter instead (the resort has its own helipad). La Reunion is built on a hillside of the grounds of an old coffee plantation. In addition to its location in the shadow of four volcanoes, the resort has incredible views downhill to Guatemala's Pacific coastal plain. Guatemala's Pacific coast -- home to world-class sport fishing and whale-watching tours -- is located 45 minutes away down a four-lane highway.

  • 75-minute-drive to La Aurora International Airport (GUA)
  • 30-minute drive to La Antigua Guatemala
  • 50-minute drive to port of Iztapa sport fishing and whale-watching)
  • 60-minute drive to Guatemala City

 Rooms

A modern take on colonial architecture, plus private pools and phenomenal views

The Master Suite
The Master Suite

The rooms at La Reunion are housed in colonial-style low-rise villas with stucco exteriors and Spanish tile roofs. Inside, the rooms feature high, wood-beamed ceilings, ceiling fans, accent lights, and hardwood floors. Outside, rooms each have a spacious covered patio with a chaise lounge, outdoor sofa, a divider to provide privacy from adjoining units, and -- most significantly -- an infinity-edge plunge pool. The pool is climate-controlled and has a built-in Jacuzzi tub. All of the rooms have views of the Agua and Pacaya volcanoes.

Comfortable beds have decorative touches that nod to Guatemala's Maya heritage, including hand-woven indigenous textiles. These bright red bedspreads have a woven design from the highland village of Nebaj. The large bathrooms have soaking tubs, separate walk-in indoor/outdoor showers, and L'Occitane products. The bathroom mirror is surrounded by a wooden antique frame.

Grand Class Suites have one king bed and a couch, while Master Suites have two queen beds; the two-level layout of the Grand Class Suites makes them feel slightly less spacious.

 Features

A beautiful infinity-edge pool, kiddy pool, golf course, and modern fitness center

Infinity-edge Pool
Infinity-edge Pool

 Food

El Mirador restaurant has volcano views and a menu emphasizing meat and fish dishes

Sky Bar
Sky Bar

The main restaurant at La Reunion is El Mirador, which serves three meals a day as well as an excellent Sunday breakfast buffet. There is both indoor and outdoor patio dining, as well as excellent volcano views.

  • Wayeb Bar has an indoor area with billiards table, and outdoor patio seating.
  • Snack Bar overlooking the kiddy pool
  • Room service at no additional charge
  • Excellent restaurants in nearby Antigua, Guatemala (a 30-minute drive)

 Bottom Line

La Reunion Antigua Golf Resort is an outstanding luxury pick located in the shadow of four volcanoes (two of them active) about 30 minutes from the colonial city of Antigua, Guatemala. Luxurious facilities and incredible volcano views are highlights here, along with an infinity-edge swimming pool and a Pete Dye designed golf course. Plus, the upscale restaurant and rooftop bar both have volcano views. Rooms mix elegant decor with hand-woven indigenous textiles to create comfortable, appealing spaces. Room amenities include private patios with infinity-edge swimming pools and fantastic bathrooms with soaking tubs and private outdoor showers. The smaller details are excellent as well, such as iPod docks, coffeemakers, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.

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Address

  • Km 91.5 CA 14 road to Antigua Guatemala Alotenango, 03001 Guatemala

Room Types

  • Gran Class King Suite
  • Junior Villa
  • Master Two Queen Suite

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Number of Rooms: 26
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
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Jacuzzi (in room): Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Guatemala
Address: Km 91.5 CA 14 road to Antigua Guatemala Alotenango, 03001 Guatemala
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