We all know Francis Coppola as the guy from Detroit who directed The Godfather. Beyond producing and directing films, he also has wineries in Napa and Sonoma and a bunch of “hideaway resorts” scattered around the world in Argentina, Italy, Belize and Guatemala. The resorts are known as The Family Coppola Hideaways. Recently, I had an opportunity to visit La Lancha, one of the resorts just outside Flores, Guatemala on Lake Petén Itzá. La lancha is Spanish for “boat” and while the hotel is on the lake it is also an IDEAL location for visiting Tikal National Park. I’ll be writing about Tikal more as it was the most impressive Mayan ruin site I’ve ever been to. The resort, which is tucked away in the rainforest, is about an hour drive to Tikal. Of course, you can organize tours from the hotel.
La Lancha Resort & The Lakeview Suite
La Lancha has 10 suites, all of which have either a rainforest or lake view. My friend Reid and I had an opportunity to stay in one of the lakeview suites with two bedrooms and a massive balcony with hammocks overlooking the lake. When we arrived, we were greeted with some welcome drinks! After checking in, we explored the area and the resort has a pool and hot tub as well as a funicular that was literally JUST built a few days prior to us arriving. It takes you all the way down to their private dock with access to lounge chairs, canoes and paddle boards. You can also hike down, which I did in flip flops but tennis shoes would have been easier. Thankfully, the newly installed funicular makes it easy and convenient for all ages to access the private lake area. Check out some photos of our suite and the hotel grounds below.
La Lancha Restaurant
La Lancha’s restaurant offers amazing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. My favorite dish was the pepián, which you absolutely need to try if you’re traveling anywhere in Guatemala! It’s a spicy chicken or beef stew with flavorful spices and vegetables. Also, I loved the fish of the day which my friend Reid ordered and finished in what seemed like seconds! 🙂 The food was definitely one of the highlights of our stay.
Please note I was welcomed as a guest by La Lancha. As always, all opinions are my own.