Over thirty years ago, as Hotel Atitlán was being built, the gardens you see today were already being designed. It is easy to sense the devotion that went into creating these magnificent grounds, as owner Susan Rivera’s love of flowers and attention to the beauty of the gardens is ever present.
The Gardens are a spectacular collection of individual areas, each with its own identity, and they extend from the hotel entrance to the edge of the lake. As the water level of Lake Atitlán has receded, the garden has expanded in a series of terraces and is broadly divided into luscious tropical gardens, formal rose gardens and the owner’s personal selection of colours and textures.
Teeming with flowers of every description and colour, the gardens are a wonder in this part of the world.
Over two hundred varieties of roses make up the Antique, the Modern and the David Austin Rose Gardens. There are also more than 50 varieties of hibiscus, vines, English style knot gardens and a tropical heliconia garden. Other botanical experiences include a Wedding Garden, a Coffee Garden and a variety of orchids. More than 25 colours of bougainvillea and an Azalea Garden provide a dazzling display of palettes.