Villa Eggedal is an easy walk to both the Lake and Santa Cruz. There are many steps on the property, not for the faint of heart or those with mobility issues . Also , not particularly suitable for babies or young children. The studio Apartment that we stayed in was small but charming, good beds and a well supplied kitchen . However, the very best part was the lovely outdoor terrace complete with comfortable ‘ Muskoka ‘ chairs, with cushions in vibrant Guatemalan covers , a loveseat, plants from one end to the other and a table that seats 4-6 for morning breakfasts. The view from this terrace never ceased to inspire us for the entire month of our stay . We were perched at eye level looking into the trees which made bird watching delightful. The Lake views , the volcanoes and the sunsets never ceased to amaze...
Walking the property, sitting with coffee on the terrace, reading in the hammocks, and swimming in the pool were some of our favourite moments. Also of interest, are the varieties of tropical flowers, the cactus garden and the fruit producing trees, with many banana palms, citrus and avocado trees. While were there the gardeners were planting papaya trees .
The staff were all lovely, friendly and helpful . We managed quite well together, though we do not speak Spanish, with smiles, gestures , the odd word or two and the deepest gratitude for their commitment to the nature of their work . We thank Diego, for being there at the dock to meet our boat and help us carry our luggage and again on our departure . He was there promptly to fix the shower and whenever we saw him on the grounds , he always asked if everything was ‘muy bien ‘. Manuela and Michaela kept our studio fresh and clean with bi-weekly cleanings . The gardeners worked from early morning watering and tending the plants. There is an over all feeling that those who work at Villa Eggedal and indeed the owner , Erick, are happy and share a deep sense of pride and commitment to the property and their guests .
Villa Eggedal and the hospitable community of Santa Cruz itself are already calling us to return.