El Hato, Earth Lodge
Earth Lodge is an eco-friendly hotel, restaurant, yoga retreat center and organic avocado farm located 7km outside of the UNESCO world heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala. We are an established and popular 9-unit hotel and restaurant that opened in 2004. We host local and international families, couples and groups and we receive many daily restaurant patrons. The lodge is tucked into the side of a hill in the small village of Aldea El Hato, boasting amazing volcano views and a tranquil atmosphere. Earth Lodge holds up-to-date licenses with all local tax, health and environmental agencies. The lodge infrastructure is also fully insured. The total land area is 59,000 meters squared/84,000 varas squared or about 14.5 acres.
Earth Lodge has been rated #6 of 159 Specialty Lodging accommodations on TripAdvisor for several years and operates at an 80% average year-round occupancy rate. We are famous for our uniquely built treehouses and wood cabins, all with stunning views of the Panchoy Valley and Volcanoes Agua, Fuego & Acatenango. We currently have 10 private rooms (all except 1 with private bathrooms) and 3 deluxe camping areas, with space for about 40 hotel guests. Some of our rooms are solar powered and we have back- up solar power for the main lodge area in case of a power outage (very rare). We also have a solar panel system set up to sell back to the grid. The lodge has a large green area and playground for kids and visiting families. There is a lot of space to expand the hotel by building more rooms!!
Our organic avocado orchard has roughly 400 Hass Avocado trees plus there are various fruit trees spread throughout the property. We harvest about 18,000-20,000 pounds of avocados throughout the year, and use them in our restaurant to make our famous guacamole. When the harvest is more than the restaurant can use, we sell the avocados to a wholesaler. The majority of the trees are around 12-14 years old, but there are several younger trees spread throughout the orchard.
In December 2018 we completed construction on a 1000 square foot, fully equipped yoga studio and have now begun hosting wellness retreats. The studio is by far the largest in the Antigua area and the only retreat center with a fully functioning hotel and restaurant. The Antigua area is an increasingly popular destination for wellness tourism, especially due to its close proximity to Guatemala City and La Aurora International Airport (roughly a 1 hour drive).
Earth Lodge's restaurant can seat up to 90 people for retreats or special events, and the kitchen is equipped with industrial stoves, fridges and ovens plus a fully trained local staff. We have hosted several weddings, staff parties, and large retreats and meetings. We hire local workers from the neighboring village of El Hato, which has facilitated a friendly relationship with the villagers.
The owner’s residence is a beautiful and private 3-bedroom house perfect for a family or couple. The house has 2 levels, amazing views of the volcanos and valley behind, easy access to the lodge, and a fully equipped kitchen. There are 5 separate staff rooms located behind the kitchen area, and a small 4-bedroom guardian house located above the lodge area. All hotel and staff buildings have been well maintained and recently updated.
-VILLAGE & COMMUNITY--
The village of El Hato has been connected to the electric grid for over 15 years. Within the past few years, the village has also been added to the municipal water system. The road from Antigua to El Hato is a well maintained newly paved concrete road. In the past few years, several high-end houses have been built along this road and property values are quickly increasing with no signs of slowing down.
For several years, Earth Lodge has raised money for the local school and held fundraisers to pay for village infrastructure projects (water tubes, road work, etc). We hope to sell the business to someone that would continue with this vision of community involvement.
Property Type: Resort
Property Size: 14 acres
Location: Central America/Caribbean
Resort Type: Large Resort