The Villa Maya is a quiet retreat located on the shores of Petenchel and Monifata lagoons in a private natural reserve just 45 minutes from Tikal. The hotel’s 56 simple but stylish guest rooms (arranged in separate bungalows, with four rooms each) feature en suite bath, air conditioning, and private veranda with views of the lagoon, tropical forest, and gardens (and great bird-watching right from your room). Nature trails lead around the lake and through the gardens, and there’s a flock of resident macaws right on the property. Sunsets from the bar are terrific and you can enjoy tasty meals in the open-air restaurant built above the lagoon. A triangular swimming pool and hot tub overlooking the lake offer a refreshing respite after a day exploring the ruins of Tikal.