Cassa Zenda


The Guatemalan jungle plays host to a handful of treetop cabins and eco hotels, and Cassa Zenda is the hot new thing.

The most recent addition to the Coppola family group, this private villa is settled on the banks of the Rio Dulce, accessible by boat through subtropical rainforest.

The property comprises four individual villas accessed by a wooden path which winds underneath a dense canopy of palms, neatly lined with orchids and bromeliads. The rooms are spacious and airy, as if to swallow as much of the fresh jungle air and green infused light as possible. Handwoven bedspreads add colour to teak floors and high beam ceilings, and each room has an indoor and outdoor shower, a necessary part of any jungle escape.

What we love about Cassa Zenda

  • Every corner of Cassa Zenda beats to the rhythm of its jungle surroundings. A large thatched roof shelters a collection of large benches and chairs made bed-like with chunky cushions, and neatly strewn hammocks are perfectly positioned for stargazing.
  • A kitchen-hut and outdoor dining room are the epicentre for the chef, Debora Fadul’s, culinary creations. Fadul champions farm-to-table dining and frequently travels the country to source from Guatemala’s vast array of exotic ingredients and native delicacies.
  • Part of the beauty of Cassa Zenda is its isolation. Days start and end with a serenade by native birds, chirping frogs and the guttural roar of a howler monkey.
  • Social impact lies at the core, with property-wide water recycling, locally produced amenities and cleaning products and the eradication of plastic.
  • Part of the property’s mission is to create a bridge from indigenous artisan communities who have few opportunities to access new markets to the rest of the world. Their creations are used in the decorations of Casa Zenda and guests are welcome to purchase the handmade products, therefore funding the materials and resources the artisans need.
  • By using the house as a vehicle for marketing and selling the community’s wares, they are able to authentically showcase the country’s culture and transform cycles of poverty into cycles of prosperity.
What to do at Cassa Zenda

The local naturalist guides will lead you into the jungle in search of exotic birds and howler monkeys.

An ancient Spanish fortress, Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, remains intact at the narrowest point of Rio Dulce, built in 1595 to fend off pirates and protect the treasures hidden below Lago de Izabal. A speedboat is at your disposal for journeys up the river, meandering past small dwellings and lush farmland. Out on the open lake you can swim or kayak to a secluded beach inside a nature reserve where the waters are blissfully calm and shallow.

For those in need of a rejuvenation the natural hot springs of Izabal are a short boat ride away and, among the waterfalls interspersed in the surrounding jungle lies a bubbling sulphuric stream from which natural healing mud oozes.


Cassa Zenda sits secluded on the largest lake in Guatemala 280km from Guatemala City.

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The warm temperatures are consistent throughout the year. The dryest months are December to April.

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