For Sale: This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a boutique jungle eco lodge situated in the heart of the Rio Dulce National Park, tucked away on one of the small freshwater tributaries that feeds the Rio Dulce. The hotel is spread out over 7000m˛ of mature jungle and tropical gardens, in one of the safest and most tranquil parts of Guatemala’s Caribbean region.
The hotel has been trading for over six years and has quickly become a firm favorite amongst discerning travelers seeking somewhere to completely unwind in beautiful and relaxing surroundings. Although it feels like a million miles from anywhere, being just off the popular tourist route between Livingston and the town of Rio Dulce means that the hotel is easily accessible by boat. Both Lonely Planet and Rough Guide currently list the hotel as one of their ‘recommended destinations’ in the region. It also has exceptional reviews on customer review sites such as TripAdvisor. The current owners have also promoted the business throughout Guatemala.
What is for Sale?
1) 7000 m˛ of National Park land with 50 meters of riverfront. The land and the business both hold full titles. All taxes have been paid and the sale includes all legal documentation, which complies with requirements set out by the Guatemalan government. The business is fully owned by an S.A. (Sociedad Anonyma - A Guatemalan registered corporation where privately owned stock can be traded by simple sale of title certificate of the shares). This makes this particular business ideal for foreigners looking to invest.
2) One two-storey private house (porch area facing the river, lounge, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms and covered parking area for a boat). The second floor is a nice breezy loft- great for sleeping! The current owners have used this as their home, but it could easily be converted to a rental property for additional income.
3) Two two-storey wooden bungalows. Both these bungalows have a porch, lounge and private bathroom/shower on the ground floor and bedroom on the first floor. The bungalow to the front of the property looks out over the river and the most recently opened cabin, to the rear of the property, enjoys commanding views over the forest canopy.
4) One large double height wooden bungalow containing two guest rooms. Both rooms have a lounge downstairs and sleeping area on the mezzanine floor. A shared bathroom is located in a separate building nearby.
5) One large communal house with bar, lounge, restaurant area and kitchen. Above the lounge area is a two-bed dormitory. The high ceiling in the communal house does mean that the dormitory area could be expanded should the new owners wish. The current owners purposefully tried to limit the number of dorm beds to try to keep away from the backpacker market and focus instead on higher value guests.
6) There are a number of smaller buildings on the land. Near the communal house is a b-b-q area. There is a hammock house by the dock. There is also a small thatched boathouse for the kayaks. Kayaking is a popular activity with guests. The hot springs, the manatee reserve and some beautiful waterfalls are within kayaking distance of the hotel.
The hotel can currently accommodate 15 guests. However, there is significant potential for growth. Less than half the offered land is currently developed meaning there is plenty of space to play with. The land on both sides of the property and behind it is available for sale. The current owners have cultivated solid working relationships with local builders and craftsmen who have helped with parts of the construction. These contacts would make any new development much easier. Should any potential new owners wish to grow the business, there is ample opportunity for this and a network already in place.
The current owners have strived to make this business as sustainable as possible. For example, all of the electricity used by the hotel comes from solar power. The buildings have been sensitively designed to fit their environment.