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“Am already nostalgic about our time at Nitun ...” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Nitun Private Reserve
Montreal, Canada
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16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Am already nostalgic about our time at Nitun ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014

I stayed at Nitun for four nights with my husband and three young children at the beginning of March and we all agree that it was the best part of our excellent two week visit to Guatemala. Lorena, Bernie and Arturo go above and beyond to ensure their guests are taken care of. For start- Our bags were ejected from our evening Avianca flight because of weight issues, and Bernie returned to retrieve them the following morning on the next flight, going so far as to search the plane(!) when one of the bags still didn't turn up. He found it, earning the eternal regard of my 10-year-old daughter. The casitas are lovely, the lake, where we took early morning and evening swims, delightful. Lorena, Arturo and Bernie are fantastic company who are keen to share their love for and knowledge of Peten's ecology, Mayan culture and history- it was seriously enriching to meet these lovely people. We enjoyed our trip to Yaxha with Bernie, and when power went off in the entire Peten Department (for 15 hours or so) on our way back, Lorena and Carmen didn't miss a beat- dinner was still prepared and everyone rolled with it. Much has been said about Lorena's cooking, and it's all true. Honestly- I'm embarrassed by my swooning, but I cannot say enough good things about Nitun and the wonderful staff.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 27 March 2014
Dear Jennifer,

Thank you very much for your fantastic feedback. I am glad that you had a great time at Ni'tun and at the archaeological sites and that you enjoyed my cuisine. I haven't forgotten to send you the antipasto recipe which I will send shortly. Take care and visit again soon. The best to you and your family,
Lorena
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Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Colombia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

My parents and I stayed here for four nights at the end of our Guatemala trip, and it was a perfect setting to relax in. We really appreciated the quietness and serenity of this cachito of jungle, along with the friendly and charming hosts and staff. Highly recommended, the food is fantastic and it is easy enough to arrange any trips to see the nearby ruins of just to Flores for lunch/dinner.

Many thanks to Lorena, Bernie, Arturo and Carmen for making our stay such a wonderful experience!

Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We certainly loved hosting, cooking and planning activities for your family. I think it shows how committed we are to protect our reserve through sustainable low impact tourism. With your visit you help our protected area. Muchas gracias! Saludos. Lorena
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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2014

We found Ni'Tun on Tripadvisor and read the reviews. All the positive reports turned out to be true. The cabins were spacious and clean, our hosts could not have been more welcoming, friendly or helpful and the meals were excellent. Nothing was overlooked by our hosts. They were there offering help before you had to ask.
We had taken a day trip to Yaxha, (we had arranged this independently not through the Resort) and we got bogged in the disgraceful swamp that passes for a road down to the site on our way back. Dinner had been arranged for 7.00 but we didn't get back until after 10.30pm. Was the kitchen closed? No way. Lorena produced a stunning meal, fresh and inviting. Not the slightest sign that we were three and a half hours late.
Ni'Tun Private Reserve was just what we were looking for - great setting, great food and great people. Yes, you could stay in an air conditioned, impersonal resort but we think you'd be missing a unique and wholly enjoyable experience.
Thank you Lorena, Bernie and Arturo. You made Guatemala an unforgettable experience.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Muchas gracias for your wonderful review. Ni'tun is my home and I love to share it with guests. This is why the waiting with an open kitchen for travellers arriving late is not a big effort for me. I am passionate about cooking and enjoy sharing this passion with guests. Muchos saludos. Lorena
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014

My partner and I stayed here during Jan 2014, it was simply perfect.

The Hummingbird casita is very spacious for a couple, decorated in a simple but elegant way, the bathroom is also large and well appointed. It is of course very clean. Upstairs the eating area makes for a great shared experience with the wonderfull staff working in the open kitchen. There are many cool areas to hang out, read, and maybe knock back a couple of cold ones.

The food was a real highlight with Arturo, Lorena, and Bernie all gifted cooks. It is always a real pleasure to not eat off a menu and let the cook and the ingredients decide what is for dinner!

A special mention must be made on the quality of the private tours that Bernie leads to Tikal, Yaxha and so on, they reall are somthing special. Yaxha was a real highlight of our stay and having such god background information adds a lot to the day out, as does the tricky 4WD drive there.

If you are looking at the upper end of hotels in the Guat, Nitun really can't be beaten for rustic charm and personality.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Joseph S
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Thank you for your great review. I am very happy that your stay was such a pleasant one. We are very happy to share our country with adventurous travellers thirsty for culture and who love nature. It was my pleasure to have hosted you and certainly hope that you visit sometime in the future. Saludos. Lorena
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

We have just returned from the Peten where Lorena arranged a 3 day trip for our family and a friend which included three Mayan sites with Bernie and a stay at the beautiful Nitun Private Reserve. Our days were filled with rugged travel to reach the exciting destinations, but we always had gourmet meals, a hot shower, and a comfortable bed. We were treated like visiting friends and loved every minute.

Room Tip: There are only 4 rooms. We had them all and everyone was happy.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Denise G
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I am happy that your tailored itinerary worked out perfect. We at Ni'tun love to host and guests usually leave as friends. So proud to share my country with adventurous travellers. Saludos. Lorena
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pittsburgh
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39 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2014

We stayed here with our two teen kids over christmas holidays. It was easy to get to by air and an easy drive to Tikal and other Mayan sites.
Our daughter arrived with a cold and the staff kindly made special herbal teas and helped her to become comfortable. Lorena cooked fabulous meals with locally obtained ingredients. Bernie was a terrific guide and host. His knowledge of the history and culture is impressive and he taught us many things. We all felt comfortable with him.
The cabins are very comfortable and clean. We loved the lake and swam everyday. The place is really charming and we would definitely return again.

Room Tip: all are great! only 4 cabins
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kpitt
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. I certainly found one of my passions in cooking and discovering new recipes with the local ingredients and fusion cuisine with our Guatemalan foods prove to be amazing. We are glad that you enjoyed the tours. Certainly hope that you will visit again. Saludos. Lorena
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

My fiance and I went here about 6 months ago and we had one of the best holiday's of my life. Bernie gave us a private 6 day tour of completely off the beaten path Mayan ruins that was customized to exactly what we were looking for and perfectly planned. The resort itself is incredibly charming, quiet and a perfect get-away.

The organization and friendliness of the staff is second to none and they were wonderful start to finish (including making a special trip back to the airport to pick up our lost bags!!)

Perfect holiday for anyone interested in something unique and memorable.

Room Tip: Get the Butterfly Suite it is fantastic.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisa D
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Nitun, Owner at Nitun Private Reserve, responded to this review, 15 March 2014
Thank you very much for your wonderful review. Aside of the kitchen and hosting, I am a very proud planner and I am happy that the logistics for your trip and tours were very well tailored. Bernie is a Mayanist and as such he is an excellent guide. We are passionate about our country and are very happy to share it with our guests. Muchos saludos. Lorena
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Property: Nitun Private Reserve
Address: Km 22. 5 San Andres | San Andrés, Flores, Guatemala
Region: Guatemala > Peten Department > Flores
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Flores
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ni'tun is a small Guatemalan boutique lodge located within our own private reserve on the shores of beautiful Lake Peten Itza. We offer personal service, friendly staff, knowledgeable guides, drivers and tour operators. Kayaking is a must. We pride ourselves as being passionate about our cuisine. Local ingredients are used in our fusion meals. All itineraries are tailored and many destinations in the area can be visited. It is a peaceful spot to relax and be immersed in nature. Favorite amongst guests is chatting over dinner with other travelers and us, the owners. We are far away and near enough Flores island and we operate our tours and expeditions privately to the main sites, both for one-day tours as for longer camping expeditions throughout Peten, Belize, Honduras and Mexico. Collective tours to Tikal also available. Our main aim is to share our culture with travelers and to support sustainable activities that involve local communites as well as protected areas. Through low impact eco tourism, we are able to support our conservation projects. ... more   less 
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