Swell – a Surf & Lifestyle Hotel in Guatemala has opened its doors to surfers and travelers from around the world. Take a look inside the elegant retreat with a combination between traditional Guatemalan materials, lush tropical gardens and contemporary design… you will immediate start to feel the black sand beneath your feet.

Swell – a Surf & Lifestyle Hotel in Guatemala
Swell – Surf & Lifestyle Hotel in Guatemala. Photo credit: Zac White

Swell Surf & Lifestyle Hotel

The Swell Surf & Lifestyle Hotel is located in the small fishing village of El Paredón and surrounded by authentic volcanic black-sand beaches. El Paredón has a growing reputation as one of the best surfing spots in Guatemala and the hotel has been designed to support the laid-back spirit while still being modern and elegant.

Swell – a Surf & Lifestyle Hotel in Guatemala
Photo credit: Alex St-Jean

The small 8-suite hotel has a “barefoot boho-chic” style and offers many great options for relaxation – for instance taking a nap in a hammock in the luxurious tropical garden or practicing yoga in Swell’s Creative Studio.

Swell – a Surf & Lifestyle Hotel in Guatemala has opened its doors to surfers and travelers from around the world. Take a look inside the elegant
Photo credit: Marie Bonnefond

Four of the rooms are “Swim-Up Suites”, each with its own private pinewood terrace, open-air bathroom with a tropical shower and swim-up platform in the 20 meters turquoise-blue pool. The remaining four rooms are traditional thatched roof bungalows where you can sleep under the roof of woven palm leaves to the sound of ocean waves.

Dry Creek Poolhouse by Ro Rockett Design

Open-air bathroom with a tropical shower
Photo credit: Alex St-Jean
Surfers and travelers from around the world join this relaxing place
Photo credit: Marie Bonnefond

Design vision and style

The hotel has been through 1,5 years of construction and is the result of a collaboration between architect Elan Ibghy and designed Marie Bonnefond. The style is contemporary blended with rustic materials such as concrete, wood and Guatemalan textiles. The locally inspired thatched palm roofs are used throughout the retreat and the indoor/outdoor lounge area has handcrafted wooden sofas and swings surrounding a bar made from locally sourced wood. The furniture is designed by the owners but are handcrafted by a talented local carpenter.

Surfers and travelers from around the world join this relaxing place
Photo credit: Alex St-Jean
Swell – a Surf & Lifestyle Hotel bar area
Photo credit: Elan Ibghy

The unique nature at El Paredón Buena Vista

Besides offering access to the best surf of Guatemala, the area also offers visitors a rare opportunity to visit mangrove forests, salt farms and turtle feeding grounds. And if you are lucky, you can see up to 5 inland volcanoes – including the active Fuego volcano.

Swell offers 5 different types of rooms – The Loft, The Bungalow, La Cabana, Uluwatu Suite and the Swim-Up Suite for prices between 400Q -720Q per night (equals to approx. $52 USD – $94 USD).

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