Situated on one of Antigua’s famed cobblestone streets, in front of the superb 18th century Capuchin convent, El Convento is a sanctuary from which to discover the city’s magnificent sites. The all-suite El Convento gracefully marries the ancient with the modern. Combining artisanal brick vaulted ceilings, exposed stone walls and hand-crafted doors with the simple elegance of contemporary design. Whether unwinding in the deep-set living room sofas or stopping by for a glass of wine beneath the domed cupula of the bar, staying in can be just as tempting.
Serene and private, each of the twenty suites flows from a central courtyard graced by a hundred year old Tempixque tree. There are two grand suites, seven suites and eleven junior suites. All offer cedar-beamed ceilings, sumptuous linens and enough space to waltz in and some of them have private garden.
In each suite, the soothing décor combines eye-pleasing neutrals with vibrant accents from local, hand-woven textiles and fine pieces of art and sculpture.
All rooms include, furnished private patio with walled fountain and landscaping [in most of them], outdoor Jacuzzis in suites/grand-suites, fireplaces, fine 300-thread Egyptian linens, spacious tumbled marble bathrooms with towel warmers, choice of pillows from hypoallergenic, memory-foam, goose-down or magnet, L’Occitane body care products, hairdryers, robes and slippers, rain shower, choice of in-room aromatherapy (cypress, eucalyptus, rosemary, orange or lemon), 5 in-room music selections
Flat screen 42 inch television with cable, wake up call with choice of tea, coffee or juice, Minibar ($), Ipod stand, Wi-Fi access, Security box
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A prodigy of cuisine, Chef Arlene gives seemingly unsuspecting dishes at the Siitz’ Restaurant a subtle twist that makes all the difference. Whether it be the cream of corn so gently awakened by the taste of the Chipilín leaf or the common-place vinaigrette brought to its senses by a dash of roasted pepitoria, Arlene infuses her dishes with the spices, flowers and fruits of the Antigua region.
Such is the case with the Guicoy-filled Raviolis in Loroco Sauce where the soufflé-like texture of the guicoy squash and pasta are made brighter by the fragrant loroco flowers. Or her traditional Guatemalan dishes like Jocón, Pepian and Kaq ik, slowly and delicately prepared, a worthy tribute to the recipes of old.
All this and a well-stocked wine cellar, tea infusions galore and award-winning coffee make Siitz’ a gourmand’s delight.
(Mountain Pine Ridge)
Stan Creek & South Coast
GUATEMALA AND BELIZE Visit the architectural gem of Antigua, and discover ancient Mayan Ruins in Tikal. Travel to Belize and explore the lush tropical jungle. Conclude the tour in Placencia with stunning oceanviews!
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