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The Maderas Village

Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur 230492, Nicaragua
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn, New York
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Me and a group of 10 of my best friends went to Maderas for new years eve 2013 and I am so happy we did. The whole atmosphere is incredible...here's what I enjoyed most. 1. The waves - The swell wasn't even great that week and we still had shoulder to head high surf that was a lot of fun... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The perfect trip for someone looking to get far away from the city and off the beaten path. Realize, you will be in a jungle -- there will be a few bugs and some wildlife. But this is part of the experience if you're open to it, and will serve to get your mind off of work and onto simplicities... More

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New York City, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Went to Maderas with a few friends in the hopes of escaping stress from the city on a vacation that I could afford (which I 100% did). There was 5 of us so we booked the penthouse and a cabana and I really loved both. The view at the penthouse is unreal and the chic rustic vibe of the cabana... More

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boca raton
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Maderas Village is a place I will not forget. My husband and I were convinced to go visit by a friend who had been there 2x before. It was a 2.5 hour drive from the airport and required a four wheel drive jeep to get up the unpaved dirt road. I was a little hesitant at first. Coming from Florida... More

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London, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Maderas is located in the middle of no where which is a cool idea for a stay as you are able to relax and forget about stress from back home. I really liked the idea of a yoga/surf haven but the rooms were more hostel/dorm style and it was almost impossible to sleep there as the walls are paper thin... More

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Matt D, Owner at The Maderas Village, responded to this review

Hi DB, thanks for your review. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed the service, food, yoga, surf, proximity to the beach, cleanliness, and other guests so much. Disappointed to hear that the room didn't live up to expectations and that you had to share a bathroom; next time I'd recommend booking into one of our Casitas, Cabanas, or any of... More

Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Beautiful place, great service and incredible surfing. Staff are very nice, but a few of the guys that work there definitely have the 'too cool for school' vibe. Other travelers who we have met in Leon and Grenada have said the same thing about the vibe of the staff during their stay. We are all in our twenties, and we... More

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Matt D, Owner at The Maderas Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post your review. We do genuinely apologize that the tax was a surprise. We are a legitimate business that reports our revenue and is strictly governed by the Nicaraguan department of taxation and labour. Most hostels or Nicaraguan owned establishments operate on a cash-basis and do not pay tax, and thus, do not charge... More

New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Like some of the previous reviewers, I too was hesitant about what this experience would entail but it was nothing short of life changing. The village is like one big family. There ex-pat types that live there, locals that live and work there, regulars that seem to come back every few months and then the first time visitor like my... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

After reading some of the negative reviews I'm pleased to report that Maderas Village is not some clique-y, hipster, North American haven. It's actually quite the contrary. I visited Maderas for five nights with my boyfriend. It's very laid back from the moment you arrive. Jo greeted us like a long lost friend and made us feel welcomed within seconds.... More

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SF
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The last time I was at Playa Maderas I stayed at the Buena Vista Surf Club which was AMAZING. The service was phenomenal. When they were sold out, I ended up at "The Village" which was pretty comparable in price. I wasn't sure what to expect as the website is not that great. It is almost like a playhouse for... More

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Matt D, Owner at The Maderas Village, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to post your review and apologies for the delayed response. We agree BVSC is absolutely amazing. They are both neighbours of ours and good friends, so fully agree with you there. We also agree that we have a different vibe from them. We tend to attract creative professionals, free-wheeling travelers, and/or entrepreneurial and socially-minded guests... More

Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

We had high expectations of the place after seeing the pics online, thought we would be staying in a well run place and would get to know the people we saw on the facebook and instagram pictures. We expected to have a cosy room, good food and do lots of yoga. The good thing is the food was pretty good.... More

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Address: Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur 230492, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
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The Maderas Village Hotel San Juan Del Sur
The Maderas Village Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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