Just got back from a lovely relaxing break!
What we liked:
The free check in and check out shuttle from San Juan Del Sur was ideal, and also the free shuttle to and from the nearest beach. It was a very tranquil hotel, with instructions from hotel that 10:30pm onwards is quiet time. Very relaxing, nice setting, in a rustic, ranch land.
Staff were very friendly, especially the Nicaraguan restaurant staff.
Yoga area, which we used the space to meditate. If you want a yoga class you have to book.
The restaurant food was ok, nice selection especially for vegetarians, but some basic cooking skills seem to be lacking, i.e. we had totally uncocked vegetable kebabs, even after sending back they returned with inedible eggplant. Recommend the red lentil salad and Vietnamese spring rolls. 1st day breakfast was limited as we are vegetarians, the eggs were good but fruit salad was just a few small pieces of fruit, and the coffee was absolutely un drinkable!!! and sugary cheap juice not tasty. However the next two days we were blown away with delicious passion fruit juice and plentiful granola and pancake options! (I guess they went shopping!!)
Nice exterior, pretty basic but clean. Some of the furnishings were very cheap and tacky, i.e. ugly curtains with plastic hooks and the mosquito net was in a bad position so only covered one of us in bed properly. Cold showers (no hot water!) Wasn't too cold though.
Nearby beaches is the main reason to use this hotel! Playa Maderas which the free shuttle takes you to or a 10min walk-(very steep) is for the surfers (not our seen). The nearby deserted, swimming beaches- Playa Marsella is a 12mins FLAT walk from hotel (turn right and take the first right again down a little dirt track) Playa Majagual also beautiful and totally deserted beach walking distance 12mins from Playa Maderas.
If you want a nice lunch with incredible views- Pacific Bay Hotel 7mins walk from hotel towards Playa Masella has incredible views and lovely food-try the goats cheese salad!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to CASA MADERAS, an affordable Eco-Lodge located only 9kms from San Juan del Sur and an 8 min. Walk from a world-renowned surf break, Maderas Beach. Our resort is designed for travelers who want to experience nature, and awaken to the natural songs of the bristling winds, singing birds, and howling monkeys, without sacrificing comfort. Come relax in our little piece of heaven, away from the commotion of downtown SJDS, which is easily accessible by our daily shuttles. Our Eco Lodge consists of 24 rooms divided into cabins. Each cabin has a terrace with a hammock, a bench, and a table. Each room is fitted with comfortable beds, with new mattresses and mosquito nets, as well as a locker (please bring your own lock). You will also find a restaurant on site, a large swimming pool and a splendid Rancho (traditional wooden building with a palm leaf roof) on the hills of the property, providing a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside and an ideal place to relax alone or during a yoga class. Enjoy a delicious breakfast on our restaurant's terrace overlooking our large swimming pool. Ask about our various daily activities, including surf lessons, yoga, zip-lining, sailing, fishing, horseback riding, and Spanish classes. We also encourage you to visit our Eco-Pavilion to be aware of all our nature-friendly initiatives. You will have the opportunity to get involved in our project and let your own ecological footprint taking part in one of our sea turtle expeditions for example. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Maderas Ecolodge Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur