This was our first stop in Nicaragua and we spent 4 nights in the Mango cabin right after Christmas. It was so refreshing to just wind down there for a few days before heading to SJDS for New Year's.
I really can't say enough good things about Daniel and the property he has here. He obviously cares very much about his business and guests. He'd pop by if we were sitting down by the water during the day to make sure everything was going okay, or sit and chat with us for awhile at breakfast or dinner. We needed to go into town to get a few things and he offered to give us a ride when he drove in to get some stuff for the lodge.
We were very comfortable in our cabin. It got a little toasty at night once or twice, but not too bad because the fan helps circulate the breeze pretty well. The main reason we chose Mango was because of the hot water (which I actually ended up not really using) and the outdoor shower (a novelty when you live somewhere with winter pretty much half the year). The room was kept very clean and I didn't notice much in the way of bugs except a couple of crickets and a spider we had to chase out. I was actually expecting more because its surrounded by the jungle. There are a bunch of little geckos that live under the roof outside and they take care of most of the bugs for you, I think. Some flocks of parakeets might wake you up in the morning, but other than that there is not much noise (might hear a rooster crow or a dog bark, but there are a lot of little farms around so that's not surprising).
I'd also like to say that their maintenance staff were on the ball. A valve or something got stuck on our shower and I couldn't shut it off. The maintenance guy was in our room within seconds and fixed it for us.
The landscaping on the property is also very well kept. Every morning the cheerful staff were outside cleaning the pathways and tending the plants. We really enjoyed lying in the hammocks all day reading our books, getting a couple beers at the bar, and swimming in the gorgeous lake. We also took the kayaks and inner tubes out in the water a few times.
We quite liked the food as well. We both have a soft spot for breakfast burritos and we ordered them almost every morning because they were so tasty here. There were actually guests from nearby hotels coming to eat at San Simian because the food was so much better there than at their hotels. There were a fair few day guests each day, but it didn't feel like they were in the way or anything. And hey, if they are buying stuff and giving more business to Daniel I am fine with that, I'm always happy when a place I like looks like it's doing well :)
We unfortunately had to do a little bit of work on this vacation, so we were grateful for the provided wifi. It actually worked pretty well; it worked best up in the restaurant area.
If you want to stay on Apoyo, I absolutely recommend San Simian. Daniel asked if we had any comments at the end of our stay, the only thing I could say was that I wish I lived somewhere like this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- San Simian is a charming Eco Lodge in the Laguna de Apoyo Dry Forest Preserve. Nestled along the water's edge, this secluded resort has private unique lodging tucked into the slope of the crater and steps from the swimming dock, hammocks and bar where guests pass the time. Guests can stay in a unique palm-roofed cottage with open air shower, private garden or terrace, eat at our full service restaurant and relax at our outdoor bar. As San Simian is equipped with a Catamaran, several Kayaks, and other water toys, activity revolves at the lake front and in the clear warm water itself, however, bird and monkey watching in the surrounding forest are also popular, and we are also located at the entrance to a great hike path that leads up the hill to the Pueblas Blancas artisan villages and the stunning Mirador at Catarina. Please Call Ahead if you would like us to arrange a massage, pedicure, Spanish lesson, guided hike, Granada or Masaya tour. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- San Simian Eco Hotel Granada