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Selvista Guesthouses

From the Balgue River Bridge, 500 meters East, Balgue, Isla de Ometepe 48800 Nicaragua
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#2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Balgue
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Experience the "barefoot luxury" of our collection of jungle guesthouses on the slopes of the Maderas volcano, in the friendly town of Balgüe on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua! Named for the Spanish "selva" (jungle) and "vista" (view), our unique site is solar-powered and is both a peaceful tropical food forest and an organic permaculture farm. We offer cold beverage selection, friendly advice for making the most of your experience on the magical island of twin volcanoes. A healthy and filling breakfast, including fruits and greens from our farm and Nicaraguan coffee is included with each stay, along with yoga classes, introduction to permaculture farm tours, fibre optic wifi and secure parking. There are optional extras of massages on your private balcony, kayaking, horseriding, quad biking and hiking tours. Plus many more! We can happily help you arrange transport, guides and excursions. Several nearby renowned restaurants offer delivery (room) services. Make yourself at home!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Wine / champagne
Canoeing offsite
Board games / puzzles
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Shared kitchen
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Bottled water
Complimentary toiletries
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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Laura J wrote a review Mar 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
This place is a dream come true! It's the perfect mix of luxury and jungle combined. Megan was wonder at helping us plan our trip and making suggestions. We planned to stay 3 nights and ended up staying 4 because we loved it so much.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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David wrote a review Mar 2020
12 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed at the Selvista Guesthouse for a long, March weekend. It was … just as they say on the website - no surprises. Very tranquil; isolated; far from the port of Moyogalpa (41 klms - take the taxi) where the ferries dock; on the side of the smaller volcano; lots of birds; a few howler monkeys; and a few giant sized toads running around the woods. The little village of Balgue is indeed a 15 minute walk from the hotel / cabins; the village has at least two decent restaurants. The Argentine hotel / restaurant did offer a traditional ''befe chorizo'' and ''alfajores'' - sure sign its Argentine owned. Ometepe is difficult to get to. I live very close in Granada, 20 minutes as the crow flies; but it took me about 7 hours to arrive in Balgue from Granada : bus to Rivas; taxi (over priced ) to San Jorge; a boat / ferry to Ometepe; another bus to Kino; walked for an hour and a half, and then flagged down a motorcycle and hitched a ride on the back to arrive in Selvista. The Selvista Guesthouse is at the end of the only paved road on the island and it feels like the end of the world!! Weather was beautiful; hot during the day but still cool at night. There are no room air conditioners at the hotel which could be a bit uncomfortable during the hottest months of April - June. The hotel ''kitchen'' was a bit more informal than I had expected, but it worked: open air; chef in attendance in the morning to cook breakfast for those in need; fruit available for the taking - unfortunately much of it was not yet ripe, early season. The open kitchen was however a great AM meeting place for conversation with other guests. Over all it was a lovely, quiet, relaxing stay.
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Date of stay: March 2020
MVonCherry wrote a review Mar 2020
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Magical setting right in the jungle. We organized meals and tours before with Megan and it was seamless and easy!! Beautiful spot! The dome home was super cool and we had a spectacular view. If you hike Volcán Madras be ready to get muddy. Definitely recommend hiking boots!!
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Alexander O wrote a review Mar 2020
Ormstown, Canada5 contributions
My wife and I stayed in the dome house. Every morning we woke to the sound of howler monkeys and had a wonderful breakfast of local eggs and fresh fruits from their permaculture farm, some of which we had never heard of! Everyone who works here is so kind and helpful- no question goes unanswered. We really enjoyed our tour of the property with Megan and she knows all the best places to visit on the island (kayaking is #1!). Ometepe is an adventure and Selvista is a big part of it!
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Date of stay: February 2020
Sabrina1176 wrote a review Feb 2020
Granada, Nicaragua159 contributions77 helpful votes
A truly unique and special place, found ourselves very fortunate to experience the sights sounds and smells of the jungle for a couple of days. Off the beaten path that is for sure, amazing staff, breakfast was delicious and the Howler monkeys made our stay all that more special. We hope to one day return here. Our host, Megan, was wonderful at helping us prior to our arrival and during our stay, her restaurant recommendations were on point and her knowledge of the island was very helpful. We had a wonderful Yoga teacher during our stay which made our mornings so pleasant and the people we met here were fantastic.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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$56 - $141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
NicaraguaRivas DepartmentIsla de OmetepeBalgue
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Frequently Asked Questions about Selvista Guesthouses
Which popular attractions are close to Selvista Guesthouses?
Nearby attractions include Cascada de San Ramon (3.7 miles), Volcan Maderas (2.5 miles), and Ojo de Agua (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Selvista Guesthouses?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Selvista Guesthouses?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Selvista Guesthouses?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Selvista Guesthouses?
Conveniently located restaurants include Cafe Campestre, Pizzeria Mediterranea Bar Ristorante, and El Pital.
Does Selvista Guesthouses have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Selvista Guesthouses offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Selvista Guesthouses?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Selvista Guesthouses?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Selvista Guesthouses?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.