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Orquidea del Sur
Ranked #1 of 1 Playa Yankee B&B and Inns
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
“Outstanding”
Reviewed March 21, 2011

My father and I take a yearly trip south of the boarder and this is the nicest/cleanest/coolest place we have stayed. The service is second to none! The property is situated about 10 min walk from Playa Yankee and about a 2 min drive. The views are awesome. We were the only guests there for 5 days and we were treated like royalty. There is no other place to stay in the San Juan Del Sur area!!

  • Stayed January 2011
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Reviewed March 15, 2011

This is truly a magical spot. My husband and I had the entire location to ourselves (very lucky) and it was outstanding. From the moment we arrived, our every desire was catered to by the most attentive and courteous staff. The facilities at Orquidea are well maintained and clean. Our room was very spacious and everything was in excellent working order. We will certainly return one day.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Nevada
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Reviewed February 26, 2011

We returned last week from two weeks in Nicaragua. Following a great trip down and back up the length of the Rio San Juan, we wanted a place to relax and unwind before returning home. We couldn't have picked a better spot than Orquidea del Sur. Absolutely a beautiful setting with wonderful hosts, Bob and Joanne, great food and a caring staff. Really did not want to come home.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Shelburne, Canada
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Reviewed February 15, 2011

I truly enjoyed my stay. The facilities were very well kept. Staff were very pleasant and helpful. We had a fantastic stay.....however, as I mention in the title my partner and I felt that the owners were "hanging around" wayyy too much. We rented out all the rooms for this resort (they even had to shift beds from staff quarters for our group) so we had an expectation of renting the whole facility - just friends. The owners do share the property so obviously they were going to be there but I think our perception was that we would be renting a fairly private high end house/hotel/executive resort. Another thing that sort of bothered us (my partner and I) was when the owners had guests/friends over for a couple days.....not a huge problem but really this resort isn't huge and we didn't really expect to have new faces popping up. By far though the lack of privacy and space to ourselves was the larger problem.
I've read the previous posts. I don't know about how tips are shared and what the wages are but I would hope that given the high quality of the facility, the professionalism of the hired staff and the high rental cost of Orquidea that staff would be compensated at a far higher level than is customary for Nicaragua. Maybe asking the owners in advance of a stay would alleviate any concerns? Enough said.
All in all I liked the place, food was good, enjoyed the day trips etc just would have preferred more privacy.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with friends
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boston
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Reviewed January 15, 2011

Orquidea is an unusual and wonderful place to spend a tranquil vacation, in low-key luxury, surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Photos do not do justice to the hillside setting, from every point of which you stare at beautiful flowers, the ocean and nearby hills. Our room was very spacious, airy (and air conditioned when needed), thoughtfully arranged, and managed to feel very private while also having great views. Robert and Joanne are wonderful, sensitive hosts, and the staff is always eager to help. The food was very good and often tailored to the tastes and preferences of the guests. The beach -- Playa Yankee -- is probably about a kilometre long, populated only by the occasional surfer and a few fishermen on the rocks that frame the endings of the beach. The ocean was lovely for swimming -- and just playing. the beach is about a 10-12 minute downhill walk from Orquidea to the beach; and it's easy to arrange to be picked up if you choose not to hike back up after swimming.

Orquidea is a bit remote -- a half hour down a bumpy dirt road from San Juan del Sur -- and if your preferences run to bar-hopping every night, or hanging out in large crowds, this is probably not the place for you. But if you want to relax, read, watch sunsets from the infinity pool, go to the beach one or two times a day, this place is perfect. The hosts can (and do ) easily arrange other activities -- like trips into town or renting a boat to go fishing or beach-hopping. It's also not far from more "touristy" locations like Granada and Ometepe, which can easily be included in the same trip.

Overall, we consider Orquidea a "find" that we have already begun to recommend to friends.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 2, 2011

Beautiful location overlooking the ocean ... amazing views and a gorgeous inifinity pool in... Exotic and un-touristy, perfect if you want to really escape.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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GTA
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Reviewed December 21, 2010

The wonderful people of Orquida del Sur present guests with a one of a kind experience in paradise.

Walking in and taking a look at the view for the first time is something everyone should see!

The food is delicious, we felt as if we were eating at home. They organized a fishing trip off the coast (we caught 2 Black Tuna!) and a horseback riding trip with a Rancho Chilamate Adventures that was really well done.

We haven't stopped raving about our 5 days since we've been back, Orquidea del Sur is highly recommended. We're going back for sure

Muchas Gracias por todo Orquidea del Sur!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Orquidea del Sur
Address: km 12 Ostinol Road, Playa Yankee | San Juan Del Sur, Playa Yankee, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur > Playa Yankee
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Playa Yankee
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hola and welcome to Orquidea del Sur, your private villa south of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Overlooking the renowned surf break at Playa Yankee, Orquidea del Sur commands a 180 degree view of the Pacific Ocean that is every bit as breathtaking as you would hope. We promise. With over 8000 square feet of living space, spectacular gardens, and two award winning swimming pools, the villa has everything you expect from a luxury vacation rental. The manicured gardens are filled with flowers, visited by all sorts of tropical birds including parakeets and toucans, and even monkeys stop by. Prepare your meals under cathedral ceilings in the fully appointed gourmet kitchen and enjoy them in one of several dining areas throughout the property. One of our favourite spots is on the patio overlooking the pool at sunset. After the sun goes down, you can retire to the house for a game of pool or simply relax with one of the books from the library. Each of the three bedrooms has a spectacular ocean view and large ensuite bathroom. With its own living area and balcony, you may never want to leave the 1000 square foot master bedroom or its large soaker bathtub. Should you require extra space, there are also 4 apartments available at a small additional cost. Sorry, the apartments can only be rented in conjunction with the main house and are not available for separate rental. Whatever you decide to do with your time here, you'll be doing it in a truly one of a kind setting. Orquidea del Sur has been a labour of love for us and we look forward to sharing it with you, our guests. Enjoy. Robert and Joanne - Owners ... more   less 
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Orquidea Del Sur Hotel Playa Yankee
Orquidea Del Sur Nicaragua/Playa Yankee

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