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“Heavenly Oasis” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Orquidea del Sur

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Orquidea del Sur
Ranked #1 of 1 Playa Yankee B&B and Inns
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Heavenly Oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2012

Our family of five (3 college-age chldren) ended a terrific 2 week trip through Nicaragua at Orquidea del Sur. What an absolutely fabulous place to unwind and relax after significant trekking. As we had seen much of the country already, we spent our days at Orquidea relaxing by their beautifully landscaped and well-coiffed gardens and pool. We did go to San Juan Del Sur one day with their driver who was very helpful. En route, we were priviledged to be asked to deliver backpacks filled with school supplies to local indigent children. We got to go into their homes and meet them and see their lives in an intimate way not otherwise possible. Joanne is very involved in civic activities and with notice may be able to arrange similar outings. In fact, they would have arranged everything from horseback rising, to boating and spa treatments had we wanted. They also arranged our transport from Morgan's Rock (Grade C) and then upon departure, to the airport.

Orquidea has a terrific website and all of the photos depict its beauty accurately. The sunsets are incredible as is the beach. The staff are attentive and anything can be organized as well as requested for meals. We ate three fabulous dinners there. If you want fish - you got it, lamb - freshly got from the field, guacamole - it is yours. Their attention to detail and service rivals or surpasses any well-known 4 star hotels (i.e., Mandarin, Aman, Oberai, Four Seasons, etc) but with local charm. As there are only 5 rooms - you just might have the place to yourself! Rooms 1 and 4 seem like the best as they are brightest but all take advantage of the verdant surroundings.

Grade A+ - especially for value.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2012

Everything was amazing. The view over the pacific was breath-taking, with spectacular sun-sets over the water. The beach was sandy and uncrowded (practically deserted) aside from the security guard and a handful of local people fishing. The room was cool and spacious, with a very comfortable bed. The staff was very friendly and attentive to every need. I was especially impressed with the food. Being vegan, I am often served lousy food, even at fancy places, but the chef at Orquidea was great. She made delicious meals for us every day even though she was not used to cooking vegan. I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a relaxing beach get-away without the high-rise hotels and crowds of people.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

After traveling from far away, there is nothing better than walking into the calming environment of Orquidea del Sur. The gardens are just gorgeous and make you feel like you are in an private paradise. The pools are refreshing with a great view of the hills, ocean, and sunsets. The rooms are large, beautifully decorated (but not too much!), and are very clean. There is a mini fridge, sink, basic utensils and dishes, and drinking water available in the room too. Orquidea has clearly handpicked a wonderful staff that can attend to your every need, including coffee at the doorstep, lovely meals, and a clean property. The most amazing part is that you pretty much have your own secluded beach. There is very limited access to the beach for outsiders, so you can have your romantic walks all to yourself. The water is also good for surfing and body boarding.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Erin G
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Greenville, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2012

My daughter and I wanted a quite place to stay before we moved locations to be with our friends wedding party. We chose Orquidea after looking at the pictures on the web and because of its proximity to San Juan del Sur and to Playa Coco. The owners were extremely attentive to our needs the entire stay and the facility was nothing less than extraordinary. We wanted them to prepared an authentic Nicaragua dinner for us when we arrived since we knew we would be tired after 10 hours of total travel time getting there from Atlanta. We also asked them to make sure the meal was gluten free. The meal was unbelievable and the setting (sunset) was spectacular (see photos). I would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a quality vacation spot, comparable to any nicer resort in Costa Rica at 1/2 the price. We are looking to come back at the end of the year and will definitely come back to Orquidea.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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Nassau, New Providence Island
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2012

Have you ever had a first impression "ah-haa" moment when you walked into a place and found that your expectations were immediately surpassed? Well Orquidea del Sur will not disappoint and will provide such experience. From the moment we stepped foot on the property to the time we had to say goodbye, we felt pampered and part of the Orquidea family. Stunning ocean views, spacious rooms, helpful and courteous staff; good food, and a stunning property, all added up to a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation. Robert and Joanne and the entire Orquidea team made it their mission to ensure that our experience with them was second to none. They readily arranged accomodations in Granada as well as activities off property and, on our last day, brought in persons for our own personal spa treatments. I am certain that the Orquidea experience will be repeated with more family and friends om the not too distant future - true bliss!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Terry M
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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2012

As soon as you step through the main gates at Orquidea del Sur you are transported into a place of utmost beauty and tranquility. From the gardens, to the vistas, to the sunsets, to the waterfall pools; the entire property provides the perfect environment for complete physical and mental relaxation. Then add wonderful friendly staff, most gracious host & hostess along with nutritious locally grown & superbly prepared food; you have a place that is as close to heaven as possible (I think so since I have not been there and I can only imagine this is how it is)! Thanks to everyone for making our stay at Orquidea del Sur such a truly memorable occasion. You have created the perfect place to just “get away and forget” allowing oneself to just live. Robert & Chris.

Room Tip: All rooms are perfect. Each have their own private terrace with vistas that out of this world.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

An article entitled “Paradise Found” written by Robert appeared in our local newspaper. As we are big survivor fans, it piqued our interest to visit. After a few e-mails back and forth, all arrangements were made for our stay. Robert arranged for an overnight stay in Granada at a beautiful hotel and transportation. The next day we were picked up and taken to Orquidea del Sur. The last few miles off the main road to the resort is an experience.....windy, rough and one begins to wonder what we will find at the end. As we turned the last bend, “paradise” came into view . . . and what a views that was . . . photos do not do it justice. We were greeted by Joanne and her two year old granddaughter. Ali picked a flower for each of us as a greeting.....she is a beautiful little girl. Supper that and every evening was served on the patio under the stars. The meals were beautifully prepared by Chef Sara and served by her wonderful staff. All meals were a treat not only to the eye but also to the palate.....delicious, fresh and a wonderful variety of local foods. We invited Bob and Joanne to join us for our evening meal. It was wonderful to hear how the resort was built, talk about the Nicaraguan people and hear how they are taken care of not only their staff but also their families. Each morning when awakening from a restful nights sleep, a carafe of coffee was waiting on our private patio and a plate of fresh fruit soon arrived. Our morning coffee was enjoyed on the upper patio while being entertained by the pet monkey. The entire resort is comfortable, spacious, relaxing, clean and elegantly decorated with attention to every detail both in the rooms, main house and the outside surroundings and gardens. The smiling efficient staff made sure all wants and wishes were taken care of. A 10 minute walk down the hill to the beautiful beach was worth the time.....15 minutes back, take a dip in the relaxing infinity pool or the upper spa and you are refreshed again. Robert and Joanne made suggestions and arrangements for excursions including transportation. One can relax as together or privately....the choice is yours. All meals are served at a time of your choosing. You can also choose to dine as a group or privately. Every evening, we enjoyed a glass of wine while listening to the ocean waves roll up onto the beach and watching the most magnificent sunsets we have ever seen. If elegance is what you wish, this is the place to visit. We were treated like royalty but made welcome as family. Bob and Joanne are wonderful hosts, but what impressed us most is how caring they are to their staff. They are affording these young people an opportunity that would not otherwise be possible. The week came to an end much to quickly but one thing we do know......we will definitely return.....we truly did find paradise!

Room Tip: All rooms are beautiful, clean and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Happy T
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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
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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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