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“Beyond Any Expectations”
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Orquidea del Sur
Ranked #1 of 1 Playa Yankee B&B and Inns
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Orquidea has taken the B&B to a very high, perhaps even an unreachable level. The moment we stepped onto the patio, my wife and I knew this was going to be an amazing stay. We have traveled all over the world and few places leave a lasting impression on us as did Oquidea.
Robert is a most gracious host and a pleasure to talk to. Yes there is a staff to take care of your every need, which is brilliant since the house is on the beaten path from San Juan del Sur. If you like or need some peace and quite, I could not recommend a better place. The large beach below was void of any tourists when were there. Great waves and plenty of fisherman around to sell you some of their fresh catch. There is a grill on the patio for the guests, or the cook can prepare your catch.
There is not a bad view of the sunsets from anywhere on the property. Absolutely amazing! As were the outdoor dinners we enjoyed.

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean!
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

From the moment I switched my search from Costa Rica to Nicaragua I knew I was on the right path, the path that led me to Orquidea del Sur.

I was looking for a place where I could take my managers and thank them for there efforts, bond as a team, and gain some insight and direction of our growing company. We got all of that and more.

Robert worked with me in the months leading up to our time there to plan activities, make suggestions on training and team bonding activities. It was really perfect, and so easy as he acted as our personal concierge in arranging things on a local level.

Here are things that were planned for us by Robert

Day 1 - Relax and get settled (the massages he arranged in the afternoon were awesome and pricing is very attractive). That night a trip to town with the escort of Luis and Harald which made us feel secure. The politely waited with the trucks until we were done and brought us safely home.

Day 2 - Quading (which includes a side trip to race up and down the sand beach) together with a stop to zip line in the middle of the day, was the perfect way to start the trip.

Day 3 - In-service with training exercises that Robert facilitated helped lay the foundation and provided insight into how we operate as a company. That afternoon was the playoff game so Bob set us up in his personal space so we wouldn't miss the game. We had expressed interest in Nica style food and that night it was arranged for us to go to Rancho Tere for a Nica Style feast - It didn't disappoint. I highly recommend it over any place in town that we ate the entire trip. YUM, be sure to order the quesadillas (they are more like empanadas, but delicious non the less)

Day 4 - Ometepe trip. Robert arranged for everything from breakfast sandwiches and coffee for the road, transportation and guiding, lunch on the island with supper waiting when we got home. I would recommend this as an overnight trip in hindsight as it is a very big time commitment to travel there and back (the ferry ride alone is almost 2 hours each way). We saw a museum, stopped at a mineral spring, and went to a preserve.

Day 5 - Robert arranged for Luis and Harald to take us to the Rivas Market to gather ingredients, which included a special trip to a farm when we couldn't find what we wanted at market, then finishing at the fish market before we headed back to the house to start preparing our feast. When we arrived we were greeted by Sara and her team at the ready to assist, clean, and give pointers on local ingredients. They also did all the dishes....while we were driven to the preserve a few miles down south to watch the baby turtles come out of the sand and swim towards the ocean by moonlight. Truly a zen moment

Day 7 - Robert led us in an exercise that saw us write our company mission statement. His insight and direction where key in helping us obtain our goal.

Day 8 - Sailing!! Bob presented us with two options - the catamaran or a traditional sail boat. We made the right choice going for the all day trip with Kenny and the crew on the Catamaran. The day ended perfectly with the sun setting as we were about to enter the harbor. Luis and Harald to use to Pelican Eyes for a drink (that's all we had because prices were high and service was low), but they took us to a hole in the wall with killer food that was $5US for a delicious plate of food and 2 beers (I love Nica Style).

Day 9 - Chill day, with surfing lessons at Hermosa Beach and later massages again. For the evening we had a traditional feast and Bob and Joanne arranged for local musicians and dancers to come in and set us up outside on the deck for dinner and a show.

Day 10 - Luis personally drove one of our group that had to depart early to Managua while the rest of us went to Chilamate Ranch to ride horses. We were rewarded with a spectacular sunset ride on the beach. We had to rearrange our desired itinerary to get the sunset ride as it is tide dependent but well worth it to be able gallop through the surf at sunset.

With the exception of quading and the sailboat all other items were rolled into our final bill with prices not changing from original quotes, and no additional "fees".

And when we weren't on an activity we were chillin in the awesome infinity pool waiting for the sunset.

Rooms are very clean, spacious, very comfortable, and well appointed. Which is perfect for sleeping (since that's all I really used it for). Wifi is strong throughout the house and property.

I have not directly talked about the service or the food, because I wanted to save the best for last. We as a company operate restaurants and catering operations and essentially provide food and service for our livelihood. I believe this qualifies us on knowing what great is and the ability to pick up on the finer points of service.

Since Service is defined as "An act or a variety of work done for the benefit of others" - then every person that works for or is associated with Orquidea del Sur has its definition nailed. They really do get it.

Junior at the bar had a way of showing up just as you finished your drink, and patiently waited into the wee hours of the morning til the last person went to bed. Rooms were cleaned daily without you even noticing, coffee is waiting outside your door when you wake up, and everyone is always busy doing something to keep the place immaculate.

Changes to plans and special requests where met with "no problem", "let me take care of that for you".

And the food....So three of us are chefs and at every turn the food was top notch. They quickly learned specific likes and dislikes and made adjustments along the way. Sara does and excellent job in the kitchen. The ribs were awesome, so were the shrimp (more like lobsters), and fried rice. One morning some of us had a little travel bug and voila, chicken soup and lite salad was offered for lunch.

It really was the little things that showed through, the effort they put forth on the details and a genuine sense of caring about our enjoying our experience that set them apart from other places we have traveled.

The AQUA TERRA Culinary team sends a great heartfelt thank you to the entire Bob, Joanne, Sara, Luis (you are the Man!), Harald, Junior, Gabrielle, Julio, Cesar, Eddie and the entire Orquidea team for taking such good care of us. We look forward to coming back.

Oh, and hi to Alejandra (Go Niners!), and Chili, Chiquita, and the Gato

Dory Ford

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Room Tip: They are all really good. #5 is the most spacious with a small kitchenette.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 22, 2014

My husband and I plus our two daughters and their fiances went to Orquidea for three nights 2014 New Years and couldn't have picked a more beautiful and relaxing place. Robert, Joanna and the whole staff make you feel very special and cannot do enough to make your stay absolutely perfect. Their attention to detail is truly amazing. We enjoyed the pool, the beach and the unbelievably lush gardens - everything about this place is perfect. Go there ....

Room Tip: Every room is perfect.
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Immaculately kept, delicious food, friendly and accommodating staff, spectacular views, and we couldn't have asked for more. Robert was so welcoming and helpful. The surfing at Playa Yankee was some of the best we've found. A week to relive sometime soon. Thank you Robert for creating such a perfect paradise to unwind and surf.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

Robert made us feel welcome from the moment we arrived. The location is magical overlooking the pacific ocean from the front deck and a stunning location to watch the sunset over the ocean with a drink in your hand. We had an amazing time. Would reccomend this incredible place to anyone.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

My husband and I stayed at Orquidea del Sur for 3 nights and couldn't have asked for a better place to relax and recharge our batteries. The place itself has very well maintained grounds with beautiful plants and has fantastic views over Playa Yankee (it's a 10min walk down the hill to the beach) and is located about 20min from San Juan.
The hosts Robert and Joanne went above and beyond to accommodate our every need and their staff were incredibly courteous and sweet. Thank you for a truly amazing stay.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stayed for 7 days over the holiday season and we loved it. Robert and Joanne were great and extremely accommodating hosts. They even had a gift for our 3 year old daughter under the tree on Christmas morning. Their staff is phenomenal, so kind and welcoming. They took our daughter under their wing and she had a blast. We had such holiday brains when we left that we forgot to check all the drawers in our room and we left much of our daughter's clothing there! As soon as the cleaning staff saw this they let Robert know. He sent someone on a motorbike with her clothing and met us en route to the Costa Rican border. AMAZING! Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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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: $150 - $230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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