We found Villa Paraiso right here in Trip Advisor and we were so happy we did. This property is located just south of the isthmus between Concepcion and Madeira peaks on the east side of Ometepe. It is located right on the beach and is made up of a restaurant with covered outdoor dining, an inside bar, lobby area, air-conditioned inside dining room, small outdoor swimming pool, and several private and semi-private bungalows.
We arrived right at the time the restaurant was closing and called ahead to let them know when we would be arriving. They graciously kept the kitchen open just a bit longer to get us all fed. Our dinner was chimichuri beef, salad, tostones, and gallopinto, washed down with an ice cold Toña cerveza.
After dinner, we checked into our room, a charming semi-private bungalow. What I mean by semi-private is that there were separate gust rooms in this bungalow. A short walk on a path through a tropical garden took us to the tiled covered terrace in front of our bungalow. A hammock hung at the front of the terrace beckoning for someone to come relax on it. We entered our spacious room, which was nicely trimmed with hardwoods and sported a cool tile floor. Fortunately, we had air conditioning, but the real treat was the hot water in the bathroom, which by then, I had discovered, is relatively uncommon in Nicaragua. One thing to keep in mind if in a semi-private bungalow is sound travels through the wall between the two guest rooms, so just be mindful and considerate of your neighbors.
In the morning, we made our way to the outdoor dining area for breakfast. The food was great and varied from traditional Nica faire to really yummy thin pancakes, to eggs any way you want them. A fresh fruit plate was always included. The service and food were so good, we found no need to go anywhere else to eat during our stay. The servers always graciously accommodated every request, even serving lunch to us down by the beach. In the evening, we enjoyed having cocktails on the patio and the bartenders had no problem making piña coladas, dark and stormy's, mojitos and anything else we could think of.
Internet was only available in the dining area and was very intermittent, through no fault of Villa Paraiso. It's just the way things are on Ometepe.
As far as activities go, the staff will assist you with setting up any number of different outings. One day, we chose to go hiking up Madeira and they had a guide there for us within minutes of our request.
All in all, this was a great stay and great value. As hard as I think about it, I am unable to think of even one criticism. The next time we visit Ometepe, this is where we will stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Paraiso Hotel Isla De Ometepe
- Paraiso Hotel Isla De Ometepe
- Paraiso Isla De Ometepe