A lovely experience overall. We stayed at Casa Buena Vista. There are larger houses, but I can't imagine any better. Spectacular view, as the name suggests, and a beautiful (deep, and therefore refreshing) pool. The best part about our stay - well, besides the sunshine, the breezes, the abundant wildlife, or waking up to the sounds of howler monkeys and birds - was the staff.
Giovanni, our driver, was just awesome. Juan Pablo, the caretaker and cook, made sure everything was clean and tidy and made us fresh, excellent meals, and gave us our privacy. AdaLuz, the manager, came to check on us and always had a smile (and a great plan for dinner). Everyone on the ranch went about their business with pleasant smiles. I would guess in the grand scheme of things it's a pretty great place to work!
The house is beautifully simple and elegant but very indoor/outdoor, and without AC so if you are a city slicker, you might be freaked out by the insects, plus it can get hot at times. We LOVED every minute of it BECAUSE of these things. And as an added bonus, if you're a birder, you will be in absolute paradise: mot mots, humming birds a plenty, toucans, rare trogons, you name it!
This place is so special, I sincerely hope they don't rent to "party people". We had a sloth that stayed within 100 feet of the house the entire week, and I would hate to think of anyone disturbing him (her?).
SJDS is your standard Latin American beach town, but the beaches themselves are lovely. (This is not the Caribbean, mind you - it's the Pacific ocean, so don't expect turquoise shallows.) All the surfers we met at the beach were friendly and cool, locals, expats, and visitors alike. My 9 year old daughter made several canine friends at each beach. The Flying Frog zipline is awesome and very close by, and our trip to the top of Volcano Mombacho to hike through the cloud forest was specatacular. I can't imagine a more stunning place - I could have stayed a week just there, but then I'm a wildlife nerd.
EXCELLENT ALL AROUND. THANK YOU, CHRIS AND NATALIA!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury all inclusive villas located in forest preserve. Fabulous views of the entire Pacific coast and volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua. Gourmet organic meals, 5-star service, including chauffeur. Infinity pools, swim up bars, horseback-riding, surfing, fishing, canopy tours, etc. Fully functioning organic farm with wood shop, nursery, cows, goats, chickens, etc. Overall the most incredible experience of culture, nature, activity, farm life and pleasure in the most beautiful setting with the most accommodating staff anywhere on the planet. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Finca Las Nubes Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- Finca Las Nubes Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur