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The Maderas Village
Reviewed February 24, 2014

We booked Maderas Village for a few "splurge" nights on our trip; $90+14% tax is a lot for Nicaragua.
While the kind bed was a nice treat,the room had a basement-ey feel to it. It was in a house type building, but the top 2 floors were for a common area and massage loft. 1 little window at head height (looking out at the ground) was far from the hammocks-on-a-balcony that in my mind should come with such a high price tag. The room is the least of my complaints though.
The food was the terrible and expensive. Dinner is a set menu,no choices and the quality was THE WORST I had in all of Nicaragua. For example' plain white fish, rice, and a few veggies for $12.50. A typical dinner, even in touristy areas is about $5, everywhere else.
One night everyone went down the rd to Pizza in the Jungle. $15/person. Seems like a fair price, until you get to the restaurant and see that the most expensive pizza is $8 and that Maderas Village has only ordered plain cheese and a few pepperoni for everyone. Added shock at checkout when we see an additional charge for the ride to pizza, about 5 mins away.
Lastly and most significantly Is the place has a weird vibe. While the prices are that of a upscale hotel, the attitude of the staff is that of a hostel: lounging around on common area furniture and such. For example, one night after dinner we went back to our 'casa'(common area upstairs, bedroom in the basement) with the idea of enjoying the open air common area, but some friends of staff (not guests) had made themselves comfortable and were noisly doing acrobatic yoga in the area. No room for us to read.
If you want a nice place to stay near Playa Maderas, stay at Maderas Ecolodge. A few minutes further from the beach,but the dinner we had there 1 night was incredible (no more expensive than Maderas Village), and the employees were lovely, professional Nicaraguans.
Travelled a lot, high and low end, but never felt compelled enough to write a Trip Advisor review... until my 2 nights there.

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed February 22, 2014

In the jungle 20 minutes from San Juan del Sur, a man- and car-eating dirt road drops you off at a cluster of buildings and private casitas with thatched roofs.

Tropical hardwood furniture and accessories produced by the founders' sustainable furniture company (think massive glossy stumps and sleek wood accents, from key chains to cutting boards) set the stage, sweeping views of the Pacific are the backdrop.

This is Maderas Village, part high-end hostel, part resort, part summer camp for adults. Just like summer camp, days are long and lazy and friends for life come and go every week.

I booked a week in February 2013 and left after seven.


6 Reasons Not to Miss

1. Saturday sushi dinners

2. Yoga in one of the most breathtaking studios in the world

3. Rum smoothie sunsets

4. Nearby secluded beaches

5. Organized activities including:
-pizza night at a former Italian clown's jungle restaurant
-frisbee golf: After you've worked up a sweat, there's grilled lobster tails with jalapeno sauce punctuated by parrots shrieking arrrrriba
-day of sailing: All you can drink and all you can eat ceviche

6. Surf break for both beginners and advanced

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled solo
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Thank Mairi B
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Maderas Village was such a great find and a beautiful place to stay. It is a haven of tranquility just set back from the beach and from the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. The staff were just great, the accomodation was comfortable and spacious, the hammocks and sunsets were fabulous, the cocktails and food were delicious and the yoga was amazing. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank ImyFisher
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Reviewed December 26, 2013

i don't want to downplay how beautiful and lush this place is, how fresh and amazing the food and drinks are, how they are so conveniently located near the beach and surf, and how it is just the perfect place for yoga....but what blew me away the most and made me feel like i had a home in the tree tops, was the vibe and the people. Dave and Dickie and ALL the staff truly make you feel right at home and cultivate such an amazing chill vibe that i was reluctant to move on. Thanks to all of you guys for making my stay one of a kind, and a truly special experience. I'll be seeing you again in the new year! - Ann.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled solo
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Thank annrobillard88
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Reviewed December 14, 2013

Stayed at Maderas Village for 6 days. The location, staff, food and drinks were all superb! Just a stones throw from the breaks of Playa Maderas, it's on a secluded hilltop with great sunset views from the top. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking to escape reality.

Room Tip: DIdn't stay in the cabins in the valley but heard they were awesome.
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Thank Shawn S
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

My friends and I only visited for a few hours to eat lunch and take a tour of the grounds, but it was awesome. First, the food and drinks were great. I especially appreciated that the pina coladas weren't uber sweet. Also, I didn't have any fruit, but the dragonfruit in the granola breakfast bowl looked amazing.

Second, the views are awesome. I definitely wouldn't want to hike up to the village with my backpack, but once you get up there, it's worth it. Not just being perched up overlooking the beach, but also the flora planted around the grounds.

All of the accommodations are gorgeous, and it was great to have the friendly owners explain the thinking and planning behind each building, as well as the landscape design. I'd love to return 1) to see the finished product and 2) to actually stay in one of the rooms. It would feel like luxury at a price that wouldn't leave me penniless.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank mram28
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had an amazing time in Maderas village this summer! It's not just an another hotel but your home and family away from home! the hotel is really nice, the staff is really friendly, the beach is perfect, the sunset are amazing...what more can I say? Thank you guys for making our few days with you so great!
PS: an the food is really good to :-)

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Hanzade1
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Address: Maderas Beach, San Juan del Sur 230492, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 71 Specialty Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: $45 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are located at Maderas Beach, about 20 minutes outside of San Juan del Sur. We offer a three daily meals, either a la carte or as part of a pre-fixe menu. We are like a boutique hotel, but less pretentious. We love people who want a place to surf, read, debate, and do yoga daily; who want to lose themselves in a place, and find themselves in the people. We offer tailored packages for short-term guests and very reasonably priced rates for people planning to stay longer than 3 weeks. We are not in Lonely Planet or other guidebooks; we like having to be found. ... more   less 
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The Maderas Village Hotel San Juan Del Sur
The Maderas Village Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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