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Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
Ranked #7 of 27 Hotels in San Juan del Sur
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Reviewed February 28, 2010

My husband and I stayed at Piedras y Olas as part of a week long trip around Nicaragua. It was by far the nicest place we stayed. The resort is absolutely beautiful and the people were wonderful.

We had one of the casitas on the far side of the resort. It had a full kitchen, huge bathroom and 2 queen beds, with an incredible view. It was probably a 10 minute uphill walk from the resort entrance, so be prepared to walk. It was 90 degrees and 90 percent humidity so the walk was a good workout.

The restaurants at the resort were excellent, but much more expensive than eating in town. Town is just a short (and very safe) walk.

The pools and the resort grounds are beautiful. There are friendly cats all over and a few dogs. Also check out the animal rescue area on the grounds. This resort is very expensive compared to the town of San Juan Del Sur, but well worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

This is our second visit to this hotel. It is a gorgeous location with many beautiful features. But, and this is a big but, the hotel is in need of some significant maintenance on walkways and outdoor areas. Our casita was well maintained inside, very clean and well appointed. The housekeeping staff is doing their job. However, the veranda with the breathtaking views was falling apart. The tiles were literally piled up around the edge. The upper pool with the sweeping views of San Juan bay had chairs with missing cushions and no attendants of any kind. Staff is still friendly and mostly eager to please. Food is fine. But the setting is the reason to go here.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 10, 2010

Spent three nights here at the end of trip around Nicaragua. Location is fabulous - great views and the accommodation is set amongst lush vegetation. Lots of stairs so you keep fit. The two restaurants were good and staff attentive. The two negatives for us were that although all the accommodation is in a stand-alone Casita if a double room is booked it is part of the house via inter-connecting door which means if you have noisy neighbours - as we had - it is not peaceful. Had to ask for music to be turned down and were awoken several times by doors banging and loud voices. Secondly, as the accommodation is named having just a room led to several of the main house restaurants bills, drinks bill appearing on our tab. Recommendation: If you go - take the whole casita - even if you are just one person. May be more pricey but at least you get your peace!

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 3, 2010

We would definitely recommend Piedras y Olas as a vacation hot spot. The accommodations are incredibly lush, ranging from large single homes to smaller rooms. Our house was fully equipped with kitchen utensils, air conditioning, TV, and DVD. We could even watch the beautiful sunset from our 2nd floor balcony. Of course, this particular house is not for the physically unfit- it took 400 steps to reach it, not a trivial climb for the weak at heart!!! But it certainly helped our cardiovascular systems, particularly after indulging in a delicious breakfast (included in the rental cost) of French toast, eggs, pancakes, or omelets. Other rooms were situated at lower levels along the hill, with fewer steps to climb. The resort has two restaurants, both with internet, and it is very relaxing to sit there and connect with the outside world. The lap pool is unbelievingly refreshing, and half the length of an Olympic pool. We could swim and watch the sunset at the same time! Of course, all of this takes place in Nicaragua, and the typical East Coaster will have to relax and accept the fact that not everything goes perfectly and some things need to be repeated more than once. But it’s well worth the occasional miscommunications that occur. The hospitality is superb, and until you hit US customs, you will feel refreshed and relaxed and ready to face the world.

  • Stayed: January 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 27, 2010

I have stayed at Pelican Eyes on three occasions. My boyfriend and I went on a trip there in December 2008. I went back in May 2009 on a vacation with my parents and brothers. And I returned in August 2009 with a group of 7 friends from law school for our bar trip.

The resort:
I cannot say enough good things about Pelican Eyes. It is beautiful and relaxing! The resort is built up a hill from the ocean with great views, beautiful architecture, and three infinity pools. The resort is comprised of a couple of restaurants, a spa, and bungalow-style houses with porches. The porches include rocking chairs and lounge chairs facing the view of the bay. If you're not facing the bay, then you're facing the valley (also very pretty). The rooms are kept very clean. Housekeeping occasionally left flowers or rose petals as well. One of the rooms I stayed in had a mini-fridge/microwave area, and the other two times I stayed in a casita with a full kitchen. This let us have the option of buying groceries and cooking our own dinners when we wanted to.

The resort offers sailing, fishing, pools, private and group yoga classes, and off-site cooking classes. My favorite activity was watching sea turtles come in and lay eggs. Our guide was arranged by the hotel, and he gave us great information and was very fun. Services at the spa are very well priced. The food is very tasty, and the resort's main restaurant was even kind enough to cook the fish we caught! The staff is friendly and speaks enough English that even someone who speaks zero Spanish will have very few problems communicating.

The surrounding area:
There is a ton to do in the surrounding town. The town itself is a big vacation spot, with lots of backpackers and places to go out at night (clubs, lounges, bars). The town has a beach front that is busy and full of restaurants. Secluded, picturesque little beaches with excellent surfing are a 30-minute $2.50 truck-ride away. The offshore wind makes it one of the best surfing spots in the world. Also, there are plenty of possible day trips to volcanoes, etc.

If you are at the very top of the resort's hill, there are quite a few stairs between you and town. They are a bit of exercise, but it's a small price to pay for the views. If you want to avoid the stairs, the resort will drive you wherever you want to go in town or between the upper and lower pools for free. My brother had a hurt ankle while we were there, and the car service worked without any problems. There is free Wi-Fi by the pools and in the restaurant, which let me check my email daily and even talk to people over Skype - Nice if you need to stay somewhat connected.

I loved it! I am going back.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 17, 2010

I have stayed here with friends, mom, wife and son and all love it. It has grown alot (up the hill) over the years but still has it's charm and great location, bar, restaurant, pools etc. Very well done and comfortable units meander up the hill. Beautiful view of the bay of San Juan del Sur, nearby surfing beach of Maderas to the north and several good breaks to the south. Also recomment the canopy tour in SJDS, I think it is called the Flying Frog.
PEPO (Pelican Eyes Piedras y Olas) is a funny name, great place to stay in Nicaragua though not cheap by Nica standards.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

We visited Piedras y Olas to tour the animal sanctuary and hospital and were very impressed with the charitable work going on there - and the amazing quality of the hotel. This is definitely a tourist resort, considerably more expensive than anywhere else we visited in Nicaragua - but the rooms, restaurant, pool and grounds were all of a much higher quality as well. This would be an amazing location for a wedding or honeymoon, though I would recommend getting out and seeing more of the country as well.

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: De la Parroquia 1 1/2 cuadras al este, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#3 Green Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#6 On the Beach Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#6 Romantic Hotel in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: $123 - $302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa offers a stunning hillside location and panoramic views of San Juan del Sur and the ocean beyond. Our infinity pools, spacious accommodations, romantically lush gardens, wonderful restaurants, open air bars, and one-of-a-kind San Juan Del Sur coastline sailing adventure are a unique experience.A visit to our Tranquila Day Spa is an experience of sheer indulgence. We offer a menu of massage and body treatments to ensure that you truly relax on your romantic Nicaraguan getaway. Experience more of Nicaragua with day trips to Granada or the artisan markets in Masaya. Here at the resort, open air yoga classes, water aerobics, and active local excursions (arranged by our concierge) help keep you fit while visiting paradise. Even our brick stairs—winding up the hillside — contribute to the cause!Our San Juan del Sur hotel’s mission is to provide a unique and memorable Nicaragua vacation experience in every aspect of your stay. Our friendly staff endeavors to fulfill every possible need or special request (and to predict those wishes perhaps not yet even realized!)No request is too big or too small. Let us know what we can do to enhance your stay in paradise. ... more   less 
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