I visit Nicaragua 2-3 times a year and over the years have been trying to find a place inviting enough to return to again and again...I found that place at Casa Del Soul. The house is located on a beautiful bluff overlooking a gorgeous bay with a nice sand beach within a 5 minute walk from your room. The whole time I was there only 2 other people were on the beach and they were local fishermen...it could not have been more peaceful with a feeling of absolute remoteness. The key element of Casa Del Soul is although you feel remote, you are only a 10 minute taxi ride into San Juan del Sur. Randy and Brenda have two excellent taxi drivers who will take you in/pick you up from town at any hour of the day. OR during the day, you can walk into town which took us about 25 minutes, a nice way to start the day.
Randy is an excellent host and will arrange tours, drop off/pick off at the border...even having a pizza delivered to us so we could spend the rainy evening in bed watching movies. It was like staying at your good buddies home. Another benefit of staying at the house, is Randy gives you a local cell phone to use. The phone has the two taxi drivers in it as well as Casa Del Soul. An excellent idea and very much appreciated.
With all the attractions found in San Juan Del Sur, we found ourselves staying at the home, wandering down to the beach with Chucho, and lounging by the pool. Always with binoculars in hand as the property just south of the house and out onto the bay headlands is secondary forest government land (won't be developed) with see a good amount of bird activity. For dinners, we hired the fabulous Fabiola to make a couple of our favorite dinners, one of which is Churrasco with chimichurri sauce..Fabiola nailed it..absolutely nailed it. The cut of meat she bought was tender and we used butter knives to cut the meat with...she prepared rosemary potatoes, string beans, and a delicious salad to accompany the dinner. AND for dessert she made my favorite, Flan. Needless to say, with an awesome cook like Fabiola we had dinners covered. Breakfast, cooked by Yami, was hearty enough to get us through the afternoon (accompanied by snacks) to get us to Fabiola's dinner. Breakfast was a choice of omelettes, banana pancakes or eggs your way..each included juice, toast, gallo pinto, and fruit.
We were fortunate enough to have the house to ourselves the majority of the time which was great. We felt safe and secure with Randy and his family and especially with Chucho who is an excellent guard dog. I would take him to the beach with me, and being a solo female, felt completely secure with Chucho by my side. HE HAS YOUR BACK.
I recommend Room #1..yes, it is a bit more money but the view is stunning. You feel like your on a boat with the huge windows looking out onto this beautiful bay and headlands. Many an hour was spent lounging on the bed taking in the marine life activity and bird life.
As my friend and I discussed, it felt like we were visiting our buddy. Randy is a cool guy with a lot of travel stories..he is easy to hang with and invites you into his home in earnest. Good people.
If you are looking for a place to rage and party until all hours of the night, this is not your place. If you are looking for a place to get away from it all, but still be close enough to bar and restaurants then Casa del Soul fits the bill. I recommend for women travellers, close friends and couples.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Del Soul is an oceanfront, luxury 4,000 sq. ft. home. It is situated on Nacascolo Bay, 5 minutes from San Juan Del Sur. It has a large outdoor deck surrounding a 4 by 9 meter swimming pool. The big balcony off the 2nd floor bedrooms give it a commanding view of the ocean and the tropical forest. Cable TV, DVD, ipod music systems, refrigerator, coffee makers make your room very comfortable. A full breakfast is included. We give cell phones to our guests and I help you do anything you want to in Nicaragua. Transportation,tours,volcanos,surfing,fishing,shopping, REAL ESTATE, ATV's,zipline,horseback riding,etc... ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Soul Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- Casa Del Soul Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur