Casa Tranquila - Oceanview, Sleeps 6 with Hot Tub & Dish TV
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- Pets allowed:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Hot-tub, free WIFI and DISH Network on a wide-screen TV. Luxury oceanview rental experience in a villa in beach community near San Juan del Sur. Lots of space for your family or 3-4 couples. Add the on-site casita to your rental and gain a 4th bedroom. Lots of privacy in this luxury oceanview home with three separate bedroom buildings clustered around a shared living space with wide-screen TV room, gourmet kitchen and private pool. Sweeping ocean views from every vantage point. For large groups with additional privacy, ask about renting additional houses in our neighborhood.
Open air living and only 10 minute drive down our private road to the best surfing and swimming beaches in Nicaragua: Playa Maderas and Playa Majagual.
Wiggle your toes in the sand. Step out of bed each morning onto exotic hardwood and hand-fired tile floors. Count the monkeys and parrots during breakfast, eat lunch under a palapa on the beach and grill your catch of the day for your dinner table.
Experience ecoresort living in an ecological reserve teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. This small, private estate has been custom designed using green building concepts, native hardwoods and stone. High ceilings and large overhangs provide shade from sun and rain showers. Boundaries between indoors and outdoors blur when sliding walls open kitchen and bedrooms to large decks.
* living room with 3 couches, oriental carpet, DISH Network satellite TV, iPod docking station and DVD player
* lockbox to store laptops, cameras, cash and passports
* gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances from US, large stone island with cook top and 4 leather bar stools.
* sliding walls in kitchen open to covered dining porch and tropical gardens
* half bath with natural stone sink
* zero edge pool and sand chairs for lounging
* exotic hardwood furniture: queen bed, long bench, leather chair and 3 end tables
* open your eyes to see the ocean in the morning
* High quality deep mattresses, cotton blankets and cotton linens on all beds
* walk in shower with stone floor
* walk out to private hot tub
* double stone vanity with large mirror
* private office with large desk, free WiFi and ocean view
* ample closet space
* locking tool chest for your valuables - bring your own lock
* sliding walls in bedroom open to covered dining porch, pool and tropical gardens
* covered porch with 4 rocking chairs and stone coffee table
Bedroom building with 2 bedrooms
* 2 bedrooms with exotic hardwood queen beds and storage units
* each bedroom has private sink and large mirror
* each bedroom has private door to shared toilet and shower
* large hardwood deck with ceiling fan connects both bedrooms
* covered deck has 2 rocking chairs and stone coffee table
Separate casita (included at additional fee)
* galley kitchen with stove, refrigerator, sink
* exotic hardwood table and two leather chairs
* bathroom with cold water shower
* queen bed with new mattress
* private covered deck
Vacation in the progressive community of Balcones de Majagual, 30 miles from the Costa Rican border and located in the lush Pacific coastal region, nestled amongst abundant flora and fauna on rolling hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean 12 km north of San Juan Del Sur. Experience seclusion and privacy amidst an exotic landscape steps from the beach. We have monkeys, sea turtles, surf breaks, hiking, kayaking, sunsets, quiet, tropical forests, and especially beaches. Yet, our proximity to the lively beach town of San Juan del Sur allows for markets, restaurants, bars and entertainment.
We are dedicated to both preserving and enjoying this special part of the world. We are challenged by the issues of living responsibly within our ecosystem and dedicated to exploring progressive architecture and alternative energy with an unyielding respect for the local environment.
4WD is recommended on the roads outside San Juan del Sur and required within our community. Solar hot water and battery backup systems keep the lights, TV & WIFI on, the refrigerator cold and the showers hot when local power is disrupted. House includes 24 hour concierge service, twice weekly maid service, gardeners and pool cleaning, as well as 24-hour security.
- 1 story
- 3000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only:
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 8-10
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bedroom 4
Queen size Beds (4) High quality deep mattresses on each bed. An inflatable bed and pack-n-play crib converts office into fifth bedroom for extra guests., Twin or Single Beds (1) An inflatable twin bed and pack-n-play crib converts office into fifth bedroom for extra guests., Child Beds (1) An inflatable twin bed and pack-n-play crib converts office into fifth bedroom for extra guests....morecollapse
- 3.0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- Bathroom 2
- Bathroom 3
Kitchen & Dining
Large gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances from US. Panoramic view of ocean from cook top in natural stone island. Natural stone dining table seats 8 and more. Second kitchen in studio on property....morecollapse
- Catering Available:
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Living Room seats 7:
- Linens Provided:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Washing Machine:
- Music Library:
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- Satellite / Cable:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
Ask the concierge to rent a Nicaraguan cell phone during your stay. Strong Movistar (GSM 850) and Claro (GSM 1900) signals throughout the house and at the beach. US cell phones work if they support Nicaraguan frequencies. Buy a Nicaraguan phone card for your phone to reduce the cost of calling locally....morecollapse
Free WIFI service available throughout property. Bring your laptop and telecommute to your daily grind from paradise! Use your internet phone to connect to concierge in San Juan del Sur and make reservations for dinner in town or other activities....morecollapse
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Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
- Lanai / Gazebo:
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- Deck / Patio:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
Location & View
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Surf Fishing
ReviewsWrite a review
Beautiful Family Vacation
Beautiful Family Vacation
It is difficult to put into words how much we loved our stay at Balcones de Majagual. Our party of 8 (2 families with 4 children total), were perfectly situated in the forest canopy, with stunning views of Playa Maderas. The adults, in particular, would have been quite content to remain at Casa Tranquila for an indeterminate length of time! The beach and property were perfect playgrounds for our "un-plugged" children (between the ages of 7 and 12) and the fitness-minded adults found plenty of satisfaction running the roads within and around the Balcones property. We felt completely safe and secure at both Casa Tranquila and on the playa. In fact, it seemed that we had the beach almost entirely to ourselves most of the time during our 5-day stay. We are in the process of planning our next visit to Nicaragua and will certainly stay at Balcones again! The location in relation to the beach and to San Juan del Sur were ideal--we easily could spend time in either place and escape when we needed to (back to our pool-side patios and well-equipped kitchen, of course). I will recommend this property highly to our like-minded traveling friends at home!
- Guest Julie
- Date of stay 12/27/12
- Review Submitted 01/22/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing.
A favourite!Guest comment entered by owner
This may be the my favorite of the multitude of homes I've rented around the world. Simple, beautifully built, beautifully landscaped, secluded, secure, luxurious and rustic all at the same time. I could happily have spent the whole time solely on the property and in the pool. Always super fun to take the 4 minute 4x4 trip or 10 minute walk down to the practically private beach, a seriously beautiful tropical pacific beach that makes your eyeballs ache. Laura was prompt, friendly, straight forward and super helpful. Everything was as promised and far more streamlined than when I visited 5 years ago. Gabriela the property manager couldn't have been more helpful, going so far as to come shopping with us before we headed up to Balcones. Balcones is a sort of eco-development with less than 10 homes and with so much land and steep hillsides it doesn't feel developed at all. It has a full time security and the house itself has someone there (but out of sight) 24/7 to make sure everything is working properly and to keep a general eye on things. Also there's howler monkeys, 3 toed sloths and tons of birds. Pretty luxurious - I don't know about you but I don't get that at my spot in Brooklyn. Be prepared to have a 4x4 the roads are steep (and fun) and the drive is about 20 mins door to door from San Juan del Sur, just far enough to be away from the multitudes of tourists but close enough to not feel like a crazy trek. It's not for everyone (but neither is Nica) but I'd say it's great for most and pretty remarkable. I can't recommend it highly enough.
- Guest Sam
- Date of stay 01/12/13
- Review Submitted 01/21/13
Better than what will be written in a review...
Better than what will be written in a review...
My wife and I had the amazing privilege of spending our honeymoon at Casa Tranquila and it was an incredible experience. After getting over the long day of traveling to the house (airport to San Juan Del Sur, from town to the house..) we were finally able to relax and realized just how amazing this property is! We truly felt like we 'got away' - turned off from the outside world and soaked up the slow and beautiful lifestyle of Nicaragua. If you are looking for something between all-inclusive and adventure travel this is it. It's luxurious enough to feel like you're at a private resort, but it's off the beaten path enough that you will have every opportunity for adventure! Everyone that worked with us setting up our stay could not have been more helpful - if you have any hesitations in renting through VRBO, or traveling to Nicaragua, or about this property specifically, they are more than willing to answer your questions and work through all of it with you! When you see a place with this many 5 star reviews it certainly means something, and I can almost promise your experience here will exceed your expectations. Don't be thrown off by having to rent a 4X4 or being outside of the town (San Juan Del Sur) - it's more than worth it... Though it sounds cliche I almost don't want to recommend you rent here because I don't want it to be overrun with visitors! But truly...this place is amazing and worth every bit of time and money you would put into going. I HIGHLY recommend Casa Tranquila and the community of Balcones for your next getaway!
- Guest Michael
- Date of stay 08/13/12
- Review Submitted 09/05/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Fantastic week just north of SJDS
Fantastic week just north of SJDS
Casa tranquila was an exceptional home base for our second trip to the SJDS area. The house is very tastefully designed and furnished, the view is excellent, and it is very private. I feel the photos of the property greatly understate the beauty of the surroundings and unique design of the the house. The house is designed to maintain a feeling of continuity with the jungle around you. Most of the walls are screens, many of which can be retracted for even more openness. The separate sleeping buildings allow couples their own private areas, while the kitchen/living room and pool areas provide plenty of room for the entire group to congregate and party. The house is in the jungle, and you WILL see the jungle's permanent residents - for us, this included monkeys, a variety of birds, a toad that had to weight 5 pounds, and yes, a few tarantulas and scorpions. The wildlife is part of the charm of staying in the jungle, and will not bother you as long as you follow a few basic precautions that Gabby will provide at check-in. There were no mosquitoes. The house is not air-conditioned, and you do not need it, we slept with blankets every night due to the ocean breeze. Balcones is about 30 min drive from SJDS, definitely close enough for 2-3 nights out for dinner and drinks, but you probably won't want to drive into town every night. A little menu planning goes a long way in reducing the number of trips to town for food and other supplies. Also, if you like cocktails as much as we do, stock up on ice at every opportunity, as the ice maker will not keep up with demand. The best beaches in the region are a quick five minute drive down the hill. A 4WD vehicle is mandatory! Gabby (the owner's rental agent in SJDS) was exceptional. She responded to each inquiry promptly both before and during our stay, and even kept an eye on our luggage for a few hours after we checked out. The Spanish-speaking security guards were very friendly, and readily available 24/7. In summary, casa tranquila is a unique and spectacular way to experience the beauty of the jungle and be very close to the best beaches in the area. It does require a little more planning than staying in town, but the reward of staying in such a great location will be worth it. Highly recommended!
- Guest Daniel H.
- Date of stay 02/04/12
- Review Submitted 02/21/12
Owner response: Thanks so much for capturing the essence of a stay at Casa Tranquila. It is a different experience from your usual hotel - and I feel that you really got at what makes our home special. We hope you enjoy many more vacations in the beautiful and dramatic country of Nicaragua!
Sun, sea and nature at it's best
Sun, sea and nature at it's best
My wife and I stayed at Casa Tranquila for 7 nights (November 2010) and found the house and it's surroundings perfect. With monkey's outside our bedroom every morning and the infinity pool a refreshing retreat each day, our time there was relaxing and romantic. Casa Tranquila is in the jungle but has all the comfort and amenities that anyone would want. Cooking dinner in the open kitchen was special and the house has all the supplies we needed to keep us comfortable and happy. The beach, which is just a short drive away (or a little longer walk), was beautiful and often we were the only ones there. The surf beach is just around the corner and it seems is very popular with some good surfing action daily. We do suggest that you rent a 4 wheel drive to make your experience easier. We would definately recommend Casa Tranquila to anyone who wants to experience soft adventure with a touch of luxury.
- Guest Tom
- Date of stay 11/16/10
- Review Submitted 12/03/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Amazing house, amazing experience
Amazing house, amazing experience
We came for a low-key experience in a simple, but beautiful part of the world, and this is what we got. The house is so fantastic, with it's spread-out layout, expansive views, the infinity pool, and the surprise visit from monkeys on several occasions. I would absolutely come back, but maybe not in January, as it is very windy, and there are only screens, no glass to block out sound and wind. Expect insect visits, a scorpion or two, but it's totally part of the adventure. The surrounding beaches are awesome, the food and drinks inexpensive, and you always have the option of getting a cook to make your meals while you're there. this is not for those seeking all-amenity luxury, but you're not "roughing it" either. Loved Casa Tranquila, and can't wait to go back!
- Guest NYC visitors
- Date of stay 01/10/10
- Review Submitted 08/11/10
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
This was our 3rd trip to Nicaragua, and by far, our favorite. At the end of a long trip with our two small children and grandpa, (two flights, and a 2.5 hour drive from Managua, culiminating in some adventurous 4x4 roads) we were rewarded by an absolutely lovely stay at Casa Tranquila. The adventure in getting there; the sights, sounds and smells, and the shift in perspective from our everyday life are part of the fun and reward for us. It's why we go to Nicaragua, and not a more polished and predictable destination. If you can identify with that, then this may be the vacation for you... A few highlights... Gabby acts as a concierge of sorts, assisting with trip planning, logistics, food shopping, and leads you to the home. She's a wonderful person, speaks fluent English and Spanish, and has excellent perspective and contacts to arrange anything from fishing to day trips. Don't underestimate her value! The rest of the employees at Tranquila and Balcones Majagual are likewise impressive. Eager to assist in any way, they keep an eye out for you to ensure that your trip is safe and pleasurable. We opted to employ a cook/nanny for the week to assist us, and the extra set of eyes and hands was key! Meals were very good, and we enjoyed some much appreciated time to relax. The house is stunning. The layout of 4 different 'pods', which are all connected by rock work, and surround a private pool and shaded sitting areas overlooking the ocean, are perfect for a large family, or group of friends. We had privacy and space, yet the open concept of the design and construction allows you to blend in with your surroundings, enjoying the breeze, sunsets, and wildlife. The beach is within walking distance, but based on the location high on the hill, we typically drove down. The result is a magnificently private beach, with close walking access around a rock point, to Playa Maderas, one of the best surf breaks in Central America. If you want to stay in the middle of town for late nights and rowdy fun at the bars, this might not be your best bet. If you're happy to spend 20 minutes driving into SJDS for an evening or two, but are generally excited to enjoy a peaceful and beautiful setting, focused on surf and relaxation, then I would encourage you to think hard about Casa Tranquila. It's a wonderful find.
- Guest Mike Zinsmeister
- Date of stay 02/08/10
- Review Submitted 02/08/10
got me thinking of investing in a place like this.....Guest comment entered by owner
got me thinking of investing in a place like this.....
I just wanted to wright to say thanks for renting us such a beautiful house. I've lived in Nicargua and visited a lot but have never experience Nicaragua like I did for those days at Balcones de Majagual. We had a great time! I would definitely like to rent it again in the future. It even got me thinking of investing in a place like this.....
- Guest Jorge Callejas
- Date of stay 12/29/09
- Review Submitted 01/12/10
Guest comment entered by owner
We stayed 6 nights at Casa Tranquila in September with our adult son and his girlfriend, Molly. The house is beautifully situated for sharing the common areas (kitchen, living, dining and pool) while the master suite and guest rooms are each in separate buildings insuring that everyone has ample space and privacy. This trip was Molly’s first time out of the country and her wish was to see the monkeys. On our first morning at Casa Tranquila we woke to the sound of the howler monkeys in the tree just outside our bedrooms! There were 6 monkeys, two which were small babies. It was just beginning to get light and the sunrise was fantastic. Molly was thrilled and our week vacationing together began in a very memorable way.We shopped in the local market and grocery store in order to allow us to cook in the beautiful kitchen for most of our meals. For a few special nights out we dined in San Juan Del Sur and experienced wonderful fare at very reasonable prices. After experiencing the zip line, surfing, swimming and ATV rentals we came home to relax and enjoy our private infinity pool overlooking the jungle and surf of the beach below. Truly a paradise.Vacationing in Nicaragua is not for everyone……..which is why it holds such charm for us. We love the tropical beauty, remoteness, privacy, nature, beaches and culture. Balcones de Majagual meets all our needs and expectations for tropical luxury experience along with the realities of living in a developing country. Be prepared for rough dirt roads, limited road signage, everything happening at a slower pace, and keeping a sense of humor if things don’t go as you expect and you will enjoy all this area has to offer.
- Guest CoffeeHunters
- Date of stay 12/12/09
- Review Submitted 12/12/09
Casa Tranquila is a hidden jewel. Secluded and serene, it is the perfect getaway from the daily grind, yet has all the amenities to keep you comfortable and connected to civilization. A stunning view of the ocean and short ride to the beach make this home a spectacular spot for a vacation, not to mention a staff that will bend over backwards to ensure a remarkable experience.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 12/06/09
- Review Submitted 12/06/09
Owner response: Please invite your friends to share our little corner of paradise. We love guests like you!
Our concierge will make your stay special. High season $250/night; $1,600/week; $3,499/month for 6 guests. Low season $199/night; $1300/week; $2,999/month for 6 guests. Holiday rates $379/night sleeps 8+ with 5 night minimum +$50 per night adds on-site casita to sleep additional guests. Twice weekly maid service included.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
This owner accepts: Credit cards.
Call the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: Harry and I retired several years ago and wanted a home in a warm, oceanside community to complement our summer home just outside Glacier Park in Montana. We were invited to a wedding on a coffee plantation in Nicaragua and fell in love with the people and the community here in San Juan del Sur.
Why the Owner Chose San Juan Del Sur:
We love being close to our friends and the restaurants in the town of San Juan del Sur, but prefer to wake up in the morning to the sounds of parrots and monkeys in the trees. At home, we don't hear traffic or other sounds of civilization - just ocean waves crashing on Playa Maderas.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Waking up in this corner of paradise helps us recover from careers spent on airplanes flying from one busy city to another. Here we sit quietly sipping local coffee and have time to cook gourmet meals in our spacious kitchen. We study spanish and walk everywhere - including to the beach and to lunch at our favorite Nicaraguan restaurant. We get our exercise, chat with our neighbors each day and fall asleep to the sound of the waves and the dramatic view of moonlight splashing across the Pacific Ocean.
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Lush gardens and views overlooking Playa Madera
Grab a glass of wine and swim to the edge-of the pool, of the ocean and horizon!
Covered porch off master bedroom gives easy access to pool and gardens
Private hot tub with ocean views. Pamper yourself using solar hot water.
Step out into the hot tub- or enjoy views from you huge shower!
The perfect place to dine
The perfect place to spend a lazy evening.
Queen bedroom 2
Architectural features include dramatic lighting and Toto toilets with bidets.
You literally are in the treetops- the perfect place for an outdoor shower!
Sunset on our neighborhood beach
Where the horizon meets the edge of Casa Tranquila
Welcome to Casa Tranquila
Master bedroom opens to large patio and private pool
A private little spot off the master suite for your morning breakfast
Slide open the walls and the let ocean breeze in!
It indoors or out!
This could be you- showering overlooking the jungle and ocean!
Guest bedrooms open onto oceanview porch. Queen bedroom 3
Large covered decks with hammocks bring the forest canopy to arm's reach.
It just doesn't get better then this!
The pool is always just steps away!
Walking at sunset with your surfboard-heaven
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