Casa Selva- the True Jungle House
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
San Juan Del Sur house description
Looking for something a little different? Something a little exotic, a little adventurous, but still with that certain amount of luxury? Welcome to Casa Selva, The Jungle House.
Set in the progressive, boutique community of Balcones de Majagual, Casa Selva is open air design and living at it’s finest. Located 12km from the lovely town of San Juan del Sur, Casa Selva was designed by the renowned architect Matthew Faulkner (Morgan’s Rock Eco-Lodge) and represents some of the most luxurious, progressively ecologically friendly accommodations in San juan del Sur. This private villa is perched on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean, allowing for both stunning water and jungle views . Enjoy daily visits from the communities local troop of friendly howler monkeys, and in the winter months watch humpback whale breaching from the front deck as they are arriving in the warm waters of the Nicaraguan Pacific to nurse their young.. Being nestled in one of Central America’s largest private wildlife corridors, sightings of sloths, parakeets, iguanas, margays and hummingbirds are common occurrences for guests at Casa Selva.
Casa Selva is more than a rental unit, it is in fact, us, the owners, part time home. As a result, we ensure it is always well stocked and maintained, and lacks that cold, rental space feeling. Above all, Casa Selva is our home, and we are delighted to share it with you in our absence.
Casa Selva is a 2 bedroom, 2 1/4 bathroom home boosting high ceilings, cool polished concrete floors, and a state of the art screen system that allows for fresh air to flow through the home constantly. Both large bedrooms contain beautiful stone, en-suite bathrooms, large storage spaces, and views of either the ocean or jungle. In keeping with our eco-consciousness, the piping hot water in both bathrooms is heated by the sun with our solar hot water system. Both bedrooms rooms are well appointed with fine linens, pillows and comfortable beds.
Attention to detail such as large Japanese style sliding doors, unique wood work (all obtained from hurricane felled trees and sustainable timber) stone accents, professional photography and decor give the home a serene and peaceful feel, perfect for relaxation, honeymoons, or a place to rest after a long day of surfing. Casa Selva provides you with the essential modern conveniences such Wi-fi available in the home and on the grounds, flat screen tv, dvd, video library, media center and comfortable furniture from Simplemente Maderas. Boundaries between indoors and outdoors blend when sliding walls in the living room open to a large patio with ocean and jungle views.
A comfortable work space with desk is provided for your use, making working from the home easy and stress free. Our brand new battery-backup system provides silent power for the house even during Nicaragua's frequent, brief power outages, allowing you to work uninterrupted during these times.
As devoted foodies, the we make sure the kitchen is stocked with everything one would need to make a gourmet meal. Gas range, pots, pans, hand mixer, magic bullet, spices, large bowls, and dishes and cutlery for eight people. A coffee maker, french press, stove top espresso maker and coffee grinder allow you to enjoy your cup of world class Nicaraguan coffee whatever way you prefer. A traditional north american style propane BBQ is available for your use, as well as all the necessary BBQ equipment.
Located just outside the home is the shared incredible 15 meter infinity pool boasting views of the jungle and ocean. The perfect place to watch the sunset over the pacific in the cool, comfortable pool waters. Chairs are provided for your use, and this is an excellent spot to simply relax, read a book, and just be.
Casa Selva is located either a short 15 minute walk or short 5 minute drive down the private road to some of the finest beaches in southern Nicaragua, Playa Maderas, Playa Majagual and Playones. There are surf board rentals, and a small selection of cafes to make your day at the beach both comfortable and enjoyable.
An English and Spanish speaking “meet and greet” is included in the cost of rental. Our host can help you arrange a variety of activities in the area including zip ling, horse back riding, boat cruises, surf lessons, professional onsite massages, and spanish lessons. This home also enjoys the benefits of secure private parking and 24 hour security in a locked, gated community. Cleaning and pool service is included.
Please don’t hesitate to ask us for tips about the town and surrounding area. We are happy to provide you with our list of favorites, be it activities or restaurants.
A four wheel drive vehicle high clearance vehicle is strongly recommended for accessing not only Casa Selva, but the majority of the beaches north and south of San Juan del Sur. We are located 12km from town on country dirt roads, and seeing as though the house is perched on a hill from the main road a 4 x 4 vehicle will make your stay not only easier, but more fun as you enjoy these beautiful country roads. Let us help you arrange a vehicle in town with one of our contacts at a discounted rate!
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- Vacation Rental
- Pets Not Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- Video Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Wireless Internet
Pool & Spa
Communal infinity pool, while shared, is not visible from homes. Set on a ridge in the jungle overlooking the ocean and canopy! Less than one minute from the house walking and over 50 feet in length, this is a favorite hang out of the monkey's and birds, and a perfect, private space to cool off at!...moreless
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Bird Watching
- Horseback Riding
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
ReviewsWrite a review
We stayed at Casa Selva June 15-21. Had a great time. House was wonderful, better than the pictures. Awesome view. Was worried about no A/C, but the breeze through the house was great. Rented a must-have 4x4 at the airport and was very happy Mandy had arranged to have Frank meet us and drive us to San Juan del Sur. We had him drive us back to the airport (little over 2 hour drive). Mandy met us and drove us to Casa Selva and was available our entire stay. Kitchen had everything we needed and great places to eat on town. Beach was beautiful, but not really a 5-10 minute walk. Easy to drive to beach in 4x4. Pool was a minute walk and very relaxing. We've recommended Casa Selva and Nicaragua to our friends.
- Guest Jeanne (Norman, OK USA)
- Date of stay 06/15/13
- Review Submitted 07/20/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
The perfect place!Guest comment entered by owner
The perfect place!
I would recommend "casa selva" to anyone! We had such a beautiful stay here. The house is amazing, all amenities are taken care of and it was even more than what I expected. In a private/gated community, it is safe, and private. While not at all feeling too exclusive or removed from society. This house is the PERFECT place to stay in Nicaragua. Relaxing and close enough to everything. Thank you Joel and Laura! I had the best birthday here! I hope I get to Nicaragua again some time!
- Guest Nic
- Date of stay 05/20/13
- Review Submitted 06/22/13
Fond memoriesGuest comment entered by owner
What an amazing adventure! A dream spot of tranquility amongst nature!! Very helpful and very well organized host. We have many fond memories and epic experiences to share. A must stop for Nicaragua.
- Guest Richard
- Date of stay 06/04/13
- Review Submitted 06/22/13
Beautiful Peaceful Retreat!
Beautiful Peaceful Retreat!
Thank you Laura & Joel for sharing your beautiful villa with us. Amazing views. Gorgeous sunsets. Raw, untouched beaches. Tons of wildlife. A great romantic getaway!
- Guest Karen (Mississauga, Canada)
- Date of stay 01/29/13
- Review Submitted 02/28/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Casa Selva Will Always Be Dear To Our Hearts!
Casa Selva Will Always Be Dear To Our Hearts!
My new husband and I travelled to Nicaragua because of Casa Selva really!! In choosing a travel destination we decided to return to Central America after having seen the photos and reading the reviews of Casa Selva. Despite feeling like we had a pretty good idea of what to expect, we walked into the space and were blown away. It was larger and even more stunning than the photos depict and it really was well equipped with all of the comforts of home with attention to every detail from the linens and yoga mats to coffee makers and cooler bags to transport lunch down to the beach. The open air concept of the house provided a cool breeze, making for very comfortable sleeping temperatures The location is perfect. Remote enough to offer a relaxing getaway but close enough to town that driving in to pick up a forgotten item was no trouble at all. Not to mention the beach which never had more than 10 people on it, and even that many was rare, offered the most beautiful sunsets and photo ops (we took advantage of these and wed there just before sunset!!). Unlike the previous review we thought the pool was more than adequate and to be honest, with the beach a short walk away the pool was an after thought. There are other private and semi-private pools on the property so the one we had access to was quite sufficient. Everything from Laura and Joel's quick response to our rental enquiry, to their staff in Nicaragua who assisted with our transportation arrangements, orienting us to San Juan Del Sur and helping us pull together an intimate wedding ceremony we received the highest level consideration. Everyone on the property was extremely friendly and ready to help. We would definitely love to return someday and perhaps bring along some friends. The house is big enough to offer couples or families more than enough privacy. Thank you Laura and Joel for being such terrific remote hosts in your beautiful home!!
- Guest Newlyweds (Canada)
- Date of stay 01/18/13
- Review Submitted 02/23/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Owner response: Tanya and Caleb- Congratulations on your marriage. Laura and I were thrilled you choose our home for your special day and your honeymoon, and are so happy that everything exceeded your expectations. We look forward to you both creating more memories in our home in the future. Best wishes to you as husband and wife- and all the adventures yet to come- Joel and Laura
Agree with most reviews that this place is well organized. Still, there are couple things guest must be aware of. For those who like walking or wildlife it might be little disapointing. It is not a rainforest or lush jungle that you might have seen in Costa Rica, Brazil, Malaysia or other tropical countries. Its dry coastal bush on the high cliffs, with steep mud road, that connects houses and gate. Weird enough, in this quite large territory they built houses so close to each other, probably saving space for even more in future. All these houses share one rather small pool on the roadside. House itself is well built and needs no A/C as winds blow constantly through it. Its virtually open - even for those who are not welcome. Scorpions, for example. Our kid was bitten in the bed at night by juvenile scorpion the day after we saw its mother running for shelter in kitchen. Sure, its wilderness and we knew it, so one to blame, just be cautious if you go as this is very painful. Beaches are gorgeous, howlers are there (just like in may other places in Nicaragua) and staff very helpful. We're grateful to Gabriela who helped with doctors in SJDS and in other occasions. Maybe it was just a bad luck for us this time.
- Guest LD (Vilnius, Lithuania)
- Date of stay 12/21/12
- Review Submitted 01/19/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers.
Owner response: Thank you for the time you took to write a review for us! We are glad you enjoyed the home itself and work to keep it well organized. It is unfortunate how dry the forest was during your stay. Nicaragua is in the grips of a very serious drought, and as a result what should have been a lush and green coastal forest was unusually dry. We are hopeful that this years rains will be more generous. That said, the dryness does make monkey spotting much easier. Having been to both Costa Rica and Malaysian Borneo, this is a very different kind of jungle, but jungle nonetheless, and you certainly wouldn't be able to rent a home in one of the above jungles as they are generally bioreserves. In regards to the scorpion, we are very sorry that you were bitten. This is why we stress the importance of checking your shoes, sheets and clothes. While unpleasentl, thankfully it is the common brown scorpion, identical to the ones found in the lower parts of the US and not fatally venomous. Unlike big resorts, we do not spray toxic insecticides outside the perimeter of the home as this could be fatal to our bird and small mammal population. Our apologies if the pool was smaller than you had hoped, we feel that a 15meter pool shared by four homes is more ecologically responsible than a 15meter home owned by one house, particularly during times like this. We strive to use less vs more water in an effort to be environmentally conscious and it was one of the reasons we choose to buy the home. We do sincerely hope you enjoyed your stay at the home and that you also enjoyed Nicaragua. We do hope that when you come back you have better luck. Happy travels and best wishes for you future vacations!
In a word...Paradise.
In a word...Paradise.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Casa Selva from Dec 9th to the 14th, 2012. We were floored when we finally made it to the house...it's absolutely gorgeous. The roads are bumpy on the way there but omg the drive was worth it! I was shocked at all of the space! I especially loved the concrete and wood decor... and the screened windows all around the house letting the breeze and the jungle sounds in were amazing. I'd seen the photos but I was still very pleasantly surprised. It has absolutely everything you need to be comfortable and the view of the jungle is stunning. The beaches are only minutes away and there were never more than about 4 other people there at any time...usually fewer than that. And the sunsets....sigh! There's also a really cool pool a short walk away if you don't want to go to the beach. It's very private, very comfortable, absolutely gorgeous and the staff on the site are really nice. Even if you don't speak Spanish very well you will have no problem. It's about a 20 min drive into San Juan del Sur where you can get fresh fish if you want to cook at home or go to some really great restaurants. We ate in town every night because the food was just so good and so cheap. The coffee is also amazing and the people are really friendly. It's not very touristy which I really liked. And the weather was perfect every day. Laura and Joel are super friendly and helpful. They will help you out with all of the contacts you'll need to rent a car (Thanks John!) and get yourself around without any difficulty. You'll also meet Gabby who was a huge help to us. Our luggage was held in customs when we got there and she bent over backwards to help us out and get our bags back for us. I can't thank her enough for that. The highlight of our vacation, aside from staying at Casa Selva itself, was our sunset ride at Rancho Chilamate. Blue and Jamie are fellow Canadians, a really fun and friendly (and gorgeous!) couple, and they have a beautiful ranch in the jungle. My horse was a really sweet little guy and we had a blast galloping thru the surf. I was literally in heaven and have not had so much fun in years! Make sure you check them out! I would recommend Casa Selva to all of my friends and family...and I already have. I didn't want to leave and would love to take another trip there in the future.
- Guest SallyB (Toronto Ontario Canada)
- Date of stay 12/09/12
- Review Submitted 01/06/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, girls getaway.
AMAZING!Guest comment entered by owner
My friends and I had an AMAZING time at Casa Selva! Joel was extremely friendly, a great communicator, and made everything easy for us prior to our arrival. The home is more beautiful than the pictures (no expense spared on the furniture and lighting), the way the breeze flows through house makes it so comfortable to live in. There was a day that it rained all day and it was nice to have a tv and hard drive packed full of movies. Rented a sweet old Land Cruiser (which was a blast by the way, highly recommend it) through Joel's friend John, who is also a pleasure to deal with. Mandy, the girl who showed us to the house from SJDS was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. Ended up booking a great catamaran trip through her friend. Definitely the highlight of our trip, can't wait to return!
- Guest Kaleb
- Date of stay 10/04/12
- Review Submitted 11/10/12
Satisfied guests!Guest comment entered by owner
Joel and Laura communicated perfectly from start to finish. Casa Selva was an amazing experience and Gabby (On site host) was hugely helpful in helping my girlfriend and I get settled in. She even arranged for everything from shopping, to massages, to zip lines and of course 4X4 rental (this is a must, and makes the experience that much more adventurous, have Joel or Gabby put you in contact with John from classic cruisers.) Top notch accommodations, in one of the best places I have ever stayed. Such a great experience, I look for forward to future visits to both SJDS and Casa Selva.
- Guest Shawn
- Date of stay 10/31/12
- Review Submitted 11/10/12
Casa Selva was amazing
Casa Selva was amazing
Our stay at this house was absolutely amazing! From the breathtaking sunsets over the ocean to the monkeys outside the windows. Every moment was fantastic. You def need a 4x4 truck to get there, but its totally worth it! The pool was refreshing and the beach was beautiful. The guards were very kind and Gabby was fantastic when showing us around town and then out to the house. I can't wait to come back!
- Guest Shelly (Irvine, California)
- Date of stay 10/04/12
- Review Submitted 10/12/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Owner response: Michelle- We are so glad everything worked out and that you even got an extra day! We can't wait to have you back at Casa Selva in the near, near future! Happy Travels and thanks for your kind words!
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- Nearest Airport: Augusto Sandino International Airport, Managua at 140 Kilometres
- Nearest Ferry: San Jorge Rivas- to Ometepe at 30 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Pan American Highway at 20 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Playa Matildas at 900 Metres
- Nearest Barpub: Morgan's Rock Eco-Lodge at 5 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Iguana Golf Course at 25 Kilometres
- Nearest Restaurant: Las Maria's at 5 Kilometres
Year Purchased: 2010
About the owner: On one of our many jaunts around the world, we got a little tired of all the tourists in Costa Rica. So we decided to head up to Nicaragua, with no plans, no expectations, and no reservations. From the first moment we crossed the border into Nicaragua, we knew we found something special. Nicaragua is the kind of place where you can still have a little bit of an adventure, but enjoy world class surfing, excellent eating, and untamed wilderness. It's that little bit of adventure we all crave that is missing in so many of todays 'Top Destinations' . We feel so lucky to be the owners of a home as beautiful as Casa Selva, and when we aren't there enjoying it ourself (we do have to work, as Paramedics in Toronto, and are somewhat professional travellers) we are thrilled to be able to share our slice of paradise with you! Come to Nicaragua, it's one of the most beautiful places we've found! Saludos, Joel and Laura Johnson Casa Selva owners and lovers! Toronto, Canada
Why the Owner Chose San Juan Del Sur:
After traveling the world (and we mean world, Asia, Africa, Europe South and Central America) over the past ten year, our minds kept returning to the little town of San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua. We first visited in 2008 during what was supposed to be a trip to Costa Rica. After tiring very quickly of the tourists and the gringo trail, we crossed the border into With some of the most consistent surf in Central America, beautiful landscapes, great seafood and gorgeous beaches, we knew in our hearts this was the place for us. The town of San Juan del Sur has everything you need from restaurants, spas, great pubs and bars, groceries, and excellent coffee. Even with Costa Rica to the south, Nicaragua manages to maintain that sense of adventure and untouched beauty lost in so many over touristed places in the world. It's a little piece of paradise. We look forward to the day that we are able to call Nicaragua our home, but for now we are happy sharing this little gem with you.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
One of the best parts of staying at Casa Selva is the quiet that allows you to enjoy the sounds of the jungle. On days when the breezes are gentle you can hear the ocean crashing. Every day you can sit and enjoy your morning coffee with the parakeets singing and the Mono Congo monkey's hanging in the trees around the house. Fall asleep to the sound of crickets singing outside the house. Unlike many of the homes in and around San Juan Del Sur, Casa Selva is unique in its setting. Perched on a ridge, the home is located in a private boutique community, containing 11 homes on roughly 100 acres stretching from the jungle to the ocean. There is enough space between homes to enjoy complete privacy without feeling alone or isolated. The lack of light pollution allows you to swim in the pool on clear nights by moonlight, something not to be missed. We provide 24 hour on site security, cleaning service and management without being intrusive. We are also an ecologic conscious community. What does this mean? We do not believe in spraying heavy pesticides like local hotels do to control bugs, what this does mean is you may encounter a few critters in and around the house, but we are not poisoning the food chain from the bottom up. All of our actions have far reaching consequences, and we want monkeys and parrots to visit the home. We heat our water with solar heat (and there is no lack of that!) and all our furniture and wood in the home is reclaimed fallen hardwoods, ethically sourced in north east Nicaragua.
The outside flows in! The perfect outdoor eating space
Spacious master en-suite with queen bed and ocean views
The perfect place to watch the sunset over the jungle and ocean!
Enjoy a swim in the secluded infinity pool, look out over the canopy to the sea!
Nicaraguan blue skies
Morning views from this room include monkeys!
And extra bed for a fifth guest is available!
The perfect place to lay your head after a day of fun, sun and waves
Huge showers and double sinks using natural materials
20 foot ceilings allow amazing breezes to flow through house
Ocean views from the deck, watch the sunset while you cook!
Sunset at Maderas beach after a set
Slide the walls open to let the outside in-sounds of the jungle and ocean views.
Sliding doors allow airflow in the day and privacy in the evening
The house blends right into the jungle, enjoy visits from monkeys and sloths
Experience the jungle in Casa Selva
Open concept home with sliding exterior walls for maximum ocean and jungle views
Second king master ensuite with jungle views
Sunsets and a glass of wine, the perfect way to end the day.
Elevated bedrooms guests often wake to the monkey's in the tree outside the room
Work from home with wi-fi
1800sq foot home set on ridge with ocean and jungle views
Sunst after a surf on Playa Maderas
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