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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. Washer and dryer are available to guests staying longer than one week at an additional cost
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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Private ensuite with double vanities and solar hot water ...moreless
Master En suite bathroom: toilet, shower
Private ensuite with double vanities and solar hot water...moreless
reverse osmosis drinking water, solar heated hot water in showers and kitchen, hotel style safe in bedroom, yoga mats, pools chairs, herb garden, landscaped property, private parking space, 24 hours on site staff and security guard,...moreless
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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
Tropical Summer 2.0 Apr 6 - Jun 6, 2015 3 night min stay
Tropical Fall Jun 7 - Sep 15, 2015 3 night min stay
Wet Season Sep 16 - Oct 31, 2015 3 night min stay
Tropical Summer Nov 1 - Dec 18, 2015 3 night min stay
Holiday Season 2015 Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Watch turtles laying eggs on your beach from July till December. Whale and porpoise watching is a must! Daily visit from monkeys and birds, and if you are really lucky, a sloth!
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!
Joel and Laura Johnson
Casa Selva owners and lovers!
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 Villa: 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.