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Villa Pavela - Traditional Open Air Concept design by beautiful Playa Remanso

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 14 nights


About the property

Tropical Beach Vacation Villa, 2 Bdrms, AC, 2 Baths, Internet, Sleeps up to 7

Villa Pavela is an environmentally friendly, open air concept family vacation base, just a 4 minute easy walk to the most beautiful beach along the Pacific coast, Playa Remanso and only a 10 minute drive to San Juan del Sur.

Perched on a ridge in Remanso Bay, Villa Pavela opens up to a stunning panoramic view stretching across jungle covered mountains and views towards the Pacific Ocean. The surrounding valley is rich in wildlife such as, howler monkeys, iguanas, tucans, hummingbirds and flocks of parakeets which can be seen daily flying by the house. The Villa's tropical garden is landscaped using indigenous plants, perpetually blooming bougainvillea, jasmin, bromelia, lemon grass, cactus, coco palms and fruit trees such as plantain, papaya, fig and lime.

The house design strikes an effortless balance between a low-impact traditional open air living concept and all the comforts of home. When designing the house, we were inspired by the Nicaraguan simple way of life and the gentle climate which encourages constant engagement with the surrounding environment. The house layout takes advantage of natural ventilation for cooling purposes however, ceiling fans are provided throughout the house and both bedrooms are equipped with optional, paid air conditioning, just in case. Traditional heavy white masonry walls, ceramic roof tiles, exposed cedar roof beams, caña ceilings and red terra cotta floors, all draw on the traditional Spanish colonial style and available local building materials. We used a more contemporary architectural vocabulary to express the natural beauty of fine cedar screens and polished concrete counters studded with hand picked beach pebbles. Yes, my kids and I picked each and every one...

The house structural design incorporates North American seismic and high wind design principles, ensuring structural integrity and our guests safety.

Daily house cleaning, garden maintenance and security are provided by our staff who live in separate quarters on the property. Our kitchen is fully equipped for all of your cooking needs and basic spices are complimentary. Paid cooking and shopping services are available upon request.

The roll up door between the kitchen and the outdoor covered terrace allows for a seamless connection of the two spaces which will most likely become your holiday headquarters during your stay at Villa Pavela. This is a shaded oasis where you can cook, dine, relax in traditional Nicaraguan rocking chairs or hammocks while enjoying the sweeping views and sounds of the Pacific ocean and jungle covered mountains to the North and East. We have a coal fired BBQ.

The master bedroom has a king size bed and includes an en-suite bathroom, wardrobe and access to a patio overlooking the cordilleras. The second bedroom has a double bed, a 3-person bunk bed, wardrobe, flat screen TV and a private shower with hand sink/change area. Both bedrooms are equipped with ceiling fans and optional paid air conditioning, just in case you need that extra little bit of comfort. A separate powder room is accessible from the screened hallway. All bathrooms and the kitchen have on-demand hot water. There is an outdoor shower for a quick refreshing wash after a day spent at the beach...

We have provided many modern must-haves for our guests such as: Wi-Fi internet access throughout the house and grounds, flat screen TV in the kitchen for outdoor terrace viewing, an entertainment hub with a library of over 200 movies and a music media center. For guests who prefer old-school style entertainment, good old fashioned board games, puzzles and books are also available. Villa Pavela is equipped with a quiet battery powered back-up system allowing you to stay connected even during those frequent Nicaraguan power outages. But do take advantage of at least one blackout and be amazed by the infinite stars in the night sky. It's truly humbling...

We are always happy to offer tips and advice on how to get around in Nicaragua and on San Juan del Sur and all the wonderful activities and services it has to offer. The local zip line and numerous boat cruises are attractions not to be missed. If you are thinking of trying out surfing for the first time then you can sign up with one of the local schools for lessons offered right at our beach.

Come and enjoy an eco-conscious, low impact Nicaraguan lifestyle vacation by Playa Remanso, a unique experience offered only at Villa Pavela.

Keywords: eco-conscious, low impact, open-air beach rental, families with kids, couples and suffers, close to beach and San Juan del Sur, beautiful ocean and mountain views, AC, free WiFi, daily cleaning and security.

More Details

Elzbieta Fiett
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, spanish, polish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 11, 2018

About Elzbieta Fiett

Both of us are passionate architects who love to travel to discover new cultures, different attitudes towards life and the resulting inspiring architecture. For us, Nicaragua is about warmth, being grateful, being one with nature, taking the time to smell a flower, playing with the kids at the beach all day long and just hanging out in hammocks in the company of family and friends. In Nicaragua time slows down. We have three children and love spending all of our free time with them at Villa Pavela.

Why Elzbieta Fiett chose San Juan del Sur

We chose this location for its beauty and tranquility. Playa Remanso is nestled in one of the most beautiful bays along the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. San Juan del Sur is only a short drive by car. Conveniently close for picking up groceries yet comfortably far away to let you abandon yourself to the peace and quiet of Remanso Bay.

What makes this villa unique

While traveling in Nicaragua, we fell in love with the traditional open air living concept, which inspired the design of our Villa.

Our property being perched on a ridge offers 270 degree vistas towards the Pacific and the surrounding mountains. From the moment we set foot on the lot we were sold on this breathtaking unique panoramic quality. The sweet smelling, cool breeze in our face sealed the deal. Ever since we've owned Villa Pavela, our favorite thing is to wake up before the kids and run off to our beach for an early morning swim. Returning to the fresh smell of coffee and breakfast, prepared by our housekeeper Eliza, is simply heaven. It would be our pleasure to share this magical experience with you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed at Villa Pavela for four weeks and really could not have made any better choice. We were five adults and two kids and enjoyed the beautiful house very much. It is really well equipped for families, e.g. including a high chair and baby pop-up bed. Blackouts are frequent in Nicaragua but the wind power device and additional battery never left us in the dark.

The views are amazing and the rich tropical garden puts a smile on your face every single morning - as does the sunset at night. The beach is just minutes away, following a rocky path (a little steep, but even our two-year old could walk) and a short dirt road. The beach has an awesome surf break for beginners and intermediate surfers alike, depending on weather conditions, and is never crowded.

The very best of all is Elisa, the caretaker and cook, and her family. Her meals are delicious and cannot be recommended and praised enough. Her kids are very nice and friendly and our kids played together every day. We enjoyed mingling with Elisa and her family a lot and even learned Spanish from them. But they will absolutely respect your privacy if you need it and in this case, you will not even notice they live on the grounds. (Same with the dog, we only noticed he was there after a week.)

San Juan del Sur can easily be reached by taxi. Elisa can recommend a trusted driver and arrange transfers. We found this was the easiest way to get around safely with kids and cheaper than renting a car.

The house is perfect for you if you are a family, want to relax, enjoy silence and nature, and a good surf. Nothing compares to swaying in the hammocks early in the morning when the jungle wakes up and the sun rises slowly over the ocean.Thank you Ela for this wonderful experience and congrats on your beautiful property. Will be back again next year. Anton and Johana
Nov 2016
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San Juan del Sur Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower to rinse off beach sand
    Bathroom 3 - shower , Ensuite from 2nd bedroom, large shower and hand sink.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite from master bedroom, includes sink, toilet & shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Powder room w/toilet and hand sink, accessible from corridor
  • We have on demand water heaters for extra comfort under the shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King size bed, night tables, lamps, bureau, wardrobe, AC
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , 1 baby crib , 1 bunk bed , AC
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) We have a KidCo PeePod for babies., Bunk Beds (1) Lower unit is a double size bed. Both bedrooms equipped with ceiling fans and AC.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Basic toiletries are provided for your first night. A clay water filtration system is provided in the kitchen. It allows unlimited drinking water. Hot water heaters offer that added comfort under the shower after a day of surfing and beach fun. Both bedrooms have paid AC but are also equipped with ceiling fans, window screens and mosquito nets for all beds, which enhances the tropical character and experience at Villa Pavela. For an additional fee, Elisa can go grocery shopping for you and prepare mouth watering Nicaraguan dishes. Her specialties are ceviche and salsa jalapeno, to name only a few.


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Villa Pavela - Traditional Open Air Concept design by beautiful Playa Remanso
average rating of 4.892857 based on 35 reviews
Santa Cruz, CA USA

Very well thought out place.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay there.

We were well taken care of Auxilladora and Loius. They ran a very tight ship. I think the floors were swept and mopped twice a day! Was awesome. I highly recommend having the caretakers prepare meals. It really makes a big difference, we really enjoyed just sitting down to already prepared meals. Wonderful.

Our visit was in March, end of the dry season so we missed out on what I am sure is amazing foliage. The house is designed well. The wind is funnelled down canyon there towards the bay so we never needed AC. Wind was constant. Kept things plenty cool in the shade.

The beach at Playa Hermosa is pretty short walk away. A beginning surfer's break. 2 little cantina type restaurants. Food plenty good. Rent surfboards there and have lessons.

If you are a proficient surfer may want to head to Playa Hermosa or Playa Maderas.

We loved the little cat, Methinga and we were also greeted by the Giant Toad on our arrival (almost the size of the cat).

Beautiful view if you walk up the hill to the south. Can see Playa Hermosa waves breaking. See Costa Rica and then north to San Juan Del Sur... Breathtaking.


  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet place to stay, with a very nice view and close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at this house with our 2 small children (3 and 6). The house is very open and nice to live in. The wind is blowing all the time specially at night so its very confortable. The beach is very close and nice to swim and to surf. The house was clean at our arrival and Eliza is cleaning also during the stay.

Eliza is a really amazing cook so it's better to have her cook! She is cleaning afterward as well so it's a real vacation !

The city is not far but the road is bit rough. A car is ok though.

The owner Mme Fiett, is absolutely lovely and helpful before and during the stay.

We all loved our stay at villa Pavela. We highly recommend it !

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Well stocked, beautiful location, restful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Villa Pavela. It is a quiet location, breezy, a close walk to the beach down a hill.

We never even turned on the air conditioning, it was so breezy. Understand the living area is outdoors, so you are one with the elements, whether it be insect, air or people. It is so lovely to lay in the hammocks and relax and listen to the wind, and maybe the surf, butterflies flit by the beautiful flowering bushes. We never saw a mosquito, but many small lizards, and even a LARGE toad came to visit.

Aliza is very warm, friendly and caring, as well as helpful. She and her husband are very accommodating, their quarters are very close by . Do be aware, that he starts watering the plants very early in the morning, so do not walk around in your undies ( or less). The open air plan of the house keeps you cool, but also visible.

We enjoyed all the outdoor spaces, the back terrace is lovely in the heat of the afternoon.

Every kitchen tool is there, as well as some books and games, we never found the DVD's, but did not need them, it was just so nice to chat and lay in the hammocks.

There are two hammocks, a few rocking chairs, a dining room table that seats 4 and stools at the counter. I would think that more than 4 people would be crowded. No sofa or indoor living room.

We did not rent a car, and used Alvaro a few times as a taxi driver. Be aware that it is isolated out there, but we were happy to body surf and chill. The road at night is dark, rutted and unpaved, as well as bikes, kids and animals may be in the road.

Views are spectacular from 3 sides. We loved it, hope you do too.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Short Break in the Sun

  • 5 of 5

I spent 2 amazing weeks at Villa Pavela. The villa is in an incredible location, seconds from the beach and secluded enough to be completely relaxing. Very comfortable also. Eliza is very helpful and her family are lovely, never intrusive but always available to help. Remanso beach is perfect for beginner to intermediate surfers, consistently good waves and a cool little taco bar on the beach made for some awesome days. I had a truck so San Juan del Sur was accessible for meals out or supplies.

Overall Villa Pavela left a great impression on me, setting up the rental was easy and the owner Ela was always available to answer whatever questions i had, usually daily! The Nicaraguan people i met in my 2 weeks were lovely, happy, the town is buzzing and food always great. Exactly what i was looking for in a holiday, and i will be back for sure...

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you had such a relaxing stay. Villa Pavela does not have any immediate neighbors which contributes to the sense of privacy and serenity. The property opens up on three sides to unobstructed views towards the ocean and surrounding jungle covered cordilleras. We recommend guests bring their own binoculars to observe the richness of the surrounding flora and fauna. In our garden, there is an open tray bird feeder. A few slices of pineapple or papaya will attract all sorts of birds and butterflies for you to see up close. A real treat for all nature enthusiasts. Cheers, Ela
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Beautiful home, wonderful service

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I stayed at Villa Pavela for a weekend earlier this month. We all thoroughly enjoyed the stay. The home is very cozy with room for 7. When we arrived, the housekeeper, Eliza, was preparing dinner for us which she will do for a small charge. She and her family are very kind and were helpful in answering our questions. The beach is about a five minute walk away. I highly recommend this rental, you will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Trip

  • 5 of 5

Villa Pavela is a great place to stay. Eliza is a great cook. You would hardly know she is around but she is there when you need her. Great surfing at the beach and many other fun activities to do in the area. I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
140 Kilometres
Augusto C Sandino (MGA) in Managua
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Fish & Taco beach shack at Playa Remanso
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
St. Jorge to Isla Ometepe
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Iguana Resort Club near Tola Beach
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Pan American highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Black Monkey in Congo Hills
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Playa Remanso
Car: not necessary

Situated only 2 minutes on foot from the beach and surf, Villa Pavela offers a beautiful and convenient base for families, surfers and the quiet type simply seeking peaceful comfort in the spectacular views and sounds of nature. The beach provides endless challenges and fun for beginners to experienced surfers, sand castle architects and kite pilots. If playing guitar is your thing then you are welcome to use our instrument, however bring spare chords.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $156.1
Pet Fee $19.51
Final cleaning $19.51

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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