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Recent San Juan Del Sur reviews

  • Amazing Family Vacation!

    "Our family of five (2 adults and three kids ages 13, 13, 15) stayed at Villas Playa Maderas (Palmeras) for a week in March 2016. Our experience with this rental well exceeded our expectations in every way (and we had high expectations). To start with, Richardo was excellent to work with on the booking and payment. He was very accommodating and offered advice about the best time to come, transportation, meals, etc...the villa itself is exactly as described in the posting - yet, in many ways it is indescribable. The sunsets, the warm breeze off the water, the view, the sounds of the breaking waves, etc... Are difficult to put into words. The house was perfect for us in every way. It's open design was nice and yet everyone had their own privacy. The pool was absolutely perfect, clean, and refreshing and the view...is epic. Sharing the pool with another villa is no problem at all - we had a couple of neighbors and had a nice time getting to know them. And, the pool is plenty big. The location of the villas is fairly remote yet perfectly positioned between two fantastic beaches. The walk to the sand is 144 steps down the hill to the water. Maybe 2-3 minutes. Playa Maderas is only a short beach walk away where there are a couple nice restaurants with good food and cold beer. The beach is clean and beautiful. The surf shop at playa Maderas rents surf boards and most people go there to surf. We rented boards for about $5 for a couple hours. Lastly, the villa staff are really what makes the villa an amazing place to stay. Marie was very helpful / friendly and responded quickly to every request. She arranged for a couple of different staff members to cook for us for four nights - this was such a treat. The food was fantastic and very Nica authentic. Freshly caught fish, beans, rice, fresh veggies...wow. The security staff are very professional and friendly although their English is not very good - I tried to practice my Spanish pretty much every day and we often had a good laugh at my poorly articulated words. We felt very safe at all times - never a concern for us at all. Also, SJDS is a short taxi ride away and there's lots to do and see there. In general - I would highly recommend the Villas Playa Maderas for a family getaway as it really does have it all - the house, pool, beach, staff, and the view were all unforgettable."
    Guest: Jason Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: April 13, 2016
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  • Fabulous home with incredible hospitality, views, and location!

    "We stayed one week at Casa Miramar in San Juan Del Sur and it was an amazing stay. From the beginning, communication with the owner was great and once we arrived the rental manager, Ingrid was SO helpful with everything from booking day trips to recommendations in town to helping us with any questions regarding the home. The outdoor area is unreal -- fun pool with beautiful views and lounge areas. The bedrooms are large and definitely enough space for families. MUST MUST get the meal plan which including breakfast every morning, a few lunches and dinners --- fresh produce, juices, meats, etc. It was definitely the highlight. Also, the staff is so sweet and helpful. The housekeepers cleaned every day and Ofel helped with any issues -- light bulb out, etc. The home is also only a 5 minute walk to town -- convenient yet you get privacy all at the same time. There's two villas on the property -- 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom. We stayed in the 2 bedroom and the other villa was occupied as well. But, we had no issues with them and the outdoor space which we shared was big enough for all of us to enjoy. LOVE LOVE."
    Guest: Juliet C. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 4, 2016
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  • Paradise in the jungle!

    "In the words of Axle Rose, "Welcome to the jungle!" Except the only screaming we heard was from the howler monkeys that came right up to the back balcony of the house and "hung out" with us over dinner (this seriously happened on night three)! Our two young girls (ages 5 and 7) were overjoyed when the monkeys just watched us as they munched on leaves and crashed around on the branches! This place may be in the jungle, but it's an idyllic getaway for young families, or couples. We were a short walk to the common pool (100 yards away) where our kids loved to swim while overlooking the jungle canopy down the hillside! Don't believe the exaggerated reviews of the bugs in the pool. We were staying there a couple weeks later than one reviewer and had a blast in the pool. The ground-keeping guy was excellent and cleaned the pool every day (despite bugs in the jungle, it was super-clean)! The pool is long enough for some laps, while the kids were able to work on their swimming skills (the deepest part is only four feet)! In general, we were so impressed with how clean and well-maintained the grounds were. The house itself is gorgeous! The design is incredibly well adapted to the environment in which it's situated. Coming to Nicaragua from a cooler North American climate, we were expecting to be hot at night in a place that doesn't have air conditioning (the house is made up of an open screen system). However, much to our surprise, the cool evening breezes combined with some well placed fans kept us very comfortable each evening! The fully-functional kitchen was excellent, and we were able to make use of the bbq to grill fresh seafood we bought from the SJDS fish market! Each evening we ate while watching the beautiful Nicaraguan sun set on the ocean horizon below the jungle-covered mountains! The beach was a short drive away, but go at low tide. The Balcones property manager, Gabby, was so helpful when we arrived and frequently checked in on us! She warned us that sometimes we might see scorpions or tarantulas in the house, but we quickly realized that the reason for this is they are often looking for an open door. We just made sure the sliding doors were closed and we never had anything to worry about! Don't get me wrong, you'll see these cool creatures around the property (after all, you are in the jungle baby!), but there's nothing to worry about! The most interesting insect we saw in the house was a six-inch long Praying Mantis on the bug net. Cool!"
    Guest: Lisa A. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 13, 2016
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  • Wonderful house, perfect distance from town

    "This is a beautiful property, kept spotless by the caretakers. The owners have invested in nice furniture, dishes and linens; a pleasant surprise in Nicaragua. . The views are stunning and the pool was the perfect way to play away an afternoon. The location is the perfect place if you want the quiet of the wilderness but still have easy access to town. It was 5-10 min drive to town depending on congestion. The beds are extremely firm like all mattresses in Nicaragua. The house is high on the hill, so it catches the breezes easily and on most nights the air conditioning is not necessary, Having the option was a nice perk on muggy nights. My only wish is that there were a screen to pull at night to keep out the stray cats and minimize the critters. After dark the living area was not enjoyable because of all the insects attracted to the lights. We will come back!"
    Guest: Lanna D. Date of Stay: July 2016 Review Submitted: August 2, 2016
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