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21 reviews
Welcome to paradise!
Your view at sunset
Have a cool plunge in the pool overlooking the ocean and jungle
Enjoy a cocktail made with the award winning Flor de Cana
One of the many seating areas
The media room- relax and watch a movie
Forest and Surf Villa Dry Season
Surrounded by jungle- which means monkeys!
Large kitchen eating space with view
The perfect place to cook a meal
The media room- relax and watch a movie
Long hallways on both sides of home
Incredible views with our floor to ceiling screens- wildlife is everywhere
The view from the side balcony off the sitting room
Lounge away the afternoon
Sunlight fills the home
Incredible wood detailing
Light filled and airy
The office??  The perfect spot to get work done
Master bedroom
Master bed
another view- we can't get enough!
The perfect way to start the day
Master ensuite bathroom
The kids room! No age limits...!
Bedroom 2 with ensuite
An incredible ensuite
Fourth bedroom- ensuite
Pull up a seat and help the chef!
Spacious kitchen allows everyone to help the chef
High ceilings and tons of space
Lots of seating
Grab a book and enjoy the quiet
The pool and neighbouring house
Everyones favourite space
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Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
San Juan del Sur, Rivas Department

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geraldc10...
Justin, Texas
1 review
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“What a beautiful place”
Reviewed 15 July 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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We truly enjoyed staying at this property because it is a beautiful and well designed house. The open windows reminds you that you are in the forest but yet you are protected by the mesh nets and can hear the birds in the morning and the monkeys at night. You can enjoy the forest when taking a ride to the private beach which is the other wonder. The staff are very friendly and helpful when needed.

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Liked best: The house, the amenities, the forest, the wild animals, the private beach, the security of the property.
Liked least: TV not working. Locking door was difficult.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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SophieBal...
Montreal, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A piece of paradise”
Reviewed 19 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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A friend and I rented the Forest Surf Villa for 2 weeks and we were very satisfied with our choice. The house is absolutely lovely and the views are breathtaking. The infinity pool was a nice way to cool off after a day at the beach or to just hang out all day. The master bedrooms are spacious and comfortable each with en suite full bathrooms (even had double sinks). Again the views from the bedrooms were amazing, the star gazing was awesome.
The location provides a jungle stay feeling without being too hard to access. You do however need a 4x4 to get to the house, which is fine since the car rental agencies provide very good choices in San Juan del Sur. Accessing the Playones beach is a short drive or hike, which is well worth the effort as it is a pretty big white sand beach where you won't be packed like sardines. There are many other beaches we visited in the vicinity as well...all beautiful.
We always felt safe and well taken care for which is important to 2 women travelling alone. The security staff were extremely nice and helpful. I do have to mention Gabriella from Remax since she was of GREAT help to us. She made sure we had all the knowledge we needed about San Juan del Sur, Balcones and all the surrounding areas. Thanks to her we ate like queens in some excellent restaurants, we saw the sights that Nicaragua has to offer and our stay was safe, fun and the house was perfect, except for the toaster :)
This vacation exceeded our expectations!!!

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Liked best: The beautiful views from the swinging double chair/bed.
Liked least: the parking
Travelling group: Avec mes amis
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children
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TwoHappyF...
Millington, New Jersey
1 review
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“Great vacation but please give this house the TLC it deserves”
Reviewed 8 January 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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We had a great trip despite some small disappointment in the house itself. The local beach was quiet and beautiful and the kids enjoyed the public "surfing beach". Nerves of steel are required to drive to town in San Juan del Sur, up and down the rocky, steep roads while bypassing cattle, dogs, chickens, reckless drivers in cars and dirt bikes and pedestrians. Four-wheel drive an absolute must! However, once in town we enjoyed excellent and reasonably-priced meals. We felt safe in the house and in town. Locals were friendly and honest.

The bones of this house were unique and beautiful but in general it would benefit from a bit of maintenance. Appliances did not all function or function well (burners on the stove, toaster, phone, etc), deck furniture was a bit tattered and electricity outages occurred almost daily. There was a small lack of privacy as the walls do not reach up to the ceilings, allowing sound to travel from room to room and throughout the house. Also, bathrooms in the bedrooms did not have doors if that sort of thing bothers you. However, the views from the house and in particular the large master bedroom were breathtaking. It was incredible to sleep in the open-air setting and we loved the cooling breezes and sounds of nature from outside. Security and maintenance staff were quite nice and very hardworking but communicating our needs was challenging as they spoke little or no English. We too were a bit worried renting directly from the owners but our fears were eliminated during several phone and e-mail conversations prior to our trip. The owners provided excellent driving directions and tips to help us enjoy the vacation.

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Liked best: The setting was private and rustic. The scenery was incredible!
Liked least: Daily power outages were frustrating and the lack of maintenace was a shame for such a unique property
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups People with pets
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Management Response
7 Jan 2013
Hello Wendy,

Thank you for the honest review. We will be updating our appliances soon and save up to upgrade the furniture as well. We have just purchased a new battery back-up system to help with power outages. Power outages are so common in Nicaragua that unfortunately it has burned out our old power back-up system.

The doors and walls are a bit of a design feature and changing these would not be in-keeping with the architect's original vision, so i am afraid art wins over some functionality here.

Locals do not speak English or speak very very little, unlike neighbouring Costa Rica and we do need to brief our guests about this so they are prepared when they visit. Some guests opt to go with the services of an English speaking concierge for this same reason.

I am glad you had a good time overall and had a great adventure! Hope to host you again soon. Thanks again.

Cheers!
Ana and Glen Ross
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Toronto
Reviewed 28 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

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NY
Reviewed 8 February 2012 for a stay in February 2012

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