Pelican Eyes Resort and Spa
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... talking to many people, and after scoring this deal with this resort that work trade agreements are rife throughout Central America, There are tonnes of businesses, hotels, properties all looking for volunteers to assist them in management, building or development. This is a great way to allow you to travel through this region and find somewhere to call home for a little while and live for little or even free! Check it ...
... no sooner had we sat down when a man walked up the back to use the toilet. Really? Must you?? Did you not think to go before you left the ship ?? Oh God I think we are in for a tough time on this bus if everyone uses the toilets and our seats are "right there”.
The young guide started talking as soon as we were underway, motoring through San Juan Del Sur (SJS) on our way to a town called Rivas. The houses in SJDS were small, some were ...
... week. - Hike to the beach over the hill. B/w Xmas and NYE we decided we needed a break from rocking chair and get out somewhere for the day. We hiked with Pikey and Alma over the southern hill (opposite Jesus) towards some secluded beaches Jim had told them about. A couple of hours of ups and downs in the heat, and we made it to a quiet and secluded stolen beach with some nice places to sit in the water and relax for a few hours. We only saw one other group during our time ...
... get to a rock shoreline, out of the mangroves without water damage to my belongings. I am now soooo close to getting back to Guasacate. I test the depth of the water at various spots from here and it's clear I'm going to have to swim, and the tide continues to rise. A surfer is coming up behind me, just having rode Popoyo, an unreal reef break in the area, I flag him down and we stick my ipad between his leash and the board. I then swim ...
... pretty stressful. Check in was at 1:00 so the arrival time was perfect. We headed up to our rooms and were very pleased to see that the rooms looked completely "Americanized". We all snuggled up into a bed and appreciated the fact that the bed was dry. It is hard to appreciate how amazing this was for us. We turned on the AC and the tv and relaxed. We couldn't be too picky about the tv channels as there were not too many that were in English. A channel could turn ...
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Pave the roads already
This was a very nice place with a lot of potential. We booked one of the "casas" with two bedrooms and it was really quite spacious and beautiful. All appliances and amenities were wonderful, with the exception of a broken washer in the laundry room. The rainfall shower heads in the bathrooms were the ultimate. One slight drawback was the really big ants on the patios and other little critters that one expects to see in the area. Also, the roads to get up and down from the houses to the main restaurant or the town were hideous. They need to be paved and the landscape needs to get finished. Very steep hills and the climb up and down the hill is not easy. The service was a bit lacking. The employees are friendly enough, but don't quite go out of their way to offer enough information on the amenities or local activities. We asked were a nice local beach was and were handed a portion of a map with no other info. The drive to the beach 'El Coco" took almost an hour through rough, hilly terrain on an unpaved, bumpy road.
Not quite an A+
The bad 1st. ......The beds are rock hard and the breakfast burrito -----...other than that, as awesome as awesome gets food/service/atmosphere....so unlike any service anywhere in Latin America....the staff gets an A++, how the owner got a very unpunctual culture (latinos) to hop and skip without missing a beat is beyond me.... the rooms are incredible...the town of san jaun del sur is a bit of a dump, i'll give it a c-......and it's ez to get lost coming from the airport!!! P Eyes Rocks bigtime!!!!
You must love walking stairs, hilly
Piedras, is a hotel located on a sharp cliff, be very careful walking the always slippery stairs and high walk ways with no adequate fall protection. I know I slipped and fell really bruising my leg. There is constant construction going on at this hotel, also very noisy with local dogs. A much more relaxing and comfortable stay is the beautful Morgan's Rock.
We recently spent a week at Piedras y Olas in San Juan del Sur while on a medical mission with Manos Que Ayudan in Rivas, Nicaragua. Besides home, this is the only place I would want to return to after performing 10 hours of surgery in an unairconditioned, less than hygenic operating room and a 40 minute unairconditined bus ride (although cold Cerveza helped some.) You have to see this place for yourself to believe it. Internet photos are spectacular, but you cannot get the feel of the surroundings until you are in the midst of them. We stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath (El Faro y El Farito)Casa. We had a living room, dining room, fully equiped kitchen (microwave, purified water, coffee maker) 3 seperate patios (2 overlooking the Ocean with rocking chairs, and table and chairs for outside dining) and a lovely fountain by the main entrance. The bedrooms were huge each with their own bath. Baths are all tile and immaculate.The whole place was immaculately cleaned each day. Bedroom number two has it's own entrance and patio for late night arrivals.
Now about the complex! The staff are extremely attentive. Some speak english. The owner, Chris, is an American expatriate. He is a fantastic host and always available for anything you need. Casitas, casas, habitaciones are dotted throughout the hillside; all connected by winding brick stair pathways in lush tropical surroundings. The pool, bar and restaraunt all overlook the ocean. An absolute must for sunset photos. Our group concluded that the restaraunt served the best food in San Juan. I have to mention two other restaraunts within walking distance: El Colibri (boasting gorgeous artwork) and El Timon ( on the ocean, another hotspot for sunset.) Both are outstanding, you will be pleasantly surprised.
The town of San Juan is a bustling, thriving community. Everyone is friendly, the children are delightful. Their is sense of hardworking families here. The city is clean albeit some dirt roads. Activies are endless within the area. To name a few: Ocean, pool, sunset, Tona and Flor de Con, ZipLine, Volcanoes, Lake Nicaragua boat tours, Masaya open air market, Granada (old colonial city with spectacular sights and history.) and so much more!!!
Fantastic hospitality, great food and relaxing experience
My husband and I celebrated both Thanksgiving and our one year wedding anniversary at Hotel Piedras y Olas and could not have imagined a more special and romantic weekend. The Thanksgiving dinner prepared by Chef LBee was amazing, creative and delicious. The gracious staff also helped my husband surprise me with a private sunset sailing cruise on the Pelican Eyes sailboat (41' foot) and we had a romantic picnic on our own private beach and sailed home during the sunset and then under the stars with Capitana Denny, a fantastic sailor and her crew.
For our anniversary, the chef and hotel staff once again wowed us by preparing a special dinner (including our own pre-printed menu with our names on it) and private candlelit table out by the pool under the stars. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute of our stay and our comfortable & beautiful accommodations (we love sitting out on the ocean view patio/deck in the morning or at sunset!).
Beautiful Piedras y Olas
As many others have stated this is a fantastic place to stay. Everyone makes you feel welcome and they can't do enough for you.
The villas are beautiful, are very clean and the view is just WOW!
Our group of 4 stayed there October 22-29. We did the zip line tour (Flying Frog is the best zip line in Central America and we've done them all), turtle tour (fantastic night), 2 volcano tours, and Masaya market. All arranged by the hotel for us.
The food at the hotel is above top notch also. She must be the best chief in the country. Chris's gang just keeps on trying to please you all the time. We recommend them highly.
I, my husband, and our three children (ages 13, 11, and 7) stayed at Piedras Y Olas the last week in August, 2005. The rooms and villas are arranged on a hillside overlooking the ocean. We stayed in one of the ocean-view villas. Our villa was beautiful! I was amazed at how much room we had. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, and the most beautiful porch. There is great security at the hotel (although we never felt unsafe on this trip.)
Service at the hotel was incredible. Chris, the manager, is always available for questions, and the wait and hotel staff went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The pool was great, and poolside meal service was always available, as was room service.
The restaurant at the hotel has the best food in San Juan del Sur. Breakfast is included, with American and traditional Nicaraguan choices. The servings were huge, and we were often not hungry until dinner.
The hotel staff happily arranged several tours for us. We had surfing lessons at a completely empty beach, went on the canopy tour, and went one night to see the giant sea turtle laying their eggs (the highlight of the trip.) The surfing lessons and visit to the sea turtles were both led by Tim Roberts, a resident of San Juan del Sur. He was very easy going, and great with the kids.
For the best sunsets, the best food, and certainly some of the best service I have experienced, this hotel is the perfect choice.
My Tropical Paradise
I vistited Piedras y Olas in June of 2005.........this was my second visit to San Juan del Sur, my first stay here and I will return. We stayed in one of the spacious villas which included a fully stocked kitchen. You could go deep sea fishing with the locals, catch your meal and bring it back to prepare yourself at the villa. The other option is to go to the restaurant, relax with a cocktail while catching the sunset, then stay for dinner. We enjoyed eating outside under the stars and had a fabulous meal each night. The breakfast in the morning (which was included with the room) was wonderful too, the hardest decision was figuring out what to choose because everything was so good. Don't miss sailing on the Piedras y Olas boat........this was probably my favorite day of the trip. Spending the day on the sailboat, watching the dolphins swim along the side and we saw a lot of turtles. The staff at the hotel are all so friendly and very accommodating with anything needed. I'm hoping to return very soon. :)
A very special place
I stayed with a group of friends at Piedras y Olas for the second time last November.The location on a hillside overlooking the bay is fantastic.The hotel offers a variety of accomodations,pool cabanas,very spacious double rooms with two queen size beds or you can rent an entire villa with your family and friends.All rooms and villas are beautifully appointed and only natural,local materials are used,all have large patios with most having that incredible ocean view.Breakfast is included in the room rate and it is excellent:Locally grown coffee,tropical juices,feshly baked goods and everything from omelettes,to pancakes to your typical Nicaraguan breakfast with rice and beans.The pool is a beautiful infinity pool and invites to lazy around it,try the seafood ceviche and a tropical rum drink!When dinner time comes around the hotel staff will be pleased to set up your table anywhere around the pool so you can continue enjoying those beautiful sunsets while feasting on anything from local seafood to steaks,lamb,pasta and very creative desserts.Service is excellent and the staff just cant do enough to make your stay an enjoyable one.The same goes for the front desk,anything you like to do or need will be arranged at the front desk.From canopy tours to kayaking,daytrips to Granada to of course the hotel owned boat Pelican Eyes for a daytrip to deserted beaches for a BBQ.In short, I will be back regularly in the future,great place to visit and relax for a few days.Worth every penny!
We spent a couple of days at Piedras y Olas to finish off our trip to Nicaragua and were happy with this hotel. It is on the hill side overlooking San Juan and the ocean, so it is a bit of a hike uphill when you walk to and from town. The setting is very pleasant with a main building containing a restaurant, bar, and pool area. One disappointment we had was that there were no umbrellas around the pool so there is limited shade available for people who don't want to sit in the direct sun. The rooms are on the hill above the main building, so climbing up additional steps is required. Our room included two queen beds, a large bathroom with walk in shower, a wet bar area with bottled water provided, and a balcony overlooking the town and ocean. Be warned however that the roofs are thatched so little critters do get into the rooms. Breakfast (waiter service, not a buffet) was included in the room rate and we thoroughly enjoyed each morning. We ate dinner at the restaurant one night and thought the meal was overpriced for what it was. There are better options at the beachfront restaurants in town. The drinks at the bar were reasonably priced and we also had some afternoon snacks from the bar which were good.