About This Listing
Forest and Surf Villa is a 4,000 square foot home designed by renowned architect Matthew Falkiner of Simplemente Madera. Experience peaceful treetop living in eco-luxury with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Sounds of the waves from three nearby beaches can be heard from the bedrooms and living spaces, harmonizing with sounds from birds and howler monkeys.
The heart of the house is the main level. You enter through the large deck among the trees and raised high above the forest floor. Sliding doors open into the open plan dining area and kitchen. The hallways are columned with beautiful pieces of eucalyptus hardwood and lead into the main sala or living room and another viewing deck.
The house has two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, his and hers sinks. A third bedroom also with an ensuite bathroom is located with its own entrance at the lower level of the house with its own deck. An additional fourth bedroom is located on the upper level.
The house has wi-fi through-out. Located on the lower level is the laundry room equipped with washer and dryer - very handy during the green season. The house is also equipped with back-up power powered by inverter so can continue a tranquil holiday without noise from generators - a must in Nicaragua.
Forest and Surf Villa is part of the Balcones de Majagual, a gated community. Parking is available with security 24 hour security. Your security man is also equipped with a two way radio that links him to the property superviso
r should you have any questions about the house, the town or if you need assistance with additional services. Maid service is available at no extra cost.
Interaction with Guests
Our local host will meet and greet you as well as help you arrange extra amenities, tours and extra services.
Guests are required to rent their own 4 x 4 for their stay- we can assist with providing discounts at Dollar Car Rental
Other Things to Note
$10 fee for two people for use of washer dryer for week or part thereof. $20 for four, $30 for 6 and $40 for 8
We seek guests who will take the time to enjoy the beauty and wildlife that our community has to offer. We assure you that your rental home will be outfitted as advertised and our staff will work with you to make your vacation special. Casa Selva is a non smoking home.
Vehicles required to be in four wheel drive, first gear at all times on property.
Couldn't have asked for a better experience. The villa is magnificent -- an extraordinary home with the most incredible views. The house itself is a dream, beautifully furnished with an open/relaxing layout. Wish I were in the pool right now, watching the sun set over the ocean and the lush hills. The smiling and helpful hosts at the Balcones are equally lovely. Thank you for all the memories.
The closest we've come to staying in a treehouse, the forest surf villa was a delightful end to a 10-day - 2-family trip exploring Nicaragua. Booking and communication were a snap with Laura and the staff at Re/Max in SJDS. Check in was rather elaborate and complex with three Re/Max parties all having to coordinate, so an independent check in would have made that process easier. Semana Santa offered it’s challenges with traffic, but being up and away in the hills made the stay a delight nonetheless, and the joy and celebration on the beaches was infectious.
Thanks so much for staying with us Jared and Katherine! Our apologies for the long check in process- with the holiday things were super busy! As for independent check ins we tried this in the past and found guests actually got lost (our area isn't well signed) so this method proves the safest and most efficient. You guys were great guests and we'd love to have you back!
The house was amazing. You really feel like you are secluded from the rest of the world but are a short drive into town. Laura and Joel have a great team watching over their property. They were professional and thorough. The process was easy from beginning to end. Would recommend this house in a heart beat!
Laura, Joel, the Balcones staff and the RE/MAX provided the perfect tropical getaway from the long, frigid winter in Michigan! Laura and Joel were extremely responsive and got us in touch with all of the right people when necessary (also a few basic manual driving lessons that came at a very important time!). Forest Surf Villa (or any house in Balcones, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua) was the perfect location for a secluded vacation but also very close to a town (15/20 minute drive to San Juan del Sur) and the beach (10 minute drive to playa Majagual and Maderas). A 4x4 is required to get to balconies (the gated village where Forest Surf Villa is located) and both Laura/Joel and the RE/MAX team helped me set up the logistics with the car. Balcones has access to a private parking area for both Playa Majagual and from there you can walk to Playa Maderas (the surfing beach). I strongly recommend staying at Forest Surf Villa and getting to Nicaragua ASAP, already looking forward to my next trip to Balcones. Thank you for a great experience!
Matty- you guys were the absolute sweetest guests- and I bet you could give lessons on standard driving now too! We loved having you and were disappointed we didn't get to catch a hockey game in town together- We really hope you guys make it back down sometime soon!
What a great trip! We were sad to go home. Nicaragua is a beautiful country and the forest and surf villa was the perfect way to experience it. I would say the pictures online don't do this place justice. We loved the open concept, having family dinners and watching the sunset from the patio. Our neighbours across from the infinity pool were the nicest couple and we all became fast friends. I would highly recommend this villa to anyone looking for carefree trip and wanting to experience what it feels like to live in a beautiful treehouse in the jungle.
The house was beautiful, open air tree house (screened in) set amongst howler monkeys and wildlife. Perfect spot to relax away from SJDS, and close to great surf at Maderas. We cooked Mahi Mahi we caught on a fishing trip, the kitchen is setup to cook your own meals. Upon arrival they helped us shop at local markets for groceries and gave us direction for restaurants to visit and which to avoid. You won't regret staying here! 4x4 is a must on roads
Great place in the trees. Not as many bugs as we expected and a great shared pool
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About the Host, Laura (And Joel)
We are just two travel loving people who fell in love with the country of Nicaragua and ended up buying our dream home! While we try and spend as much time there as possible, occasionally, we do have to work- and we do want to keep discovering this amazing planet. While we are doing this, we are happy to offer homes in our community to others to enjoy and discover this truly amazing country! San Juan del Sur Nicaragua is the place to come for travellers who are looking for surf, sunshine and a little adventure, and we try our best to make our home a little piece of luxury to come and relax in between all that fun! Through renting our own personal home Casa Selva- I fell into assisting my amazing neighbours in Balcones de Majagual with renting their homes- the rest they say is history. You couldn't pick a better spot in Nicaragua- and you couldn't pick better guests than myself and my husband Joel!