Casa Santosha - Pool & Yoga Space

Bed & Breakfast - Entire home/apt · NIC, San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua
Your host, Sha
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The Space

Cost is based on per person per night. Rent a bedroom, the guest house or the whole house. Yoga surf retreat packages are available but you can stay here without buying a package! Casa Santosha is a home run similar to a Bed & Breakfast so taxes and gratuities will be added to activities, services and meal preparation.

Casa Santosha is a Bed & Breakfast style home located in El Camino del Sol, Kilometer 136.5. A peaceful community nestled in the lush foothills above the seaside village of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Rates at Casa Santosha are per person nightly.

Host can cook and provide other services such as Transportation, Laundry, Surfing Lessons and Guiding, Private yoga, Thai massage, Photography for an additional cost but taxes and gratuities will be added.

Community Amenities:
29-meter saline lap pool, over 8 feet deep, outside showers
Covered poolside yoga shala with bamboo floors
Common area change room and toilets
Organic Gardens
Lazy hammocks
Sounds of nature (monkeys and birds)
Nearby Mango trees
Restaurant services available with advance notice for group bookings

The Bus goes by on the main road every 20 minutes during the daytime for less than $1 USD. A taxi can cost anywhere from 20-100 Cordobas into San Juan Del Sur, $1- 5 USD. Look for a Colectivo Taxi (A shared taxi with others along the way for cheapest rates). Or you can call one of our private taxi drivers via (website hidden). Rates rise after dark. Walking into town is also an option. The 30 minute walk to town provides good exercise in the mornings. Host can also help arrange shuttles to the beach. Prices vary from $6-15 per person depending on the amount of people and beach destination.

Casa Santosha
This boutique style home features two casitas side by side. As you walk through the gate the calming zen-like colors chosen allow for relaxation throughout your stay. Features include a trickling water fountain beside the outdoor uncovered yoga floor / meditation area immediately outside the doors of Casa Shiva and Casa Shakti. Since Nicaragua has pleasant weather year round here you will find a covered outside living area with a comfy sectional sofa and dining table that seats 8, not to mention an outside waterfall shower to rinse off after getting back from yoga class or the beach. Just outside the stonewall, only a minutes walk to the yoga shala featuring bamboo floors and a saline swimming pool and outdoor shower. Both houses, side by side, Casita Shakti and Casita Shiva sleep 8. Shared accommodation with the host. 2 bathrooms with walk in showers and 1 outside shower. Washer. 2 flatscreen TV’s and DVD players. Satellite TV in the main house.

Casita Shakti (Main House)
Small living area with twin day bed and flatscreen TV and dvd player (Satellite TV)
Full size, fully stocked Gourmet kitchen with stainless steel appliances and barstools. Can be shared with Host if approved in advance.
Master bedroom features a queen bed and air-conditioning and ceiling fan. (Host resides here but can be rented).
Small bedroom with private entrance a tri bunk- queen bed /with twin bed on top. Separate entrance and ceiling fan. This room is small, just for sleeping.
Full size bathroom with walk in shower
Washing machine
Hot water
Sleeps 5. Shared accommodation

Casita Shiva (Guest House) Ideal for a couple or 2 singles but can sleep 3 adults.
One open room with Queen bed and twin day bed
Mini bar area with small fridge
Flat screen TV with dvd player
Bathroom with walk in shower
Vaulted ceiling, ceiling fan and standing fan. Several windows, good air-flow.
Hot water
Sleeps 3. Shared accommodation

Nicaragua is blessed with some of the best surfing and beaches in the world! San Juan del Sur, a small beach town located on a sandy bay can be walked and explored by foot on cobble stone streets. San Juan del Sur is surrounded by many nearby beaches accessible by foot, bike, car, truck, or boat. (Maderas 20 minutes $7 USD per person, Remanso 15 minutes $6 USD per person, Yankee 45 minutes $15 USD per person, Hermosa $10 USD per person plus $3 entry fee: 35 minutes, Popoyo 2.5 hours, Colorado 2hours $50 USD per person) via car. Host can provide shuttle service with advance notice, we charge the same price that shuttles from town cost.

The whole house can be rented for yoga retreats or small groups. Inquire with host for specific details. Host is a certified yoga instructor and available for private or group instruction.

CHILDREN - My home is not child proof although I do enjoy children it is probably not the best for really young children under 10 years old because the yoga space in my yard does not have a guard rail. There are many stairs. Adults looking for peace and quiet are best suited for this property.

Guest Access

Guests have free access to the development's common area pool, wifi by the pool and yoga space. WIFI free at Casa Santosha

Interaction with Guests

I'm always available for questions! With advance notice I can happily provide meals, yoga, surfing, and assistance in transportation.

The Neighborhood

Our comunnity is a located in a private development. Several homes are occupied full time by Expats or long term renters. Often their are yoga trainings or retreats happening in the development. It is a community geared toward families, wellness and relaxation.

Getting around

Off the main road the local bus passes by every 30 minutes to an hour. "Collectivo Taxi's" can be flagged from here and often it is easy to catch a ride with a neighbor heading to town or host can call a taxi/

Other Things to Note

Nicaragua is a developing country. Things move at a much slower pace here. This home is located in the jungle where monkeys, serveral bird species, snakes and insects reside. Care must be taken but nature can be enjoyed from afar even for the most timid traveler. This is a very safe development to stay in near by town.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 9
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: $45 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $260 /week
Monthly Price: $900 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Cleaning Fee: $30
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • The reservation was canceled 5 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    April 2014
  • I spent a lovely 5 days at Heidi's place a week ago and I miss the tranquility, atmosphere, more then LOVELY meals and our great conversations!!
    Casa Santosha is such a great place, I woke up every morning from the call of the birds. It's so much better then staying in San Juan, thanks Heidi for your hospitality, beso!!

    March 2014
  • I just got back from an amazing trip to Nicaragua during which I spent a fabulous week at Heidi's. She has been an incredible host. She'd always want to make sure I had everything I needed and she had cool suggestions of what to do around San Juan Del Sur. Her place is clean, safe, peaceful. Just what I needed to recharge my batteries before going back to my crazy busy north american routine! Thanks for everything Heidi...and Monty, of course ;)

    February 2014
  • My husband and I stayed with Heidi at Casa Santosha for 5 nights during our time in SJDS. We did a lot of research and were always drawn back to Casa Santosha and are so glad we decided to stay here the whole time! Heidi helped arrange our transportation from Managua and made it very easy for us which was a nice start to our visit to Nica. The location is just outside of town and offered a peaceful place to call home during out stay.

    The guest house was clean with simple, cute personal touches throughout. The consistent breeze was nice and the variety of birds amongst the trees kept us company with their songs. Perfect for a couple looking to relax and spend quality time together surrounded by nature.

    Heidi (and Lester) made us feel so at home and offered recommendations for places to eat and visit in SJDS. This was especially helpful to us because we really didn't do much planning prior to arriving and intended on being open to whatever the day offered. Everything Heidi mentioned was right up our ally and we are thankful for her willingness to share her favorites with us, along with her inspirational life story.

    To get into town each morning, we either hitched a ride with Heidi, a neighbor or a got a cab (there were plenty to get on the main road on our way in, walking from Casa Santosha). Getting back via cab was super easy, everyone knows where "Camino del Sol" is and enjoyed the fact that we ended each day back at Heidi's sanctuary.

    Overall, the space is great, Heidi is a genuine, kind soul and we came home with a special fondness for SJDS. A lot of that is because of our time at Casa Santosha and the talks with had with Heidi. We look forward to returning time and time again and highly recommend Casa Santosha and Heidi as a host!!

    February 2014
  • Staying at Casa Santosha made for the perfect honeymoon. Heidi is a wonderful hostess and went out of her way to make our trip perfect by organizing transportation, activities, meals and more for us. The accommodations themselves were nicely decorated, comfortable, peaceful and very clean. We loved the outdoor lounging area with hammocks and spent a lot of time there! In all honestly we didn't want to leave at the end of our vacation! We felt very secure in the private gated community and loved being so close to the pool as well. It is only a short drive into town and we really liked how quiet it was in comparison to staying right in town. We highly recommend staying at Casa Santosha. After seeing some of the other accommodations available in the area we were so thankful we were staying with Heidi! In the mornings we could hear the monkeys and a wide range of birds etc. It was such a nice way to start each day. We will definately be back! Thank you for everything Heidi. As you said in your review of us, we left as friends.

    January 2014
  • I spent a month at Casa de Santosha and it was just what the Dr. ordered. Yoga, surfing, and adventuring with Heidi is the perfect escape from the treadmill of American life. Heidi is an amazing woman and I value the time I got to spend with her. Her house is great, very safe, and super clean. As soon as I got home, I started looking at when I could go back. Nicaragua is a magical place and I couldn't recommend this experience more. Oh yea, and Monty is the man. :)

    June 2013
    Response from Sha:

    Monty missed you!!!!!!!!!! :))) So do I. Come home hermano!

    June 2013
  • Hi All,

    I just got back from a recent stay at Heidi’s place. It was great! Rooms were well kept, pool was amazing and the hammocks were very relaxing as well. She was a great host and a great cook! Make sure to try her veggie burgers and hummus! YUM! She was also helpful in arranging surfing lessons for me as well as showing me the downtown area. Thanks for the experience Heidi!

    April 2013
  • My boyfriend and I stayed for a month in Heidi's beautiful home in San Juan del Sur. We have been traveling for about 4 months already so we intended to lay low in Nica. Casa Santosha was the perfect spot for our down time. Our room was very nice & spacious -- a queen sized bed (email hidden), a fridge & great ventilation. The bathroom always had a hot shower which is hard to come by in Nica. We also used the kitchen frequently to cook our meals. It was so comfortable we had such precious sleep every night (10-12 hrs!)! Every part of Heidi's home is well thought of. The way she lives is admirable -- simple, sustainable & very environmental friendly. We are really inspired with what we saw in Casa Santosha! Thank you Heidi!

    March 2013
  • If you're looking for an oasis with modern luxury, yet an authentic Nicaraguan experience, then Casa Santosha and host Heidi are a perfect match for you.

    From the time we arrived at the airport to the time we continued on in our travels, my friends and I (group of 6 people) felt safe and welcomed. Heidi arranged our airport shuttle and waited up late for us the night of our arrival. She cooked for us several times (Nica style), which was absolutely delicious and we also shared the kitchen to do our own cooking. This place truly became our home for 8 days.

    Heidi and co-host Mel were the perfect complement for our stay. They worked with us to create a personalized experience that has us all wanting to come back again. We took a surf lesson the first day, became addicted and hit the beach everyday after with morning and midday yoga sessions in between. She showed us as many beaches as possible, took us around town and offered shuttles as we needed.

    Casa Santosha is the perfect place for anyone looking to relax, surf, practice yoga or just get a feel for what San Juan del Sur has to offer.
    I love it and cannot wait to return :)

    January 2013
  • Great location close to town but with the feeling of being in a safe and relaxing oasis. Excellent comfort and amenities both in the living space and public areas (pool and lounge area). Was able to use the beautifully designed and fully equipped kichen to cook lobster tails and fish then relax in the hammocks. Highly recommend this location.

    October 2012
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Art of Yoga with Julia McCabe
Seeking Santosha Nicaragua & Casa Santosha
Certified yoga teacher YTT200 & Thai Massage Body (website hidden), photography, traveling, energy healing and guiding people through Nicaragua are my passions. Spending time in Nature and in the ocean surfing is where you will find me most of the time. Casa Santosha is my personal home and I'd love to share it with you. I have lived in Nicaragua since October 2010. This developing country has taught me many valuable lessons. Let me create a surf, yoga or wellness package for you or you can just come rent a room and share some laughs. Our motto at Casa Santosha: *always be learning.
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