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The house is absolutely gorgeous with a breathtaking view! The kitchen is stocked with basic cookware and they even have beach towels (which definitely saves room in your bag while packing!) The beaches nearby are really nice-- Playa Majagual was practically deserted but beautiful. Just over the rock jetties to the left Playa Maderas is more happening and full of surfers with great but kinda pricey food at Tacos Locos. The pool was excellent as well, I wish we had more time to get enough use out of it!
There are a few reasons I gave it 4/5 instead of 5/5. Even though I was fully warned about the isolation factor of being 30 mins away from town, it was a bit annoying to have to worry about grocery shopping, which may have even cost more than going out for all meals because we only stayed for 3 nights and had a bag of food left over at the end of our stay. So be realistic about how much you need and how much you'll go out to eat! A big part of that was how the car we rented was not easy to drive and made going into town a bigger ordeal. The other reason for a 4/5 is that it was during a pica pica season that we heard was unusually bad (the wind blows these little hairs off a bean pod and they cause your skin to itch). Because the walls are all screens we felt it pretty bad in the house and that made it harder to enjoy how beautiful and luxurious it was in there.
So 2 of my 3 complaints are not any fault of the owners but they did affect our stay which was still really great overall. I think that says a lot about the high quality of this place :)
we had a totally laid back adventure here, enjoying this home in the jungle for a week. it is a really cool design mixing rich wood with cool concrete. of note is that it is totally open-- bedroom and bathroom are one, and the whole house really doesn't have any full walls (open on top) or much soundproofing (both within the house and to other nearby homes, so you certainly hear everything, parties and early mornings alike). this was fine for our house because we are all really close, but might be of concern for others. all the coordination was easy and made the trip a breeze. as noted, it really is a solid 25 minute drive into town with a 4x4-- definitely rent a car and get ready for some wild driving :)
Response from Tony & Kaz:
Kate- Thanks for taking the time to write such a nice review and great recommendations for future guests. we hope to see you back in the future and thanks again!
Isolated in the jungle of Nicaragua, this home was in a small community, truly. All the neighbours were very friendly and helpful. Plenty of privacy and safety as staff are roaming the grounds 24/7. A nicer place I've never stayed. Small things make it an adventure, the rough 4x4 road is a 30 minute drive from San Juan del Sur (althoug local Toyota Tercel taxis were seen). Large bugs sometimes make an appearance, as well as geckos and the daily Howler Mono Congo monkeys greetings. The monkeys can be very loud but nobody ever said a jungle was quiet. Crickets put you to sleep and fresh coffee in the maker wakes you up. A 20 minute walk on a sometimes steep road gets you access to three amazing beaches. Playa Majagual was more often than not vacant and amazing! Matilde's on Playonas is delicious and worth the wait. Brush up on your Spanish! Best. Vacation. Ever.
a great place to stay for nature lovers & surfers! the communication with tony and kaz was great and everything was 100% organized upon arrival. thx for an unforgettable surf trip!
This was exceptional.
The communication was spot on up until arrival
Absolutely breathtaking, brilliant, perfect
views of the ocean, rain forests, monkies
The place was clean, gorgeous, comfortable, HUGE
It was everything it promised to be, both in the ad and in my communications with Kaz and Tony
and nothing fell short.
An exceptional stop for lovers, writers, creatives, business people looking for a break
Dream of going back daily, highly suggest you book it -
Hey, we were really pleased to host you and your friends. Tony and Kaz and two friends stayed in our appartement for a week. They were really friendly, the organisation was more than easy and they left the appartement very clean.
We would definatly recommend them as guests...
Thank you for your stay and all the best!
Tony & Kaz stayed with us at the Chateau, together with their lovely daughter Germana (a real sweetheart!)... While we could not really spend much time together those days due to our repeated absence, they were really nice guests, no problems and easy to communicate with. We can only recommend hosting them !
Tony and Kaz are the ideal guests - well-travelled and considerate - a pleasure to have in one's home. A two-night reservation benefits both parties and gives time to relax and exchange plans and ideas over a glass of wine. The 'little one' is a darling and no trouble at all.
Wishing you many 'Bon Voyages' !
Tony, kaz end thei r little baby Germana are a great team. Toghether they can rule the world. Best wishes for their long, long trip!
Unfortunately I was overseas when this couple and baby arrived but my husband said that they were an absolute pleasure to have around,We hope they had a great holiday in Italy!
Tony and Karen are very nice people. I enjoyed meeting them and I was very happy to find my flat clean and tidy after their check out. Hope they'll come back to my next flat, in the 12 th !