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Master bedroom with ensuite
Bedroom #2 with king size bed
Queen bed with lake view
Our Nacatamal room with 3 single beds
Lakeside
Kayaks for rent
En Rancho ... great to hang out by the lake
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Nicaragua's national bird ... Guardabarranco .. or MotMot
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
La Laguna de Apoyo, Masaya, Masaya Department

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Sabrina B
1 review
“a piece of heaven”
Reviewed 9 September 2017 for a stay in August 2017

So as our time winds down I want to recommend this gem to anyone. Clean, quiet, close enough to towns ( Granada and Masaya) yet you feel as if you are on an island paradise. The lake is my favorite place in the world. And this house is where we will choose to stay. ( And we have been coming to ths lake for 10 +years) The house has all you need, The caretakers are delightful and I feel a deep peace. Thank you Esther for this opportunity. It is a piece of heaven.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Sep 2017
It was a pleasure to share the property with you .... thank you for choosing to stay at Alchemy and we hope to see you again :)
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Mary P
Calgary, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“This is a beautiful place.”
Reviewed 18 July 2017 for a stay in January 2017

Just wrapping up a 7 month stay at Alchemy on the Lake. As I said after my visit last summer, this house (and the property) is lovely: open, spacious, breezy, and right on the lake so a beautiful view from almost everywhere in the house. Lots of birds, butterflies, monkeys. And lately at night the fireflies have been magical. The lake is wonderful, I will miss it a lot. Laguna de Apoyo is a great spot for a getaway, and only 20 minutes from Granada and Masaya. Great place!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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jeraldand...
Managua, Nicaragua
2 reviews
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“Everything we hoped for”
Reviewed 29 November 2016 for a stay in November 2016
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The perfect place and backdrop for catching up with our friends, easily accommodated 4 adults and 5 children with everything we needed for a relaxing 4 days (we were able to extend our stay by 2 nights with no issues) and we still didn't want to leave the crystal clear water, we stayed in for hours and the kids barely got out the whole time we were there. Esther also arranged for a tour of las isletas in Granada. Great communication. We look forward to coming back again.

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Liked best: Beautiful clear water in the lagoon.
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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dastahls
Cranbrook, Canada
1 review
“Exactly as advertised,magical”
Reviewed 22 November 2016 for a stay in October 2016

With our schedule we only got to stay at Alchemy on the lake for three days,it is as advertised,the lake is magical,standing on the balcony overlooking the lake it is probably the most beautiful lake I have ever seen and swimming in the lake is great,the crystal clear water is a perfect temperature,the house and grounds are spectacular,location is great,lots to see and do,we will be returning and staying longer,had a great time thank you Esther and Andy

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Liked best: A very quiet and relaxing location
Liked least: We liked everything
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Katie A
1 review
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“Breathtaking. Relaxing. Dreamy.”
Reviewed 21 September 2016 for a stay in December 2015
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We stayed here for a whole month. What an amazing place to spend Christmas and New Years with our 2 small kids and pile of extended family. Even though we were traveling as a large group (at least 8 most of the time), there were many places to hide out and relax in a quiet hammock, terrific swimming and a beautiful and spacious house to entertain, cook/bbq and be truly on holidays!

Esther and her team all took such wonderful care of us throughout our stay and we daydream of returning. Hopefully sometime soon!

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Liked best: views, swimming every day, hammocks everywhere!
Liked least: low pressure in the showers... but you are up a mountain from the water.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Mary P
Calgary, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Love this place!”
Reviewed 1 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016
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person found this review helpful

This place is fantastic. The house, the property, the lake, the community, all truly fantastic. As are the owners and the caretakers. The house is a wonderful open concept design with an inescapable and gorgeous view of the lake/lagoon. And the property is also right on the lake. I swim at least twice daily - once as a wonderful wake up in the morning, and once for "floating happy hour" in the early evening. Sipping on a cold Toña while chilling out in one of the floating chairs, looking up at the forested crater walls all round and the fantastic skies, listening to the monkeys howl – it is truly magical. The water should be cold because the lake is so deep, but it is not because it is fed from hot springs that are just a 10 minute walk up the beach. Someone told me there would be no breeze here because of the crater walls but that is not at all true, it is wonderfully breezy most of the time, and because of the open design, it blows through the whole house. Oh and great wifi here as well. This is a quiet and peaceful property, but there are several bars/restaurants within walking distance, as well as a “pulperia” – a little local convenience store that has lots of basics (fruit, veggies, eggs, beer!). And it is easy to get to and from Granada, Masaya, Managua, Ometepe, San Juan del Sur, etc. I am almost finished spending a month here and the only way I can stand to leave is to put down my deposit to secure my return visit, which I have done.

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Liked best: I love the openness of the house, and the constant breeze. Even inside the house you feel like you are outside.
Liked least: I really can't think of anything.
Travelling group: Solo
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Cheryl He...
Friendsville, Maryland
2 reviews
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“Would love to return !”
Reviewed 6 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

This was a perfect spot to escape winter in Northeastern U.S.. The house is lake front with a stack of water toys and a beautiful Cabana to relax out of the sun . There were several restaurants within walking distance but the kitchen is fully equipped and we usually just ate in. We enjoyed having WiFi and even though there was no cell service we were able to stay in touch via emails and Skype calls.There is no AC, but all the rooms had fans . The house is a comfortable open air design which is one of the things that I enjoy most about tropical living. Every morning we woke to the birds and had our coffee on the deck while we waited for the monkeys to make their trek down the hill to the trees near the lake. The furnishings were comfortable and indestructible, which was greatly appreciated since we frequently stayed in our wet bathing suits until past sunset. The location is a good spot to set off from for other adventures also. I do recommend having a rental car if you are staying anywhere on the lake. There are chicken buses and you can call for shuttles ( the owner Esther was great about having everyone's favorite driver, Andy, pick us up and deliver us when we did need a ride) but there are so many things to do nearby and endless day trips that we loved having the car. The beds were numerous and comfortable. This would be a perfect spot for a family Christmas destination. Thank you Alchemy on the Lake, Esther and Andy for a great stay !

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children People with pets
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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