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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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Jo08
Richmond, VA
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great place!”
Reviewed 17 December 2017 for a stay in November 2017

We are a family of 5 with 2 young children - a 2.5 year old and a 5 year old. This place was so amazing for us! The place was roomy and well furnished and open. The daily view we had out into the caldera that is Laguna Apoyo was breathtaking. Esther was such a fantastic host, always keeping in contact with us and arranging our rides and tours. In fact she even provided a pack and play for my little toddler. She also had a lot of lake toys on the property which was very useful. The laguna was warm and relaxing - we loved floating over the hot springs on the inner tube or the numerous noodles or kickboards from the property!

From Esther's place, you could easily walk to various places to eat. However, my family and I always like to sample local fares and did not want things we could easily get in the States (pizza, pasta, etc). There was one small restaurant past the pulperia that served pretty good local eats. The caretakers were also helpful - for a small tip they were able to get us cheap Nicaraguan meals. (We miss the Nacatamales!)

Probably the only negative thing I can think of is there is not really a beach at the property. But we simply floated to one very close that had a bit of dark volcanic sand for the kids to play when it was lower tide.

Otherwise, I high recommend this place. I would definitely come back if I traveled here again.

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Management Response
18 Dec 2017
So happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay .. we have had an exceptionally heavy rainy season which has nourished the greenery but definitely has taken some of the beach! Hope you can make it back again someday. Thanks for your stay and your comments .. greatly appreciated.
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rimbey490
Rimbey, Canada
1 review
“Perfect for a relaxing stay”
Reviewed 24 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017

Wonderful location on a warm crater lake fed by hot springs. Spacious well-kept home with lots of outdoor spaces in sun and in shade. The owner, Esther is terrific.
She met us on the highway to lead us through little winding roads to this amazing place. The kitchen was stocked with essential staples, some fruit, and a chilled bottle of white wine. There is a housekeeper and handyman (if needed) living just off site,
good wi-fi connection, floatly things for the lake and restaurants not far. We had a car, so did some trips around the area to Masaya and Granada. If you want a boat trip to the Isletas we highly recommend that you ask Esther to organize it. Our tour was great with a very knowledgeable young man.

Your age range 65+
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Management Response
25 Nov 2017
Thanks so much for your visit to Alchemy . I'm so happy that you enjoyed your stay and it was great to meet you !!!!
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Californi...
Sedona, Arizona
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A Very Special Place”
Reviewed 21 November 2017 for a stay in November 2017

We stayed two nights in this very open plan and expansively laid out property. Only two of us, we had plenty of room to spread out. We very much enjoyed the peacefulness of the cool breeze coming off the lake in the evenings. We used it as a base to visit Masaya Volcano both in the daytime and night (which was incredible). Esther was super helpful during the booking process and even nicer in person. The caretakers, Gloria and Jorge, were just delightful. Couldn't leave without taking a dip in the clear, warm lake and finding the hot springs. It is good that the Nicaraguan government has put protections against further development of this very beautiful and unique area. The MaxiPali supermarket in Masaya is a good place to stock up before heading down to the lake. Thanks Esther and good luck with your proposed enhancements to the property. Excellent wi-fi but no cell service obviously as you are in the bottom of a very large crater.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Nov 2017
Thanks so much Barbara and Darrell for your stay at Alchemy .. was a real treat to meet you both :)
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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
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“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
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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
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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