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Finca del Sol
Ranked #1 of 3 Santa Cruz B&B and Inns
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Pennsylvania
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142 reviews
65 hotel reviews
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“our favorite place in Nicaragua!”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

My friend and I stayed here for two nights during our visit to Ometepe. We loved the finca, our cottage, the sheep and our wonderful and charming hosts, Cristiano and Sheri! It was such a delight to get the opportunity to experience life on a finca! I had anticipated this place with much enthusiasm for a couple of months before we arrived and I was not disappointed! The owners have put their heart and soul into their little farm and is truly shows!

The Bamboo bungalow is eco-friendly and rustic, but still elegant and chic. The beds were super comfy, protected by mosquito netting. Cute little bathroom. Awesome patio! The booklet of information they provide is incredibly helpful, we never lacked having anything to do with all the suggestions offered.

The baa-ing sheep provided lots of entertainment and photo opportunities with their newborn baby lambs. The gardens and finca grounds are tranquil and simply gorgeous. The views are awesome!

Sheri’s homemade bread was exceptional, as were the breakfasts! Thank you Sheri and Cristiano for opening up your hearts and home to those of us who can only wish we could live like you two do! Best regards from the whole pot of coffee drinker!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

If you are looking for an eco-friendly place with lots of comfort this is the place to stay. Our bamboo cabin was spacious, clean with great views of the volcano and a wonderful wrap-around porch. Our hosts Sheri & Cristiano were super helpful and enthusiastic to share the finca and all the activities available. The binder they had assembled of things to do was well thought out and extremely useful. They were very responsive to a small issue we had and it was resolved to our satisfaction. We splurged on a massage in our cabin and it was excellent! Our masseur came from a local training school and was professional and knowledgeable. All in all a very positive experience run by passionate people.

Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

I was lucky enough to stay here because somebody cancelled and boy it was well worth it. Reaching this place from Moyogalpa is very easy if you let Sheri know about it before - she'll send a cab over and we had a lot of fun because we could stop over any place on the way! Check out 'Ojo de Aqua' on the way in/out. Lovely crystal clear water. We had also booked a guide for the Maderas hike through her so if you are interested you can do that as well.

So they have 3 cabins on this big farm, you get all the details on their excellent site and we were 3 pf us staying in the la luna (blue cabin). It was very clean, spacious and comfortable. The solar heated water may not be warm even on a sunny day but common that hardly matters. What matters is the lovely view of Concepcion all through the day and the awesome sky above at night. Also check out the Santo Domingo beach - it's like 10 mins walk. Bike rental places are closeby as well. If you are an astrophotographer like me this place is heaven. If you are chasing the Milky Way I bet June-July is the best time. Well if you are not into that you can get a movie or get some games/books - they have a good collection of everything.

Food is excellent as well - we had some fresh farm grown breakfast. The bread here is awesome. Sheri will also suggest you the Santa Cruz restaurant for dinner - do go there at least once just before sunset. The view of Concepcion from here is stunning.

All in all it's one of the best places I have ever been to. It's quiet, serene, relaxing and well taken care of. Definitely would love to come back.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

We weren't really sure what to expect since we had never stayed on a 'farm' before, but it was well worth the effort to come here. The cabins all enjoy great views of the lake and the volcanoes. Our cabin was very clean and spacious with a fantastic porch for reading or relaxing. The beds were comfortable and it was never too hot as we always had a nice breeze coming through the windows. The bathroom was just fine, my wife was even happy with the compost toilet. There's a TV and DVD player in the room - they have lots of movies you can use. Breakfasts were fresh and excellent - we had something different every day (French toast, eggs, omelette). The property is quite beautiful with many flowers. Don't be scared of it being a farm - yes, they have sheep, dogs, a vegetable garden, and fruit trees but it's really not what most people would envision a farm to be! The location is convenient to Santa Cruz (a short 10 minute walk) where there is a small shop and a couple basic restaurants. It's only a 5 minute walk (through the bush) to the pizza place which we recommend (both for the pizza and the experience!). It's 15 minutes down to the lake and beach, but when we visited the water level was unusually high so the beaches were non-existent. Despite working throughout the day, Sheri and Cristiano are very friendly and helpful in organizing your tours and transportation arrangements. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Ometepe, whether you are climbing the volcano or just plan on relaxing.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 February 2012

Despite the excellent website, it was hard to imagine what Finca Del Sol would really be like - and we were delighted with what we found! Fabulous volcano and ocean views, unique and attractive cabins, rustic simplicity paired with modern eco-conscious systems, manageable walking distance to restaurants, lovely breakfasts, and the company of the tropical sheep - these were all part of this amazing rural experience.

But perhaps what we will remember most is the experience of sitting in our comfy chairs in front of our cabin, in complete darkness, seeing the night sky in all its glory - had we ever known that there were so many stars?

With Sheri's help, transportation and touring around were suddenly very easy - as a tourist, having someone to facilitate the logistics of your visit is like gold! We also really appreciated the very complete binder of touring ideas and options.

We highly recommend the experience of staying at Finca del Sol.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

We had nothing but great things to say about this place. The owners were nothing but gracious hosts, and were very helpful at organizing anything you wanted to do - from hiring a guide to hike up the volcano (highly recommend doing this!) to finding a massage therapist that comes to your room, to driving us in their personal truck to the ferry. And we had no problem paying a couple of extra dollars for this, as everything on this island is so cheap.
Yes, it is remote and quiet, but that is what it is suppose to be. Breakfast was wonderful, as was walking through the farm to get to it. Sherri and Cristiano had good recommendations for places to eat, what to see... etc. they even lent us videos from their private collection.
Wonderful place to relax, take in a sunset on the porch with a clear view of the Volcano, and eat great food.
Wonderful place.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

We stayed the yellow cabin. These cabins are very well built and you can tell the owners have put there hearts into this finca

Breakfast was good

Incredable views of both volcanoes!!!


Walking distance to several restaurants. Had brick oven pizza deliverd one night. Crazy this girl delivered our pizza in the dark thru the jungle and it was deliverd hot

Our only complaint we didn't share and maybe should have was that the sheets or mattress and pillows smelled musty. We figure it was because of the warm weather and or solor power maybe no dryer. We used our clean beach towels to sleep on

  • Stayed January 2012
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snpOmetepe, Owner at Finca del Sol, responded to this review, 3 February 2012
Hello

Thank you the kind comments on our breakfasts and fabulous views! Yes we poured our hearts and souls into the making and maintaining of Finca del Sol each and everyday to ensure that guest have a pleasant and enjoyable time in Ometepe. It is unfortunate that you did not mention that your sheets or mattress and pillows smelled musty, as we would have been more than happy to change them for another set, where you would have felt more comfortable.

The mattress and pillows are periodically dried in the sun, and all outfitted with cover protectors on them – to ensure that they do not get humid.
When it rains the humidity can get into the sheets and towels. As it has been an unusually rainy dry season, it would not surprise me if this is what happened.

We choose to air dry our sheets and towels as we are running 100% on solar power and believe it to be a more ecologically sound practice.

Thank you for staying with us & we invite you back to enjoy the amazing views another time.

Kindest regards, Sheri & Cristiano
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Property: Finca del Sol
Address: | 350 m. East of the Crossroads in Santa cruz, Santa Cruz, Isla de Ometepe Rivas, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Isla de Ometepe > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca del Sol is a lodge on the foothills of Volcano Madaras, near beach, hiking and restaurants. We are Eco-friendly with off grid power (no blackouts) and dry composting toilets. Bungalow with orthepedic mattress, mosquito netting, private bathroom with hot water, fans, screened, DVD player and purified drinking water with incredible sunset views of volcano & lake. Located in the tropically forested UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (wildlife) we offer a comfortable and private lodging experience. Our property is 13 Acres, and has approximately 20% of 3rd generation forest growth, with a maximum of 10 guests on the grounds at one time - reducing our environmental footprint on Mother Earth. Located in the UNESCUO Biosphere Reserva you have an opportunity to view howler monkey, parrots and a variety of other interesting critters, flora and fauna! We welcome you to our refuge created in harmony within nature. An excellent location for those interested in exploring nature & the beauty that surrounds us, from the volcano to the river, to the beach, the possibilities are endless. We are located just after the split in Santa Cruz! This is a growing tourist hub for the island and offers many restaurants, motorbike rentals and is close proximity from the beach and kite-boarding school. If you choose to hike - Maderas Volcano begins from our back yard. Finca del Sol is also located in the tropical dry forest and a perfect place from which to explore the Maderas side of the island - where you can find kyack trips up the river Istain, ride a horse or explore forests/jungle, fauna and flora. The cabins are Eco friendly with comfortable with double or queen beds, mosquito netting and private bathroom with hot water. Each cabin has its own private porch and garden setting with comfortable chairs and hammocks boasting fantastic views of Volcano Conception and Lake Cocibolca! Our bungalows are equipped with 21' screen with a DVD player and selection of films in English, fan, security box, daily maid service, purified drinking water, clean and hygienic composting toilet system and solar powered.Included in the rate is access to WIFI, complimentary beach towels,and concierge services. We organize tours up both volcanoes, horseback riding and massages for our guests, as well as put them in contact with other local activities. Our organic breakfast is optional, boasting things like an Mediterranean omelet, homemade bread and fresh tropical fruit salad. Your hosts speak English, Spanish and Italian. If you are looking for something a little different than the usual hotel experience, opt for the adventure, break the mold and dive into all that Ometepe Island and Finca del Sol has for you! See you on Ometepe!! ... more   less 
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