After long 15hr+ trip from NY with delays, we arrived just before dusk. The infinity deck left me speechless. Definitely more than worth it. We were shown to the treehouse, where we spent 4 nights. This experience was so close to nature, yet comfortable in the chic and simply designed treehouse. We were looking for a quiet and fun trip. This place offers both. We preferred the lack of travelers during the rainy season. Fewer guests and surfers. You'll fall asleep to the amazing sound of thunderstorms and wake up to howler monkeys, birds and waves crashing. It's quite an experience. We were also impressed by the lushness of the jungle.
The owners, Marc and Marielle were preoccupied by the birth of baby Jack for most of the time we were there, so Inne and Matthias graciously hosted our stay. I can just say now that they are super hospitable and wonderful company. Inne is knowledgable, friendly and a terrific cook, her other half Matthias is a patient/great surf teacher with a unique sense of humor. They were so accommodating and friendly. They truly were one of the best parts of our trip. Breakfast was a feast: Toast, eggs, French Toast, Crepes, Fruit, Yogurt, Cereal, Granola, Coffee, Tea, etc. Dinner was a gourmet meal made with local vegetables, meat or fish. Yum! These meals make the lodge an even better value. Other than Inne's meals, lunch at the taco place on the beach is so fresh and great.
The location of the surf lodge is a very short hike to the beach. It did us plenty of good! The beach is so clean and great. Getting out of the lodge can be complex and expensive, as it takes 30 mins just to get off the bumpy/unpaved road. The locals are also super friendly. We've had some awkward and hostile experiences in other countries and Nicaragua isn't spoiled by tourism yet. The whole pace of area is very slow and calm.
Good to know:
Cold showers only, but in hot weather it's fine.
No electricity from 9a-5p, but you don't really need it because there's sun & charge your batteries at night if you have to.
Bring your own toiletries.
No safe in room, but there is a trustworthy staff and a safe in the main building.
Easily accessible bar with beverages and snacks with reasonable prices.
You're in the jungle. There will be bugs! It's all part of nature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Buena Vista Surf Club is an intimate design eco-lodge at Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur. A unique place for both surfers and non-surfers! Surf or learn how to surf or just enjoy the amazing beaches. Enjoy great home cooked, family style dinners with new friends, do yoga or relax at the 'infinity' sundeck and watch the wildlife from your ‘treehouse’! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Buena Vista Surf Club Hotel Playa Maderas
- Buena Vista Surf Hotel
- Hotel Buena Vista Surf
- Buena Vista Surf Club Nicaragua/Playa Maderas, San Juan Del Sur