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Finca Las Nubes
Reviewed 10 July 2008

The non-profit organization that I direct decided to hold its annual board retreat at Finca Las Nubes. We could not have made a better choice! The site is closely situated to major coastal and forest attractions of the San Juan del Sur area, and yet the house itself is quiet and private. There are breathtaking views of the ocean and one can enjoy these while relaxing in the pool.

We were able to hold our meetings in this beautiful and relaxing atmosphere with no interuptions. And, when we need to do some site visits we were just a short drive from important destinations. Rooms are very comfortable and staff are attentive. Food is delicious, you will never have a need to eat out.

The owner has made considerable investments to protect wildlife and forests on his property. He also works to provide his employees with opportunities for training and advancement. The result of this is a farm with happy people and visible wildlife. This is one place where you can feel very comfortable that you are supporting a socially and environmentally friendly project. I highly recommend Finca Las Nubes as a retreat center, for families, or for honeymooners. It has it all and can accomodate most anyone's needs.

  • Stayed: June 2007, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 July 2008

What a wonderful Vacation! Personal guides to sites around the area - beaches, volcanoes, and more. The property is a dream, lovely pool, homecooked meals, and I dont forget the hammock time that I clocked on that vacation. I highly recommend the horseback riding - the property has such amazing views!
Cant wait to come back!

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with friends
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1  Thank scottgreenman
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Reviewed 9 July 2008

Finca Las Nubes was an awesome and inspiring experience for our family. We traveled with our two children and their Godmother. I have traveled widely and to some very impoverished countries so this was nothing shocking for me. However, for the other four in our party, it gave them a more realistic view of how the rest of the world lives. Given that, they can't wait to go back!

It's been a year and half since we were there. We've had plans to go back but, timing and plane fares have never worked out. When we return we are most likely bringing an entire girl scout troop with their families.

The food was amazing. The accomodations spectacular. The staff highly attentive.

Nicaragua is indeed one of the struggling countries in the region but, I found it more real. Costa Rica is turning into Hawaii with all the resorts. Belize is way past being discovered. Nica is perfect. The beaches reminded me of the good old surfing days in California. The people are open and generous.

As for the bugs. Yes, they are most definitely there. I believe that Chris has mosquito netting if asked. He discourages bug bombs because the Finca is supposed to be completely organic. We figured out that if you keep a light on outside, the bugs will go to the light and leave you alone.

We came down there with two suitcases full of donated items. One suitcase was full of school supplies; the other medical supplies. I would probably forgo the school supplies next time. The school seems amply supplied. What the Nica school system seems to need is some advisors in curriculum development rather than paper and pens. However, their need for medical items is h-u-g-e. I never saw a clinic, doctor's office, or hospital while we were there. Chris tells a story of needing a sterile pad for wound - he found one in Managua for $7.

We highly recommend Finca Las Nubes for just about everyone. Just keep in mind that Nicaragua is strikingly beautiful, but just beginning to emerge out of third world status.

  • Stayed: November 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 June 2008

When I booked this place it looked too good to be true -- A driver, a chef, and one low price for six people all inclusive but your alcohol. I became a little nervous and skeptical when the owner, Chris, wanted payment up front by check and no credit cards. This was -- after all -- Nicaragua. Everyone we told we were going there looked at us like they may need to raise ransom money for us during the trip in exchange for our proof of life. This was absolutely not the case. The country was great. The place is for real. AND everything advertised on the website is true.

Nonetheless, this will be a little bit of a mixed review. First of all I have never seen a more beautiful place in a natural setting than the Finca. The view is incredible from your pool. We stayed in Casa Buena Vista. Secondly the people were absolutely wonderful. The driver Javier and his wife Andaluz the chef were marvelous big hearted people. We often joked that our kids now had Nicaraguan Grandparents. Javier will take you to a local school and introduce you to teachers and students there. The purpose of that trip is to get you to send back supplies to the school. We enjoyed this but some people may be a little turned off by it. Also, I wish my Spanish was better than it is because there was a little bit of a communication gap between Javier and me. But we managed anyway. Javier is marvelous because he will take you everywhere and he seems to know someone in every place to hook you up. Andaluz is also a wonderful cook. She, her daughter or her nephew prepared 20 of 21 meals for us and never repeated a menu. There was always chicken, beef or fish, with rice or potatoes and fresh vegetables. We had fresh squeezed fruit juice with every meal. the food was fabulous.

With regards to Nicaragua in general. It seemed very safe to us. We never had any problems with the people. On the contrary they were hospitable and friendly. Having Javier with you is a major plus. I wouldn't have wanted to go it alone. The down side is Nicaragua in general is very poor. The poverty is quite stark indeed. It makes Mexico look rich. Except for the cities and the panamerican highway, there are no paved roads. And roads are accompanied by hundreds, if not thousands, of free grazing chickens, pigs, cows and horses. We were OK with this because I wanted our little girls to understand that the real world does not live on a five star beach resort. My daughters and nieces milked cows on the Finca, went horsebackriding, played with a pet monkey, swam in a wonderful private pool and went to the beach. We also saw the beautiful city of Granada, rode a zip line in the rain forest at Da Flyin Frog and hiked Mombacho volcano. It is the dude ranch meets the Latin American tropics and the beach.

Now the down side to the Finca, there were no screen doors or mosquito netting and the bugs and mosquitos were quite fierce. We were there in June so other seasons may be vastly different. If I were going again, I would pack mosquito netting for each persons' bed and lots of bug bombs and citronella candles. To be honest maybe a whole suitcase full of that stuff. I would suggest to Chris, the proprietor, to get some chimineas at each property because I think pinon wood would help with the mosquitos as well. And he needs to install screens and mosquito netting. I traveled with my wife, my 4 and 7 year old daughters and my teenage nieces. Only my niece and I got really bitten bad by mosquitos and everyone is different.

Overall this place is very much a worthwhile trip. AND it is something totally different and off the beaten track. However Its rustic and native charm are not for everyone. I hope this has been helpful. Good luck and happy travels.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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chrisbaba, owner at Finca Las Nubes, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2008

Dear Ed,
Sounds like you all had a great stay. Thanks for the props. I wish you had advised us that two of you were suffering with the insects. We have mosquito netting available for those who have sweet blood and are acosted unduly by bugs. We really haven't had any other guests that had problems. June is certainly the toughest month as all forms of life come out with the first rains and it is the time of the least winds which usualy carry away any insects. I believe that up here on the farm is actually one of the least affected places in the country. I travel all over the country every week and can attest to the fact that the bugs are worse almost everywhere else. We do have an open air style accommodation and I believe that is the best way to experience Nicaragua. As you can't appreciate the country locked up in an air conditioned room and eventually must go outside and face the natural conditions, I think that the environment in general outside here up on the farm is as comfortable as it gets. I have experienced way worse bugs in the US in the summer everywhere east of the Rockies. In any case, thanks for your feedback and look forward to seeing you again up on the farm. We will take good care of your friends coming down in August. Thanks for the referal!

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Reviewed 10 January 2011
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  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Km 136 | La Cuesta, San Juan del Sur 95472, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Hotel Style:
Ranked #30 of 71 Speciality Lodging in San Juan del Sur
Price Range: £44 - £50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury all inclusive villas located in forest preserve. Fabulous views of the entire Pacific coast and volcanoes in Lake Nicaragua. Gourmet organic meals, 5-star service, including chauffeur. Infinity pools, swim up bars, horseback-riding, surfing, fishing, canopy tours, etc. Fully functioning organic farm with wood shop, nursery, cows, goats, chickens, etc. Overall the most incredible experience of culture, nature, activity, farm life and pleasure in the most beautiful setting with the most accommodating staff anywhere on the planet. ... more   less 
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