Maderas is located in the middle of no where which is a cool idea for a stay as you are able to relax and forget about stress from back home.
I really liked the idea of a yoga/surf haven but the rooms were more hostel/dorm style and it was almost impossible to sleep there as the walls are paper thin and many dogs were barking at night, as well as the howler monkeys sound very close and wake you up throughout the night. I found myself very drained by the end of my stay.
The staff was very helpful and pleasant... Everything did come at a cost however. I feel like it was one of my most expensive stays anywhere I've been with all the added costs.
The food is very good here. I loved their idea of family style dinners. Nice to get all the visitors together and get to know one another, especially nice for anyone who may be travelling alone. They do offer lots of activities so if you are travelling alone you can definitely have some fun group events.
They do keep the rooms and bathrooms clean and tidy... You do have to share a bathroom with others here...
Yoga classes were great and the beach is a five minute walk so if you are a surfer or want to relax it's a great spot. There are some pub like restaurants on the bar that also offer great food and are reasonably priced. Surf boards are cheap to rent also and they offer lessons, I did a lesson as I had never surfed before and the teachers were so good I was catching almost every wave by the end and they allow you to keep the board after to go solo once your lesson is complete. You do have to walk down quite a steep hill to reach the beach, so if you have any disability or aren't in shape this might not be a great location as it is a fairly difficult hike.
If you are a diver, there are a couple padi certified places in San Juan you can go to dive, the water clarity isn't the best I've seen but it was a cool apt to check out for a least a dive or two.
Overall, I would stay here again but I wouldn't stay there my entire trip I would just check it out for a few nights.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are located at Maderas Beach, about 20 minutes outside of San Juan del Sur. We offer a three daily meals, either a la carte or as part of a pre-fixe menu. We are like a boutique hotel, but less pretentious. We love people who want a place to surf, read, debate, and do yoga daily; who want to lose themselves in a place, and find themselves in the people. We offer tailored packages for short-term guests and very reasonably priced rates for people planning to stay longer than 3 weeks. We are not in Lonely Planet or other guidebooks; we like having to be found. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Maderas Village Hotel San Juan Del Sur