My husband & I purchased a Groupon for 5 nights at Pelican Eyes. We arrived at the resort and were greeted by friendly (English speaking) staff. They drove us to our villa as the grounds are extremely expansive on a mountainside. The driver was friendly & chatty. He briefed us on the grounds & showed us the walking path from our villa to the main lobby. The grounds were lush & tropical. The resort sits above the town of San Juan del Sur which I initially thought would make for a laborious trip into town. I learned that the walk outside the resort gates is only about 5 minutes to the heart of San Juan & about 10 min walk to the San Juan del Sur bay (& beach). In hindsight this is the perfect location for the resort because undoubtedly it has THE most spectacular view in all of San Juan. If you're out of shape or find stairs to be a hassle you may want to ask for a lower level room. We attempted to count the steps from the entrance of the resort to our villa & stopped counting after 400. The resort does offer a ride to your casa if you ask but it seemed like an inconvenience for the staff just because we were too lazy to work off our dinner. They were always willing to give us a ride however and never seemed bothered by the idea of shuttling their guests. Our first full day we planned to spend it on the beach down at the bay but we quickly abandoned that plan after finding gale force winds and not the best views. We returned to the resort where we learned there were actually THREE pools. We started at the lower pool right in the middle of the lower restaurant. I wasn't crazy about swimming in the middle of the open air dining room so we hustled up the steps to another pool. The views here were beautiful & half the poolside was covered with a pergola with gorgeous vines shading it. We set up camp there before we heard laughter above us. We found where it was coming from & were shocked to find yet ANOTHER pool right above us. This pool also had a bar and restaurant where the staff kindly made constant trips offering drinks or food. We were astonished at the amazing views from this pool. So much so that we never even made it to the beaches in the area. We had gorgeous views, cool water, and all the poolside service we could hope for. What more could a gal ask for? Beware the margaritas there though- our daily waiter offered me a top shelf tequila (I dont remember what the name was) & halfway through I found myself passed out poolside! They will definitely sneak up on you but they are delicious. Speaking of delicious- THE BEST GUACAMOLE EVER! My husband doesn't even like guac & consented it was the best he had ever tried & even took to ordering some on our trips up to the bar. To this day he will still mention how he wishes he had some of that delicious guacamole. Our room was clean & spacious. I'd read reviews on this site before we arrived & some people stated the rooms were dark, cavernous, & unwelcoming. I'm not sure what casas they were staying in but ours was floor to ceiling glass windows that made for bright rooms & authentic looking thatched room huts. Thankfully they have air conditioning for those of us less accustomed to the high temps. There are large spacious patios with monumental views & beautiful wooden lounge chairs. We spent countless hours just staring at the views & wishing we could stay forever. The bathroom in the casa was all tile & included an open aired shower with rainfall shower head. I've always thought I would want a rainfall shower head until I showered here. It was relaxing but there's not a lot of water pressure for rinsing out shampoo, etc. That's not even a complaint though! In fact, I have no complaints about this place. My only complaint about the whole trip is that we didn't have enough time here. I never return to the same places on my travels but Pelican Eyes is one I would reconsider visiting & would definitely recommend to anyone.
Sidenote: The food at the hotel is delicious & a bit more expensive than most places in town but not unreasonable. The only downside is a limited menu. You can find some great deals outside the resort gates also though. I highly recommend El Colibri (the hummingbird) right outside the gates. If you walk to the front gate of the resort, hang a left & its a block or two down on your left. The atmosphere alone makes it worth the trip but the food is phenomenal too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa offers a stunning hillside location and panoramic views of San Juan del Sur and the ocean beyond. Our infinity pools, spacious accommodations, romantically lush gardens, wonderful restaurants, open air bars, and one-of-a-kind San Juan Del Sur coastline sailing adventure are a unique experience.A visit to our Tranquila Day Spa is an experience of sheer indulgence. We offer a menu of massage and body treatments to ensure that you truly relax on your romantic Nicaraguan getaway. Experience more of Nicaragua with day trips to Granada or the artisan markets in Masaya. Here at the resort, open air yoga classes, water aerobics, and active local excursions (arranged by our concierge) help keep you fit while visiting paradise. Even our brick stairs—winding up the hillside — contribute to the cause!Our San Juan del Sur hotel’s mission is to provide a unique and memorable Nicaragua vacation experience in every aspect of your stay. Our friendly staff endeavors to fulfill every possible need or special request (and to predict those wishes perhaps not yet even realized!)No request is too big or too small. Let us know what we can do to enhance your stay in paradise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelican Eyes Hotel San Juan Del Sur
- Hotel Pelican Eyes
- Resort Pelican Eyes