After a quick two hour drive from Managua, we (my wife and I and our four friends) were anxious to spend two nights away from our busy lives just outside of Managua. All we knew of this place were from the pictures on the internet and Randy's verbal kudos over the phone. But we were game and the fact that it had a pool, not a little wading or sitting pool but a pool you could actually swim in was good enough for us. It did seem a little weird to think that we would actually be staying in someones house but Randy said that it was set up so that the guests would hardly know that he was there.
We arrived around noon after a stop in San Juan del Sur to pick up my favorite coffee drink at El Gato Negro, an Aztec Mocha.... mmmm good with just a hint of cinnamon. (Rob and Kelly do a super job there) We were greeted by Randy's dog, Chawco, or Coco or Choo-choo or whatever his name is. I think one of the other reviews has the name right but not this spanglish speaking Gringo. Anyways, the dog is a delight and very quickly will become your friend. (Loves to be petted on the lower neck, upper chest)
Our bags were wisked out of our van to the appropriate rooms as we stood in awe of the beautiful view off to the west, with the sun sparkling off the gentle waves in the not to distant bay. That was a great beginning....
Our room was adequate for the two of us. We had the smaller but more private room on the main floor back in the corner. The other two couples had the larger two rooms on the second floor where they shared a large common balcony. Our bathroom was sufficient, the shower was large and had hot water, if you wanted it. We used the hot water a couple of times. The normal temperature of the water is usually just fine, especially if you've been walking around at any length. Our bed was quite comfortable and we used the air conditioning in our room one night and a floor fan the other nights.
We brought a boat load of snacks and homemade goodies with us, pop and iced tea mix. Randy's maid made us breakfasts of pancakes, french toast and scrambled eggs on three different mornings. Plus of course, there was fresh coffeeand fresh fruit ready shortly after we were up in the morning. The kitchen has all you need to prepare your own lunches and dinners if you so please. The house is secure during the day and night with either Randy and the dog there, plus the maid and her husband, who maintains the pool and the grounds during the day and then head home in the late afternoon. The whole development has a guarded main gate that one has to drive through to get to the house. So, we always felt secure during our stay.
We had so much fun the first two nights, that we ended up staying a third. It was a very relaxing time. The beach is about a six minute walk away and really fun to explore and to fish off of. Randy has a pole that he let me use and I brought my own tackle. Nope, didn't catch anything, but enjoyed trying.
Randy really hits on this next part, but it really is true, You are a hop, skip and a jump away from San Juan del Sur proper but there at his house, one would never know it. That's the beauty of the place. You can enjoy all that SJDS has to offer and then head back to your own place and enjoy the view, the trees, the pool and the....... quiet.SJDS can be noisyat night, with mortars and bottle rockets going off for who knows what celebration, honking cars and motorcycles with little or no mufflers and kids and drunk adults hooting and hollering as they meander the streets. You are a world away from all that at Casa del Soul.
Thanks Randy, Halle and Kathy
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Casa Del Soul is an oceanfront, luxury 4,000 sq. ft. home. It is situated on Nacascolo Bay, 5 minutes from San Juan Del Sur. It has a large outdoor deck surrounding a 4 by 9 meter swimming pool. The big balcony off the 2nd floor bedrooms give it a commanding view of the ocean and the tropical forest. Cable TV, DVD, ipod music systems, refrigerator, coffee makers make your room very comfortable. A full breakfast is included. We give cell phones to our guests and I help you do anything you want to in Nicaragua. Transportation,tours,volcanos,surfing,fishing,shopping, REAL ESTATE, ATV's,zipline,horseback riding,etc... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Del Soul Hotel San Juan Del Sur