Forest and Surf Villa is a 4,000 square foot home designed by renowned architect Matthew Falkiner of Simplemente Madera. Experience peaceful treetop living in eco-luxury with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Sounds of the waves from three nearby beaches can be heard from the bedrooms and living spaces, harmonizing with sounds from birds and howler monkeys.
The heart of the house is the main level. You enter through the large deck among the trees and raised high above the forest floor. Sliding doors open into the open plan dining area and kitchen. The hallways are columned with beautiful pieces of eucalyptus hardwood and lead int...o the main sala or living room and another viewing deck.
The house has two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, his and hers sinks. A third bedroom also with an ensuite bathroom is located with its own entrance at the lower level of the house with its own deck. An additional fourth bedroom is located on the upper level.
The house has wi-fi through-out. Located on the lower level is the laundry room equipped with washer and dryer - very handy during the green season. The house is also equipped with back-up power powered by inverter so can continue a tranquil holiday without noise from generators - a must in Nicaragua.
Forest and Surf Villa is part of the Balcones de Majagual, a gated community. Parking is available with security 24 hour security. Your security man is also equipped with a two way radio that links him to the property supervisor should you have any questions about the house, the town or if you need assistance with additional services. Maid service is available at no extra cost.
Please let us know if you would like to avail of concierge services which will be at an additional charge of 10% of the rental fee. The concierge will meet and greet you as well as help you arrange extra amenities, tours and extra services.
One friend marvels at "the house with no windows". I say "what do you mean no windows? It is one massive window". See for yourself. Another friend can't wrap her head around how we seem to be living outside yet when it rains, we stay dry. Alternative lifestyle, open to adventurous minds. We love being 15 minutes from the pretty little town of San Juan yet still far away from it all, nestled in this forest home sharing the space with the local wildlife. We enjoy the ocean and beach from three different beaches - Majagual, Playones and Maderas.
Getting Here and Getting Around...
The houses in Balcones de Majagual are accessible only by 4x4 vehicle. You can arrange transportation with iskratravel who can pick you up from the airport and transfer you on a 4x4 from San Juan del Sur to the house. If you are not with small children and the elderly, it is possible to walk from property entrance to the house. It is about a 10 minute uphill walk, our friendly guards will help carry your bags.
Iskra Travel can arrange airport pick-up for up to 5 people from Managua airport straight to Forest and Surf Villa. You can also arrange a stop-over at PALI convenience store in San Juan del Sur town so you can stock up on groceries and amenities.
Dollar rent-a-car and Budget rent-a-car are reliable car rental services in Nicaragua. Adelante Express, Iskra Travel, Paxeos and Big Wave Daves are some companies that offer regularly scheduled air-conditioned tourist shuttle service from Managua International Airport to San Juan del Sur. If you are coming from the Costa Rican border of Peñas Blancas, it is a mere 30kilometer trip into San Juan del Sur and a taxi should only cost $20
Nearby Town and Beaches...
15 minutes north of the town of San Juan del Sur, close enough to drive down to shop for a few amenities, chat with the local surfers or go to a restaurant or bar for some live music and eats but far enough to retreat from all that hustle and bustle.
If however, you and your friends are here for a surfing adventure, you will be glad to know that you can stash your boards on your truck or ATV and drive down from the house to Playa Playones in 3 minutes. Park the car and walk 5 minutes south to Playa Maderas. The owner of Forest and Surf Villa likes to walk to Maderas with his board from the house, taking him about 20 minutes. Playa Remanso, breaks on sand, excellent for beginners is about a 35 minute drive. Playa Yankee and other surfing beaches are a bit further off.
Boat tours, Canopy Tours, Horse-riding, Surf tours Tours to Ometepe, Granada, the lakes and volcanoes of Nicaragua are some of the activities you can do in Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur
Contact us so we can help plan your trip. Talk to us about discounts we provide rom time to time.
Left on 09/27/2012 for a stay in September 2012 | Stephanie
I was so nervous to book a villa from a private owner over the Internet but We decided to take the chance, and two weeks later we were absolutely blown away. This villa was truly a beautiful adventure. The villa was huge! There was only two of us and our little girl so we really only used a couple rooms total. The architecture inside was breath taking. Surrounding our villa was a family of howling monkeys, which was so cool to see! With the security guard standing outside our villa 24hrs, as well as the secured gate to enter the community, we always felt safe.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone!! It was truly incredible.
New York, NY
Beautiful, quiet and peaceful Villa
Left on 02/07/2012 for a stay in February 2012 | NYCSybarite
The photos cannot capture what a lovely home this is. Beautifully designed, amazing view and tremendously peaceful. With no windows the air is perfect and breezes relaxing. My girlfriend and I spent a week here and it was perfect for us, and would be ideal for a larger group as well. Well worth the bumpy dirt road ride from town.
We cooked breakfast and dinner here daily (including fish we caught) as both of us have worked in restaurants for years (me on the wine side) and I have a food blog. Plenty of utensils, pots, pans etc. We do recommend making a trip to the street markets in Rivas for your produce...better quality and better variety (and less expensive).
We surfed (and stood among huge Manta rays) at Playa Maderas, lazed on the beach at Playa Majaguel, helped baby turtles to the sea at La Flor, went night fishing catching 40 red snapper. Wonderful time.
Left on 01/03/2012 for a stay in December 2011 | Renee
We loved our stay at the Forest and Surf Villa. The house is an architectural gem - very open, beautiful wood, gorgeous views of the ocean. We spent most of our time on the porch swing. We traveled with an infant (5.5 months), toddler (2.5 years) and four adults (including two seniors) and it all went so well. A gorgeous, quiet beach is a short drive from the villa. We heard lots of monkeys, but they were never a nuisance. The beds are comfy, there is a washer and dryer and the place comes with two surf boards and yoga mats. It also stays fairly cool there - compared to the beach. We were never bothered by mosquitoes. Things to know: the drive down to Sjds is long-ish and bumpy, so get supplies in advance. It is very helpful to bring a flash light or headlamp for when you get back after dark, although the paths to the villa are well lit. We didn't have hot water or wireless for the first two days, but it was then fixed (probably would have been fixed sooner, but it was Christmas). The lighting in the kitchen is unpleasant and the kitchen needs more glasses and bowls and a big cutting board. These are all small things, though - we loved our time there.
Left on 10/04/2011 for a stay in September 2011 | Happy Renter
Wonderful house, wonderful surroundings. Note, though, the house is a solid 30 min ride from town via tough dirt roads.
Would certainly recommend this house. It was a wonderful retreat. And, the trip to town isn't a big deal if you're planning to spend alot of time at the house and/or at Playa Maderas.
San DIego, ca
Adventure in Paradise
Left on 09/30/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | RyanB
We had extremely high hopes for our stay in Nicaragua and, specifically, for the Forest and Surf Villa. Everything exceeded those high hopes. We were a group of 4 and we each wanted to do different things on vacation. We were united by wanting to have an adventure, but I wanted to surf, others wanted to do yoga and explore the local culture, and others wanted to lounge around with a cocktail.
If you are looking for an all-inclusive, lounge at a private and perfectly manicured vacation - this is not for you. However, if you are looking for an adventure where you can wake up each day and choose whether you want to be active or lazy - I can't think of a better place. It's a few minutes out of town and is quite an adventure getting there - bumpy roads and pot holes but you are surrounded by incredible beauty.
The house is fascinating, interesting, beautiful, spacious and completely peaceful. The view is spectacular and literally takes your breath away every morning. We were woken up to the sounds of howler monkeys, felt like we were truly in a tree house and didn't have to sacrifice all of that for incredible luxury. Nearby is Playa Maderas - the perfect place to sip on beers, surf, sip on beers, surf on beers, and surf. The town is 20 minutes away but the peace and solitude of the house makes that so worth it.
So, if you are looking for an adventure, solitude and beauty and are willing to put up with a bit of a trek and not having amenities a walk away - The Forest and Surf Villa is an adventure in Paradise.
Left on 08/25/2011 for a stay in August 2011 | BUBA
Forest and Surf Villa is a real paradise!
Feel in peace, connected to nature...
Left on 04/25/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | Andrés Martén
Perfect and comfortable beachhouse , huge inside, it has Everithing we need, nice pool, awesome view, perfect for an afternoon BBQ with your friends after a nice session at Maderas or El Jankee.
Nice large bedrooms.. you will sleep like a baby!
Thankyou Sunshine and amadeo!!!
Left on 04/10/2011 for a stay in April 2011 | William Vaughn
The home is perfectly balanced giving both a nature setting with easy access to shopping, beaches, and more. With an amazing view of the beach and in night you feel as though you are sleeping under the stars do to the design or this spectacular house. The owner was helpful in every way offering assistance with anything we needed. The caretaker of this property was one of the nicest person I have ever met. He was always available and assisted us several times. I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a safe pleasant place to vacation.
Left on 12/02/2010 for a stay in October 2010 | Holidays
Driving up to the house, you realize, you really are going to be staying "away from it all". Close enough to San Juan del Sur, that you can take a day trip to the beaches and restaurants if you feel the need, the three and a half bedrooms, open living space and deck really give you enough space to make yourself at home. My friends and I had a great time just lazing around, reading books and slipping into the pool now and again. I think we used the kitchen space the most... meals and cocktails... bring a blender :)
New York, NY
A beautiful getaway from the ordinary day-to-day living
Left on 09/26/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | LD
Everything you need is provided in a beautiful scenic setting. Comfortable and clean accommodations. A pleasant walk will lead you to the ocean. A short drive will take you into town. A little more of a drive can take you to one of the must-see volcanoes of Nicaragua! I highly recommend Forest and Surf Villa.
Excellent Stay in Unique Home
Left on 09/10/2010 for a stay in August 2010 | D Siegel
This place is incredible. Floor to ceiling screens give you a view of the jungle, and beautiful architecture make you feel like every room is a work of art. Very comfortable too.
joy and beauty
Left on 09/09/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | paul rizzo
I would go back today! the house is beautiful surrounded by a gorgeous landscape with ocean views. The town and beach were alot of fun filled with lovely people. I can not speak highly enough of this place. Go and enjoy yourself and make new friends.
A week in the most luxurious tree-house imaginable.
Left on 09/06/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Stephen
This house has a wonderful open-air feeling with it's mesh floor to ceiling "windows", which I felt absolutely comfortable in given the guards standing watch 24-hours over this gated community. The house has a fun tree-house feeling, as though it was built into - rather than having been plopped onto - the natural setting. At the same time, it is far from rugged, providing all the necessary comforts and more.
Jersey City, NJ
Paradise nestled in the Forest
Left on 08/30/2010 for a stay in July 2010 | Musharooom
A beautiful setting nestled within the forest above the ocean, this lovely space deepens your connection to the natural environment and provides serenity away from the hustle and bustle of the day to day. the beaches nearby are wonderful, the caretakers amazing, just sweet...
Beautiful in every way
Left on 06/22/2010 for a stay in June 2010 | Karen
An amazing house in a beautiful location. The attention to detail, spacious design, open feeling all contributed to a special stay. I would say that having transport is a neccesity as shops and restaurants are a drive away although the nearest beautiful, empty beach is a short walk. I really cannot fault it.
Magical Stay in Nicaragua
Left on 06/06/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Erin Prideaux
From the moment that we all arrived at Forest and Surf Villa in Nicaragua, I knew it was going to be a magical trip. Leading up to our arrival, Sunshine had been extremely helpful and communicated all the details that we needed to ensure a perfect vacation. On our arrival, the home was even more beautiful than the pictures. The home was first class and a peaceful, tranquil oasis in the middle of Nicaragua. Thank you so much Sunshine and Glen for making our trip memorable and extraordinary. I would only stay here if I went to Nicaragua and I recommend anyone looking for a getaway to stay in these homes.
Left on 06/03/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | KT
I have to admit I wasn't sure of what to expect on my way to Forest and Surf Villa. But within 1 minute of our arrival I knew that we were going to have a blast. The location was great, the villas were well maintained, we always felt secure & the owners of the property were very helpful. I would highly recommend this property.
San Diego Ca
Absoulutely amazing! Very inspiring, unique and relaxing!
Left on 06/03/2010 for a stay in May 2010 | Roth
Since I was traveling with a large group of friends we decided to rent both the "Forest and Surf Villa" and "Casa Abrol." Both of these home are amazing. No photograph can ever capture the beauty and feeling that these home allow you to experience. A photograph can't capture the feeling of being outside while being indoors. Not only are the homes amazing, they are very private with amazing views. From the lookout, you can’t even see another home. The staff is excellent and the owners were a pleasure to deal with. You can hike down to beautiful beaches with some great surf, but if the waves aren't pumping you, won't mind relaxing at this gorgeous home!
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