|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
|Living space||4500 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyYes
|Theme||Adventure, Luxury, Wilderness, Away from it all, Beach, Resort|
Description from the owner
Personalized, Luxury & All Inclusive Vacation For Friends & Family
Every Vacation Is Special. Every Adventure Is Personal.
We only accept one group of friends and family per week for our luxury, all inclusive vacation rental. We limit the number of guests to ensure your peace, tranquility and help us provide a vacation experience that is perfect for you.
Personalized itineraries are developed around Ventana a las Olas, our luxury vacation rental in Rancho Santana, Nicaraguaâs best activities and sumptuous, healthy meals with ample time for exploring, socializing or just relaxing. Plus, because we know the area so well...Read more
Ventana a las Olas, Rancho Santana, Nicaragua
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Located on the south western coast of NIcaragua, the drive to your house takes about 3 hours. The driver will typically stop for lunch in Masaya (about 45 minutes form the airport) and still get you here in time for a surf.
To see an accurate map of the drive from the airport to the property, please copy this Google Maps URL into your browser.
Location Type Away from it all, Beach, Resort
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$800||$800||$5,600||$0||4 nights|
|All Dates||$800||$800||$5,600||-||4 nights|
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Additional notes from owner
Special Note: Our all inclusive rate structure does not work with the FlipKey required pricing format. The prices posted are our average per person rates with a group of 4 people.
Our rate structure varies based on the size and make-up of your group. For example, our typical week is Saturday to Saturday (8D/7N) and shorter stays (5D/4N) maybe available. Plus there are seasonal and kids discounts that are not reflected above. It is best to go the rates page or contact us for an exact quote. http://www.ventanaalasolas.com/ValuePricing/
Ventana A Las Olas All-inclusive Vacation Villa Makes The Most Of Your Surfing Vacation Time And Budget
Whatever the length of your stay or your itinerary, we always include private, luxury accommodations, specially prepared healthy meals, drinks, experienced guides and endless sunsets.
Our average group is less than 4 guests and we never mix groups of strangers. You can expect an intimate, personalized and luxury surf travel experience with just your friends and family.
98% of our bookings are 8D/7N with Saturday arrival and departure. Although every groupâs itinerary is a little bit different, the following are typically part of every package we create.
For more information, please visit our web site www.ventanaalasolas.com or email us at email@example.com
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What Past Guests Are Saying
They treated us like queens!
Ventana a Las Olas is a wonderful and incredibly unique experience.
We had our eyes on Nicaragua as an alternative surf destination to Costa Rica which we have found after multiple trips, to be too crowded. The Ventana all inclusive package of transportation, meals, luxury accomodations and daily surf guides is impossible to beat. We would not have done this trip any other way-especially being two women surfers traveling on our own.
We had expert surf guides who encouraged us to push beyond our limits and improved our surfing abilities. The surf photography sessions we were provided were priceless- we both improved elements of our surfing just from looking at photos. There are so many surf spots in the area, without the guides, we would have wasted finding the right spot on any given day. The boat trip to the left point break was off the charts fantastic!
On top of that, we were treated like queens to indulgent service and hospitality, topped off with a large dose of charm and humor. Todd and Tom maintained the highest standards of excellent service, let there be no doubt. We both enjoyed our time with them and getting to know them as individuals.
We will be talking about this trip for a long time and we will be back
Arroyo Grande, California, United States
Exceeded my already high expectations!
Our stay at Ventana a las Olas was nothing short of amazing. We really tested the limits by having an all dude group of 8 surfers ranging in age from 13 to 50. Tom, Chico, Julian and the rest of the staff did an incredible job making sure everyone was happy. Thanks to Julian's excellent fuel-filled food along with Tom and Chico's knowledge we were able to surf 3-4 sessions per day. These guys have this place dialed in. Nothing beats surfing great warm waves with your friends, coming back to the house where an awesome meal is waiting for you, taking a little nap in your private room with aC then waking up in your boardies ready for the next session. I came into this trip having read every review on here so my expectations were set pretty high. I thought I'll check Nicaragua off the list then on to the next destination. Now I'm having a really hard time convincing myself to go anywhere else. In fact, I'm ready to bring the wife back. Although we never got a chance to meet Myles, he contacted us via email long before our arrival to find out if there was anything we would like to have. I made a request for plenty of Coke Zero and another guy in our group requested Peanut M&M;'s. There's was enough Coke Zero to last me a year and there was no shortage of M&M;'s, among many other snacks. Keep it up guys and I will definitely be seeing you again soon. Chico Rocks!
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Best Surf Trip (and so much more) Imaginable
I have now visited Nicaragua 5 times, 2 of which I've had the pleasure to stay at Ventana a Las Olas. I have to say there is no better way to do a surf trip. You get anything and everything you could possibly want. Great meals, exceptional service, super comfortable rooms, and great waves are what you will be greeted with. Thanks so much Miles for another fantastic time, can't wait to get back soon!
So relaxing, the only thing I had to worry about was how well my
Ventana a las Olas was much more than I expected. From the moment my boyfriend and I were picked up in Managua we felt incredibly safe and were treated like friends. Miles and Tom were so accommodating in anything we wanted to do, including tours of the surrounding cities and educating us on the culture and community during the largest holiday in Nicaragua. The 3-4 meals that were prepared daily for us (at a time we dictated) were healthy, delicious and always more than we could finish. The cabana was beautiful and we often awoke to see amazing wild life right outside the window! Since they never mix groups, it was just my boyfriend and I in the large and lovely Ventana a las Olas with all of the friendly staff available to help us. The weather was lovely every day and we took full advantage of drinks and pool in the sun at the clubhouse down the street.
My favorite part of the whole trip was learning to surf. We showed up as non-surfers that wanted to learn the sport, and through Miles and Tom's patient efforts we were both able to not only stand on the boards, but catch bigger un-broken waves. The waves here are big though, and there will be more options for where to surf when we return as competent surfers. This vacation was the perfect way to relax and get away from work, worry and stress. This vacation is unbeatable, and this price is so reasonable. We are already planning our return, and we'll be bringing friends!
Exactly as advertised - fantastic in all aspects. Have been reco
First-class service in all regards. Still blown away that only one group is booked at a time... in our case just my wife and I, and we had the place to ourselves!
If you're looking to relax and unwind, with the opportunity to surf lots if you wish, then this is the vacation for you.
Delicious, healthy and plentiful food.
Nicaragua at its finest - a perfect blend of luxury and local.
Very, very special.
Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Who Would've Guessed That Heaven Is In Nicaragua?
Imagine you had a really cool friend with a great pad in the most beautiful place in the world. Imagine that he was an awesome host that enthusiastically wanted to show you very cool stuff and take you to do anything you might think of that you wanted to do. Imagine that all this made you really happy, relaxed and feeling amazed at how lucky you were to find this place. This is close to what a visit to Ventana a las Olas is like. Miles and his crew were attentive and fun but also gave us ample space to relax and enjoy the hammocks, yoga, sunsets, pool, games, guitars and each other on our honeymoon. We relaxed, surfed daily and saw some of the most pristine nature the world has to offer (monkeys, birds that are hard to believe exist in real life, and tropical fish in rock pools to name a few). This is not Club Med or some such, if that's what you are looking for than probably this venue isn't for you. This is an authentic, fun place with cool people that will take great care of you and where you will have the time of your life. We have traveled the world and this is one of the best places we have found, hands down...I have already recommended Ventana a las Olas, Rancho Santana to, oh, everyone I know that will listen, and now I am telling you--this place rocks.
Absolutely First Class Stay In Nicaragua
Firstly, let me say what an amazing time we had at your place. It was
absolutely first class.
We have been to many places in Central america with Waterways Surf Travel but you have
exceeded them all.
Your staff made our stay all the more enjoyable, especially Tom with his
patience, professionalism and knowledge of all the surf breaks, and we got plenty of waves and a fun boat trip to playgrounds too.
You have a fantastic location with so much wildlife to see on your
property alone. Your team was discrete, quiet and very helpful and they
always had a smile. The food was delicious and plentiful and we loved
Thanks again for the upgrade to the suite upstairs. The balcony was my
favorite place to read and nap and truly relax.
We are in El Salvador at the moment and wishing we were spending more time
in Ventana a las Olas instead.
Thank you and your team again for making our trip so memorable.
You will be seeing us again for sure.
Manasquan, New Jersey
Epic!!! I'D give it 10 stars if I could.
Big Thanks to Miles, Tom, Chico, Julian & the rest of the team. You guys have it really dialed in! - - Unsure of what to expect, you guys were beyond accommodating on every level from arrival to departure.
Your knowledge of the area/region was not only educational but yielded awesome surf at multiple local breaks throughout the week. Taking into account swell direction, periods, tides and winds all factored into scoring a wave every day.
Amazing, healthy meals geared towards a super active day was enough to keep me happy but there was so much more including your extra friendly staff (I'd call it family), clean living & plenty of living space to enjoy with friends or escape for some R&R.;
I'd list more but going to Ventana a las Olas is the only thing that will really do these comments any justice.
Thank you and see you guys sooner then later!
Pismo Beach, Ca
Excellent Surf Trip! Need To Bring The Whole Family Next Time
Vacation just ended and I'm trying to keep a smile on my face knowing I return to real life in a few hours! I fully understand the comment one of your past guests made when they (teasingly) said "thanks for ruining all future vacations."
Our experience there in Nicaragua at Rancho Santana really did set a new standard to live up to. I've got to compliment all of you on vastly exceeding my expectations. I literally could have gone home after the first 24 hours with a smile on my face! Tom, Chico, Julian and the rest of the staff are incredible, the food was outstanding, and I have no words for the beauty of the home and the views."
Thanks again for an incredible experience. I am going through all the pictures of the trip and my wife and I are already thinking of when we could get the whole family down there.
Thanks For The Surf Trip of a Lifetime
Thank you for the surf trip of a lifetime. You guys have officially ruined our vacations forever in that we will never be able to go anywhere else! The team took great care of us the entire duration of the trip and we can not thank you enough. We hope to see you again next year.
Carlsbad, California, United States
Wow ! Luxurious private accomodations, Superb and abundant meals
This experience with Ventana a Las Olas far exceeded my expections. Miles, Tom, Chico and Julian did an amazing job making our trip fabulous. The food was abundant and unbelievably good and being chauffered via 4 wheel drive to every surf location was fun and informative. The accomodations and flexibility just can't be beat anywhere else. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can go to this part of Nica and just "wing it"- it really is not possible. This is a very remote area with roads that are not marked and require expert drivers and guides. The surf here is also different and it is helpful to get an insiders input on the nuances of each break. The daily flexibility of arranging your agenda and activities and their ability to make it happen far exceeded any surf group I had researched and they definitely delivered. I can't wait to return !
Nicaragua's Ventana a las Olas was the absolute perfect surf vac
An absolutely amazing experience and a true vacation! The Ventanas Las Olas experience defines what it means to be world class, all-inclusive and luxury. And the surf is epic too! The program the crew runs is exceptional - from the airport transfers to the knowledge of the surf, to the food, to the staff - it is everything you want in a surf vacation and we plan on coming back at least once every year! The property is breathtaking and exactly what you want in a surf vacation. Great view of the waves, pool with a view, rooms with views, comfy beds, and aC! And generators to back it all up! It truly felt like home. The food was delicious, healthy, and always ready when we were hungry.And the availability of drinks and snacks at any time made it feel like we never left home.We have never had someone load our boards in the car and hang our gear up top dry.Top notch service to say the least and we were truly able to relax at all times. Someone was always ready and happy to take us to check any wave, or show us around the ranch.Tom is the ultimate surf guide and has an extremely rare combination of traits that you seldom find in surfers. His knowledge is vast - surfing,life, health,the world. His surfing ability speaks for itself yet he is void of any ego.If the surf guide gig ever runs out he is probably a good candidate for the next Dos Equis "most interesting man in the world". The rest of the staff is nothing short of amazing as well. Chico is rad. Funny as heck and always smiling. He makes some great food too. You can tell that all of the staff enjoy their jobs and those good vibes show!
And then there is the surf! It's insane. So many breaks, so much variety and power plus all day off shores.The respect the locals have for what you guys do for the community is really cool. Great waves, great people, and truly relaxing. Ventanas Las Olas is far and alone our number one recommendation for a surf trip and/or a vacation. Still smiling from all those waves.
Park City, Utah
Finally found some "Aloha" in Nicaragua!
Just a quick note to thank each of you for an incredible week in
paradise. I've never enjoyed surfing with a bunch of old men as much as I
did last week! It was nice to see great friends brought together in a
beautiful spot for the love of surf. You are all very lucky to share and
enjoy such a great passion. Thank you for letting me tag along and share
your waves. It was a pleasure. Hope this next week brings you bigger
and warm water.
Newport Beach, CA
Ventanas a las Olas Rocks
We've traveled to many of the best surf spots around the world and this was one of the best trips we've done. The house, the surf, the food and the whole team rocks! It was so good we're booking two weeks for next year, so we'll see you again soon. Please be sure to thank the whole crew for us; and once again, thanks for a great surf week.
Extraordinary Family Destination
Thanks to everyone for our extraordinary experience in Nicaragua.Â The destination is amazing, but the hospitality and the itinerary were out of this world!Â It was amazing that your plans, meals and adventures included and excited everyone from the younger kids to the grandparents and everyone in between. Â Jeff and I were beyond amazed that you were able to entertain 3 generations for a whole week! Â
It made our firstÂ "real" family trip with our children a memory to remember. Â The kids started school today and were so excited to share everything including your great photos front he trip with their classmates. Â Thanks again and we hope to be back soon to continue our surfing lessons. Â Jeff and Terri
Lisa D and Mike M
Newport Beach, California
Great Nicaragua experience at Ventanas a Las Olas!!!
We made it home safely and we wanted to again express our thanks for your hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed everything from the exquisite meals to the experienced surf guides, massages and even the frogs "talking" each evening... Mike and I had a great experience at Ventanas a Las Olas!!! I've been looking over all of the great photos and have been reflecting on our Nicaragua adventure with a huge smile. We look forward to our return to Ventana a Las Olas!! Thank you Miles and team!!!
Stunning location for a perfection vacation.
I am not a surfer, but I went to Ventana a Las Olas with my family. There were 11 of us; three children, four 20-somethings, two 40-somethings and two over fifty. It was great for all of us. Relaxing, beautiful setting, excellent food, stellar service, transportation to wherever we wanted to go, surfing at the best beaches for those who wanted to go...I just can't say enough about this vacation. I will definitely be returning.
David and Theresa
Had a great 25 year anaversery get away to Ventana a las olas. Relaxing or action pact, whatever you ask for you will get. Miles and the crew take great care to make sure you have a good time. This was my first time to nicaragua and we will be coming back.
The zip line and Granada are a must.
Fantastic surf trip!
Hi Miles, I just wanted to thank you and your team for making our Nicaraguan surf vacation one to remember! The house, Rancho Santana as well as your team's hospitality and local knowledge were fantastic!
We all agreed we would come back next year - see you in 2013.
Santa Cruz, California, United States
Amazing week, Awesome house!
We had an amazing stay in Nicaragua thanks to Miles and his staff. We brought 4 families with 6 kids ranging from 3 months to 8 years old and we actually pulled it off! Solid surf all week and plenty of fun for the kiddos. Thanks very much for the fantastic time and look forward to coming back!
Huntington Beach, CA
Made my year!
How Miles and his wonderful staff seemed to mix five days of "go-go" with "slow-slow" I'll never know! My husband and I traveled with a diverse group of 8, some dynamite "surfistas", others looking for pure R & R, ranging from the mid twenties to late forties. Falling somewhere in between all of that, I have to say my personal experience was...epic!
The service was spot on. Who doesn't love to be offered a cold Tona as you walk out of the Managua airport as your surf bag is swept before you notice and loaded onto an air-conditioned van? Who doesn't love breakfast #1 (pre-surf) and hot breakfast #2 (post-surf) waiting on the table. Who doesn't love the morning greeting of a Nicaraguan smile like Maribel's as she goes about her happy day sweeping the floor you walk on? Who doesn't love cooler bags packed with Papaya trail mix, Nutter butter cookies, and tastes just like your mom just made 'em sandwiches by future med student Mark. Who doesn't love a Toyota truck driving guide, like blue eyed Mike, who answers 21 questions in a row and translates the local Nicaraguan radio? And how about a surf guide-in-training, like little Michael, who gives you his waves wholeheartedly...really?!!! Yes, really. When you're in the hands of the staff at Ventana a Las Olas you don't have to worry about anything...they think of it before you do, whether it is water bottles to go, towels, surf wax, sunscreen, or the rash guard off their back (P.S. My husband thanks you!). Miles even fixed my surfboard ding! Can't thank you enough!!!
The property is beautiful, clean, and better than I expected. Lounging in the hammock when we first arrived was heaven and the place has a comforting feel that makes you just want to take a mid afternoon nap with the sound and feel of the gentle breeze. The grounds are colorfully landscaped and a dip in that infinity edge pool overlooking a sky of clouds and lightning and fireflies at night was a treat! I can't wait to see what the finished Yoga spot is gonna look like! Every day I would think, "The pictures just don't do this place justice." Aside from all the basics the little extras like the guitars and fake books, a variety of magazines in the room and common area, the modern flat screen TV, and daily brewed yummy coffee made me feel at home.
The quaint but spacious villa is a perfect 5-10 minute drive through canopies of trees with sounds of birds (and sometimes even monkeys) on dirt roads that lead to quaint beaches, horse stables, beautiful beach side resort pools with made to order cocktails, and local hot springs. Yet it's just as close to real village life, full of kids walking to and from school in uniforms, locals sitting on the porches of their dwellings, the "biblioteca"(library) and salt fields, and the occasional pig, dog, or steer crossing.
My favorite thing about Ventana a las Olas is that it offers the perfect mix of culture, relaxation, and adventure. You need locals to navigate the area, and the knowledge and work ethic of all of the staff are well worth it! They know the fine balance of taking care of a group while at the same time allowing them privacy. I am thankful to all of them for openly sharing with me a little about their families and life in Nicaragua. Chico (our sun up to sun down chef extraordinaire and divine creator of homemade breaded Red Snapper sticks and key lime graham cracker crust pie) went out of his way one night to introduce us to his precious five year old daughter. Roberto, the NSR photographer arranged for our group, took surf pics of us mid day from a spot that is only reachable by a rather long walk (considering the climate) and got an awesome shot of me and my husband that will be hanging on our wall at home for years to come! Miles, although not a native Nicaraguan, has a heart for the people. His work is rather a way of life, one that he enjoys thoroughly and speaks about with pride. I wonder if he knows, as I learned, that the surfers out in the water call him "abuelito" (grandfather).
"Salud!" to Miles and all the staff at Ventana de Las Olas. Thank you sincerely for a wonderful stay. I wish you and your families the very best! From beginning to end, thanks for a fantastic trip!
San Francisco, CA
Best Trip Ever!
This was my 1st trip to Nicaragua. (My husband goes every yr and stays at Ventana a las Olas, but he finally brought the wife and 5 yr old.)I was a bit nervous about everything (country, food, etc). Turns out that was a big waste of time- The house was beyond beautiful, the food fantastic(thanks Chico!) and the guys (Mike, Mark & Chico) could not have been more accomodating with whatever we wanted to do. Our 5 yr old developed a huge crush on Mike & Mark and they indulged her every whim - she wants to know when we can go back! The club at Rancho Santana was a gorgeous place to hang out when we did not want to go surfing with the boys. The food there was wonderful as well as cheap. Everything we did from Zip lining, volcano visits, and sight seeing in Granada was done first class all the way. We will be making this an annual trip and can't wait to go back!
Ultimate in Luxury Surf Vacationing
It's was my second time to Ventana a Las Olas and I'm already thinking about when I can get back.. The Staff is top notch from guiding you to the best surf to the amazing food. No detail is overlooked. I couldn't recommend it enough!
Thanks again for a great Nicaragua surfing vacation!
I just wanted to thank you and your team for everything. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed our stay. You really do have a wonderful staff working for you. Having someone like Mike taking us around and getting us to the right breaks during the right tides is truely a wealth of knowledge that adds so much value. Give our thanks to Chico, he really is a wonderful cook and a very helpful guy. I must also add Mark was relly good to us too, packing lunches for the boat trip, wow they were really needed! Thanks again for a great vacation!
The Perfect Mix
Being a Surfer it has been a challenge to mix both a family vacation and a surfing trip. I could not have imagined a better setting. My daughter, 5 years, happily played at the club house pool while I could strategically hit the waves in between playing her. My wife was happy reading in her private cabana. Chico, Mike and Mark were excellent hosts. They were able to cater to all of our needs, e.g. evening sunset on a private beach, family day site seeing Granada and zipline, to starting a band with my daughter while my wife and grabbed a little alone time.
In short, I can't say enough about the quality of accommodations, the Staff, and the waves. We are already planning our next trip back. But this time, we hope to bring down a few more families.
Great Last Minute Escape From Winter In Nicaragua
My wife and I had an opportunity for a quick trip to escape from the cold in Canada to the warmth somewhere and we chose Ventana a las Olas. Nicaragua turned out to be a great combination of friendly people, colonial cities, beautiful beaches, birds and monkeys. There was some surf for me and my wife learned to surf and has the pictures to prove it. The house, food and hospitality was great and Chico, Mike and Miles took us to all the best Nicaragua spots in Granada, Rivas and the Rancho Santana area. It was definitely a relaxing trip - we hope to return soon and are recommending it to our family and friends.
Rest, relax, repeat forever
I never want to leave! Vacations are super important to me but most of the time, for one reason or another I'm kind of ready to go home when that time comes,but not the case here !!!
Although the surf looks great, there are tons of stuff to do for the non-surfers, friends and family including nature walks, horseback riding, little tours to Granada and Rivas and especially sunset massages.
I always wish I could stay longer and this trip I could! I was originally coming for 9 days then my plane got cancelled, there was a vacancy and I upped it to 14 days. Well let me tell you when the 9th day came I doubly enjoyed the next 5 days. I took advantage of every moment. Got up at 5:00am ( not my usual ) and just breathing in the air is delightful. Rest, relax, repeat is my new motto. Special thanks to Chico for making my third trip even more special than the first two.
Nicaragua Done Right!
I can not say enough good things about our recent trip to Nicaragua and, more particularly, our stay at Ventana a las Olas. No longer do you need to travel 20+ hours and stay in some shanty to score uncrowded, super fun waves in warm water. Miles, the owner/host/surf guide, has the program down to an art form and will do anything and everything possible to make sure his guests are constantly entertained and having a blast. Chico's cooking is insane, the accommodations are top-notch and the waves and weather are incredible. Every aspect of the trip will far exceed your expectations - it did mine! We are already planning our next trip back and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else.
Dana Point, CA
Relaxing, Beautiful, Fun, a 5 Star Experience!
Just spent 9 days at Ventana a las Olas with 2 friends. We could not say enough good things about this trip. Miles, the guide extraordinaire is wonderful as is all of his staff. The house is amazing, the staff is so friendly and helpful, the food is excellent, and they cater to any wish you have. If you are visiting Nicaragua and want a great place to stay, an excellent surf/sites tour guide...look no further!!!
Huntington Beach, California, United States
Had an amazing time. Got great waves and accommodations are perfect. I have been all over and this definitely ranks at the top. Miles and staff were attentive, personable and gave it a 5 start feel.
Definitely doing it again!
Another memorable and much needed first class vacation in Nicara
Just wanted to thank our host Miles and Chico for another great trip to Nocargua and Ventana a las Olas. The staff and accomidations were fantastic as usual. It is not often that a "coach" travelor gets such "first class" treatment and accomidations. The surf more than cooperated thus making this another memorable and much needed vacation for my friends and me. I am looking forward to next year. Thanks again!!!
Top of the World!
From a surfers perspective, centrally located total access to the area from Colorado's all the way down to Playgrounds. And as my most recent trip made me realize, it matters! Oh, and did i forget to mention offshore winds all day...!!!
From and innkeepers perspective (which i am also) if you are going to complain about this castle, hopefully you won't cross my path.
And when the appetite is important, Chico won't let you down...no matter your taste...
And finally as for the head honcho of this outfit, Senior Mi'les, well he needs a bit of refining and hopefully thats where you can come in. Help me out folks.
You won't regret it...
Relax and Surf, whichever order you choose
Right from arrival the service was better than expected. Chico and Mike took great care of us. The accommodations were awesome, we had the best room with all the ammenities, plus upgrades we just learned about. The food was great and at our schedule of hunger.
The waves were consistent and Mike took us to wherever he felt would be best for our skill and wants (2 different aspects on one's point of view :} ) So the we got lucky and scored plenty of waves and from awesome conditions to good conditions. I didn't mind relaxing if the waves were too big or not to my liking because I was usually surfed out from an earlier session.
Other activities were simple to set up and Chico and Mike took us to horseback riding and the other facilities whenever we wanted, even at the last minute. We had private massages on our deck with a view you don't have to envision, just look up from the table occassionally. We also enjoyed wifi and football games on wide screen televisions.
We also saw the towns, local people, culture, shopped in the markets and saw the monkeys in the trees!
We were able to enjoy two restaurants, one more "local" style and the other upscale and high end in every aspect except the price, 2 lobster tails for dinner at $15.00
Driving to the surfbreaks was a bit tough, but for a true surfer, it gave us much more options than any other camp in the area. If you don't want to drive around, there is one close break on a large secluded beach.
I didn't take advantage of the fishing, but will next time.
I fully recommend Ventanas for the "whole" package because you just need to sit back and enjoy or get up and surf.
Dana Point, CA
Best Trip Ever
My vacation at Ventana a las Olas was the best trip I have ever been on. The trip started out with the unthinkable--airline lost my surf bag! Thankfully owner/guide Miles (immediately) assured me upon my pick-up from the airport that I could choose a board from his quiver and if he didn't have what I was looking for he would get it. Was probably for the best, there was a big swell and he had the perfect board for the condition! I didn't think about the boards again. Miles' right-hand man Chico got them to me by the next morning. Incredible. The surf in Nica is legit. You can see a handful of breaks from the house. Miles and Mike know what breaks are working based on tides, swell, wind etc. You will get great waves. Miles gave me a quick tutorial at each spot on where the reefs were, where to line-up and any other useful info to maximize my wave-count, safety and fun. He gave my beginner surfer girlfriend tons of lessons and got her so stoked on surfing (thanks Miles!). I've been to Fiji, Samoa, Hawaii, Peru, etc. for surf--trust me, Nica has great waves. The scenery is stunning. I can't tell you how many times my girlfriend and I looked at each other and said "wow." Sunsets, coastline, jungle, mountains, all visible from every spot in the house, even your bed. We couldn't believe that Ventana a las Olas was even more breathtaking in person than in the photos! The accommodations were incredible. We were so comfortable. Ocean views from everywhere, even the pool. Beautiful hand-crafted wood furniture. Massages. Fans and a/C if you get warm. Every meal was deluxe. Every detail was attended to. Miles and my girlfriend played duets on guitar. You feel more like a guest in a home more than anything. The entire staff is awesome. Thank you to Miles, Mike, Maribel, Chico and Yolanda for making us feel like family. Look out for Chico in the water if its 3x overhead, he is basically the Nicaraguan Laird. A great vacation for romance, the family or even the boys. A+
Debbie from Fullerton, Ca.
5-Star Relaxation with Friends
This trip turned out to be the perfect combination of local culture, adventure and total relaxation with old friends. Every room really does have a stunning sunset view that we enjoyed every night! We loved the beautiful secluded beaches surrounding the villa, our local dinner at Yolanda's and especially our overnight stop in Grenada. The tour of the city, zip-lining and kayaking were awesome! And all the meals and drinks were excellent everywhere we went. Next time I'll be bringing my whole family, including the grandkids. Special thanks to everyone at Ventana a las Olas for a perfect, luxury get a way... muchas gracias!
Definitely a 5-Star Family Experience
My family and I traveled from our home in Peru to see some of Nicaragua, surf and enjoy a relaxing family vacation. Mike, our surf guide and host was just great. The house is beautiful and comfortable for a large family like ours. Mike, our surf guide and host made sure everything worked out excellently. Rancho Santana and Nicaragua are amazing. We especially enjoyed our family time at Playa Rosada's Clubhouse -- plenty of shade, a big empty pool, great beach and an epic wave. We all had a wonderful experience. We're looking forward to coming back again.
Los Gatos California
Immaculate Remarkable Value
This place represents an insane value. The surf was amazing. "Mysto Mike" was a perfect surf guide- no attitude Chico made some great meals, and of course a special thanks to Miles for making it all happen. The same thing in Hawaii would cost $10,000.
The Hoffer Family
Wow...Nicaragua is truly an amazing country!
It is our family's tradition to sit together and make a journal of anything that is a reminder of the trip that we have just returned from...well, tonight we jotted down three pages of remembrances from our 5 day adventure in Nicaragua!!! Thank you so much for making our time there so memorable and special!! Of course, we send a Texas-sized Gracias to Chico and Rudy as well!!! Please be in touch if you are ever headed to H-town...hopefully, our paths will cross again here in the States, or in Nicaragua!
The perfect Vacation
My husband and I could not have asked for a better trip. Surf, service, and scenery...all outstanding! We felt right at home. Miles and his crew were unbelievavble. You must see it to believe it. Our vacation was definitely a five-star adventure--from start to finish. See for yourself! Enjoy.
Blue Anchor NJ
A Romantic , Fun Vacation Spot
My wife & I wanted to take a trip someplace different to relax. Even though we are not surfers, we felt we could have a good time in Nicaragua at Ventana a las Olas in Rancho Santana. But, we ended up having a fabulous time with lots of entertainment to keep us busy.
Thanks for the great time at Ventana a las Olas- the staff was super nice- Michael, Marabell and abe. A special shout out to Chico-a great chef, translator, tour guide and proud ambassador of the Nicaraguan culture.
The food was excellent- distinctive but not too exotic. The fresh fruit was a real standout- I never knew that plantains were actually good to eat.
The local people were warm, friendly , quick to smile and made language differences unimportant.
Some of the highlights of our trip; looking into a live volcano, horseback riding along the beach and into the local village ,1/2 day sailing cruise , beautiful beaches with unique stones, driftwood, shells and sand dollars to collect and an abundance of wildlife to observe.
We still found time to sit back at the house to relax and enjoy the view of hills, valleys, beaches, occasional exotic birds flying by, sunsets transcending into stary nights and the local fishing boats.
The vacation lasted all the way to the airport. After leaving the house we stopped at a huge market to acquire souvenirs made by locals. We decided to skip the scheduled zip line and instead took the 365 island private boat tour of Lake Managua. We were thoroughly impressed by the tour. It included fantastic island estates, natural wildlife, locals fishing & commuting by boat and an island full of monkeys. And the knowledge that fresh water sharks and swordfish were lurking underneath us. Only in Nicaragua does this adaptation exist.
Supposedly this is a destination for surfers but my wife and I couldnt of had a better vacation and we are not surfers. We strongly recommend this haven for anyone- surfers or not !!!.
"Ventana a las Olas" all inclusive package was a real bargain
If anyone is looking for an all inclusive surf vacation, Ventana a las Olas is the place for you. Everything is covered!!! After an easy flight from the East Coast, a driver greets you at the airport and the relaxation begins. Ventana a las Olas has everything , incredible private rooms all with unbelievable views, an infinity pool, a comfortable lounge area, great meals, snacks and appetizers. The meals were fantastic with very generous portions and always second helpings, (very important for a surfer who hasn't been 150lbs since the fifth grade). Ice cold "Tona'sĂ˘âŹÂ and plenty of "Flur de CanaĂ˘âŹÂ. The surf was unbelievable, off shore winds and 10+ breaks to satisfy any surfer's palette. The staff was wonderful and eager to make sure everything was just perfect. All you have to do is show up and enjoy!!! I happily give it 5 stars for an inexpensive, fun, no brainer trip. Gracias Mile'!! Gracias Chico!! See you soon!!!
All we can say collectively is Ă˘âŹĹWow!Ă˘âŹÂ
Miles, All we can say collectively is "Wow!Ă˘âŹÂ What a fabulous time we had at your home and Chico, Mike and anthony were truly amazing making it their priority to make our family's New Year's trip as relaxing, stress-free, and enjoyable as one could make it, you are blessed. We're definitely coming back soon. With much appreciation Kathy & Paul Bancroft
Recommend it? Absolutely
Outer Banks NC
Rancho Santana Nicaragua is amazing and we will be back asap!
In the fall of 2009 myself and a few surfing buddies needed a break from the grind and chose to stay with Miles at Ventana a Las Olas in Rancho Santana Nicaragua. We had been told what a nice place it was and had seen pictures but were totally blown away when we arrived. The house itself and the experience of staying there was beyond words. The food was great, the staff very friendly, and the Randho Santana subdivision is a very nice and very safe community. Miles and his staff wined us, dined us, got us to the surf, kept the jokes coming, and the week went off without a hitch. It just seemed like everytime you started to think of something you might need or like to do, it would just happen. I highly recommend Ventana a Las Olas / Rancho Santana to anyone who likes surfing quality waves in warm water, is just looking for some quality down time, or possibly looking for a destination for a yoga retreat.
Another nice thing about the area is that the surfers that live there seemed genuinely glad to meet you, were friendly and helpful, and we were not nervous about paddling out at the local breaks.
We were a bit unfortunate with the surf because a tropical depression formed in the Gulf of Mexico and the normal (300 days a year) offshore winds died and we experience glassy or light onshore conditions for several days. But even though it may not have been classic for a few days we could watch the conditions from the house, run down to Santana's or Colorado's when the wind would die, and find ourselves scoring fun surf and a nice barrell here and there.
I have done a lot of traveling, surfed all over the world, and am calling Ventana a Las Olas a "must see" / "must do" for everyone who likes to travel.
Bev and Lindsey
Winslow Township NJ
Relaxing family vacation-Beautiful Beaches,Monkeys & 5+Stars
Last Feb. my 25 year old daughter & I needed to get out of the cold...her never being out of the country with a desire to do so and going without my husband decided on Nicaragua-Ventana a las Olas, Rancho Santana (a gated community). We couldn't of asked for a nicer place to go. Miles, Chico,and the entire team there made us feel like part of their family. It seemed like anything we wanted or requested would magically appear.
Neither of us are surfers but we had the time of our lives regardless. We walked, road horses and collected shells, fossils, rocks and starfishes on the gorgeous beaches.We saw monkeys galore, exotic birds,iguanas and much more wildlife. We saw a volcano, we zip-lined, went to the oldest city in Central america and we even went to the Nicaraguan version of a rodeo/bullfight .Best of all, Miles took us to Yolanda's for a surprise birthday celebration with cake and ice cream for everyone--just awesome and all this was included as part of our package!
The house is absolutely gorgeous, the food and snacks are fabulous, the sunsets breathtaking, the people loving and most friendly..all this made for the best,most relaxing trip ever. We loved Ventana a las Olas, Rancho Santana and Nicaragua. 5 stars doesn't seem like enough for the best vacation ever. Since my daughter and I have not stopped talking about it ...guess where my husband and I will be going on our next vacation ..thats right Nicaragua-Ventana a las Olas.
+-5 hours from lax. Land in Managua; had boards in 20 minutes. All boards on-time and safe. Cleared customs in 5 minutes. Pick-Up: ride was at the front door of the airport waiting. He had a sign with our names on it and we loaded boards 2 minutes later. Van was clean, roomy and was ready. Drive to the House: The drive was about 2 hours or so. All paved roads except for last few miles. Local police never stopped us for the Central america shake-down. But driver was prepared to throw a twenty at the cops.
House/Villa: 8 BRs. All w/private bath and individual a/C. Infinity pool rocks. Surf for hours; hit the pool and keep your eye on the conditions for the next session. Gourmet kitchen. Flatscreen TV w/satellite. Watch NFL in Nicaragua! Service: Miles knows all waves (see below), has everything you need, and is a renaissance man. Chico: the guy is awesome. He cooks all meals and takes pride in presentation. Loves practicing English. All fresh food; well-prepared. Never open your wallet until you hit Yolanda's for the feast. Endless Tona (local beer) and rum. 6 thirsty surfers every night and couldn't kill beer supply.
Surf: got a "bad" week. It was still good. About head high when we got there. By the 3rd morning it was a few feet overhead. Backed down the rest of the trip. Scored a ton of really fun and empty waves. We had 3 sessions completely by ourselves. Miles knows every wave there and will take you to what you want to surf. From a heavy slab to firing beachbreak (think Black's) and solid thick reef setups. Some tame waves for kids and beginners too. Plenty of other stuff to do, tourism, etc. Fellas... you can go horseback riding with your girl down the beach. What do you think happens after that? Exactly.
Absolutely coming back. Definitely haul my wife down there. All guys, all girls, kids, or mix it up. We got CDs with over 1,400 pictures (surf and nature pics). Thanks to Miles, Chico, Lucha Libre, Yolanda and the whole crew.
Santa Rosa California
Perfect Luxury Family Vacation Retreat on the Coast of Nicaragua
We traveled to Nicaragua with my 82 year old mother, my two surfer teenagers and a couple of their friends. We had not idea what to expect in such a remote area, but everything was great from start to finish. The house, rooms, gardens and sunset views are lovely. Rancho Santana is a world class nature reserve with deserted beaches, jungles, monkeys and all the amenities. All the meals and service were great with seconds and even thirds for the kids. Plus my kids tell me the surf is "awesome.Ă˘âŹÂ It really is perfect for family and friends and much better than we imagined when we booked it.
Great Touring and Surfing Spring Break in Popoyo Surf Zone, Nica
This was a great spring break trip for all of us. We spent our first week doing the classic hostel tour of the country including Masaya, Granada and Ometepe. Our second week was spent living the life of luxury at Ventana a las Olas. Everyone took such good care of us. It is a great house, with plenty of good food and drinks, beautiful beaches, gardens, pools and horseback rides along the shore and through the local villages. Although most of us were just learning to surf, we got in plenty of water time and had a blast. I'm trying to organize another trip for 2011 right now.
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Our stay was more memorable than anything we could have imagined
Just wanted to take a moment to write you, and let you know how much my wife and I enjoyed our stay at Ventana a las Olas, Rancho Santana, Nicaragua. Chico and Mike are a perfectly matched pair that made every effort to make sure our stay exceeded all expectations.
Chico's friendly and fun demeanor, along with his home style comfort food, made us feel at home in a foreign land. He kept beautiful house flowing at a consistent, enjoyable pace, all the while with a warm friendly smile.
Mike's laid back and knowledgeable style took away any uneasiness we might have felt about surfing new and challenging breaks in the Popoyo Surf Zone. Mike made every effort to find the best waves and the most beautiful beaches for us to enjoy. He did it all while imparting tons of information about the local people and culture making the entire experience even more enjoyable.
We never had one single bad moment throughout our entire week long stay. We would personally like to thank you for assembling such a great team to make our stay at your home more memorable than anything we could have imagined.
Great surf and comfort in Popoyo surf zone
This was my fourth trip to Nica and my second trip to Ventana a las Olas. Traveled with friends all in our 50's My brother in law who is a radiologist, an old school friend who is an engineer, a longtime fellow travler who is commercial fisherman and a mortgage broker. We all still like to surf the best waves we can and Miles and the staff did their best to put us on good waves daily. We got to surf as much as we wanted sometimes getting 3 good sessions in a day. The food was great, plenty of it and the beer was always cold. If you wanted a side trip to Rivas or Granada the staff was there to help with that also. I would highly recommend staying here and we will all surely be back to stay again in the future.