This was our second stay at Villa Carmen and it was just as great as the first! The property is well maintained and the staff very friendly. The view of San Juan del Sur bay at sunset is amazing, happy hour cocktails on the back porch are definitely recommended. The house is perfectly located about a 3 minute drive from downtown and another 15-20 minutes from the better surfing beaches down south. A vehicle is kind've a must to experience all this area has to offer. I can't comment on the pool/restaurant as we never went there. However, I can say that if you're coming all the way down to Nica and spending the majority of your time within the confines of the property, you're wasting your vacation; get out and explore! And remember, this isn't North America, things move slowly down here so don't be salty if your food takes a while to get to the table! We will definitely be staying here for our next trip!