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suze or douglas

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english, italian

Sun, Surf, Sand, Sleep!!! Repeat ...

19 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Rivas House Rental Photos and Description

Two stunning master King size bedrooms featuring ensuite bath, sleeps 4

Romantic, Private, hill top self contained villa with beautiful ocean and forest views!

An incredible, 2000 sq. ft, fully furnished, private villa with two master King bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms, open air living, and just minutes to three of Nicaraguas beautiful sun and surf beaches, Playa Maderas, Playa Majagual, and Playones. Experience life in one of the largest, privately owned ecological reserves in Central America, teeming with wildlife and natural beauty. This small, private boutique community has been designed using green building concepts, native fallen hardwoods and stone. Boundaries between indoors and outdoors merge when sliding walls reveal your own private patio with ocean and tropical jungle views. Designed and built by the developers of world renowned Morgan's Rock Eco Resort, boasts 16' vaulted cane ceilings with large overhangs, providing shade from sun and rain showers. This home's ideal position on a ridge overlooking the jungle canopy allows the cool breezes to flow throughout.

What to Expect!: Polished concrete floors keep the house cool, even in the heat of the day. Asian inspired 12' sliding privacy walls are featured on both master King bedrooms. Ceilings fans provide comfort for your sleeping ease. En-suite open air bath with double vanities feature beautiful copper hand made detail. Open concept kitchen awaits your culinary expertise with stainless steel appliances, fridge, 4 burner gas stove top, oven. Fully stocked kitchen with service for 4, selection of cookware, flatware, glassware, cooking utensils. Battery Backup System for the occasional power outages.

The living room boasts comfortable contemporary sunny yellow sofa's with matching chairs in addition to 2 leather chairs and ottoman. Dining table and seating for four.

A featured natural stone table is the centre piece to enjoy board games or just sit around and enjoy a cocktail. Enjoy a swim in our 15 meter infinity edge pool overlooking the pacific and jungle terrain, just steps outside the front door. Laze and read a novel on the comfy padded lounge chairs and enjoy an ice tea. Flat screen TV with DVD player and 88 DVD's for your viewing pleasure.

We are located just a 20 minute walk down our private trail or a 5 minute drive to the best surf and sun beaches in the area. There are surf board rentals and a selection of local cafes accessible by foot.

A 'meet & greet' is included in the cost of the rental to help you navigate your way making your first day a comfortable transition. Our host can help you arrange a selection of diverse activities in the area from a sunset cruise and zip-lining to yoga.

Down the steps from our front deck you'll find our shared infinity pool ready to help you cool off for the evening or a early morning dip.

Transportation: A four wheel drive high clearance vehicle IS REQUIRED for accessing not only Casa Culebra, but the majority of the surfing beaches north and south of San Juan del Sur. We are located 12 km (20 min) from town on country, dirt roads and as the Balcones community is perched on a hill from the main road a 4 x 4 vehicle will make your stay much more enjoyable! Let us help you arrange transportation to and from the airport, and provide you with a discounted rate with one of our Car Rental agents. If reducing your imprint on the planet with a vacation that offers both seclusion and quiet, the Casa Culebra is the place for you!

This home enjoys the benefits of secure private parking and 24 hour security in a locked, gated community. Maid service provided every 3 - 4 days.

This house is perfect for honeymooners, families of four, couples looking for adventure get away!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
suze or douglas (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Call Owner
Speaks: english, italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

The house we stayed in was great. The view and weather was wonderful.You had excellent views of sun sets from deck and pool.You are up in the mountains.Everything that was said about the place was true no hidden surprises.We had a great time in San Juan del Sur and at the beaches.You do need a 4x4 rental to get there. The property is gated and we never felt in danger at all.The owner and the host both were great in helping getting rental car, transportation to and from airport,and booking any activities we did.That in itself made the trip much better.
Mar 2016
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Reviews

5
based on 19 traveler reviews

Sun, Surf, Sand, Sleep!!! Repeat ...
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
5

Exceed Expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Culebra served as the perfect setting for our worry-free girls’ getaway! The house offered just the right amount of relaxation, adventure, and luxury.

For those of you wondering…yes, the pictures are on point when it comes to the clean and comfortable accommodations you expect to see upon arrival. However, keep in mind what you can’t see that takes the experience to a whole new level.

The sunrise and sunset views from this house (and throughout the property) were breathtaking, and the infinity pool quickly became part of our sunset ritual. Elisha, our concierge, truly served as our Ambassador! She was beyond helpful when it came to booking excursions or simply offering ‘life in Nica’ advice. This gave us the feeling of being on vacation, but also gave us a little taste of the local scene.

We enjoyed 2 evenings in with Chef Adam, which I highly recommend….not only was he a whiz in the kitchen, but he offered comedic commentary in between courses. We also took advantage of surf lessons with Baldo (he should get an award for patience), which was an incredible experience….especially for those of us that surfed for the first time and GOT UP! Last and certainly not least, the groundkeepers and security of the property were very attentive. It was comforting to know that if and when we needed something, they were nearby and promptly provided assistance.

I highly recommend a stay at Casa Culebra, and can say without a doubt, that I am looking forward to a return visit in the (hopefully near) future.

  • Submitted: May 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to host such a great group. Equally was Adam delighted to be your "Chef" in the kitchen for a couple of memorable meals. We will welcome you back with open arms.
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5

Beautiful relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

My family and friends had a great time at this house, the views were amazing and waking up to sounds of monkeys was the best. You will need a 4x4 to get here , but the tough trail is worth it. I would watch out for the spiders and scorpions in the house, as we seen them almost daily for 2 weeks we were there. Overall a great experience , Gordon and Elisha were always there to answer any questions and lend a helping hand.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes those little critters will find their way in. At different times of the year you'll find an abundance and at others none. We do have professionals service our home but due to the nature of the location this can be one of the things you have to deal with. But overall it sounds like the trip was a success and we look forward to seeing you again.
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5

Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Culebra was far beyond what we expected for our holiday!!! We will definitely return to Nicaragua, San Juan del Sur and Balcones de Majagual:)

The Remax folks in town set us up with Francesco (he is a gem!!!!) to pick us up from the airport and drive our rental car out to San Juan. Upon arrival, we stopped in to the Remax office where were we greeted and promptly toured around town. It was perfect AND we had a chance to pop in to stock up on goodies for our first breakfast.

Upon arriving at Balcones we were again reminded that we were in good hands. The staff are incredible and make you feel welcome and safe at all times. We were given the tour of our house - and it was far beyond our expectations! Far bigger than we thought, spotless and with TONS of kitchen bits & bobs.

Our 11 days were perfect. Truly. (ok fine, we had to kill a scorpion but really whatddya expect? it is the jungle after all but we will just add that to the list of life experiences in our back pocket!)

But really, this place was a slice of heaven. The house, the beaches, the kind people, the food - it was awesome. At any time, we felt we could contact the Remax folks in town for any support or with any questions.

I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to have a great holiday with the opportunity to stay in the beauty of the jungle.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Extraordinario!

  • 5 of 5

Our expectations were exceeded! After a long winter we could hardly wait to arrive in San Juan Del Sur. We were met by Elisha and Gordon with groceries and cold beer. Not a bad way to start vacation. After Elisha and Gordon gave us the scoop on the local culture/restaurants/beaches etc. we headed to the house. The drive from town to the house was about 30 mins. It gives you plenty of time to appreciate the unique geography of San Juan. We highly recommend a 4x4 like Suze mentioned. The hill up to the house can be steep.

The house was more than amazing; we were able to relax immediately. The design of the home provides for a very tranquil environment. The view was spectacular and serene. (For those of you worried about AC, it is not needed. You will catch cool breezes from the ocean all night.)

There is a private road to the beach; we were typically two of ten people on the beach. There is also a beautiful pool available but we gravitated towards one of the many beaches most of the time.

We also felt incredibly safe. Security is available 24/7. We had a few late nights and security was always there to greet us.

If you appreciate wildlife and bird watching this would be a great option. The howler monkeys were fun to watch in the trees and wake up to in the morning.

My husband and I have traveled to many tropical places and vacation rentals are our preference. We would highly recommend Casa Culebra, not only because Elisha, Gordon and Suze were SO incredibly helpful but the home is absolutely amazing.

Elsiha, Gordon and Suze, thank you again for an unforgettable experience in SJDS! Cheers!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Megan & Alan, Thank you so very much for this great review and I must say working with such great folks such as yourselves was a pleasure. I am truly happy that you both had a fantastic time during your stay at Casa Culebra and that it was everything you were hoping for. Look forward to having you back if you can tear yourselves away from the snow next year to enjoy a little Surf, Sand, Sun, Sleep....Repeat. See you soon.
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What you see and more!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned from spending 8 nights at Casa Culebra. It was a fabulous experience for so many reasons. First, we were met by the Concierge, Elisha McKay, in town to review contracts, house information, etc. Then Elisha took us around the town of San Juan del Sur pointing out restaurants, markets, and shops that we might want to go to. This was all invaluable information to have. Also, Elisha had shopped for groceries for us, so that our first night and morning, we would be set up in the house. We picked up our 4-Wheel Drive Land Cruiser from John at Classic Cruiser Nicaragua and followed Elisha out to Casa Culebra. It was a challenging drive the first couple times -- no doubt about it -- but we greatly appreciated Elisha escorting us and bringing us into the property. The house is amazing. You just cannot get a sense of how wonderful it is from the photos. There is breeze coming from all over, so not only do you not need air conditioning, but we even had to put a blanket on at night. It was a wonderful place to be. We cooked most of our meals there --- picking up fish from the fish markets recommended by Elisha --- and bread from Pura Vida Bakery -- yum! Fruit and vegetables from the market in town also recommended by Elisha. We had everything we needed to cook in the kitchen. I think it makes a difference that this isn't just rental house..the owner also uses it, so you can see the care she takes in furnishing it. We were treated to wake up calls from the monkeys and a great variety of birds. I appreciated having the binoculars available at Casa because we forgot ours. It was great to have the pool too. We loved the beaches close by and also adventured out to a few south of SJDS. We will be back to Casa Culebra!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, Thank you so much for this lovely and informative review of our home. I am delighted that Elisha took such care to ensure your time with us was not only enjoyable but memorable. We look forward to having you back next year.
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Amazing, fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing place this is. The most fantastic house in a wonderful hill top location. We have just come back from a 2 week stay here (family of 4 with kids aged 9 and 11) and we have fallen completely in love with the house, the beach, San Juan Del Sur and Nicaragua in general. The house is super comfortable with a wonderful cool breeze coming through all the time due to the very clever construction. We loved all the wildlife that you can find here, fantastic birds and the monkeys howling outside are amazing. Very primal. A nature lovers paradise.

The house provides a great base to explore this area but you may find that you are so relaxed, you don't fancy going far. AND you don't need to. The beach at Majagual is superb with lovely food and the best Pina Coladas available on the beach from Juanita's kitchen. If you're looking for some adventure, the canopy tour was a real hit with the kids and the surf is fantastic. We also went out on a local fishing trip which was awesome. We caught a huge dorado and lucked out by seeing a whale surface about 20meters from our boat. Incredible!

The owner, Suze was brilliant and told us everything we needed to know before we got there. This took all the stress out of travelling with the kids and meant we were up and running straight away. Our concierge, Elisha, was also great and always available to answer any questions we had straight away.

We would definitely come back to Nicaragua and would definitely stay here again. Totally smitten!

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad that you and your family had such a wonderful time in addition to enjoying so many of our local activities such as the Zip Line during your stay. It was a pleasure to share our home and all of my little tips to make it such a success with the kids. Look forward to having you back next year.
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Grand Rancho Bar and Grill @ Mango Rosa
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Rivas
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Chocolata Road
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Taco Stand @ Maderas Beach
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Maderas, Majagual, Playones
Car: necessary

Balcones de Majagual is located just 20 minute from the quaint town of San Juan Del Sur and 12 minutes off Chocolata Road. Outside your door, a twenty minute walk to three of Nicaragua's most beautiful beaches including Maderas a premier surf spot. Centrally located, enjoy some local cuisine at Bario's at the beach at Maderas, indulge in traditional nicaraguan fair at Maria's or enjoy cocktails & snacks with the gang at Grand Rancho Bar and Grill known as Mango Rosa.

Other Activities: Surfing, Zipline Horseback Riding, Turtle Excursion

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Rates & Availability

Rivas House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$275
 
 
2017 High Season
Jan 2 2017 - Apr 8 2017
3 night minimum stay
$185
 
 
Semana Santa 2017
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
$275
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$145
$1,225
 

Additional information about rental rates

monthly rates available please enquire by email
2015 Low Season $150/Night, (6 Nights, 7th Night Free)
2015 High Season $185/Night
2015 Christmas Week, New Year's Week And Easter/ Semana Santa $260 /Night weekly rental
3.5% Fee Is Added To Credit Card And Paypal Charges

MINIMUM 3 NIGHT RENTAL

Let Us Introduce Our Concierge To Help Make Your Stay Special.

50% deposit to hold dates / 50% on arrival in clean unmarked bills

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Rivas House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite double vanitiy /copper detail / open air showes
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Ensuite double vanity /copper detail/ open air shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Half bath / vanity and toilet
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower on deck
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , King
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , King
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games for Kids
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Gated Community
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting

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