Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Seriously spacious casas with cocktail-friendly porches and Pacific Ocean views
- Seafood and local cuisine at open-air La Cascada restaurant
- Sailing into the sunset on Pelican Eyes’ 41-foot sloop
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What To Know
- San Juan Bay beach is three blocks away; shuttle transfers are available for a small fee
- Hills and staircases criss-cross this cliffside resort
- The new management team is working out some service kinks
- Spa services and sailing trip adventures are available on a daily basis and can be requested at front desk
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Gaudi goes tropical. Legend has it that Pelican Eyes founder Chris Berry saw this cliffside plot from his sailboat, Pelican Eyes, and vowed to build Nicaragua’s first luxury resort. That he did, and today there are three pools, two restaurants and 70 romantic studios and villa-like casas all overlooking the colorful fishing village of San Juan del Sur.
Bed & Bath
All accommodations are surrounded by lush tropical gardens and show off a thoughtful sense of place, with exposed natural woods and handcrafted furniture. Modern amenities include air conditioning, kitchenettes and TVs with DVD players, but the real highlight is the private terrace looking west toward the town and the water. Staff work hard for their guests, but its clifftop setting above a small village in a developing nation present some challenges; for example, I had some difficulty getting hot water in my lovely tile shower.
If Pelican Eyes isn’t quite perfect, its privileged setting and raw charm make up for its lack of finesse. Fish pulled out of the Pacific, local lamb and artisanal cheeses are the highlights of the menu at the open-air La Cascada, and the massages at the new Tranquila Spa are heavenly — and not just because they’re done on a terrace looking out over the bay at the world’s second-largest Jesus statue.
How to Get There
Went there 2 years ago to try the famous Pelican Eye.....Badly welcome by Spanish (from Spain accent) guy that judged me by my appearance and the one of my brother in law....but when he saw my Visa....then the smile came back. For me it was too late. He was out and in my black book. Not impressed at all. American Breakfast was horrible.....My brother in law, a pure Nica, took Huevos a la Rancheros....and at least the local breakfast was pretty good.....Personal was local and gentil people though....No arrogance like the guy at the desk.....
Won't go gain. Don't spend your money there. Too expensive for the welcome you get...Room ? OK to sleep.
We stayed at Casa Cooper, ad adjoining rental house. Fantastic, spacious, elegant, clean, beautiful views.
Friendly people in San Juan del Sur, very welcoming.
Beach areas have very rustic road access, but well worth it.
Located about an hour and a half from Managua, this hotel is a gem. My family and I had such a great time here. The butterfly garden was a plus. The view from our villa was unbelievable. Everything is walking distance, or you can rent a car to drive down to the beach.