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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

Colorful cliffside resort with 70 villas, three pools, an open-air restaurant and a spa overlooking the Pacific

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa
De la Parroquia 1 1/2 cuadras al este
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Reviews

Don't waste your money
MattyH1908

This place is terrible.
We stayed for 6 nights and there was no:
Restaurant, pool staff, bars, or wellness area open. The internet constantly goes out. The power goes out which I get but they don't use the back up generator. There isn't even a reception area. Don't bother trying to use the phone in the room because no one answers it.the pool area was packed with old mattresses and furniture. You couldn't even sit in the area.I was looking to invest in one of these condominiums but I'm so glad I stayed here and saved my money.

badly welcome....
MBaudoin

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.

Superb
jrwshngtn

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.