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Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

In one of the most underestimated and yet-to-be-discovered beach vacation destinations, Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa – a Preferred Boutique property, part of the Preferred Hotel Group – exhibits everything that makes coastal Nicaragua so special. Overlooking a spectacular crescent-shaped bay in San Juan del Sur, this highly awarded Central America resort showcases gracious hospitality, luxurious accommodations, flavorful cuisines, and world-class amenities. A wide range of room options includes studios, suites, townhouses, and full homes, all of which feature air conditioning, satellite televisions, purified water systems, private terraces, and either kitchenettes or full gourmet kitchens. Soaring cane ceilings, elegant arched windows and doorways, exposed natural woods, and handcrafted furniture make every guest space bright and inviting in atmosphere, welcoming you to relax and unwind, letting your every worry melt away. Casa Tranquila Spa offers a full range of blissful massage and wellness treatments, and you can also take advantage of on- site vinyasa yoga, featuring sessions on the resort's scenic wooden deck overlooking the ocean.

The resort and surrounding area are brimming with options for adventure and exploration, and the concierge can assist in arranging a day full of your favorite activities. On the ocean, sailing and surfing are two of the most popular sports, due much in part to the region's excellent surf breaks, un-crowded beaches, and opportunities for enthusiasts of all skill and experience levels. Sailing becomes extra special as you navigate through secluded bays, watching the local sea life and enjoying views of the horizon and shore. The resort is home to two distinctive restaurants offering options for dining day and night. The open-air La Cascada Bar & Restaurant allows you to enjoy a meal al fresco or by candlelight, both of which afford ocean views, with a menu featuring local ingredients and signature Nicaraguan dishes. Bistro La Canoa is surrounded by winding brick walkways and lagoons of lush bougainvillea, offering a relaxing breakfast or lunch, in additional to poolside beverages throughout the day. Find your very own place of peace and relaxation, at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa.

Location of Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa

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

Nearest Airport: MGA

Amenities for Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa

  • General Information
  • Connecting/Adjoining Rooms
  • Dining
  • Poolside Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • 2 Restaurants
  • Pool Bar
  • Bar
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Concierge
  • Shuttle Service
  • Spa on Property
  • Gift Shop
  • Car Rental
  • 3 Outdoor Pools
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Private Patios or Balconies
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Players
  • Satellite Television
  • Coffee & Tea Facilities
  • Kitchenettes
  • Activities
  • Cultural Classes
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Yoga
  • Surfing
  • Nearby
  • Historic Sites
  • Market
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Beach
  • Pack For A Purpose

Reviews for Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Considering the $220/night price tag, this hotel could use some updates. The rooms are spacious and clean, with good A/C units, but the bathrooms are sadly outdated (toilet seat stuck, garbage bin ancient). You also need to climb hundreds of steps every day, because the property is on a steep hill, so it's not for the elderly or handicapped. The plus is that the views are unparalleled, especially sunset from the upper pools. The infinity pools are wonderful, but could be cleaned more frequently of leaves, flowers and bugs. And yes, cats often bother you at dinner. Food is okay, neither bad nor excellent. Just average. Plus: you can walk everywhere. Downside: City noises abound, even at 6 am.

Ingelisse - Golden, Colorado

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wonderful view, not so happy with cats abundant (1 of 2 of us were). Great gem of a property but needs some work to make it a great stay. Disappointed with no bar service at pool - check in service told us bar service would be available and then it wasnt. stairs were abundant and not such in great condition - good to know ahead of time. issues with language barrier for breakfast - really heard with being vegan - had contacted via email prior but with no response.

GlamGram9989 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed 3 nights at the Pelican Eyes Resort with our two kids ages 6 and 7. A 5 star hotel ... not so sure of that. Unfortunately, our experience has not lived up to our expectations. First of all, we did not receive any information when we arrived regarding the activities offered by the hotel, nor information about the wifi or the hours of opening / closing of the pools. Also, fumigation campaigns do not serve much purpose. At the price we paid, we did not think we needed to use mosquito nets to sleep. None were provided in the room and no installation allowed us to install ours. We then thought we could lower our guard and sleep peacefully. Unfortunately, in the morning, my spouse walked on a scorpion on the floor of the room. He was extremely lucky and did not got stung. There were two scorpions in the room. We had the jitters since one of our girls could have been the one to step on the scorpion. In addition, there were spiders and an ant nest near the bathroom. We had one night left to do. We notified reception and the staff was not happy to see our photos. We asked for a discount for the last night, but they did not want to give us a credit. They offered us a massage instead ... or to change rooms. We did not want to have to redo and unpack our luggage for the remaining night and there coild be scorpions in the other room as well... Nothing else was offered to us, apart from a can of insecticide type Raid. In addition, we were offered free travel to Granada. We even asked twice that this transport was free. When they told us that no compensation would be offered for our stay, they mentioned at the same time that the shuttle is not offered for free and we should pay $ 80. Yet in town this same service is offered at $ 50 !!! Finally, the cleanliness of the room leaves something to be desired. We expect a lot more from such an expensive place. There was a pair of dirty socks from a previous guest in the room upon arrival and the balcony was not clean. The prices for the various services offered are inflated by two and sometimes even three compared to the city. We recommend avoiding this hotel at all costs.

bouffardmc - Montreal, Canada

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

My only complaint about Pelican Eyes is that there aren't enough lounge chairs by the pool (s). Especially on Sundays when they allow non-guests to pay to use the facilities, only having 3 lounge chairs is ridiculous.

Es_bo123 - West Bloomfield, Michigan

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

When deciding where to stay in Nicaragua, we voted against an all inclusive or staying at an eco-lodge in the middle of the jungle as we wanted to be near a beach town to experience the local food & culture. Everywhere we went in Nicaragua, people were wonderful and friendly. We never felt unsafe at all but that doesn't mean you still shouldn't be aware of your surroundings. We were extremely happy with our time there. Choosing Pelican Eyes Resort was definitely the right thing to do. Warning though - it's not for those who can't or don't like to walk steps. The walk to San Juan Del Sur is only 5 minutes (but there are still steps). Our first impression of Pelican Eyes was a good one. There is a gate and security as you arrive. Reception was very nice and greeted us with drinks. We were lucky as our Casa was fairly close to the main pool so we didn't have to walk too many steps to and from that pool or to town (about 40-50 steps). The resort has lovely landscaping and gardens and is very peaceful. However, the upper level pools are quite a hike (maybe 150 steps), but there is always a driver and shuttle waiting at the reception area to take you up and down if you can't/don't want to walk. The food is ok - not great - but service was good (there is still a bit of a language barrier, so please keep that in mind as they do try and work hard). The wine is terrible - they def need someone who actually drinks wine to buy their supply. We had a limited menu breakfast included with our package, and it got a bit redundant after 12 days as there's not a lot of choice. The views from the pools are lovely. THE NEGATIVES: 1) They only have about 4 lounge chairs at each pool which aren't comfortable at all. This really needs to be improved and they need to add more loungers and def more comfortable ones. There is plenty of regular seating, but that's not what tourists want at the pool. 2) Lots of other tourists who weren't staying at the hotel and from the hostels in town come up to the resort in the late afternoon to view the sunset. Groups of people were there every day, smoking, drinking and taking up the viewing area and (limited) chairs by the pools during sunset, so that people who actually PAID to stay there were inconvenienced by this. We were told that the resort charges visitors a "$15 fee to come to the resort but they have to buy $15 worth of drinks/food". $15 is hardly enough to discourage groups of people. If we had known that, perhaps we would have stayed elsewhere and just paid the $15 to view the sunset as well! Rooms do have hair dryers, soap, shampoo, and they leave bottles of water every day. Our room was cleaned every day and they do a decent job. We had a lamp that didn't work and our headboard wasn't attached, but we called and they fixed both right away. Keep in mind that Nica is just getting started in the tourist industry so try appreciate their culture and treat then with respect. We went to town every day/evening as there are a ton of restaurants and many are very good with decent food, drinks and happy hours. A lot of the restaurants rent comfy beach loungers and umbrellas (w a table too) on the beach for $15 a day and provide drink and food service too They book up, so get there early. The town has a a lot of local eats, but also a brewery, pizza places, Italian, Thai, and some shopping and a vendor market. During our stay, we also wanted to experience some of the other beaches, so at the bottom of the hill as you leave Pelican Eyes, there's a surf shop called Coconut Surf (and hostel). If you tell them ahead of time that you want to go to Remanso, Hermosa, etc., they will transport you for $7 US (round trip). All the beaches have restaurants which are quite nice, restrooms, surfboard and boogie board rentals, etc. We also spent one day in the town of Granada, visiting volcanoes, and Caterina.

RenAroundTown - Minneapolis, Minnesota

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