Take 50 luxury villas with tiled roof porches nestled in the foothills behind San Juan del Sur, add hardwood designer furniture and local art and throw in panoramic views of the Pacific ocean and the stunningly contoured geography of the area, and there you have Villas de Palermo. Arranged over two floors, the villas have generous bathrooms, comfortable beds, large walk in closets and tall picture windows to bring in the light and energy of the outdoors.
The resort has a gorgeous freeform pool with long views to the ocean and a large clubhouse that combines clean, modern architectural lines with more casual palm thatched sections. Everywhere you look the gardens are well tended and bursting with exotic flora. The resort is set within a reforestation and conservation project so if you are awake at sunrise you may hear the grumbling of howler monkeys from the tree-lined hills to the north and east.