If you had the pick of any location in San Juan del Sur for a hotel, you’d probably choose Pelican Eyes. While there may be higher hills overlooking the bay, few locations deliver the magic combination of full bay views and close proximity to downtown while still managing to feel a million miles away from it all.
From the minute you drive past the the pair of pelicans gracing the entrance gate, you’ll be impressed. The hay-bale construction of this resort allows for a curved, flowing design that befits the contoured landscape. The collection of individually designed studios, multi-story town homes and family sized villas are linked by winding hand made brick pathways. Each turn delivers a surprise – a fountain, an intimate little plaza or a small statue.
The resort climbs a steep hillside so come prepared to tackle the steps, especially if you are hiking up from town.
But once settled in a rocking chair on your wide deck staring down at the red rooftops of San Juan del Sur against the vast background of sea and sky, there won’t be anywhere else you’d rather be.
If you ever become ready to take leave from your fabulous accommodations, there’s plenty to do. Open air dining at La Cascada restaurant – perhaps San Juan del Sur’s most romantic dining spot, a spot of pampering at the in-house spa or maybe a sailing trip on Pelican Eyes, the yacht that gave the hotel its name.
Before you leave, don’t forget to take the obligatory photo of the infinity edge swimming pool reaching out into the ocean. It’s a view that has captivated the heart of many visitors to San Juan del Sur.
Take care. Once you’re hooked, the feeling can be hard to shake.
Pelican Eyes Resort
De la Parroquia, 1½ cuadras al este
San Juan del Sur