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

3-, 4-, or 5-Night Stay with Optional Welcome Dinner at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

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Four-Star Retreat near Gorgeous Central American Bay

Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa is located higher than almost every other hotel in Nicaragua, perched on a steep hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean at San Juan del Sur bay. The views from here are well worth the trip to the top of the hill—from the four-star resort’s open-air restaurants and private verandas, you can take in sensational views of the ocean. But the best vantage point might be at the upper infinity pool, where guests can sip watermelon margaritas while looking out onto the sailboat-dotted harbors and peninsular bluffs. Due in part to these scenic views, Travel + Leisure says the resort has "become something of a landmark in this tiny Nicaraguan fishing village.”

The hotel can set up a handful of outdoor adventures ranging from sailing excursions to zipline tours to rappelling sessions. Take a day trip to nearby Granada, Central America’s oldest colonial town, or take surfing lessons along the beach.

After a day out, relax at Tranquila Spa with a treatment that uses locally farmed botanicals. The healing cool-aloe-and-neem cocoon, for example, features aloe picked from the resort’s onsite garden.

The resort's scenic dining venues include La Cascada Bar & Restaurant, a breakfast, lunch, and dinner spot with a candlelit dining room overlooking the bay. Options may include appetizers such as ceviche or arugula salad with mango and avocado and dinner entrees such as grilled rosemary-and-lemon mackerel or banana-leaf roast pork.

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua: Undisturbed Tropical Wildlife and Popular Surf Spots

Situated on Nicaragua's Pacific coast, San Juan del Sur has been a favorite of in-the-know surfers for years thanks to its year-round warm waters. Many visitors head straight to the white sands of Playa Maderas. Here, surf shops dot the streets closest to the beach, offering lessons and boards for beginners and veterans alike. Farther offshore, the waters are calmer and filled with marlin, yellow tuna, and snapper—making this a perfect spot for deep-sea fishing and snorkeling.

Although most of the action takes place along San Juan del Sur's crescent-shaped bay, the gorgeous scenery inland is also worth exploring. About a 90-minute drive north of San Juan del Sur lie the Mombacho and Masaya volcanoes. The 4,000-foot Mombacho is dormant, but one of the Masaya craters still emits smoke and gas. Zipline tours cut through the canopies of a tropical forest, where you can listen as resident howler monkeys auction off treehouses.

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What You Get

  • Stay for two in an ocean or garden habitación
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Policies and Fees

Book by: 1/31/14
Travel window: 1/10/14–5/31/14

  • Blackout dates: not valid 2/7/14–2/8/14, 2/15/14, 3/22/14, 4/5/14, or 4/12/14–4/19/14
  • Cancellation policy and fees: 21-day cancellation notice required or fee up to 25% of Groupon price applies (for stays 1/10/14–1/15/14 and 4/20/14, fee up to 50% of Groupon price applies)
  • Taxes: 17% tax not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

Amenities

  • Three outdoor pools, including an infinity pool at the resort’s edge
  • Two scenic restaurants serving Nicaraguan and bistro food
  • Several organized day trips (extra fees)
  • Botanical spa
  • Free WiFi
  • 24 hour parking

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 1/31/14 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 1/10/14–5/31/14
  • Not valid 2/7/14–2/8/14, 2/15/14, 3/22/14, 4/5/14, or 4/12/14–4/19/14
  • Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • 21-day cancellation notice required or fee up to 25% of Groupon price applies (for stays 1/10/14–1/15/14 and 4/20/14, fee up to 50% of Groupon price)
  • Must be 18 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • 17% tax not included.

Other Details

Room Details

Ocean or Garden Habitación

  • Two king or queen beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $20 per night for each additional guest 6 or older; no charge for additional guests 5 or younger

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 2 p.m.
  • Check out: noon
  • Parking: free
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: please contact the property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: upgrade to an ocean-view studio for an additional $20 per night.

Getting There

  • By plane: about 77 miles (124 km) from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA); about 84 miles (135 km) from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR)

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • A passport is required for all travel outside the United States.
  • Driving in Nicaragua can be a challenge and may be best left up to experienced travelers and professionals.
  • Travelers' checks are not widely accepted in Nicaragua; it is better to use US dollars, credit cards, or cash cards.

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