Casa la Joya

Casa La Joya

Bliss could be described as sitting in an infinity pool while watching the sun set over the Pacific and sipping a dragon fruit smoothie. From the moment you set foot in Casa La Joya, you know you’ve found somewhere special.

Casa la Joya Entrance

Bienvenidos (photo from Casa La Joya’s Facebook page)

Accommodation

Casa La Joya is a spacious vacation rental set on a rocky cliff overlooking the ocean on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, about 2.5 hours away from  the capital, Managua. This large vacation property is part of the stunning Redonda Bay, also home to Aqua Wellness Resort which shares its facilities with Casa La Joya’s guests. The house is huge, making it perfect for family gatherings or reunions for friends. The property has five large en-suite bedrooms, all furnished with Nicaraguan-made wooden furniture and running hot water (this is a luxury when traveling in many parts of Central America).

There is a giant, fully-equipped gourmet kitchen that leads out onto a scenic patio and infinity pool. The views from the patio and pool are incredible— Sundowner drinks take on a whole new meaning when you watch the sun setting from here.

Pool with a view

An infinity pool with  breathtaking views of the Pacific (photo by Kathleen Fleming)

Food

The supermarket, Maxi Pali, is en route from the airport and a convenient stop on your way to Casa La Joya. The store stocks an abundance of delicious fresh tropical fruits (imagine papayas the length of your arm), vegetables, and all the necessary staples. And if cooking doesn’t sound like part of your vacation plans, Casa La Joya can arrange for a chef to prepare your meals. This service is flexible, the chef can cook all your meals or a selected few. Alternatively, you can eat at Bromelia, Aqua Wellness’ restaurant, situated on a private beach. The food is delicious, healthy, local, and varied. It is a bit on the expensive side for Nicaragua (expect US prices), but is worth at least once visit during your stay.

If you are renting a car, there are other resorts and hotels in close proximity with dining options. Rancho Santana has a gorgeous restaurant called La Finca y El Mar that is open for lunch and Magnific Rock Hotel in Popoyo serves healthy fare with an awe-inspiring view.

Activities

At Casa La Joya, you can be as active or as lazy as you desire. Owner, Jeannie Hammond, a warm, kind Floridian, can book trips in advance or organize surf, snorkeling, and diving excursions through Aqua Wellness. Aqua also has a fantastic spa that offers exotic sounding treatments like the Organic Cacao Exfoliation or Mombacho Massage. The private beach at Aqua is open to guests staying at the houses of Redonda Bay and is calm and perfect for swimming. Kayaks and paddle boards are available for rent if you are in the mood for physical activity.

The beach at Aqua is also a nesting spot for turtles between June and December. If you are lucky, you can catch mother turtles laying their eggs or babies hatching. If wildlife is your thing, you’ll also find howler monkeys, sloths, and birds in abundance throughout Redonda Bay—don’t forget to pack your binoculars!

Redonda Bay

Relaxing by Redonda Bay (photo by Kathleen Fleming)

Booking

Casa La Joya is owned by the kind Jeannie Hammond, who splits her time between the Pacific shores of Nicaragua and her home in Florida. Jeannie is always happy to share her tips on traveling in Nicaragua and goes above and beyond most vacation rental owners in ensuring you have a perfect holiday. While Jeannie is not always in Nicaragua, Casa La Joya is cared for by a friendly team of local Nicaraguans who go out of their way to make your stay special. To reserve Casa La Joya, contact Jeannie via the hotel website at www.casalajoya.co.

Kathleen Fleming

Kathleen FlemingKathleen is a contributing editor to En Route Traveler. From a young age, Her parents took her and her sister on many adventures all over the world. Kathleen has lived in South Africa, London, and Paris. After five years of being a stressed corporate lawyer, she gave it all up to move to Nicaragua where she trained as a yoga teacher, learned to surf, and worked at the eco-lodge, Buena Vista Surf Club. Kathleen loves fitness, vegetarian cooking, contributing to the wellness blog, Hip and Healthy, and managing her own sites Yum Yoga and Super Fit and Super Food.

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