There are places where the rivers conquer the imagination. A place like this is Nicaragua where the Río San Juan is much more of a river, it is a national, beloved and iconic character that winds through the depths of the country. There was a time when the San Juan was rather the main street, an important Central American artery, crowded with pirates and adventurers eager to make a name for themselves. It was said that his dwellings were full of gold. Leaving the gold legends, in Nicaragua there’s also a property that is much more than just a tropical resort, TreeCasa is a place where the travel experiences leave you permanently transformed.
Located 10 minutes from the adventurous capital of Nicaragua, San Juan Del Sur, hidden in the quiet jungle, TreeCasa offers ecological experiences combined with unparalleled services and delightful accommodation, completely in harmony with the landscape. Its location is perfect for those who want an authentic experience in Nicaragua, a perfect location to escape from everyday life and allow you to fully enjoy the atmosphere surrounded by nature.
TreeCasa is a refuge in harmony with the natural landscape offers opportunities for a truly beautiful architecture. The use of native hardwoods for furniture and furnishings also brings a cozy warmth to each suite. Among these fascinating living spaces grow fruit trees for the restaurant and for guests as they walk towards the pool.
Each of the 36 rooms is elegantly furnished with artisan tables, sofas and chairs and includes large terraces with hammock. The Treehouse Casa Arbol, is the top of the accommodation at TreeCasa, an extraordinary 2-storey engineering building perched in the sky. The first expansive level opens into a large living area and provides kitchenette, full bathroom with outdoor shower and a wraparound deck. The second level has a double suite with an outdoor double shower and upper balcony. Enjoy outdoor showers surrounded by pink ceiba flowers in the morning and drink on your spacious balcony during the sunset. Instead, in each Canopy Suite, you’ll find carved furniture in local solid wood and white-stone bathrooms. Spacious decks with hammocks for relaxing views of the wooded hills surrounding the resort, is a gem for a really relaxing stay.
La Cocina de TreeCasa is the resort’s exclusive restaurant and its menu offers delights with local ingredients which reflect the day’s crop from the vegetable garden of TreeCasa. The Chef Guillermo Juarez Henriquez, who was born in Nicaragua, creates healthy, plant-based meals to nourish the soul of vegetarians and regional meat dishes to satisfy carnivores. Using a rainbow of traditional Mesoamerican produce from the garden, dishes such as the “No Masa Empanada” may include an assortment of fruit and vegetables including plantains, fragrant herbs, papaya or the Central American superfood, moringa. Guest chefs are invited to collaborate and share their culinary skills and leave behind a bit of their knowledge about building better food for the people and the planet.
The TreeCasa offer is complete with natural pools and waterfalls and tree house services, such as bars, meditation tables and yoga areas built right on the heights of nature. Guests will also enjoy breathtaking landscapes, unspoilt nature and spectacular beaches, Nicaragua will take you off the well-beaten path, offering hidden gems in every courtyard, volcano, lake and shoreline. TreeCasa offers unparalleled activities to nourish the mind, body and soul. Km of new trails attract cyclists and hikers and their horse stable awaits the riders at sunset. Take your yoga practice to new heights in one of their tree-lined lounges and treat yourself to a relaxing massage after a day of surfing. Learn about regularly scheduled table-to-table cooking classes where you can choose what to cook and of course there is the water slide, which everyone has to try at least once.
Located 10 minutes from Nicaragua’s adventure capital, San Juan Del Sur on the southwest coast and it is set on 10 acres of lush tropical forest. Ecologists and tree house architects designed the resort experience in a jungle campus unlike anything else in the country. Geographically blessed, TreeCasa is located near the natural wonders of the north Pacific Ocean, lagoons, islands and volcanoes and the major cultural attractions of southwest Nicaragua. The property provides free daily shuttles from the picturesque town of San Juan Del Sur and nearby beaches.
Hike the hill over San Juan del Sur
A very popular hike people take here is up to the Jesus statue that towers over the San Juan del Sur bay. Erected in 2009, it’s quickly become an iconic landmark and geographical reference point for the town. At 24 meters, it’s one of the 10 largest Jesus statues in the world. The view is a full 360 degrees and well worth the hike.
Taste the Moringa Smoothies
Moringa tree is the greatest healthy tree of the century. Full of vitamins, calcium and nutrient your body and invigorates you. Enjoy learning more at TC about the Moringa by visiting the hotel garden and check it out.
Value for Money
Double rooms are from just US$ 190 (Euro 160,00) in high season; and from US$ 330 (Euro 277,00) in holiday season. These rates are per room and per day and include breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Access for guests with disabilities?
They don’t have really one room in the property who is adequate for guests with disabilities.
It is family friendly but they like to have children starting from 12 and up. The place is not really baby’s friendly. A lot of adventure, better on a kid from 12 and up.
Our Special Readings
Nicaragua: a country of wonders
Nicaragua is an incredible country, a country of wonders, of landscapes that leave you speechless, of warmth and smiles. It is the soul of Central America, it is the Sandinista revolution. It is a small country, narrow by two oceans and extremely varied: volcanoes, lakes, mountains, forests, great beaches on the Pacific Ocean and dreamy places on the Caribbean Sea, colonial cities, rural communities and much more. During my stay I was able to discover the most hidden corners, exploring the country during the short or long weekends, although transport is not really easy. If you can spend at least a month, you can fully enjoy its diversity.
In this tour I focused on two routes; the first focused to the colonial cities, the pacific coast and the volcanoes because it is the most classic and known route of Nicaragua. The second route focused to Lake Nicaragua and Rio San Juan because I definitely love lakes and rivers.
It is an ancient colonial city, very decadent and for this reason it is charming, young and famous for its university, all aspects which capture any traveler. The streets of the center are rich of colonial houses, often colored, all with a cool patio on the back where you can rest on the hammock in the shade of a banana tree. The cathedral, an imposing building dating back to the 18th century, is the mother of a dozen or so colonial churches, all different and for all tastes, which often serve as a reference point to give addresses, in a country in whose streets have no name!
Visit at least one of the two museums on the Sandinista revolution or even both: you normally find nice old men who have lived and made the revolution and are happy to tell their story and show pictures and newspaper articles about it.
If you go in August or December, do not miss the famous Griteria held on August 14th and December 7th. Surely I can say the same for the traditional Gigantona y el Enano Cabezon in November.
Special City Guide: San Juan del Sur
San Juan del Sur used to be a sleepy little Pacific coast hamlet, until it was discovered by backpackers and surfers as the perfect spot to hang a hammock and enjoy a rum-colored sunset. It is now Nicaragua’s top Pacific coast destination for foreign visitors, and its pioneering blond-haired wave riders have gradually given way to silver-haired property seekers. Retirement homes are beginning to dot the surrounding hillsides, and upscale hotels are appearing along the coast. There is now even the occasional cruise ship idling in the bay.
San Juan hasn’t completely lost the laid-back charm that attracted travelers here in the first place. And even though, on a weekend night, its tiny bar strip on the northern end of the beach can pound like Ibiza, the town is quiet during the week, and the surrounding area is perfect for beach wandering, leisure sailing, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving. The town really comes alive for holidays, particularly for its delightful religious flotilla on July 17. The lunar cycles between September and April see a beach party of a different kind, the mass hatching of turtles and their spectacular but treacherous rush to the sea. This takes place just south of the town and has to be one of Nicaragua’s most amazing sights.