Sunday, April 22, 2012

April 2012

Rich Brown and family visited Villa Espiral for Semana Santa
Rich, Chris and Marisa, hanging out in the Villa Espiral pool.
Rosada was firing.

The Rancho Santana Clubhouse, within walking distance of Villa Espiral,  is awesome!

Clubhouse pool with second peak in the background

The Browns took the Rancho Santana road over to Los Perros (about a 5 minute drive). From there, you can check Panga Drops. Looks good!

The Browns, taking in the view from Los Perros
And it's quite a view. That Pie de Gigante in the distance.
The right at Los Perros

Howler Monkey!

Not a bad life, being a bird.
Natural sculpture at Rosada
Tide pool at Rosada
The Brown's headed over to Gigante and Selva Del Mar. This was taken from the top of Selva Del Mar, looking at Pie de Gigante

With help from the lovely Yamali Palma, the Browns organized the kids at Gigante for a little giveaway.

Chris and Marisa gave out several soccer balls.

Marisa hands out baseballs to the kids
Marisa, lining up a nice one at Magnific Rock, about a half mile up the beach from the Rancho Santana Clubhouse
Rich on a nice one at Magnific Rock
The Magnific Rock hotel and restaurant is a great place to hang out.

Marisa, surfing Santana Beach break.

Marisa, at Playa Escondida

Chris and Marisa, at a hidden tidepool, just north of Playa Escondida. That's the point at Rosada in the distance

Clubhouse bar and lounge

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Here is a link to a video I made of our February 2012 visit to Villa Espiral.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

May/June 2011

Hola Amigos,

It never ceases to amaze me how, after just a couple of weeks of rain, Nicaragua can be transformed into such a lush verdant landscape. This first picture, taken between Tola and Rancho Santana, shows it. I love how the Malinche trees bloom with vibrant orange color.

The roads are better than ever, now that the Pellas Group is actively bringing its 5 star resort at Guacalito toward completion.

The closer you get to the gates at Rancho Santana, the more you settle into that rural, laid back state of mind, confirming why you came here in the first place.

More life springing forth, inside the gates at Rancho Santana.

Villa Espiral is looking good, thanks to the hard work of our groundskeeper, Salon.

All the Coco's along the driveway are bearing fruit.

Same with the Coco's by the pool.

Salon is keeping the pool in good shape too.

Follow that curve around to where the hammock is hanging, and take a siesta in a quiet setting, where the birds sing their lullabies.

Nothing like throwing back some Tona's after a great surf session! Gray, Pete and Warren, soaking it all in.

The Rosada clubhouse is just a block from Villa Espiral.

On this afternoon, the clubhouse pool's only swimmer was gracious to let me take her photo.

Gray is building these beautiful new bed frames for Villa Espiral out of Teak and Laurel.

Gray's buddy, Jose, from Venezuela, got behind the camera for this shot. Behind us are the doors to the master bedroom.

The surf was really big during the better part of this trip. We were stoked! Crowded surf? Nope. I paddled into an empty lineup out in front of Villa Espiral, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Never more than 7 people out and most of them were friends.

Hope you can join us sometime soon. Saludos!