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Overlooking beautiful Laguna de Apoyo .. a warm, crystal crater lake 15 minutes outside of the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua. The house has ample space for a group or family of 8 people and is nestled in a tropical forest with regular visits from local monkeys, iguanas and a variety of birds. If you're looking for peace and tranquility and a getaway this is the place to be. There are a variety of restaurants and kayak rentals nearby. For a change of pace you can esily visit the nearby (15 minute drive) colonial city of Granada or surrounding volcanos.
This property and home is a private home and only registered guests are permitted to stay ... no parties are allowed.
1 Full bath, 1 Half bath, 1 Attached (ensuite)
About the Owner
Andy and Esther R
Languages spoken:English, Spanish
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2015
Interaction with guests:
Andy and I are a Canadian Nicaragua couple who will be here to greet you and to ensure your safe arrival and provide you with all the information about the house, the caretakers (who live nearby and are here to assist you) and the surrounding area. As well we are available and happy to arrange or assist you with transportation and available tours with a local guide.
We stayed here for two months and didn’t want to leave at all… We dreamed of being in a place to be surrounded by nature in a quite remote setting and this was it. Waking up every morning at the lake side en going to swim of doing some yoga at the platform was bliss. Everything is a as described by the owners and as the pictures show. I recommend to book, when still available.
Visited March 2022
Written July 16, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
This is the 6th? 7th? time my family has visited Alchemy. I honesty cannot describe the peace and spiritual and physical harmony that resonates for us there. Of course the house is perfect and the hosts, Esther and Andy, always add special touches- like fresh oranges or starfruit. But is more than this. The simplicity of the lake and the direct access make your focus there one of calm and also activity. You can swim, my husband mountain bikes for hours, I run and we watch the stars greet the evening with joy. You can walk to local restaurants, but we use the fully equipped kitchen to make dinner and sit outside and become rejuvenated. This place is paradise for our family. If you EVER coming to Laguna de Apoyo, you should stay here. You will not regret it. I am already planning our next trip.
Visited December 2021
Written January 3, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
My family of six had an awesome experience at the house on the Lake, I couldn’t have enough of it, I would even enjoy it early in the morning, the sound of calming waters hitting the rocks, the birds, the breathtaking view worthy of a big portrait in a gallery; the house itself was super confortable, spacious and clean, everything was on point, even hot water, which we didn’t need because the weather only requires fresh water showers.
Simply one of my Best vacation home stay in Granada/Masaya.
Thanks Esther you made it so easy for us👍🏼.
Visited August 2019
Written August 20, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Greatly appreciate your review and your positive feedback .. we're very hapy that your family enjoyed their stay and we'd love to have you back ANYTIME!!
Written September 1, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
This little slice of heaven is your respite from the stresses of every day life. Truly quiet, except for the amazing birds that inhabit the surround area. This is a special place for relaxation, water activities, lying in a hammock and reading or just having a siesta. Cook your own meals, make your own snacks venture out on the road for a nice walk, and sleep with a cool breeze blowing through the bedroom.
Esther has made this home warm, friendly easy to enjoy for all you book a stay here. Don’t wait, you won’t regret your stay here, in fact it will leave you wanting more!
Visited January 2019
Written February 6, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks Kathy for your stay and your lovely review ... we hope you're back soon!!!!
Written February 7, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Wow, Alchemy on the Lake was such a wonderful place to stay. Laguna de Apoyo is a true gem, with perfect water for swimming, kayaking, and some of the most stunning sunrises you’ll ever see. There is also a hot springs in the lake just a few minutes walk away from the house.
The accommodations were amazing, the house is spacious, open, and super comfortable. It’s tucked away just enough to be quiet and private, but only a few minutes walk to the nearby markets and hotels where you can find restaurants and other amenities. Esther and Andy were extremely gracious hosts and made sure that I was comfortable and had everything I needed. You’ll be surrounded by howler monkeys, coconut trees, and warm tropical breezes while you enjoy the hammock, the breathtaking views from the deck, or going for a dip in the lake. Such an amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone looking for a soul-cleansing tropical getaway :)
Visited January 2019
Written January 16, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
I recently had an opportunity to stay with family at this beautiful home. It offers all the comfortable beds and a large kitchen with everything you need. You can relax with a book or glass of wine on the swing under the pergola or just laze in the hammocks. Walk down to the lake just steps away and take a dip to cool off in the lake. Plenty of places to walk or hike around the area. A great experience!!
Visited November 2018
Written December 31, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
I stayed for 2 nights at Esther's place and wish I could have stayed for the rest of the month. Better planning next time! It is a beautiful house that is very clean and the grounds are well managed. Beautiful patio and pergola that over looks the laguna and you can walk right down to private beach.
WIFI, paddle board, comfy beds, hammocks, full kitchen (with a big fridge to keep the beer cold) ... really I did not want to leave this lil piece of paradise.
Visited January 2018
Written January 15, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Thanks Liana .. it was a pleasure to have you stay at Alchemy ... come back and stay longer next time!!!
Written January 16, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We really enjoyed our stay in Esther’s house! It is really a house with a personal touch so you feel at home and it has a high standard of cleaning! Esther was very attentive to every thing we needed and there were sweet caretakers, fresh drinking water, cleaning of the house, fresh towels and linen, beautiful mornings and clear water in the lake.
We also had a trip to the Isletas with Vladimir recommende by Esther and it was super and she also recommended a good place for buying hammocks!
We loved every minute and would love to come back!
Visited December 2017
Written January 6, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
It was an absolute pleasure to have your family stay in my house .. thanks so much for your positive feedback. We would love to have you back anytime.
Written January 7, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
We are a family of 5 with 2 young children - a 2.5 year old and a 5 year old. This place was so amazing for us! The place was roomy and well furnished and open. The daily view we had out into the caldera that is Laguna Apoyo was breathtaking. Esther was such a fantastic host, always keeping in contact with us and arranging our rides and tours. In fact she even provided a pack and play for my little toddler. She also had a lot of lake toys on the property which was very useful. The laguna was warm and relaxing - we loved floating over the hot springs on the inner tube or the numerous noodles or kickboards from the property!
From Esther's place, you could easily walk to various places to eat. However, my family and I always like to sample local fares and did not want things we could easily get in the States (pizza, pasta, etc). There was one small restaurant past the pulperia that served pretty good local eats. The caretakers were also helpful - for a small tip they were able to get us cheap Nicaraguan meals. (We miss the Nacatamales!)
Probably the only negative thing I can think of is there is not really a beach at the property. But we simply floated to one very close that had a bit of dark volcanic sand for the kids to play when it was lower tide.
Otherwise, I high recommend this place. I would definitely come back if I traveled here again.
Visited November 2017
Written December 17, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
So happy that you and your family enjoyed your stay .. we have had an exceptionally heavy rainy season which has nourished the greenery but definitely has taken some of the beach! Hope you can make it back again someday. Thanks for your stay and your comments .. greatly appreciated.
Written December 18, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Alchemy on the Lake is located in the Laguna de Apoyo EcoReserve .. it is approximately 50 minute drive from the International Airport and 20 minute drive from the colonial city of Granada! We are located lakeside and between Masaya and Granada ..
Although a car is not necessary for those staying longer periods of time you may want to rent a car for a portion of your stay. There are however several local buses per day which are not always reliable but inexpensive! As well one of the nearby resorts has a shuttle bus that transports people between Apoyo Lagoon (Laguna de Apoyo) and Granada at set times (approx. $3/person/one way) ... I'm happy to arrange transportation and tours for those who want to see the area including .. active Masaya Volcano, dormant Mombacho volcano .. cloud forest or Las Isletas for a kayak or boat tour.
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