Maderas Village - paradise in the Pacific coastal hills of Nicaragua
"Maybe that’s exactly what separates Maderas Village from the other ubiquitous ex-pat hotspots: it’s not a place for people who can’t make it in the real world, it’s for those who want to make it a better world". - Norm Schriever, Huffington Post
Thanks to Joanna, founder of @beautyrebel (go check BR if you are looking for the best quality organic and cruelty-free cosmetics) I have recently discovered a fascinating place - Maderas Village. It's an idyllic boutique resort, a perfect beach escape that creates community of like-minded dynamic travelers and citizens of the world. Located on Playa Maderas, on the west coast of Nicaragua, 20 min car ride from the charming seaside village San Juan del Sur and only 50km from the Costa Rica - Nicaragua border, MV is an absolute vacation goal. Packed with activities. From surf and yoga through relaxing massages and catamaran cruises to horseback riding on the beach, you can be sure to fill your day effortlessly.
Watch their beautiful promo video that perfectly captures the atmosphere.
What I truely admire about the place is how they take care of the environment around them. Although they are not a 100% eco resort they are doing a great job to help offset this ongoing operational footprint and the damage they caused to the land through the construction of the Village. They have undertaken a few eco-inspired & community-minded initiatives.
NATURALLY FALLEN & PLANTATION WOOD
To minimize their impact on the forests, they used primarily (more than 90%) naturally fallen hurricane wood from the North Atlantic Coast, teak wood from local plantations (typically regenerates in 8-10 years), and small re-purposed pieces of pechote wood that would have otherwise been sold as firewood.
They designed their landscape to strengthen the soil, retain water in the underground water tables, evade erosion, produce as much food as possible, and foster the indigenous wild life of the area.
GREY WATER SEPTIC SYSTEM
Walking around the property you’ll notice 20-25 water spigots next to each of the cottages, cabanas and casitas. These spigots are connected to their grey water septic system, which produces between 1500-2500 liters of recycled water a day through a complex filtration system.
To minimize the daily garbage production, they compost all organic and perishable waste, recycle all glass and plastic products and mulch or burn all cardboard.
They have a microfinance fund that provides local workers and their employees with access to micro-loans. The fund currently sits at $1500 of accessible capital, which is loaned out interest free for 3 months.