The Selvista Farm
Selvista Guesthouses is located on a 2.5-acre (1-hectare) organic farm in Balgüe on Ometepe island, Nicaragua.
Your stay at Selvista includes:
- Secure Wifi internet
- Farm-fresh breakfast
- Daily housekeeping
- Free parking (4x4 vehicle or equivalent required)
- Full access to the open-air kitchen
- Full access to in-season farm fruits and organic greens garden
- Free 40-min tour of the 2.5-acre (1-hectare) Selvista farm property
- Helpful advice for making the most of your time on Ometepe
- Laundry service (additional cost)
Check-in starts at 1:00pm, and check-out is by 11:00am. Please let us know approximately what time you will arrive, as our team will be waiting for you on site or can give you directions to access your private property.
Breakfast is served each day from 7:30-9:00am and includes farm produce, tea or coffee, and some locally sourced ingredients. Though our breakfast coffee is no longer organic nor locally sourced, we do still proudly sell Tostadores de Ometepe coffee that is certified organic, fair trade, and both shade-grown and professionally roasted right here on Isla de Ometepe.
You can purchase bottled water, soda, beer, rum, and wine at our "honesty bar" fridge. The cost will go on your tab, payable upon checkout via US dollars or Nicaraguan córdobas.
The 2.5-acre (1-hectare) Selvista property is located inside of a 22.5-acre educational organic farm called Project Bona Fide. We have completely reforested the entire site over the past 15 years. You can find many trails, tropical fruits, plants, trees, butterflies, birds, monkeys and -of course- many ants and spiders throughout the property.
Local restaurants and small grocery stores in the town of Balgüe are a 15-25 minute walk from the Selvista property. Café Campestre, the #1 restaurant on Ometepe on TripAdvisor, is highly recommended. ***Please note that as of August 2017, we no longer have a security guard along the unlit 5-minute stretch from our farm entrance to the lit and populated main part of town, so be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp.***
Commitment to Sustainability
At Selvista Guesthouses, we strive to be as self-sufficient and environmentally sustainable as possible. All of the plants on our site are farmed organically with no chemicals or fertilizers, and we grow some of our own produce. We operate with a combination of solar energy and conventional energy, and we get the majority of our water from our own pump. Shower and sink water drains directly to various plants, other waste is composted, and in general we minimize the amount of trash generated here. Please help us with our commitment to environmental sustainability by bringing eco-friendly shampoo/soap, biodegradable personal products, and re-usable water bottles.
Our team is available on site every day to ensure your stay goes as smoothly as possible. We can recommend a variety of island activities offered by local guides and small businesses to help you make the most of your stay.