NomadLife is a beautiful co-working house in San Juan del Sur. It also functions as a co-living space, and I am coming to the end of a one month stay.
The biggest thing I have gotten out of my time at NomadLife is the importance to me of living in community. During my time here, I have only noticed the occasional person coming to the house only to work during the day. The vast majority have been people living in the house and working. I think the community aspect is a big strength of NomadLife. It seems to attract the type of person who has big ambitions and also seeks to enjoy life to the fullest. That makes for a great environment.
The best way to think of NomadLife is a community house, rather than a hotel, guesthouse or hostel. There isn't a traditional check in process, but there is always a friendly face to welcome you. There were one or two times when someone didn't have a key to the front gate, but there is always someone to let you in and help you out when you need it. That is one of the things I have come to love about NomadLife - that it cultivates a spirit of true co-living, ie. everyone doing their part to make things work.
I initially stayed in the upstairs master suite (room 1) and later in the shared room downstairs (room 4) and both were quite comfortable. Room 1 is absolutely massive, though its size makes it hard for the air conditioner to keep it completely cool. Room 4 is great in that sense, and as you will come to realise, keeping cool in San Juan del Sur becomes a priority very quickly.
There is excellent wifi throughout the property, and they have a generator on hand to keep the wifi going if the power cuts out (and for the period each Wednesday where the power to the town is switched off). On Wednesday there is also power in the office area to charge laptops, phones etc. They have put a lot of thought into making sure that people's work is uninterrupted during any power outage. The pool is beautiful, and makes a great spot to enjoy the stunning sunsets that become part of your daily experience when you stay here. There are hammocks and numerous comfortable spots to kick back and relax. The house could use one or two more ergonomic workspaces, in addition to the office space that already exists. The kitchen is a little run down, but has everything you need to cook up a storm. The house is constantly evolving, and I have no doubt that the staff will continue to make improvements over time. They have just introduced a cool initiative called NomadTalks, where guests from the house can volunteer to run a discussion on a topic they are passionate about.
The most wonderful thing about NomadLife are its people. I have met some wonderful people during my stay, and different groups will have their own dynamics, which can change from week to week as different people come and go from the house. The staff are a wonderful constant though, and I think Sam, the manager at NomadLife, is one of the sweetest people I have ever met. The other staff I met - Des, Karli, Nemo, as well as the head of Life Before Work, Brady, are all genuinely caring people, who are a lot of fun to be around. It is definitely worth spending some time getting to know them, as your experience will be all the richer for it.
I'm excited to see NomadLife in Bali, and am looking forward to remaining a part of this community for a very long time.