03 Apr Maderas Village and Collective
Maderas is a creative collective with many branches. From surf resort and recoding studio to furniture designer and adventure creators.
I've always enjoyed learning about people who set up roots in a new country – seeking out it's creative strengths and sharing them with the rest of the world.
What began as a quest to create a place for friends and family to congregate has evolved into an idyllic boutique resort called Maderas Village. Located just off the beaten path in the Pacific coastal hills of Nicaragua.
They've managed to create a complete environment to give sanctuary to creatives who are seeking a Central American adventure. As an artist, it can be challenging to carve out a temporary creative space when you need a change of environments abroad. Maderas Village understands how creativity doesn't take vacations. So they've established a productive environment for the creative traveler.
With great intention, the folks of Maderas Village have made a home for the modern traveler and artist.
They fully recognize it’s always the individuals that make an experience, taking great pride in their ability to attract and cultivate a community of characters, creative professionals, students, travelers, business savants, entrepreneurs, and everyone else in between.
At Maderas Village, guests are encouraged to do what feels right – be it relax and unwind, tackle a new project, or simply gain inspiration from the people and world in a new setting. Everything from the furniture in the rooms, to the art on the walls and the music in the air, to the ingredients in the kitchen – all of it has been influenced and shaped by both the natural world.
They've tackled the essentials (good people, good food, and WiFi), balancing design, comfort, and simple luxuries to ensure that all you really need to think about is what you really need to think about.
Lately, they've added a collaborative recording studio on the grounds of their resort.
Designed by veteran engineer and studio designer Frank Comentale (Hit Factory, Daddy's House, Platinum sound, Stadium Red), this state of the art recording studio is acoustically tuned and fully equipped.
From the second-floor one-bedroom Musicians Lounge, you have an open, panoramic view of the Maderas surf break as well as cable runs down to the studio for mics and cue. Since opening, artists such as MGMT, Connan Mockasin, Ariel Pink, St. Lucia, The Knocks, ASTR, Phosphorescent, and many local Latin American artists have recorded with us at Maderas Studios.
Another extension of their work is a boutique manufacturing and design studio. Using sustainable materials and the deployment of an employee-based microfinance fund, they prove that sustainability can be achieved on every level. They have created custom furniture and spaces for the likes of Vice Media and Ace Hotels among others.
I've added Maderas Village to my travel bucket list and hope to have it checked off very soon.