Punta Teonoste Surf & Turtle Resort
What We Love
- A boutique eco-hotel on 'La Rivera Pacific,' with breakfast, a dinner, a surf lesson and moreLearning to surf (or honing your skills) at the property’s pink-sand beach
- Taking a horseback ride and enjoying the scenery at this TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2016 pick
- Going out on a mountain excursion, at either Mombacho Volcano or Granada
- Bonding with nature, and sea turtles, at one of Nicaragua’s four Rainforest Alliance-certified properties
What To Know
- This is an off-the-grid stay; there's no AC, no TV and limited WiFi
- The hotel is a little tricky to get to
- Spacious bungalows have outdoor bathrooms, hammocks and patios
- Bring sunscreen and lots of bug spray – you will be exposed to the elements
For your next seaside getaway, venture beyond the beach towel. At Punta Teonoste Surf & Turtle Resort, on the Nicaraguan coast, you won’t just enjoy the sounds of the crashing waves – you’ll hop on a board and live out the surfer dream. Not only does this all-villa escape boast a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2016, but it blends seamlessly with the surrounding landscape, offering a unique, eco-friendly experience. So whether you’re honing your skills or starting from scratch, you’ll be keeping things stylish – and sustainable.
If you need some land with your sea, there’s a variety of alternative activities on offer, like Zumba, biking, salsa and horseback riding. You can also sign up for excursions to the famous Masaya or Mombacho volcanoes, Granada, the local hot springs or the Masaya Handicrafts Market, or simply stay in and receive a massage or aromatherapy manicure at Four Elements Spa. And it wouldn’t be a proper Punta Teonoste escape without an excursion to the namesake turtle nursery, either. Finish the day with a meal of local El Astillero seafood or grass-fed beef at the sunset-view restaurant and bar – or order both, for a surf-and-turf dinner to match your surf-and-turf adventure.
Take in the gorgeous ocean and beach views from your individualized accommodation, with one-bedroom and two-bedroom options available. After a day of surfing, wash off under your partially open bathroom’s rainfall showerhead, and snuggle up under your down duvet.
Amenities – Bath- One queen or two single beds- Daily room service- Safe- Wi-Fi access- Refrigerator- Ceiling fan- Pillow-top bed- Premium bedding- Bath amenities- Makeup/shaving mirror- In-room massage service (fees apply)- Welcome amenities- Separate sitting area
Continuing with the resort’s theme of coexisting with nature, Punta Teonoste’s gourmet fusion restaurant gets most of its ingredients from local fishermen and farmers. You’ll enjoy locally grown produce, El Astillero seafood, grass-fed beef, exotic fruits and plenty of other fresh, local ingredients worked into the exquisite dishes here. Highlights include the Nica eggs, which include Nicaraguan gallo pinto, cream, country cheese and meat, and the cilantro-and-ginger sea-bass filet. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners here are all à la carte, and you may also sip organic wines and pineapple mojitos at the bar, while taking in the beach and sunset views that both the restaurant and lounge area afford.
When your body needs a boost after a fun-filled but tiring day of surfing, let Four Elements Spa come to the rescue. Its skilled therapists will help you flush out toxins, rejuvenate your skin and improve your immunity, through a harmonizing customized massage, body scrub or other healing treatment, inspired by Asian medicine. You can also indulge in a little pampering here, through a mask, facial or aromatherapeutic manicure.
Popoyo is on Nicaragua’s western coast and, on land, it features all the greenery you associate with this lush nation. On the beach, of course, it’s got some excellent waves, which is what you’ll spend your days appreciating most, as a hotel guest. Your experience, though, isn’t 100% surfing-centered – along with your lessons, you can make friends with adorable baby turtles at the nursery, swim in the pool, play volleyball, go for a hike in the mountains, rent a bike head out on a horseback ride.Explore the rest of the island, too, on an excursion to the famous Masaya or Mombacho volcanoes, local hot springs, lagoons, handicrafts market, community of local weavers or cobblestone streets of Granada. To meet more turtles, in this case of the rare olive ridley variety, head on a seasonal day trip to the Chacocente Escalante River.
How to Get There
Hotel Punta Teonoste has become an unforgettable experience and adventure that I would love to relive more than once in my lifetime. The setting and placement of the bungalows set the tone for a lovely evening/night, combined with the sound of waves coming from the nearby beach, allows the mind to release any negative energy that one may carry.
The facility offers many amenities to entertain all guests, from horse rides, hikes, surf boards, pool, etc. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes for different people, from very rustic Nicaraguan dishes to a French influenced alternative, the ambiance in which is served complements the view and feel of the beach. If you are one who loves sharing your experiences in real time the hotel offers WiFi to always be connected and it reaches from start to end of the facility’s realm.
Don’t think about it too much, you deserve to be treated as a king/queen in your life time, and what better way to do it by visiting this hidden paradise.
I absolutely adore the architecture, beach and horseback rides. We came here to see the turtle laying eggs and it did happen for us. A local guide took us to the reserve and we ended up seeing many turtles laying eggs. It was a wonderful experience. As I said in the title, the location is amazing and the detail that went into building this place was high. However, I am not sure if the original vision did not include the service and menu or if someone else bought it and ruined it. The menu is overpriced and the quality is below average at its best. The staff is kind but clearly the MANAGEMENT / OWNER is not giving them what they need to succeed here. They had no fresh salad options, run out of bananas. The same vegetables that came with our steak ( We enjoyed our first dinner ) came in the overpriced, 12$ small size soup which did not include bread, rice, tostones or tortilla. ( we got this refunded after we got fed up with some other issue where they did not want to exchange ham for toast, which by the way was not fresh at all and cheap) I don't mind paying 12 dollars but what I got did not match the price in way, shape or form. I wish they would have same time of menu as they do in Mi VIejo Ranchito in Rivas where we stopped later and my wife got a seafood soup in that price range but it well worth it It was fresh lobster, fish, shrimp and more with beautiful tostones and lime. This place is located in an area where many fruits and vegetables grow and fish can be purchased fresh.. Why not make this a spectacular experience overall Walter? Overhaul the menu, train your staff and it will be a win win, more money for you and better place for people to stay.. :-) I understand it is hard to hear criticism from my own experience but when I am honest and brave enough to consider that I could be the problem when in comes to my organization, good things happen. We may return even despite all this but may not eat at the restaurant which is your lo$$... If the restaurant matched your location and architecture I would have no doubt we would keep coming back for years to come and I am sure others would too.
Punta Teonoste is everything it claims to be and more. The breathtaking beach with soft sand and impressive surf, romantic bungalows, poolside restaurant, and free amenities and activities for guests (horseback riding, surf boards, bikes) really did meet and exeed expectation.
We were greeted with cold drinks by Narvin at concierge when we arrived, and we adored him immediately! He checked on us throughout our stay, and made sure we had all we needed. The servers were helpful and friendly, and some spoke English (Sergio is a wonderful conversationalist and lovely human being) and we will stay in touch with both of them.
The horseback rides along the beach at sunrise and sunset were highlights for our young family, as well as hours spent boogie-boarding in the incredible surf. The resort is well appointed and our kids were self-sufficient to come and go to the pool and beach on their own.
It was warm in the evenings but the fans and open air were a welcome change from all the air-conditioned places we stayed elsewhere., and the natural details throughout the bungalows, from furniture to the outdoor showers, were really beautiful and added to the distinct aesthetic appeal of the resort.
The restaurant is very good and priced similar to Granada. For a change of pace we drove a few minutes into the main strip of Popoyo and had some less expensive meals in a more lively setting.
Highly recommend Punta Teonoste for a peaceful, romantic or relaxed family experience.... incredible place and wonderful people!