What We Love
- A buzzed-about boutique hotel near one of the Costa Esmeralda’s prettiest baysPairing a Basil Smash with a plate of salmon tartare at the sleek, stylish cantina
- Ogling the design, which unites Bauhaus motifs, regional styles and natural accents
- Divvying up your time between the surfing beaches, the 19 summits and the yoga platform
- Experiencing a suite or loft at one of Vogue’s most Instagrammable hotels of 2017
What To Know
- The hotel is located less than 5 minutes from the beach
- All guestrooms have views of either the garden, pool, or ocean
- Free WiFi works well
- Bike and car hire are available
Drop off the radar in style, at this dazzling Nicaraguan boutique gem. Tola’s Meson Nadi has been racking up endorsements from fashion and high-end travel publications since it opened (which wasn’t very long ago – despite already boasting a high TripAdvisor ranking, this heavenly hideout is fairly new). Departures called it a reason to travel last October, while American Vogue called it one of the world’s most Instagrammable hotels, and Central American Vogue a highlight of Nicaragua vacations, in 2016. Most recently, Travel + Leisure mentioned it under the Nicaragua entry in its 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017 story.
See for yourself what’s so dreamy about the property, as you lounge in an accommodation inspired by regional art and the Bauhaus and featuring a private garden, or wash down the catch of the day with a Calala Collins at the cantina. Swim a few laps in the 40-ft. pool, practice your sun salute on the yoga platform, and pick up a goodie at the beautifully curated shop. But also venture once in a while beyond Meson Nadi’s lush tropical grounds. Set up a horseback ride, a sunset cruise, a day at one of the surfing beaches or an outing to one of the 19 volcanic summits, and see that your setting is just as stunning as your stay.
Suites and lofts
Accommodations are kept at a comfortable temperature, sustainably, thanks to the ventilation shaft that cools the wind from the 19-ft. ceiling. Each one dazzles you with custom art, antique furnishings, concrete tiling and fantastic views of the pool or the ocean. Garden suites sit in a private hotel corner, their glass walls leading to a partially open-air Moroccan-style seating area that holds a rain shower, while Lofts come with sliding ocean-facing windows and a second level, housing up to four.
La Cantina brings together Central American and western flavors, using fresh and local farm- and sea-to-table ingredients. Look forward to açai bowls with shredded coconut, traditional Nicaraguan breakfasts with fried plantains and local cheese, shrimp ceviche, seafood spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce and other artfully prepared delicacies. The bar pours smoothies, wines and refreshing margaritas and micheladas (among other cocktails); vegan and gluten-free diets can be accommodated, and you can even order lighter bites to the pool.
The Costa Esmeralda is a paradise of surfing beaches (four surf breaks are within walking distance of Meson Nadi alone), peaceful waters that you can chart on a catamaran or fishing trip and 19 volcanic summits. UNESCO World Heritage-protected Granada, charming Masaya arts-and-crafts village and the 365 Isletas de Granada are perfect day trips, or you could stay put, and avail yourself of yoga offerings and spa treatments at the hotel, like cacao therapies and oil massages.
How to Get There
Just go! It's beautiful. The scenery, the people, delicious meals and waves await you.
The service starts upon arrival. I arrived late at night in Liberia,Costa Rica and a driver was waiting to take me to the border. Once I crossed the border a second driver was waiting to take me to the hotel.
Once at the hotel a night guard was there to greet me and show me to my room. I can't tell you how relieved I was to lay on that comfortable bed and fall into a deep sleep! And I am very fussy about hotel beds! When you wake up, you are greeted to stunning ocean views.
Everything is included, and the meals are just the tip of the delicious iceberg. After breakfast our surf guide Elgen was waiting to take us to popoyo to score some waves. We came back for lunch and then a second surf session at mag rock followed by a nap, a beautiful yin yoga class by Mandy and then dinner.
One night we were even driven to a beach party to dance and hear live music.
Your trip can be whatever you want it to be. The gracious staff at Malibu popoyo are like genies granting unlimited wishes.
Everyday was like a beautiful dream, being transported around to amazing surf breaks. We had access to the hotels full quiver so a different board for different conditions was easily accessible. The boat trip to Lance's left and playgrounds followed by the hotsptings was a big highlight of the stay.
I'm not typically an all inclusive kind of girl, but Malibu Popoyo gets it right with bespoke trips for every kind of traveler.
Wowow, cannot recommend enough! Our stay was so lovely. The grounds are gorgeous, on the beach with views of the water and epic sunsets from our room. Very charming boutique atmosphere. The food was incredible, and the bar/restaurant is amazing. Get the fish tacos and tostones, freaking yum. We used the bar/ loungey space to hang out, watch movies and even do a little work. The surfing was unbelievable, especially thanks to the wonderful surf guides. My surfing improved quite a bit! Not to mention their board selection was perfect for what we needed. The location offers a variety of surf breaks for all levels, and plenty of other stuff to do when the surf is flat. I love Malibu Popoyo and cannot wait to come back soon. Thank you Malibu Popoyo and excellent staff!!
We were more than thrilled with our surf trip! Our surf guide Elyin helped us tremendously and we feel our skill greatly improved throughout the trip, with great tips. The surfboards were amazing....um HaydenShapes WHAT! We got taken out (boated) to Lances Left and we were THE ONLY ONES THERE! A surfers dream! We probably went to 5 different surf break with all having amazing waves, and it wasn’t even “good season” but it was sooooo good!!!! So consistent we surfed twice a day almost everyday. We got to go to San Juan Del Sur, Ometepe, and we also volunteered with WavesOflove.org (btw if you are going down they could use school supplies!!!) we felt completely safe the whole time and the community is really in need of tourism. We were two women traveling alone and everything was safe. Also the rooms were fabulous!!! View of the ocean (right on the water) the architecture was beautiful, I just can’t say enough about how nice it was and we were treated like queens!
This was a really lovely time. I went with an interest in surfing, though happened to go during the low/windy season. That said, it was still an amazing trip! Someone was available to take me out to the beach any day I wanted to go, and on the days the waves weren't that great, the rooms and property were so luxurious I had a blast just hanging around, relaxing and rejuvenating! The staff were all really lovely too. I left feeling more like a friend than a guest. Thanks so much for the wonderful stay!!
I recently spent four days at Malibu Popoyo and I can't say enough positive things about the experience. The resort is lovely, clean and very comfortable. From the fresh made craft cocktails, to the delicious clean and healthy farm (or ocean) to table food, it was all amazing. Our days were spent doing yoga, surfing, horseback riding, watching the sunset at the local beach bar and bonfires to end the evening. We also had massage daily that was very reasonable. The staff was amazing. Whatever we wanted the staff was able to assist us and make it happen in an incredible fashion. I will be back and would highly recommend it.