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
Cant thank the crew at Malibu Popoyo enough! The food, service & accom was amazing, the staff are always smiling and very helpful.The area itself is incredible.So many pristine beaches & fun waves nearby. They have a beautiful yoga space and also board rentals if required. So looking fwd to coming back. 10 out of 10 ????
This was by far one of my favorite vacations. Malibu Popoyo was exactly what we needed. It was a beautiful boutique hotel.The resort that has 6 rooms (and adding 6 more) The rooms are big and have very comfortable beds with good quality sheets and comfy pillows. The rooms come with air conditioning.
My husband is a surfer and surfed 2x a day, every day. You can go right down the road to Santana early am and late afternoon for sunset. During the day the surf guides will take you to another spot. Jared and Elyin are amazing surf guides.
I am not a surfer, but took advantage of the daily yoga class with Mandy. She is so kind & gentle and customized the daily yoga class. She is very talented and I would suggest doing a cranialsacral therapy session with her as well! While on the topic of body work, I also tried Reiki with Natalie Glass. She has amazing energy, you will not regret this. I found myself realigned.
The food and the staff took this trip to the next level. The staff knows your name and goes above and beyond to meet your every need. They are so kind. The service is what you would expect at a Ritz. The food is so fresh, so delicious. I did not have one thing that I did not absolutely love. The ceviche, the fish tacos, the breakfast sandwich, everything was beyond good. The smoothies and cocktails are to die for.
Probably one of the most beautiful places I've ever stayed in. Spacious and well-designed rooms, the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in, excellent food, attentive and helpful staff. The list could go on!
Thoroughly recommend it if you're ever in Nicaragua, you will NOT be disappointed.
Whether you surf or not, Malibu Popoyo is the perfect place to be.