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
I read the review before I go to the Malibu Popoyo resort and learned that the staff is ultra friendly and service is excellent. Indeed, after staying there for 6 days, we all enjoyed so much. The ride to the resort from the airport is a enjoyable country scenery that we don't see back home. The resort offers yoga, massage.... Indulge in the beautiful room with massage after surfing is pure enjoyable!! The little ones don't want to go home!
It's my first time to Nicaragua but definitely will be back again soon !!
I have stayed at boutique hotels catering to surfers in Puerto Rico, Barbados, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Mexico...this place tops them all. Absolutely perfect location (a quiet, no-high rise beach with amazing surf breaks within walking distance), incredible rooms, pool and yoga facilities, and fabulous dining, all included in your rate. Can't wait to get back.
I stayed at this resort with my wife and 3 kids. This resort just re-opened under new ownership. It is a beautiful, cozy resort - 6 rooms with 6 more finishing soon. The restaurant has the best food I have ever tasted. It has several surf breaks, yoga and plenty of other things to do. The staff is amongst the nicest of any resort I have been at. I can't recommend Malibu enough!
This was our first time at the Malibu Popoyo, The staff was the best, making our family feel at home. The hotel is completely self contained an has an open area where they serve meals, have a swimming pool and generator to cover the power during the pesky blackouts.
I recommend the fish tacos or the steak dinner, both are excellent.
One evening the hotel entertained us with the music of a local band. Everyone was dancing even the two year old.
Surfing is available steps from your room and waves range from intermediate to advanced, lessons are available for the beginner. The kids in our group (6-10) enjoyed the instruction and really improved while here
Wow! What a find! Just south of Magnificent Rock and Playa Santana Two incredible surf breaks (Both a short 5 min walk away btw.) This is the perfect place to return from a full day of activity. Rooms are very comfortable, and air-conditioned, Food is amazing! and there is always someone interesting sitting at the bar. Cool, quaint, ans sophisticated all at the same time. the best local surf guides are there to help you time the tides and swells, and in a pinch make some space for you with the local crew. Nothing but good vices from all the people that come in contact with this gem. We had our family there, but its a beautiful spot for couples or small groups of friends.