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
went for a quick 5 day surf trip with a buddy and was elated with the choice we made. Great little pool, located 100 yards from the beach. The restaurant (serves as part of the package we signed on for) was delicious and we ate like kings. The resident surf guides plan surf trips, usually 3 a day- 2 local walkable breaks, and 1 mid day break you will travel to. The Santana beach break thats walkable is amazing for sunrise/sunset surf, and it was very cool to be able to check out other breaks daily as well.
This trip was exactly what we were looking for will be coming back for sure
I stayed at Malibu Popoyo for a quick surgical strike of a surf trip for 4 days / 3 nights in September. The resort is very cute and charming, with a lovely room (I stayed in a Garden room) which had a fan and A/C. There is a pool that you can jump into and the beach is located right behind the hotel - in the evenings you can hear the waves crashing which is incredible! There is a large common area which includes the restaurant. The food is absolutely amazing and the staff (including Jennifer & Jessica) is incredibly attentive and sweet. Ernesto, the manager, runs a tight ship (and is an awesome dude) and Jared, Elyin and Angel are fun surf guides. Jade, who I did not know well from Manhattan Beach until this trip, is an incredible person and has put a ton of her love and effort into the resort and I cannot wait to see what she does with it over time.
Let's not forget about the surf - when I was there, Popoyo was pumping (quick car ride) and we also did a group boat trip to Lance's Left. I used AwayCo for my board rental and it was such an easy process. Transportation from and to the airport was arranged by the hotel. In summary, one of these best trips I have ever had in my life and I cannot wait to go back next year. All of the peeps at Malibu Popoyo are good peeps! Yeewwwww!!!
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 ????