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
Able to unwind and relax at this quiet resort of only 7 rooms. Spent the days resting by the pool with a delicious pina colada or beer, explored the beach and watched the surfers, enjoyed delicious food at their restaurant. Still had the conveniences of air conditioning, hot water, tv and wifi, which can be unusual in Central America. Great to stop and enjoy doing nothing but enjoy the day.
Where do I even begin?! Saskia & Dennis have created such an amazing space and everything was so well thought out. It has been exactly one year (April 2017) since I went to Meson Nadi and I am dreaming of going back! They serve the best Macua's and have the best hospitality! Their staff are all so kind and make this place feel so welcoming. The food was enjoyable, the pool was relaxing, and the walk right up to the beach is a bonus. I can't wait to plan my next visit to Meson Nadi!
I stayed at Meson Nadi with my 9-year-old daughter and had the most wonderful three days. Such a stylish and comfortable hotel with lovely staff and amazing food. The pool and gardens are beautiful and with only six rooms it is never crowded. It is right by the beach and a short walk to a couple of other good restaurants. The beach in front of the hotel is not safe for swimming but it is a 10 minute walk to a bay where I swam with my daughter. There is good surfing at Playa Popoyo and most of the other guests were doing some surfing. A great destination hotel for couples or families - really worth pushing the boat out for this one - 5 stars!
This is a very quiet hotel with just six rooms. If your goal is to get away from it all, this could be the place to visit. Our days were filled with hanging out at the pool, drinking delicious smoothies, trying out the cocktails of the day and enjoying a low key dinner with good food. We arranged to have surf lessons and the hotel set up our transportation. There were other excursions and massages available but we were just there for two days so didn't take advantage of them.
The highlight for us here was the serving and kitchen staff. They were always smiling and very helpful. On the last day I ordered the chicken stir fry forgetting that it wasn't on their menu but I'd had it at our last hotel. No problem - they rallied together and made me a great meal and checked in to ensure that I was enjoying it.
A couple things to note: you might be surprised to find at reception a large piece of art that features a photo of a naked woman. In the men's washroom is a more explicit photo of a naked woman and a champagne bottle. If I was entering someone's home, I'd expect them to have artwork to their own preferences. In a public space like this, it seemed to be in questionable taste and felt in contrast to the thoughtful, high-end design of the place.
Also, we learned at check out that the kitchen staff are paid mostly from their tips. Ten percent is added to your bill for their tips but given the quality of service and the fact that they rely so heavily on their tips, we made an extra effort to tip generously. Something to keep in mind.
My husband and I stayed at Meson Nadi for four nights at the beginning of February. It is a six room oasis on the Pacific coast. The rooms are large and spacious. Our room had a loft that was perfect for watching the sunsets each evening. The restaurant is truly 5 star. Everything on the menu is delicious! And the smoothies are perfect when relaxing by the pool. We totally relaxed for four days—we did lots of walking, swimming, lounging and eating. The staff are absolutely wonderful! We so enjoyed talking with all of them. They are all a real delight! Our stay here was the perfect end to our two week holiday in Nicaragua!