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
Stayed at Malibu Popoyo for a week in May. the surf was great and the resort was awesome. The food was the best I’ve ever had on a surf trip, healthy and delicious - the perfect fuel in between surfs. The staff was awesome in taking care of us and taking us to breaks. The airline dented my favorite surfboard and the staff got it professionally repaired in less than 48 hours. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to go to Nicaragua!
From the moment I arrived to the day I left, my experience was heavenly. The welcoming staff were always smiling, the food was delicious, the ambiance was on point, and the surf guides were their to take you to surf the best waves at the best time.
I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful getaway..
Thank you for everything.
The room was beautiful, exactly like the pictures.I booked this trip to learn how to surf and had a really great time. Amazing food, smoothies and breakfast! You will feel so healthy after a week of surf, yoga, and walks on the beach. I felt really safe and taken care of, surrounded by really fun staff/surf instructors. I would absolutely recommend this hotel to all of my friends and family for an unforgettable experience in Nicaragua.
I stayed here with my teenage daughter for her Spring break. It is a beautiful property, steps from the beach, with tons of privacy. The rooms are modern and clean, and the food is amazing! The staff is very friendly and happy to help you arrange tours of Granada, nearby Mombacho volcano, horseback riding, massages, etcetera. And of course, the surf is amazing and the instructors are patient and fun! I highly recommend this beautiful gem in Nicaragua.
Beautiful hotel, amazing food, exceptional service, and unlimited access to some of Nicaragua’s best surf breaks all in one place! Malibu Popoyo is a surfer’s dream resort! Everyday, we loosened up with a morning yoga session, fueled up with a delicious breakfast from the hotel restaurant, and went out on a surf adventure with their friendly surf guides! The resort is located on the coast and right in the middle of 8 solid surf breaks that work under almost any swell and tide so there were plenty of waves to be had!
Malibu is a must for any surfer/yogi interested in a Central America trip! Thanks and we will definitely be back!