Soma Surf Resort
What We Love
- Staying in a remote part of the Nicaraguan campo, a short drive from some of the best breaks in Nicaragua
- There’s a raft of non-surfing activities, including yoga, dance lessons and jungle excursions
- The spacious, well-appointed bungalows were built entirely by hand using local materials
- Free WiFi
- Artwork includes gum-tree-chewed canvases by Augusto Silva, a well-known Nicaragua artist
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What To Know
- The property is not on the beach, but daily transportation is provided to all nearby surf breaks and beaches
- Due to heavy rain, the property is typically closed for most of September and October
- Consider renting a 4×4, as the roads are rough and unpaved; it's a fun journey through the heartland of Nicaragua
- Plan on spending at least three nights here, as the town of Popoyo is rather isolated
Half the fun of staying at Soma is the trip there. The backcountry drive takes you past rural Nicaraguan communities, empty fields and the odd Brahman cow. A world away from the megaresort towns and all-you-can-eat buffets, it’s a rustic surfers retreat at which the right visitor will find indelible charm. Guests at Soma (“South of Managua”) are a self-selecting crew. They love to explore, seek comfort and meditation, and find happiness in a hammock overlooking the quiet countryside. And they encounter all of this and more at the five-room Soma Surf Resort, on a knoll overlooking the salt flats and volcanoes of the Nicaraguan campo.
Bed and Bath
Opened in May 2011, the resort has just three bungalows, a lobby and a kitchen arrayed around an infinity pool and gardens full of bougainvillea, musa, papyrus and small palms. From the hand-carved laja stone showers to doors made from local wood to the plush bedding, everything about the camp highlights owners Bill and Casey Morton’s attention to detail.
Meals are fresh affairs prepared with local ingredients and served in the indoor/outdoor dining room, which overlooks the pool area. The chicken baked in banana leaves, fresh fish over a bed of mango chutney and Popoyo Mojito are not to be missed. Novice and experienced surfers have their pick of breaks at Popoyo, Santana, Colorado and Astillero beaches, and beyond the board, there are excursions to tidal pools and hot springs and to the natural land formation known as Magnific Rock. For non-surfers, there’s sunset yoga, kickboxing, horseback riding and welcome poolside lounging.
In the Area
Learn the basics of boxing on a picturesque platform overlooking the Nicaraguan countryside with the resort’s owners (and black belt instructors), Casey and Bill, or organize a sunset yoga session on the celebrated natural wonder known as Magnific Rock. Away from the property, search for crabs and tropical fish in the tidal pools, and enjoy the local hot springs, which are fed by a nearby volcano. Alternatively, trot through the pristine countryside and discover isolated communities on horses brought to the hotel.
How to Get There
Soma Surf Resort was a perfect fit for our family. The owner and staff were inviting and accommodating. The resort was quiet and in a perfect location for visiting the surf breaks and small towns around the southern part of Nicaragua. I would definitely return.
Thank you for your hospitality!!
I love my time at Soma so much, I plan to return every year. The best way I can describe it is relaxed luxury. The staff is amazing and take such good care of everyone. The food and drinks are all delicious. Casey and Bill are the best hosts you could hope for.
I will echo what others have said in their praises of SOMA: don't hesitate, just go. Casey and her staff are incredible, and will help you arrange anything you need. The food they cook is delicious and first rate, the property is impeccable, the beds are super comfy, the surroundings are lovely...they have thought of every last detail. I would not hesitate to return (crossed fingers for that!), and cannot recommend SOMA highly enough.
We have been to Soma twice now. Once with our three active teen boys and once as a leader of a wellness retreat. Casey and Bill are meticulous in their understated luxury accommodations with impeccable service. There were plenty of activity options for all ages and interests from surfing to Farm and village tours to yoga, Pilates, hiking and horseback riding. The food is so fresh and clean leaving us feeling vibrant and fulfilled after each meal and their cocktails even feel healthy! I will be heading back to lead another wellness retreat January 2019..back by popular demand!
Soma is a fantastic boutique surf resort located at a beautiful beach with incredible waves. Three of us went with the surf package and loved every second and every aspect of our week at Soma. Everything - the buildings, grounds, food menu, drink menu, attentive host, gracious staff, surf guides, surf gear, transportation to/from airport - were top notch. We would absolutely recommend Soma to family and friends and would most certainly visit again.