We stayed at Apoyo Lodge after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and felt it was the best decision of our trip so far. We stayed 5 nights and Shamus upgraded us to a suite as there were no other guests during our stay. The lodge has obviously been built with love and great attention to detail. The place was spotless and our room was massive with a lovely balcony and view over the lake. We spent our days relaxing, swimming in the lovely temperate lagoon and made the most of the pedalo and inner tubes. Shamus is a lovely genuine guy who went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable. He was happy to let us accompany him for free when he went to Masaya so that we could see the markets there. As it is so remote, unless you're eager to hike considerable distances you are reliant on Shamus for transportation which he charges for if he's going out of his way but I would absolutely recommend the lodge if you are looking to get away from it all for a while. The only other comment I'd make is that there are 3 dogs and 2 cats living on the property. This wasn't a problem for us as we love animals and they are all very friendly but if you're allergic then it might not be the best choice. By far our favourite destination and lodgings to date and already planning to go back in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apoyo Lodge is ideal for couples, large groups traveling together and retreats of any kind that are interested in pursuing a lifestyle consisting of a purposeful blend of yoga, conscious eating, natural health, spirituality and healing. The lodge offers guests the perfect environment; a unique, secluded and natural setting where they are able to discover and harness this mindful lifestyle in peace and solitude. Some guests describe the lodge as the perfect place to unplug from the outside world. A place where they can liberate themselves from the daily distractions of city life and connect to their highest selves in the natural world. THE LODGE The lodge sits on over an acre of property deep within the tropical nature reserve of Laguna de Apoyo. Just footsteps away from the lodge are the pristine healing waters of Apoyo Lagoon. Apoyo Lodge boasts 6 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms and can comfortably sleep 12 - 18 people. There are two expansive suites equipped with queen beds and french doors that lead to a private yoga balcony where guests can relax and admire the views of the laguna. Amenities at the lodge include a spacious fully equipped open-air kitchen, dining and living area with direct views of lush greenery and the lake. Colorful swinging hammock chairs hang suspended from arches in the living area. All rooms are equipped with ceiling and floor fans and have their own private modern American standardized washrooms. All linens and beach towels are provided. There is also a full-sized washing machine on site. To make your stay more enjoyable Apoyo Lodge also offers the following at no extra charge: wi-fi daily maid service 24-hour security In addition, there is a skate park, 2 story yoga palapa, cement ping pong table and private rancho which is scheduled to become a superfood smoothie & raw cuisine bar by November 2014. Also available for use is a small sailboat, paddle boat and inner tubes. LODGE DETAILS Apoyo Lodge is a large 3500sq ft vacation rental nestled in a protected ecological dry forest nature reserve on the shores of Lake Apoyo. Unlike other homes in the laguna, Apoyo Lodge is hidden and has no neighbors. Although secluded, colonial Granada and Masaya are only a half hour drive away. The lodge is constructed from local Nicaraguan materials; the ceilings and beams through out the lodge are composed of guadua bamboo, all windows and doors are royal cedar and the floors are laid with traditional wood-fired clay tiles. There is a spacious fully equipped open aired kitchen, dining and living area with direct views of lush greenery and the lake. Colorful swinging hammock chairs hang suspended from arches in the living area. There are two expansive suites equipped with cedar french doors that lead to a private balcony meant to relax and admire the views of the laguna. Due to the breezy air flowing off the laguna, no air-conditioning is needed. Instead all rooms contain ceiling and floor fans and also have their own private, modern american standardized washrooms. LAKE & RANCHO Outside the lodge the lake is only a stone's throw away and there are many hammocks scattered all around the property. For those looking to 'catch some rays' or simply laze there are inner-tubes for floating. If you'd like to go a little further there is a paddle-boat and a small sailboat. There is a large spacious outdoor bar complete with hammocks, cement ping-pong table, refrigerator, charcoal BBQ and pizza oven scheduled to reopen in November 2014 as a raw cuisine and superfood smoothie bar. Hiking trails are located in all directions of the property. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apoyo Lodge Nicaragua/La Laguna De Apoyo