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“Blissful Relaxation” 5 of 5 stars
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Soma Surf Resort
Playa Guasacate, Popoyo, Nicaragua   |  
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
“Blissful Relaxation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Such a great destination for a relaxing trip. Casey, Bill, and the Soma staff take care of your needs, whether it be organizing surf trips to the beach, a drive to a yoga class, or a trip to Magnific Rock. The beach is close, but it is a drive. This ended up not being a problem, as it was actually nicer to relax by the pool at Soma as opposed to the beach. The beach is very hot with no sun coverage, and there are nice breezes by the pool at Soma as it is set back from the beach. For surfing, Bill had us up on our first day, and feeling more confident the next few lessons. The bungalows are very spacious - one suggestion to bring your own toiletries, though, as there aren't any provided. The food is delicious, fresh, healthy, and affordable. Overall an amazing vacation to get away and relax with little distractions. Will definitely be back again!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

WONDERFUL hilltop resort a couple hours from the Managua airport in Nica. I went with a friend and both of us had never surfed before, but we got up on the board the first day thanks to Bill. We also did Yoga in the middle of the jungle which was absolutely incredible. There isn't anything around the resort...so you definitely have to be satisfied with lounging around the pool, reading books or surfing the web, eating DELICIOUS meals, and doing one or two outside activities per day (surfing, yoga, horseback riding, etc.)...but this was just what we were looking for. I can't say enough good things about the food, it was so fresh and just phenomenal. We also went to Mag Rock (a hostel on the beach with lots of young surfers around) for sunset 2 nights which was really enjoyable, as well as the hot springs which were great to relax in after a day of surfing.

The only negatives were that I do wish that there had been more variety in the beaches we visited for surfing (we went to the same one every day) but that beach was nice and deserted. We did the week long all-inclusive surf package, which was an incredible value (worth every penny), but the days did get a little repetitive toward the end. I think 4 days would be absolutely perfect at Soma. Also the electricity did go out a couple times making it pretty hot to sleep one night, but this is typical for a developing country. Soma did have generators they were able to turn on in the morning.

We also went and spent a night in Granada before our flight home (which I highly recommend instead of staying in Managua if you have an early flight). Cute little touristy city. We took a tour which included zip lining and a trip to the Volcano -- both were great.

Overall an unforgettable, incredible trip. Casey was also incredibly accommodating. We had to reschedule our trip due to a last minute issue and we were able to switch to a new week without incurring any costs.

I highly recommend a trip to Soma for new surfers. Thanks for the amazing experience Casey & Bill!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The food is outstanding, the setting beautiful and breezy and the staff as hospitable as you will find. It is a great place to go to learn or sharpen your surfing skills.
You should put them on your itinerary.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

Beautiful hill top location place with nice views but not in the beach. The beach is close but you will need a car or let the people from the hotel drive you everywhere, of course there will be a charge for it.
The staff is incredible, the people that work the kitchen and do the maintenance of the hotel are very nice and hard workers.
Tasty food with different options to choose from, with descent prices. The restaurant may close early except if there is a big group coming from outside so plan on having early dinners..
There is not a TV but there are a lot of areas to just relax. The WiFi works fine in the common areas but there is no signal in the bungalows.
The bungalows have a lot of space with a great shower, they have soap pump but no conditioner so if you need any extra toiletries plan on bring them with you. The beds are very comfortable.
An interesting factor is that the wall that divides the sleeping area from the bathroom doesn't reach the ceiling.
Overall we liked the place just think that if you are trying to go for all the activities you will need a big budget, since it is not cheap to go for a surf trip.

Room Tip: Go for the bungalows if you don't mind not to have a wall that reach the ceiling.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We accidentally stumbled upon Soma Surf Resort at few weeks when planning our trip to Nicaragua over the holidays when we were looking for a few extra days at the beach with our 2 kids (13 & 10). This resort truly is an oasis. The minute we arrived we felt welcomed and relaxed. Bill & Casey are excellent hosts were super accommodating. The accommodations were stylish, comfortable and plenty big for our family of 4. The infinity pool was refreshing and had the best views, as did the veranda that was dotted with hammocks. Most of all though, we loved the community feel of Soma. We met families, couples, and singles from all over the place. There was communal dining at meals, and the food was healthy, plenty and reasonably priced. Only 1/2 of our family had surfed before, and Bill & his assistant got us up on surfboards during our stay. The beach is a short drive from Soma and expansive and empty. I can't say enough good things about Soma...I almost hate to write the review because I feel like I stumbled upon something I'd like to keep secret. I for sure will be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guatemala City, Guatemala
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Bill and Casey are great people and wonderful hosts. They go out of their way to accommodate their guest requirements and make sure everyone is happy even though we had different levels and request.
Food was outstanding, and the rooms and hotel in superb shape! Bill knows all the surf spots and have a broad range of boards. Does not get any better!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Woodinville, Washington
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

KC and Bill were incredible hosts as were others (Eddie, Barry, Gabriela, Ever....). Nicest people in the world, and it really felt like I was hanging with my family. They did everything they could to make my first trip anywhere by myself the best it could be, and I really appreciated everything (I can't wait to go back next year :)). Not only did I learn to surf (thank you Bill and Kikei) but I enjoyed beach front yoga and my trip to Grenada and Monbachu as well as just hanging out on the beautiful beaches. Another thing I have to mention is the incredible food at soma. Talk about fresh it was the freshest and so delicious, and I still crave the rice, beans, and eggs breakfast :)

Thank you!
Corrina

Room Tip: Learn to surf! It was the best!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Soma Surf Resort

Address: Playa Guasacate, Popoyo, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Popoyo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Popoyo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy world class surfing, guided surf excursions, yoga, natural hot springs, tidal pools and more. Soma has a full service restaurant serving fresh fare with a distinct flavor using natural ingredients where you will truly savor the “farm to table” experience. Enjoy our infinity pool an open air rancho with hammocks, free WIFI plus many more amenities. We are a resort sustainably built and a portion of our proceeds benefit local charities. ... more   less 
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