My boyfriend and I stayed at the beautiful Apoyo Lodge for 3 nights in November 2013 — it was absolutely beautiful, peaceful and a perfect place to shift gears and start our trip in Nicaragua. The laguna water was so warm and clear, and the view from the balcony unbeatable. Shamus and Sasha have obviously put a lot of care into all the details around the property — from the beautiful furnishings, small library, yoga platform, landscaping and kitchen to the outdoor dining area and beautiful rooms.
As we had just arrived we wanted to explore a bit around the area, which Shamus was happy to arrange a driver for us. One note for budgeting is that the driver transfers were a bit pricier than we expected, and as the location is so remote there aren’t too many options, although Shamus kindly ran us into Masaya to do some sightseeing one day. Costs are still reasonable given the distances, prepare to pay about $20USD per trip to Masaya/Granada and more to Momotombo.
I would definitely come back and stay at Apoyo Lodge – its also perfect for a larger group of friends or family, and I have dreams of doing a yoga retreat there one day with some of Sasha’s yummy vegan food. Huge kudos to Shamus and Sasha for creating this Oasis!
- 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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