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Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Del Puente las Salinas 7 km hacia el Astillero, Tola 505, Nicaragua   |  
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“Incredibly private and authentic destination...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

We had the privilege of hosting our most intimate yoga teacher training to date at Punta Teonoste in Jan, 2012. The service and food were fantastic, the venue was wonderful and the private beach was a perfect backdrop for sinking into nature. Our group was very well taken care of like family.
The beautiful, warm Pacific Ocean and beach allowed us to experience (5!) sea turtle nestings and a timely hatching of 100+ newborn baby turtles, we couldn't have had a more divinely timed stay for our immersion.
Despite rumors of petty theft, not one single incident or security issues for our 22 day program.
Whether you are planning a long stay like us or an evening of seclusion, Punta Teonoste is a great destination not to be missed in Nicaragua.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Dear Yogisurf,
Thank you very much for your comments!
We feel very pleased you enjoyed hosting your yoga teacher training at our resort.
It sure was a great experience for us too!
We had the opportunity to learn many new things with your visit, and we thank you for all the feedback we received during and after your stay. We highly take into consideration your opinions, and we are committed to give our best in all for the next retreat.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

I can't even describe this experience I went throught at this place. I enjoyed being there.Therefore,I strongly advise people to pass by this place & you are gonna like it.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, March 6, 2012
Dear Franky23,
Thanks for your comments!
We are happy you enjoyed your staying with us.
We look forward to having you again!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

Like a lot of the other reviews on here, our experience of Punta Teonoste was disappointingly hit and miss.

The beach is stunning, a really beautiful and peaceful setting. The staff are very sweet. The steaks are delicious.

HOWEVER

When we arrived, we were shown to a villa that was full of wasps buzzing around. We complained and they offered to move us to another villa. We went to the beach for an hour whilst they set up the new place. When we went back to collect our bags, the wasps were all dead and all over the bed - see pictures.

The new villa was much larger and very nice. However, there were some dangerous looking naked wires and dodgy electrics - see pictures. Not qhat you would expect from a 4 star resort.

The prices for food and drink, which, because of your isolated location, are your only options, were surprisingly expensive for Nicaragua i.e. $9.50 for a club sandwich. You feel like you're being ripped off everytime you see the menu. We took to having 2 meals a day to keep our costs down!

Also, they may say the menu is over seen by a Parisian chef but the food isn't anything special and apart from the steaks, I don't think it justified the prices. And also there must be a french cooking style called "Le Ping" judging from the microwave sounds coming from the kitchen.

Overall it's just not up to the standard you'd expect from a 4 star resort: service is slow, a bamboo sunbed snapped when I tried to change the angle, there's no hot water in those outdoor showers, the mosquito nets had holes in / didn't cover the beds completely.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, February 8, 2012
Dear Traveler,
We feel sorry we did not match your 4 star resort expectation.
As you know, our resort is located in the middle of the wild nature, isolated from large populations. The nearest village, El Astillero, with only over 1,000 inhabitants is about 6 miles from the resort. We believe the beauty of our location is to be integrated within the nature. Therefore, some of the villas we offer are very open to the outdoors, which was the case of the first villa we had ready for your arrival. Because of the wasps´ problems, we moved you to another villa more protected from the outdoors with mosquito nets on the windows.
About the loose wires, we really do not understand what happened… As a responsible hotel, we are inspected once a year by the local Fire Department, in order to have all our permits in order. We do thank you for you collaboration with the pictures. Our restaurant prices are higher than typical Nicaraguan restaurants. We do worry about keeping high quality and top local natural and some high quality imported ingredients. However, are prices are far lower than 4 star resorts worldwide. I can assure you that the delicious stakes you tried are NOT prepared in the microwave…We do have a small oven to warm bread, which is served warm and crispy at the tables all the time, while clients wait for their meals.
We regret you were not able to enjoy and discover the pure natural beauty of our resort. We regret even stronger you were so disappointed in your trip in Nicaragua, reading from all other reports you wrote in Trip Advisor about all other places you stayed during your trip. Nicaragua is a true gem still to be discovered!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012 via mobile

6 of my Friends and I spent a few days here over new years eve. The hotel itself is ok. The private beach is nice. The food is not the best. But the resort has armed guards for a reason. There is a small village just outside the hotel that is extremely poor and desperate. While traveling to the resort a group of individuals attempted to rob us with guns. We were able to get away barely. We called the police who did not come at all. We spoke to the resort manager the next day who informed us that this has happened before and guests have even been shot at. While the resort was decent, there are much better get-a-ways in much safer areas. Additionally at check out they tried to slam us with several extra fees equalling more than our entire bill! I will never go here again!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, January 25, 2012
Dear traveler,

It is always a great pleasure for us to welcome any guest and provide the best possible service at Hotel Punta Teonoste.

Our hotel has a great location right in front a splendid beach, where all areas are completely open, with no fences or walls closing the access in all surrounding the property. This applies to the beach, to the woods, and to the road on one side of the property. We the staff at Punta Teonoste, who live in this beautiful property all year round, do not feel it has been necessary to build walls or barriers because we feel perfectly safe here.

The Hotel has been over 14 years operating under the same management, and we can confirm that it has never been any incident of any kind with any of our guests nor the personnel working here.

International Police records show that our country is the safest in the region, with the lowest indexes of crime in any category.

It is well true that the hotel has a security operation that involves guards 24 hours a day. We find this to be the best security service we can provide our guests, since it is very common that they leave the door of their villa unlocked, and often sunglasses, ipods and cameras outside on the terrace unattended. As we said before, there is free access form the beach to the resort, and there are often locals who walk by. On the other hand, we feel very satisfied with providing jobs to the communities surrounding the Hotel, and that all security guards who work at the Hotel are local labor. It helps our customers to feel free to walk around the beach, trails and the property any time of the day or night. Our 24 hours staff is very happy to provide security and assistance of any kind.

Our security uses only hunting firearms, which are registered and are continuously inspected by the national police.

About the charges: The Hotel never makes charge to any guest that has not previously been approved and confirmed before leaving the hotel. For this very reason, our guests are always presented, with no exception, with their consumption voucher for signature while their stay, and asked to perform a formal check out. It took us by surprise to find out in the early morning that our guests had left the hotel with no notice. As part of our hotel policies we inform our guests that room visits are not allowed. All people staying in the hotel must be registered. We understand that this may cause some inconveniences for some of our guests, even if it will be for their own safety.

The Hotel has been a true pioneer in the region, giving new carrier opportunities to many people in the communities, who had formerly been engaged in more traditional activities such as fishing, farming and hunting. Our communities in Nicaragua may appear relatively poor, but we encourage a direct contact with the people, because we believe this the best way to discover how captivating it can be to live very happy with just covering the basic needs of life. It is true that country has suffered many natural disasters, and civil wars in the past, but we are very happy that we find ourselves now in a recovery stage. Locals are humble and gentle people who are very happy and courteous with all the tourists who visit their communities.

We hope your next visit to Nicaragua or Central America will be a better experience, such as the ones that have lived all our other guests who have visited us before and after you.

We wish you a happy day.

Hotel Punta Teonoste Management.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2011

My husband and i enjoyed our stay here. It started out a little odd, we had set up a transfer to the hotel from airport and the Marlon was there to pick us up, but we had been expecting a different vehicle. But they had car trouble of sorts and the the Chef Janine's husband I believe Francious (not sure on the spelling) was so sweet to drive to pick us up in his personal vehicle. It was nice to be able to spend the time getting to know him, Marlon and Janine in the almost 3 hour drive, however the only air was from the windows being down but we did stop for some much needed water which was nice. Because of the inconvience they did not change for the transfer.
The food we enjoyed, breakfast was wonderful, and our favorite thing on the dinner menu had to be the beef with onions, very large portion and great flavor. I very much enjoyed the tuna salad also. However the prices were a bit pricy. During lunchtime we decided to go into town, to Quasacate (sp?) and there was a wonderful little resturant, and Raquel drove us into town and she was so much fun, Loved her.
The beach and surroundings were wonderful, did the hiking trail and watched the sunset ver beautiful. Enjoyed all the little hermit crabs and sealife around, loved getting to release baby sea turtles.
Also loved the hut, the bed a bit uncomfortable, and loved the the bathroom definately interesting, made me feel in tune with nature, came back home calling it the patio bathroom and wanted one at my house LOL. We did however have some difficulty with the mosquito net but were able to get it to work well by our last night.
Overall definately a must do, Staff were all wonderful. would love to come back again sometime, Hopefully a softer mattress would be available in the future.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Gerente at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, January 31, 2012
Dear Traveller,
Thanks a lot for your comments.
We apologize once again for the transportation inconvenience. We regularly offer transportation in our Toyota Prado 4x4 with A/C, but as you mentioned, we had an unexpected problem.
We feel pleased you enjoyed our food. Our restaurant prices are higher than the average in Nicaragua, but we use only the best possible ingredients in order to offer the best possible food. This includes the use of only fresh ingredients when possible, and best quality imported products for the preparation. As you mentioned in your report, it takes about 3 hours to come Managua, where we must bring most of the restaurant products from. This makes extra costs.
Our villas are equipped with orthopedic matrasses, which truly are a bit stiff. Some of our guests prefer this kind of beds, however, we are sorry you did not enjoy it so much. We will take your comment into account for future matrasses changes. Thanks again!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

What a strange place this hotel is! First of all let me tell about the very beautiful beach, all privat, and the very friendly staff members. The swimming pool is great and the food is very good. It was magical to see a turtle in the night on the beach with more than 70 eggs.

As already other people told, we were the only guests. We had the problem that electricity was out of order during most time at our stay. But hey, this is Nicaragua, and after some complaining they managed to serve us cold beer and some flowers for the inconvenience.

But at the bottom of this stay we have to judge about the price quality in total. And then the grade is not sufficient at this time. The resort has to do a lot of things to catch up. Not always big things! A few examples, because i saw the management is reading this also!

- the rooms are not cleaned or made up every day as you should expect from a hotel resort
- if you ask for towels for the beds at the swimming pool, you will get towels that are thin, stained and with holes. Ask for bigger ones :) and buy some new ones!
- the dining menu has fantastic food. But with lunch we don't always want to eat french steaks with roquefort, steak tartare or crepes. Hey, a pizza during la tarde is fine!
- let people have a choice for more easy meals. It doesn't hurt my wallet, but a filet for 30 dollars is a little bit over the top. I dare to challenge anyone that has found a steak for the same price in Nicaragua.
- put some flowers here and there in the hotel
- promote more activities around this place, now you can't go anywhere.
- ok they don't have hot water, but how am i going to shave myself without hot water? Eco hotels nowadays work with solar energy to get you hot water!
- keep the friendly staff, but teach them how to be more pro active and let them ask what you want to drink if you are sitting the whole day at the pool.
- surprise your guests with for example some fingerfood if they sit in the lobby.
- watch the details that go with a luxury resort. For example have some more and better soaps, shampoos and tiny stuff in the bathroom.

My advice would be to stay here maximum 2 nights, then you and your wallet have tasted all the food from the french cafe. But it may be worth the experience of another great beach in this world. And just keep in your mind that this is Nicaragua, a very friendly country, sometimes just getting to know the finesses of tourism.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PuntaTeonoste, Propietario at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, January 31, 2012
Dear Traveller,
Thank you very much for all your critics! People like you give us a hand to grow and improve our service and offer. We understand from your comment, that we do have the essentials to have a great place, but we need to work on important details too! Believe me, ever since we read your comment we have been working on every, and each detail. I do apologize for the things that were not at your expectations, but I can assure you, thanks to your critics, we have improved. If you come now and visit us, you will notice our improvements! Thanks again!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2011

First, what's good about this place: it's set on a gorgeous, fine sand beach that is totally private. The waves are perfect for body surfing and boogie boarding. There doesn't seem to be an undertow to worry about. They have a turtle protection program, so we got to see baby Olive Ridleys being released into the ocean. The food is excellent, gourmet French meals prepared by a delightful Parisian chef. But it was quite expensive, keep reading.

OK, here's what's bad: as other reviewers have said, it's a bit of a ghost town: for our three night stay, we were the only ones there for two of the nights. It's great for privacy, etc., but does create a strange atmosphere to have more staff than guests. Also, both the food and accommodations are overpriced. As a family of 5, we were spending $330 a night for bed and breakfast. Not so much for a luxury resort in the States, but a lot for Nicaragua. We had just come from a couple of different eco-lodges in the rest of Nicaragua where we were paying a quarter of that for comparable accommodations (but no private beach). So the contrast was striking. And despite the efforts of the owners and staff, there are too many problems for this to have true luxury status: no hot water, ineffective mosquito netting, poor pathways to the beach, rooms not cleaned every day, etc. We took advantage of the horse rental that was included in the price, but the horses were half asleep and wouldn't budge except to go home. And although the French food is excellent, we were shocked that lunches were $25 per person, unless you ordered off the kids menu (which we did). So, in short, although we had a great stay here, there were problems, and we wouldn't be able to recommend it fully unless the prices came down dramatically.

Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
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PuntaTeonoste, Director General at Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
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Dear Traveler,
Thank you for taking your time to write a report about our resort.
As you could check during your trip to Nicaragua, our country is still a destination off the beaten path. This means that we are still working hard to place our country on the touristic map. I must honestly admit that at Punta Teonoste, we are making enormous marketing efforts for guests to get to know us. One of the real “disadvantages” is being located about 3 hours away from Managua, where our guests must hire or rent a private 4x4 (dirt road) transfer to be able to reach our resort. This not only increases costs for them, but also makes it less accessible to reach us by anyone. On the other side, we hope our visitors take advantage of such a beautiful and great place, and enjoy such a gem, far away from crowded beaches. We believe this to be a real luxury, which people should come and discover, before it gets crowded like any other great beach so close to developed civilization.
Our French restaurant specializes in meals prepared with mainly fresh and first class imported products for the preparations. We must bring ourselves most of the products from Managua, since there are no large local communities near where we can get our supplies. We are glad you enjoyed our children’s menu. However, we do believe it is a pity you didn’t give a try to our gourmet French experience.
Best regards,
PUNTA TEONOSTE Administration
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Address: Del Puente las Salinas 7 km hacia el Astillero, Tola 505, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Tola
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Tola
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Punta Teonoste Nature Lodges & Beach Spa is an exclusive boutique property located on the southwestern coast of Nicaragua known as the Pacific Riviera.Our spectacular beachfront setting is nestled amidst the quaint, authentic fishing village of El Astillero and Popoyo, Nicaragua’s premier surf break.It is a secluded destination where travelers can experience the beauty of the area, the sounds, the breezes, the wildlife, the local culture and people; all without distraction of the stimuli that has become familiar in daily life.Recognized as one of only four properties in Nicaragua verified by the Rainforest Alliance, our ecological concept resists conventional lodging without compromising comfort and modern convenience.Punta Teonoste remains committed to creating and maintaining an attractive and responsible environment while also preserving the natural beauty of future generations.The chic design merges contemporary elements while respecting and embracing the surrounding nature. The public areas and bungalows also featurelocal art and design influences with some surprising subtle touches of select works representing Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Brasil, and Ghana. The result of this synergy and style is a sophisticated destination offering exceptional comfort and relaxation along with a touch of adventure. ... more   less 
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