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Limon 2 Playa Santana, Popoyo, Rivas 48500 Nicaragua
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#1 of 16 Specialty lodging in Rivas
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4.7
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4.8
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4.7
Malibu Popoyo has carefully curated a unique boutique hotel experience that offers the rich discoveries of Nicaragua in a laid-back beachfront environment. The hotel design balances contemporary style with thoughtful elements of Latin American housing in a very traditional sense. SURROUNDED by the boundaries of the sea, horizon, terrain and jungle the hotel is situated on one of the most beautiful bays of Costa Esmeralda The hotel implements the idea of SUSTAINABILITY in reliable ways. Consciousness of natural materials, manufacturing of organic products and collaboration with the local communities create the responsibility of Malibu Popoyo.
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Alec N wrote a review Nov 2022
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Top notch experience all around! We couldn't be any happier with our stay at Malibu Popoyo. First off, I have to commend the staff. Truly incredible people! Attentive, kind, and knowledgeable. No ask or request was ever a nuisance, and you got the sense that they truly cared to make your experience the best. They were all so friendly and great! If you are interested in surfing (all levels are welcome), I really couldn't recommend a better place to go. The instructors are willing and able to accommodate all skill levels. Every day they work to pick the best spots for the guests to surf (morning and afternoon.) They are tuned in to all variables and consistently delivered fun surf sessions. I really appreciated that as a guest you don't need to overthink the surfing experience at Malibu Popoyo. Be ready for departure, throw your gear in the truck and join them for an awesome surf! I would highly recommend a day on the boat to see some of the different surf breaks. This was one of our favorite experiences. The food is delicious and always fresh! Also, they have filtered water available, which is a huge convenience. It's really an easy place to be comfortable and have a great time. We will definitely come again.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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maggie_travels wrote a review Sep 2022
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Popoyo Malibu has a very laid back vibe, while have excellent service! My son and I had a great stay at Popoyo Malibu. We went to the beach for surf lessons. Yoga teacher was super. Room was clean and spacious. Remember you are in climate that has bugs so keep the doors closed and keep that in mind. Healthy Food the smoothies are excellent. Highly Recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Cat S wrote a review Jun 2022
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Best place to stay and surf in Nicaragua! Surf staff was awesome and took great care of us. The hotel was amazing. I'm a surf photographer and have been chasing surf all over the world for decades. Not only do I want great waves but I want a hotel room that I can return to from a hot day at the beach and relax. Best cocktails. Beautiful pool. Honestly the beds and rooms are so nice I didn't want to leave the room. I could have stayed in there all day and night. Hotel staff was awesome too. Definitely staying at Malibu Popoyo when I return to Nicaragua.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Trip type: Traveled on business
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Kristy M wrote a review Jun 2022
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I'm a former professional longboard surfer and have been on quite a few surf trips in my life. This place was the complete surf package! Not only was the surf epic with lots of different waves to chose from and the best boat to take you there, the surf staff was knowledgeable and took amazing care of us. When we weren't out enjoying the surf, we enjoyed our accommodations to the utmost. The food was delish...one of the top places to eat (and drink! Awesome Cocktails and best espresso coffee drinks!) in the area and the rooms were super comfy with great beds ( honestly I think one of the most comfy beds EVER!) , sheets, and pillows. You couldn't ask for better service. Hands down the best place to stay in Nicaragua.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Sherry wrote a review Dec 2021
San Francisco, California14 contributions7 helpful votes
Jared was an incredible surf instructor, I'd easily consider it as my top reason to return! As an advanced beginner focused on learning and improving, I appreciated how Jared helped me hone in on my fundamentals, including making key corrections to my stance that other instructors had missed. By the end of my 3 days, I was able to trim the wave a lot more consistently. Yoga with the instructor Vibe was also amazing, and the rooms and grounds were beautiful. Food is good, but because the menu doesn't change, by day 3, we'd eaten our way through most of the menu and started craving more variety. The vibe of the place trends professional, which I'd say differs from the more warm/when-you're-here-you're-family vibes of some other places I've stayed in Nicaragua and Costa Rica- it's all a matter of personal preference. Overall, Malibu Popoyo was incredible value for a great experience!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Carlos L wrote a review Nov 2021
Los Angeles, California1 contribution
Just got back from a weeklong stay at Malibu Popoyo and made an account just to leave a review. I had an enormously fun time staying here. The rooms are really well designed and the layout of the hotel itself feels both communal and secluded. The native landscaping lends to the secluded feeling as well. The pool is gorgeous and you have a great view of it from the open-concept restaurant/bar. Beyond the great design, the staff was really warm and friendly. They learn your name (and help you with your Spanish if you want) and by the end of a weeklong stay they feel like new friends. The guided surf trips are great too - an expat resident runs the program and you're accompanied by two locals who have been surfing in that area since they could walk. They'll know exactly where to go for your skill level and where the best waves are at any time. Balance it out with yoga in their palapa and treat yourself to the wonderful food and drinks, go on some of their locally led cultural tours, have local cowboy Don Flavio take you out on a sunset beach horse ride, or just chill in the pool. Really recommend it and I'll be coming back for sure.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Zia P wrote a review May 2021
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I loved everything about my experience at Malibu Popoyo. The correspondence with staff prior to my trip was super efficient and detailed, they made me feel very safe and welcome and I had a great idea what to expect. The coordination of airport transfers despite my awful arrival and departure times was super helpful and the drivers they arranged were top notch. The space is beautifully designed and I literally wouldn’t change one thing about the set up or my room. The bed was literally the most comfortable bed I’ve ever had on vacation, the bedding etc top notch. Air conditioner and fan perfect and bugs a total non I issue. The food and drinks exceeded my expectations. Super fresh healthy and lots of options. The kitchen and bar staff very sweet and ensure a satisfying experience each interaction. I had no idea that Malibu Popoyo didn’t just have a surf board rental guy but a truly exceptional surf guide. Jared was beyond. Such a solid guy and unbelievably helpful with not only surf detail but I learned so much about the country, history, land and more. I Have been a surfer for quite some time and been to many places but had I’d known what a gem they had as a surf guide I would’ve stayed three times longer I’ve already told many people about this perfect place so maybe I should keep it a secret?
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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Vacation267126 wrote a review May 2021
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My husband took me there in December 2019, it was FANTASTIC. We had planned to make Malibu Popoyo a yearly or twice yearly trip after our first trip. Then 2020 happened. We finally made it back in April 2021. Originally a couples trip but it turned into a boys trip with a big swell hitting. We were there for 10 days and it was amazing. Room. Location. Staff. Service. Pool. Food. Drinks. SURF. Everything was great! Jared, our surf guide was with us daily, we went to many surf spots and the boys were ecstatic, as a beginner surfer, I was at first intimated by the size of the waves. Jared and I stayed on the inside, I caught more waves than I ever have, I had a blast I never felt scared and it is 100% because of Jared. BEST Surf Guide EVER. Elgin is a great guide too, but he was practicing with the National Nica team. Yes, Elgin is that good and a surf guide for Malibu Popoyo. The Malibu Popoyo boat was also fantastic. Best boat in Nica, we took it to several surf spots and also fishing. My husband caught a 36 pound tuna! This was definitely one of our best surf trips and we are already planning another trip this year back to Malibu Popoyo.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Stephanie F wrote a review Mar 2021
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Popoyo is a gorgeous resort with an amazing staff! The rooms are beautifully decorated & super comfortable. All of the staff are friendly and helpful. Delicious food and coffee at the restaurant and I really love the all inclusive package. They also host local events and it’s great to interact with the community here.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Traveled solo
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johnny c wrote a review Mar 2020
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We happened to go during the "dry season" which means there are fewer people there. We went for 2 nights and for any given meal (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) there was at MOST 1 other table. Though the lack of full occupancy during the dry season might be seen as a negative, I absolutely saw it as a monster positive and a big differentiator from other beach vacations I've had. I literally felt like I had the resort to myself and everybody was 100% dedicated to ensuring that your stay was great. Jared, the surf instructor was very patient and explained the "why" behind everything he was trying to get you to do. I am a beginning surfer and probably rode 15-20 waves over 2 90 minute sessions which was awesome! The water is warm and no wet suit needed (though would recommend a rash guard if you are riding a long foam board as most beginners do). Food was wonderful. Though it is all-inclusive (food and drink) everything is fresh and made to order just for you. Some of the most delicious food there is fried so if you are there for health and rejuvenation, I might suggest that you stick to grilled foods instead of fried. For example, they had whole fried fish available but instead I asked for grilled fish. While they could not grill the snapper, they did oblige me with some grilled Mahi Mahi instead which was wonderful. The accommodations were great. You only go into your room to sleep but the sheets were luxuriously soft and there was air conditioning. One downside of going during the dry season is it is very hot so the A/C very. nice for getting a good night's sleep. Possibly the biggest benefit to going during the dry season (for my wife at least) is there are no mosquitos. I got a few bites during the evening time but nothing I needed to really spray repellant for. My most enjoyable moments were just reading my book by the pool, in luxurious silence, or with the faint sound of music coming from the kitchen. (I did love their choice of music as well as they did not play a single "mainstream" song which I appreciated. (I am from the US). The resort is 10 steps away from the beach. Though not on the beach, each night we went out to see the sunset and each morning, we walked the beach and even visited Magnific Rock. In 10-20 years, that rock will be inundated with foreign tourists so it was amazing to stand on the rock with nobody else but local Nicaragua fisherman. Yoga was led in the morning by Ashley. my wife, who does not like Yoga even enjoyed it as it was mostly stretching, yin style yoga. There were not agressive holds or sweating. Just pure blissful relaxation and self-care. We got an in-room couples massage which was nice. The best part for us was one night, we happened to be there when the owner, Jade was throwing an intimate party for dinner. There was a mariachi band and a salsa instructor, which was fun. We did not go there for parties or dancing but it was nice for a night :) Overall, would recommend Malibu Popoyo to anyone interested in surfing, reading, relaxation, yoga, and eating/drinking.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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$275 - $386 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Malibu Popoyo
Which popular attractions are close to Malibu Popoyo?
Nearby attractions include Popoyo Beach (2.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Malibu Popoyo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Malibu Popoyo?
Top room amenities include a minibar, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Malibu Popoyo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Malibu Popoyo?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Malibu Popoyo?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Finca y el Mar, Magnific Rock Café, and Casa Ananas.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Malibu Popoyo?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and fitness classes during their stay.
Does Malibu Popoyo have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Malibu Popoyo offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Malibu Popoyo have airport transportation?
Yes, Malibu Popoyo offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Malibu Popoyo?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Is Malibu Popoyo accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.