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.…
It's a beautiful place with spacious rooms, really comfy beds and a really nice "barefoot-luxury" vibe! The staff is really outstanding, SO friendly and helpful! And the food is absolutely delicious. Breakfast was the perfect fuel for our daily surf trips with their surf guides. We can't wait till the day we get to return to this gem of a place!
Visited Malibu Popoyo and felt instant serenity! The perfect holiday of yoga>surf>repeat! So loved beginning my day with a beautiful and thoughtful yoga class with Mandy - couldn’t get enough of her style, and really enjoyed new and interesting poses that left me feeling ready for a day of surfing! The tropical sanctuary that is Malibu Popoyo exceeded exceptions and truly made my Nicaragua experience! Recommend to anyone visiting Nicaragua!!!!
Had a wonderful time at Malibu Popoyo! Beautiful boutique hotel and relaxing atmosphere. Loved daily yoga with Mandy! She was so welcoming and friendly and guided us through intentional yoga sequences that helped prepare the body & mind for surfing. The sound of the waves crashing in the background created a relaxing and peaceful experience. Highly recommend!!
The entire place is really well thought out ,and very beautiful , with gorgeous rooms with really comfy beds .Lovely to come back to after a day’s surfing . The food was outstanding, and all the staff really sweet and go out of they’re way to help. Highlight has to be the surfing ...WOW Jared and his team are incredible..patient , keeping everyone happy with waves to suit all levels , and always with good humour . The absolute best. Been to a few surf/ yoga hotels around the world... so far my number 1