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Soma Surf Resort
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Popoyo
Certificate of Excellence
Yarmouth, Maine
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5 reviews
“WOW!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

This is a gem of a place -- only five casitas so it is private, simple but elegant, gorgeous inside and out. The meals were wonderful, and the hosts, Casey and Bill .... well, like old friends. I'm going back, for sure. But SOMA is so good .. keep it a secret!

Room Tip: We had a larger room with two queen beds. Very spacious bathroom. Didn't even need AC.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Berkeley, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

My husband and I spent the Christmas holiday ("off-surf season")at Soma and feel so lucky to have had this retreat - we don't know whether to spread the great news about this quaint, charming, comfortable, and accommodating retreat or keep it to ourselves. As a trip designer for one of the largest active travel outfitters in the world, I spend a great deal of time planning logistics and researching destinations. The staff at Soma was so helpful that I didn't even need to pull from my bag of travel tricks - from the start of our travel planning to the last day of our trip, the staff at Soma Surf Resort was informative, flexible, and friendly. The food was excellent, our accommodations were modern, new, and clean and the location is just remote enough that we felt we had the breaks and the jungle to ourselves, but close enough that we could bop around the immediate area to see other things we were interested in (even though we came to SURF.) Bill and his surf team were great at getting us out into the waves for multiple sessions each day, and their quiver of boards can accommodate surfers of all levels. We would repeat this trip in a heartbeat! Thank you Soma!

Room Tip: A/C unit and fan noise kept us up at night. We recommend a bungalow - the bathroom is amazing!
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lentine Z
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New York, New York, United States
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

Soma is wonderful in everyway. The location is fantastic. This part of Nicaragua is uncrowded and beautiful. Soma sits on a hilltop about a mile from the beach. It is breezy and quiet and remarkably free of insects. The nearby beaches are stunning and virtually deserted. One of the most enjoyable things we did was gallop horses for miles along the empty beach.
Surfing was great, although in December the waves are fairly small. This was great for teaching my kids. Apparently if you are really good, it is easy to get a boat out to the huge waves about a mile out but that was not for us.
If you visit then don’t miss the turtle sanctuary. It is on a dessert beach. When we were there hundreds of turtles were hatching out of nests. The rangers collect them during the day and release them at night to stop the vultures eating them. My daughter dived in to help and filled her hat with baby turtles. It is hard to express the joy of watching the babies make it into the water.

Soma is absolutely perfect place to stay. There are only five rooms there, but they are huge and mainly made of local materials. The rooms are air-conditioned but we preferred to throw open the windows and enjoy the breeze. There is a beautiful pool but after hours of surfing we mainly preferred to relax in the hammocks (Don’t even attempt to read your book, you will be dozing in minutes!)
The food is fantastic. It is all fresh and healthy, although my kids seemed to eat breakfast for every meal. Dinner probably runs between $5-$9 per person.

The owners are great fun. They make your stay fantastic. The staff are great too. Although most of them don’t speak much English, it does not seem to be a big problem as they take the time to work out what you need.

It is a fantastic place to stay, in a fantastic part of Nicaragua. We will be back.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Alastair S
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Kirkland
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204 reviews
40 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

Soma can be described in no better way than as an "oasis" in remote Nicaragua. Whether you come to surf or explore the area, you'll find yourself relaxed and rejuvenated. The accomodations at Soma are five star with a simple elegance, the restaurant offers fresh regional cuisine (be sure to try the mojitos), and the staff will work with you one-on-one to truly customize your experience and activities. If you're into surfing (expert or asipring to be), Soma is the resort for you with expert guides, board rentals and lessons. And, there's no need to worry about getting there, Soma staff will help you with those details as well. What Bill and Casey have created is truly unique and they'll really make you feel at home - as though you're visiting your best friends. If your travels take you to the Tola area, you must stay at Soma.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Debbie T
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Edmonton, AB
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2012

After the long drive in the middle of the night I must say we were getting a bit nervous... But when we arrived at Soma we were absolutely floored. Casey and Bill have created a beautiful, comfortable, and completely relaxing little spot. Delicious, fresh and healthy food... Yummy drinks... Friendly and helpful staff... The best of everything. You have absolute freedom to be as active or as lazy as you want to be... The pool, hammock/yoga rancho and rooms are gorgeous, Bill is a wicked surf instructor, and overall the two of them really know how to create a tranquilo environment. It was so hard to leave. Can't wait to go back... Hopefully soon!

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank psan89
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Newport Beach, CA
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72 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2012

We had lunch at SOMA today. The food was so, so good. Would have been the best lunch ever if it would have been anywhere. We toured the hotel and would recommend it to anyone. Very fresh, clean and well designed.

Room Tip: All looked great!
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kay P
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Berkeley
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2012

Traveling to Nicaragua during the "down surf" season was a fabulous way to spend the Winter holiday. The SOMA Surf Resort and staff were thoughtful and extremely friendly (not to mention tremendous culinary professionals on Christmas). My wife and I were able to visit 99% of the sites with a 2WD Toyota; however, we'd suggest renting the more robust Hilux.

This is a worthwhile trip at a worthwhile resort. I hope to return soon!
We posted a video here: http://vimeo.com/34634955

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Derek Z
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Property: Soma Surf Resort
Address: Playa Guasacate, Popoyo, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Popoyo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Popoyo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Soma Surf Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy world class surfing, expert surf lessons, 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 with a portion of our proceeds benefiting local charities. ... more   less 
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