This will be an in-depth review!
I was travelling alone, stayed for a week and opted for their surf camp package.
First of all, both Émeline and Étienne did a fantastic job of answering all of my questions via email in a timely fashion and even sent me a picture of the driver who would be picking me up at the airport.
The ride from the airport is anywhere between 1h45-2h15 depending on traffic and weather and will give you a good chance to take in the diverse scenery and multiple villages along the way.
As soon as I arrived, I was asked if I wanted to go for an afternoon surfing session with Didier, one of their instructors. What more could you ask for?
The coaching was all-around excellent. Tailored to my level and Didier and Étienne never put me in a conditions which were above my skills.
Most spots are 15-25 mins away (car+walking on the beach), there are either deserted (e.g. El Astillero) or with very few surfers (e.g. Popoyo) at least in January.
The locals are quite friendly and there isn't any hostility towards the tourists.
Martha and Gladis are the two chefs, who make 3 excellent meals per day, using local ingredients purchased from the fishing village nearby.
Over the course of my 7 days, I did not eat the same meal twice!
Émeline and Étienne are very open to suggestions and would eagerly satisfy my cravings for schrimps and lobster. So don't be afraid to make requests.
There is always freshly pressed fruits juice (passion fruit, miam!)
Unlimited drinks (sodas, beer, wine, fruit juices)
If you're starving between meals, they chefs will be happy to fix you a little something.
Very very spacious, you get your own bungalow with 2 double beds and with mosquito nets.
Environment friendly toilet.
You do your business then fill up the bowl with sawdust. There is absolutely no residual smell.
You have your own hammock and a rocking chair right in front.
I slept like a baby.
Beautiful landscaping! It's so hot during the day, that you'ill want to stay under the shade in a hammock, nap or read, or simply take in the scenery.
This is a gated property, with at least 1 security guard 24 hours a day. (Lester and Marlon)
I was told that even though the region is safe, since every hotel/resort/camp had a security guard, the owners also felt that they should do the same.
The closest city, El Astillero, is a poor fishing village.
There are no clubs/bars.
Overall it was a fantastic trip and I was treated like a king.
I'd recommend Las Plumerias whether you're travelling alone, with a partner, friend, kids and whether or not your surf.
I'm eagerly looking towards going back for another week in paradise.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, 300 yards from a white sand beach and surrounded by greenery our 4 Lodges meld authenticity and comfort.The tranquility of the spot will seduce you, the abounding nature will enchant you. Our lodge offer you restaurant services a wonderful cuisine, varied and original with our special " french touch" and the rendez vous of spectacular sunset. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Las Plumerias Lodge And Surf Nicaragua/El Astillero