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“Amazing Surf Trip”

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Hotel Punta Teonoste
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tola
Certificate of Excellence
Denver, Colorado
1 review
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“Amazing Surf Trip”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

Three friends (Carl and Mike's reviews are below) and I just returned from the all-inclusive beginners surf trip at Punta Teonoste. If you are interested in adventure, amazing unadulterated beaches and perfect waves than this is the trip for you. The weather in March was 90 degrees F every day, with nice ocean breezes, and blue sky. Everyone at the resort was super friendly and accommodating, including our surf instructor Emir, waitstaff (Johnny, Dennis), the manager Roberto, and Pablo who helped us book and organize the trip via email from the US. The food was great and the Tonas (local beer) were cheap and delicious. For a group of four loud gringos that spoke minimal Spanish, the people at the resort were extremely kind and understanding. The surf trip allowed us to not only spend time on site at the resort (which was awesome; the beach is secluded and the restaurant/pool was out of a Corona commercial) but to explore the many different hidden spots (beaches, restaurants, bars) that we would have no idea about otherwise with our trusted surf instructor Emir leading the way (and driving us around). Each day was truly a new adventure. This place is Costa Rica 20 years ago and once people find out about it and the roads get paved, it is going to blow up commercially. My advice would be to get there soon before it happens.

Room Tip: Cilantro was a 4 bed villa with unobstructed views of the beach
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

I recently returned from a 5 day trip at Punta Teonoste. The staff was very friendly, the location was amazing and the overall experience was a once and a lifetime opportunity. It is a bit of an experience traveling from the airport in Managua (long, dirt roads) and if you are expecting a smooth ride, you will be disappointed. Once we arrived we were amazed at the beauty of the property and the stunning beach. If you are looking for a place to escape from your daily life, this is the place to go. Don't expect many modern amenities in your room but that was part of the charm. The outdoor shower and bathroom was very unique and relaxing. The manager of the resort was very attentive to our every need and the surf instructor, Emir, was extremely helpful and drove us to a variety of local beaches during our stay. Deniz, the bartender was a great host during our stay. If you are looking to get a glimpse into a different world while visiting some of the best beaches on the planet, Punta Teonoste is a great choice!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

Just got back after a 5 night, 6 day stay with three childhood friends. The 4 of us had an amazing stay. The key is to book all inclusive. The food can get expensive on an individual basis. The all - in allows you to order to your hearts content. Also know your earth geograpgy when ordering. The steaks are OK, but the ceviche (house speciality) was delicious. The snapper, grilled sea bass and catch of the days grilled or thrown with tomotate and pasta hit the spot. stay fish - chocolate crepes for desert , best thing on menu

For breakfest we started every morning with a fresh fruit salad for the table. we also had fresh fruit smoothies, yum + fantastic way to start your day. I got the omelette most mornings but don't sleep on the cinammon french toast.

The all-in food is key. Also vital is a surf package. we did the beg. And because of this had our very own driver for the entirety of our stay, emir (u da man!). 3 out of 4 had never surfed. And every morning we hit a new, incredible beach. They were private, holes in the wall, free from life itself ! And even if your can't surf which we couldn't, get some lessons, and even if you can't get up, cruise a few waves in on your belly or knee's. You have to enjoy the waves, and the numerous beaches ensure you'll find easy ones to glide on.

The all inclusive includes airport transporatation - u don't want to rent your own vehicle. remeber this is a 3rd world country, why do that to yourself? The drive was great. some of the reviews are negative only because they made the wrong decisions, this isn't a do it yourself type of thing. The drive from Managua to Punta was wonderful. We stopped for an outdoor latrine half way there, and monkee's threw mango's at us. Ah doom! It was fantastic.

The stars, and views from the lobby bar of the gigantic sunset's are worth it in spades. We had a villa, another key when booking. There were three beds upstairs and one queen down. Our pad even had a name, Cilantro. I got so drunk the first night, I left dinner, and got lost, I ended up in the bosses (Roberto :!) bed in his villa. They sent a search party and were wicked nice about it when I was finally discovered. One of my patriots in his bed upstairs encountered some bites the first night and we simply doubled up on the queen and stayed away from that net for the rest of the time. The last night I fell asleep outside on the hammock my alarm clock was the sunrise. It was special.

There is no TV, and the shower water does not get hot, remember your on the equator, just shower when there is still light, it's luke warm, not cold and feels so great. Shower and air dry, the breezes are guranteed. There is also no dance performances or room serivice - this is a trip opposite of the lame cruise crowd.

The horses and fishing trips I'd stay away from unless you are an accomplished rider and have the stomch to go after big snapper in deep, rough waters. Me and my buddy puked our faces off, we were not ready. However the afternoon soon flipped when our man and guide (Dennis, holla!) rallied us to a near by fisherman's bar right up the dirt road. we hit the juke box, mixed with the locals and danced baby! It was if I may say, legendary.

We also hit some more "gringo" spots, we absolutely loved the fact English was rarely spoke at our resort. Americans are easy to find, the driver again is key. The hotel magnifico was perhaps one of the best day drinking spots on earth. it was great to have a schedule, and such a proper place to return to. I can see from the reviews this spot might not be for everyone however we found it to be a one of a kind spot to be return to. Big shout's to Roberto, Denis, Emir - also watching the baby sea turltes hatch and race to the water for the first time was cool - we bet on them made it fun.

throw caution into the wind and have a stay to remember

Carl E Easton aka Charlie Paradise PS: massage was money + go the thermal springs at night :) - hit a local bar and play the juke box

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 2, 2013 via mobile

Arrived at this place after what seemed like a very long drive on a gravel road. It has a spectacular lobby, bar and restaurant area facing a nice pool and an amazing beach. The staff seemed friendly and helpful, but then they took us to our room, and that's where the problems began. The rooms, in separate grass hut style, are small, very dark, improperly secured, and HOT. I can live without air conditioning, but at least fans that circulate air would be helpful. And add to that the numerous Mosquitos, ants and other assorted insects that share your room, coupled with ripped mosquito netting, intense heat and hard beds, it all amounted to a rather unpleasant stay.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Thank Scott J
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

This was a bitter sweet experience
The facilities were unique, pleasant, clean and fun.
The beach and location were to die for if you are looking for a place of solace. Often we could walk the beach for hours with seeing no one. The beaches were clean safe and great for boogie boarding and surfing.
The winds were strong often making the walks on the beach a little painful
The food menu was limiting and expensive....$27 for one crepe with 5 prawns in it, the crepe came with nothing else.... Very over priced
We were there for 13 days, the food was boring, very overpriced, extremely limiting, although there was a lot on the menu often they were out of the item.
It would be a necessity to have a car to go out to eat... The location and beach was spectacular
There were no beach chairs
The disappointing part were all the turtle poachers, at this rate they will be extinct in no time
The massage was wonderful
The staff was very limiting in promoting any side trips and were less then helpful
Our shoes were stolen 10 feet from the security guards, by poachers
We listened to abba for xmas and they did offer new years special but no one knew what the special was nor what it was going to cost... We had no choice, so we were there hostages
Demand good mosquito nets

Room Tip: Bring in food option and water... Be self sufficient, consider anything else bonus
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Colleen B
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

The Good: Beautufil beach, and nice quiet.
The Bad: No air conditioning, no hot shower, no TV. They got a full menu, but every time I order something, they were out. For instance, their dessert menu list a few choices, they were all out; for 2 days they only had cheese flan; the next day only brownies. The food quality was average, nothing spectacular.
Punta Teonoste goes on the list of "been there, done that" and will NEVER go back; their prices are ridiculous high and you don't get much.

Room Tip: If you want confort, this is not it. Not AC, no hot showers, no TV. Bar las VERY LIMITED options.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Gamez0113
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 9, 2013

We arrived at night and were very pleased the staff waited for us. The place is not easy to find since there is only a small yellow sign informing you where Punta Teonoste turn off is from the main road (so ask for directions before hand). Once you make the turn it is basically another 20 miles of mostly dirt road. The road is under construction, so in a year or two it will be a smooth drive. Once you arrive the view is speculator and will take your breath away.
I read the reviews and most are accurate with the description and expense. For an upscale establishment one does expect more, but that did not deter us from having a wonderful time and experience. We did pretty much have the place to ourselves. Maybe because of the time of year or the distance from the town is what prevents more people from staying. The hotel we were informed is under new ownership and slowly upgrading/improving the place and staff. It was obvious with the staff, rarely were we asked if anything was needed. Once the meal was served no one ever came back unless you asked them over. With the all inclusive package, no alcohol beverage is part of the amenities, but at least they make it up with the food variety.
Some of the staff member do go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and pampered and will gladly accommodate most requests you have.
I highly recommend taking the trip to the Hot Spring Pool. Better go now before the place is eventually turned into a resort area. Such a delightful package...the natural hot water, the pate, bread and wine. Since we were the only ones, we were allowed to stay longer which was phenomenal.
The bungalow we stayed in was a bit unusual. The bedroom is up a rounded staircase and there is absolutely no privacy if you want to change, so leave your luggage downstairs. It would be more appropriate if there was a screen and curtains, but the bedroom balcony is all open to the outdoors. As for maid service, only if you ask for it.
It’s still a wonderful place and well worth the adventure. We did get a discount because of the off season; otherwise for the expense, the establishment is quite high for the area and amenities.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel Punta Teonoste
Address: Del puente de Salinas 6 km hacia el Astillero, Tola 505, Nicaragua (Formerly Punta Teonoste, Nature Lodge & Beach Spa)
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 Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in Tola
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Punta Teonoste 3.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Punta Teonoste. We created a place in which to reconnect with the pure energy of the elements, in a setting of incredible natural beauty. It's our desire to make you indulge into the luxury of an unspoilt surrounding, to see you enjoy our stylish yet cozy atmosphere, the delicious food and the various activities. At the end of your stay we want you to leave with a relaxed smile on your face and a heart full of unforgettable moments. Nicaragua is a year-around destination. All seasons are great for diving and surfing or exploring land and culture. While the months from December to May are completely dry, the months from June to November can produce the typical tropical rain showers which makes the surroundings lush and green. A setting of rock formations, small bushes and trees as well as the ocean promote the significant life forces of nature's energy and welcome you to enjoy your stay with all senses. Punta Teonoste is intimate and relaxed, offering an emotionally intelligent approach to service that begins with empathy. The responsible and caring attitude of Punta Teonoste is the key to an unobtrusive yet attentive service that makes guests feel right at home. ... more   less 
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