POPOYO, NICARAGUA – Malibu Popoyo, an all-inclusive boutique surf resort, located along one of the best surf regions in the world known as Nicaragua’s Costa Esmeralda, opened its doors on December 1.
Malibu Popoyo aims to revitalize the mind, body and soul through an intuitive and immersive experience that caters to surfers, yoga enthusiasts and adventure travelers.
Opening with six guestrooms that combine natural, raw materials and culturally significant elements to create a luxurious yet minimalistic boutique hotel experience, Malibu Popoyo will undergo an immediate expansion to add an additional six guestrooms; a new beachfront area featuring an intimate yoga palapa doubling as an entertainment area for live music; an upgraded spa experience; a beachfront bar; bonfire pits and much more. The expansion is set for completion in spring 2019, just before peak surf season, and will offer a truly unparalleled experience for surf and wellness enthusiasts.
“Travel to Nicaragua has increased drastically over the past few years and the destination is quickly becoming a much sought-after travel destination,” said owner Jade Chang Sheppard. “As a surfer, the surf culture, world-class waves in this area and the amazing hospitality of the Nicaraguan people, really spoke to me. When I first visited, I immediately felt connected to this community and look forward to making Malibu Popoyo one of the most authentic surf and wellness experiences in the world.”
Grounded in Nicaragua’s rich culture, Malibu Popoyo is a dreamy surfer’s paradise. A neighbor to 10 currently untapped, world-class surf breaks all within 30 minutes of the resort, Popoyo offers something for everyone with waves that range from longboard peelers and beach breaks to fast and hollow reef breaks. The hotel’s name itself pays homage to Chang Sheppard’s home breaks in Malibu, Calif., the “birthplace of surf” in the United States, while showcasing the hotel’s Nicaraguan roots.
Inspired by elements of traditional Latin American housing, the bespoke guestrooms are private yet welcoming, each offering a king-sized bed, garden sitting area, and open-air rain showers and vanities. Organic linens and locally sourced amenities are featured in all rooms and suites; and three of the six guestrooms offer a loft area featuring an additional queen bed, high ceilings and sliding windows that allow for maximum light and an added connection to the property’s natural surroundings.
Offering an immersive experience, unique to what currently exists in the area, each all-inclusive stay includes:
Resort accommodations in one of the property’s distinct guestrooms
Three meals daily per person, excluding alcohol, the on-site restaurant, Sunset Cantina & Beach Bar, known for its all-organic, Nicaraguan menu inspired by ingredients from neighboring farms. Highlights include the cantina fish tacos and ceviche featuring fresh fish delivered within hours of being harvested from the local waters.
Unlimited access to unobstructed world-class surfing and one two-hour lesson or guide per booking
One guided morning or afternoon yoga and mediation session to revitalize the mind, body and spirit set to the backdrop of the surrounding Nicaraguan gardens and neighboring ocean waves
Access to the property’s secluded lounge area, offering a 16-meter pool, and poolside beverage service with locally inspired craft cocktails and fresh juices using fruit from neighboring farms
Beyond surf and yoga, Malibu Popoyo offers access to other outdoor excursions that encourage guests to explore their surroundings. Options include hiking, kiting, fishing, horseback riding, locally led tours, cultural experiences and Spanish lessons to encourage immersion, and much more.
Guests can also enjoy on-site spa services including rejuvenating massage, reflexology and facials; grab-and-go amenities including beach supplies and sunscreen along with artisan bowls and baskets packed with healthy snacks to refuel and reenergize. These activities and amenities are not included in the all-inclusive experience and are available at an added cost.
While Malibu Popoyo values its secluded, beachfront location, the property is easily accessible via air and ground transportation.
Direct flights into Managua, Nicaragua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MAG) are available from major United States airports including, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York (JFK), George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston (IAH) and Miami International Airport (MIA).
Visitors also have the option to fly into Costa Rica’s Liberia International Airport (LIR) which offers connecting flights into Managua, an easy 2 hour car ride, or arrange for a private plane landing in Nicaragua.