This was a beautiful resort that offers you the chance to get to know the rural side of Nica. We drove from Granada (approximately 2 hours) and would only recommend doing so in the dry season and in the daylight since the roads tend to be a bit treacherous. We enjoyed the drive because it gave us the freedom to see a bit more of the country.
What I loved about this place was the owners (Bill and Casey) are very invested in making the experience delightful. Bill knows the area like the back of his hand and is a great surfing guide. You definitely want to take the opportunity to surf a day or two. As an inexperienced surfer, it was nice to have guided surf sessions in relatively small waves (February). We also incorporated some sort of side trip into most of our surf sessions which helped us to get a perspective on the surrounding area. Casey ensures that your time at Soma is smooth and relaxing - whether you want a massage, yoga, horseback riding, or just to relax. It was great to get to know them and their staff who work hard to make this a true retreat.
They have animals on-site, three dogs and two cats. I love animals and it was nice to have them around. They are super sweet and well-behaved. It's just a "good to know" for those who aren't accustomed to animals.
I would recommend at least 2 days of surfing. And definitely bring a rash guard or buy one of theirs on-site.
I wasn't impressed with yoga. For $20 it was more of a stretching session that incorporated some yoga positions. If you are any sort of yogi, this was bordering on the super, super light side of a restorative session. What I did like was that I got to travel to a cool artists ranch for the class. They also hold classes on site.
Prices are definitely American prices, as we found in most of the Nica resorts. You'll spend ~$30 per day / per person on food and there aren't many other options unless you have a car (and even then it's super limited and requires local knowledge). Massages were $60, so we passed on those since we had other opportunities in other places for less.
If you are a more experienced surfer, bring a car and have Bill / Casey direct you to the waves. Just know that Bill also has some local knowledge and relationships that can make it easier for you to have access to the beaches.
Try the Witches Kiss! It's a delicious drink!
Venture out to Mag Rock!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Soma Surf Resort Nicaragua/Popoyo