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5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Tola, Rivas Department

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SpeharMom...
Calgary, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Best house in Popoyo!”
Reviewed 11 April 2017 for a stay in March 2017

We rented this house for two weeks in March/April 2017. We were 4 adults and 1 child (11 years old). It was more house than we required but wanted the space and privacy for two families. Ola Popoyo is a fabulous house directly on a pristine beach in an off-the-beaten path area. We felt we had the beach to ourselves minus the odd herd of cows and sprinkling of people walking to the tide pools. While it takes effort to get to Popoyo (2.5 hour drive from Managua), the rewards are great. The area has nice restaurants close-by (El Toro, La Perla, Viento Esto Pizza, etc) and markets for the basics but it is not overly crowded or touristy. We drove to San Juan Del Sur and while it was nice to visit and see, we were glad we didn’t stay there. In planning this trip, we worried we had chosen an area with nothing around as satellite doesn’t reveal much, however, this is not the case. It is a quaint little beach town that was “just right”. The vibe is laid-back with hostels and surf camps. We rented a vehicle and found that our days driving the dry, bumpy and dusty roads provided endless entertainment. We drove to Granada, Masaya and surrounding areas on the days we needed a break from the sun. Otherwise, it was hard to leave Ola Popoyo and, when we did, were eager to get back. The sunsets are breathtaking. The nearby tide pools are great for exploring. We enjoyed watching the surfers and spent hours body surfing/boogie boarding. “Zi” (yoga instructor) came to the house several times - fabulous! Masaya Volcano is a must.

The house is equipped with high-quality furniture and the beds are extremely comfortable. All bedrooms have AC but we kept usage to a minimum (electricity is very expensive in Nicaragua). Mostly used it at night for sleeping as we were outdoors during the day. Outdoor shower and plunge pool are great features!
You will be well taken care of! Dwight, the guest relations manager, dropped in daily to say hello and check if we needed anything but was never intrusive. He helped arrange our car rental, catamaran trip, surf lessons and tour to Ometepe Island. We did the meal plan for half of the trip which was fantastic. Thank you Hazel! Both Andrea and Jose did a wonderful job maintaining the house indoors and out. Again, they were never intrusive or got in the way.

We learned that Ometepe is best not done in one day as the ferry alone takes up over two hours of your day (return trip) plus commuting time from the house to the ferry port (add another 1.5 hours). It’s a beautiful island that would be best explored over a few days.

Karina was very responsive and provided good suggestions prior to and during our stay. Karina and her team are very professional in the management of their properties.

The locals we met were wonderful and we wish we could have interacted with them more (had we spoken Spanish)! Nicaragua is a lovely country with kind people. We are so happy we found this gem! Thank you for such a memorable vacation!

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Fred B
Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The Amazing Ola Popoyo - A True Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 10 December 2016 for a stay in November 2016

Although our visit to Ola Popoyo was beyond amazing, I hesitate to share too much about this hidden gem since one of the benefits of this incredible home and private beach is it's unfiltered access to an unspoiled, secluded slice of paradise. But I'll let you in on the secret. If you can withstand the 3 hour+ drive from Managua on very poor roads, you won't be disappointed. The listing for this beautiful five bedroom / 4 bath home was spot on. I thought the photos were photoshopped and too good to be true. I was wrong. My photos from my own Iphone were even better :) The home was spotless, incredibly well maintained, and included every 1st class amenity (strong, AC, fast wifi, comfy beds and furniture) that you'd expect from a premier resort. With our own private top notch chef (Sonia) and housekeeper (Andrea) that both made us feel truly at home and even felt like part of our family, we were also attended to by our own concierge (gotta love Dwight!) who visited us twice a day at minimum to ensure all our needs were met and also recommended, faciilitated, and connected us to several local excursions/activities like horseback on the beach, sunset cruise on a catamaran, in shore fishing, golf, surfing, and much more. We treasured our experience, definitely plan to be back, and without reservation recommend this amazing property.

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Liked best: Beautiful beach, incredible staff
Liked least: Long drive from Managua
Travelling group: Extended Family
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jackeepri...
San Francisco, California
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“Best House in Popoyo”
Reviewed 24 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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Ola Popoyo exceeded our expectations in every way. We were provided all the amenities of home. This is easily the best house on the entire strip of beach and was confirmed by the many locals we met on our trip. :) It is apparently the only house with a pool and a swim up bar, and super easy access to the beach and surf. You can walk to the amazing tide pools in less than 10 minutes.

Karina, the property manager made herself available whenever we needed her. She was super informative and helped us with anything we needed, from excursions to setting up transportation, she knew all the best locals to get in contact with. We always felt safe and taken care of when she set anything up for us. She definitely went above and beyond for our group.

Sonia, our chef, was seriously one of the highlights of the trip! She not only accommodated 3 types of dietary needs, but did it in a way that was very inclusive without compromising taste or variety. The food was fresh, simple and delicious. We didn't know what to expect when planning our trip in the way of food, and looking back, we couldn't recommend it more since there is not much else nearby to eat.

When you are in Popoyo, be sure to employ Berry, the massage therapist to take you to a whole new level of relaxation! I've had dozens of massages, and she's definitely in the top 3 of my favorites. She starts with an assessment of your body, asks questions about your daily routine (work, exercise, diet) and takes all of it into account when doing her massage. Berry provided a massage tailored for my body coming from years of experience in her field. She is truly a master of her craft. Do yourself a favor and get a massage from this woman... you will not regret it!

Whenever I find myself back in Nicaragua, Ola Popoyo is where I will stay!

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Liked best: Overall service, and luxury of the house
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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