Aurea

Design-forward boutique hotel surrounded by lush golf course grounds on Nicaragua's wave rich Emerald Coast.

Located in the private resort style community of Hacienda Iguana in Tola, Rivas, Aurea is a beautifully designed getaway where you can customize the perfect stay to suit your style. It’s kind of like a choose-your-own adventure – there are apartments, rooms, or whole villas available and you can opt for an all-inclusive trip with activities and meals included, or do your own thing a la carte.

The hotel consists of two separate five-bedroom villas designed to accommodate any sized crew. Each villa can be rented out by the room, or you can rent out the entire villa if you’re traveling with a larger group or family.

Nestled into an abundance of trees and greenery, both villas feature floor-to-ceiling windows, breezy modern design, large outdoor terraces, pools, and rooftop chill areas. The layout of both villas is unique in that the rooms are extremely private – most rooms don’t share any walls and are almost like individual units within the villa complexes.

The location gives you easy and centralized access to the some of the best waves on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast – it’s a 10 – 15 minute walk (or 3 – 5 minute scooter ride) to Panga Drops and Playa Colorado, with many more nearby breaks on offer.

The Lowdown

VIBE: Mod indoor/outdoor digs

LOCALE: On the turf near the surf

ROOMS: 2 separate properties with 5 rooms each / 10 rooms total

FAMILY FRIENDLY: Yes 

CLOSEST AIRPORT: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua

PRICING: $90 – $180 per night for private rooms / $360 – $600 per night for a villa 

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Features

Inside

Finished concrete blends with rustic wood ceilings and open minimalist spaces. Giant windows and sliding doors offer an indoor/outdoor feel and tons of natural light. Outfitted with modern comforts, rooms are airy, spacious, and some units have private patios or terraces.

Outside

Lush golf course greens and natural habitat surrounds the villas. Towering trees give shade to the properties and are the perfect spot for frequent monkey sightings. There’s no shortage of places to lounge with the pool, multiple terraces, and many outdoor areas.

Eat & Drink

Aurea’s simple yet creative menu emphasizes local, mostly organic, and tropical ingredients. Special meal requests and private dinners are available; they also offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menus. Breakfast is included with all stays and there are several nearby restaurant options.

The Surf

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With 300+ days of offshore winds, Nicaragua is well-known for consistently having an abundance of amazing waves and surf conditions on offer. While the main surf season runs from March to September when consistent and sizable south swells greet the Emerald Coast, surf can be found just about anytime of the year. Waves often run shoulder to overhead and stand out spots can reach double overhead+ during solid peak season swells. Experienced surfers will enjoy the variety of punchy beach breaks and barrels on offer, and there are a few more user-friendly spots that can be sought out as well.

WATER TEMP: 80 – 84 °F ( 27 – 29 °C) all year long, but can drop into the 60s and 70s January through March

PEAK SURF SEASON: May – August

SHOULDER SURF SEASON: Sept – April

SURF EXPERIENCE: Best for intermediate to advanced surfers but beginner’s can seek out more user-friendly waves and the shoulder season is great for beginner to intermediates

Teka Villa Rooms

Malibu Popoyo

Featuring one comfy king bed, the Green Room looks out onto the greens of the 6th hole of the surrounding golf course. This beautiful room also features its own private terrace leading out to the pool area.

MAX GUESTS: 2
RATE: from $120

malibu popoyo surf resort

With one king and two twin beds, this spacious room has windows throughout so it's filled with natural light and offers the perfect area to relax and kick back in nature. The Family room also has its own patio leading out to a beautiful grassy garden.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $100

Malibu Popoyo

With one comfy king and two cozy twin beds, the Loft is an open, airy, modern space which is a great choice for a couple, small family, or close friends. The Loft features its own private grassy terrace.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $120

Malibu Popoyo

With one queen and one double bed, this chic apartment has views of the 5th green from almost every corner of the house. The Nicaraguan flower Sacuanjoche (AKA Plumeria) lines the outdoor terrace and fills the space with a subtle fragrance. This is the room of choice for those seeking pure relaxation and total balance in ambience.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $140

Malibu Popoyo surf hotel

With 2 comfy twin beds, the Guanacaste room is at the heart of the house with access to Teka's inner garden with a beautiful indigenous Guanacaste tree. The room has private access to the inner patio garden.

MAX GUESTS: 2
RATE: from $90

Eucalypto Villa Rooms

Malibu Popoyo surf hotel

With one comfy king bed this beautiful master suite is located on the second floor of the villa. It has a beautiful view to the golf course and 180 degree view of the Eucalyptus forest. You will love waking up with the sounds of the birds and the scent of trees.

MAX GUESTS: 2
RATE: from $140

Malibu Popoyo

With one king and two twin beds, this spacious room offers the perfect area to relax and kick back in nature. Featuring its own inner garden leading out to a beautiful view of Eucalyptus trees.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $100

malibu popoyo surf resort

With one king and two twin beds, this chic apartment has views of the 5th green from almost every corner. The subtle fragrance of Sacuanjoche (AKA Plumeria) lines the outdoor terrace and fills the space. This is the room of choice for those seeking pure relaxation and total balance in ambience.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $120

malibu popoyo surf resort

With one double and one queen bed, the Loft is an open an airy space perfect for a couple, small family, or close friends.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $120

This comfy TV Room fits 4 people and is perfect for children or a crew of 4 friends. It has a view to the beautiful Eucalyptus inner patio.

MAX GUESTS: 4
RATE: from $90

Details

CHECK IN: 3 – 11 pm

CHECK OUT: 11 am

Rates

$90 – $180 per night for a room

$360 – $600 per night for a villa

Good to Know

– Aurea has lots of activities available at an extra charge such as fishing, sailing, snorkeling, horseback riding, paddle boarding, mountain biking and other local tours. They also have an in-house masseuse team with a variety of spa and wellness treatments available such as massages, facials, manicures and pedicures.

– The Eucalypto villa accommodates up to 14 People in the main house plus four people in each of the adjacent studio apartments, for a total of 22 guests. The Teka villa accommodates eight people in the main house plus an additional four in each of the two side studio apartments, for a total of 16 guests.

– Nicaraguan customs will not let you bring drones or spear fishing guns into the country (they will hold them at customs) so be sure to leave those items at home.

Location

Getting There

Fly into the Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino (MGA) in Managua. Aurea is about a three hour drive southwest of the airport and the hotel offers 24/7 transportation for $80 per car with capacity of 4 people.

Alternatively, you can fly into Liberia (LIR) or San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), and take a flight with SANSA Airlines to Costa Esmeralda Airport (ECI).

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