• Hacienda Iguana, Playa Colorado, Nicaragua

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


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 

 Lush Palm Perk


One welcome cocktail per person.

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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.


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



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.

RATE: from $120

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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.

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.

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.

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.

RATE: from $90

Eucalypto Villa Rooms

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

RATE: from $90


CHECK IN: 3 – 11 pm

CHECK OUT: 11 am


$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.


  • Hacienda Iguana, Playa Colorado, Nicaragua

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).

The Small Print

Aurea will accept payments by credit card, paypal or cash. The client/guest agrees to be liable to all outstanding balances and rental funds at the time of checkout. Upon booking tenant/client will be charged 50% of the total reservation. 7 days prior to arrival tenant/client will be charged the remaining 50% of the total reservation. All extensions to a reservation must be fully paid when the extension request is made. Extensions cannot be guaranteed and are subject to availability.

Cancellations made after booking are non-refundable. If tenants choose to vacate the property prior to check out date, all funds paid will be non-refundable. If there is an extreme circumstance as to why you need to cancel, a refund may be considered at the sole discretion of Aurea. Aurea will not accept the following reasons for canceling including but not limited to; (a) change of travel plans, (b) found alternate accommodation, or (c) property location isn’t suitable.

Keys will only be issued once you have agreed to the Terms and Conditions and paid all accommodation/booking fees. 

Please note Aurea´s properties have a minimum 2 night stay policy unless otherwise stated on the listing. All guests are responsible for the safekeeping of accommodation keys, a fee of $80 applies if a replacement key is required. If you lock your keys in the apartment, an agent may be available to attend. Please be aware that after hour calls will incur in a $40 fee. If an agent is unable to attend and a locksmith is required tenant will be charged the locksmith’s costs. All keys are to be returned at checkout. No functions or parties may be conducted at the property under any circumstances unless agreed with Aurea’s Team.

All accommodation must be used for private/residential use only and to accommodate the number of guests stated on booking description. Exceeding the stated number of guests will result in a termination of booking and/or charges of $50 per night per additional guest. Misconduct, unrespectful behavior or any form of violence will result in the immediate termination of booking and the ejection of the premises with no further notice or refund. If required, tenant agrees to allow Aurea´s personnel to conduct inspections of all premises upon reasonable notice and a mutually convenient time.

Please ensure air-conditioners and all electric components are turned off when guests are not in the property. Please remember to take personal property and belongings with you upon departure as Aurea will accept no responsibility whatsoever for any such items left behind. Where there are security doors, guests/clients are advised to lock up. Indoor smoking is not allowed. If there is evidence of such, including a smoke odor, tenants will be charged a fee of $100 to cover the cleaning of curtains, linen, and air-conditioning sterilization.

Guests/clients in occupation, are fully responsible for all breakages and damages caused to the property, its furniture fittings, or any consequent loss. Any such breakages, damages or loss must be reported IMMEDIATELY to Aurea´s Agents and either replaced to the satisfaction of the Agent or paid for prior to departure.

Tenants and/or visitors shall park vehicles only in specifically designated areas. The tenants are responsible for the behavior and actions of their visitors whilst on the premises. Additional charges or immediate termination may apply in the event of excessive noise, nuisance or disturbance caused to neighboring properties during tenant occupancy.

A professional clean will be carried out on check out and the cost is included in your total booking price. Mid-stay cleans & a change of linen are available upon request and do incur additional fees. If a property is found to be left in an unreasonable state at check out, there may be excess cleaning charges involved. This will be determined on a case to case basis and a member of Aurea´s team will contact the tenant to advise of the excess cleaning.

For urgent assistance call +505 8209 2434. After hour fees of $40 may apply in some circumstances.

Aurea´s Office hours are between 8:00 and 21:00 hours. Check in time is between 15:00 and 21:00 hours. Check out time is at 11:00 hours. If you intend to arrive/depart outside our office hours, you must make prior arrangements with our team. Please be aware that after hours check in and check out fees of $40 may apply.

No pets are allowed either in the landscape of the property nor inside the accommodation under any circumstances. Any pets found in accommodation properties will result in a termination of booking and/or cleaning and fumigation charges of $400.

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