10 Best Yoga Retreats in Nicaragua
January 15, 2015
1. Yoga & Surf Retreat
Since it’s not enough to rep some of the most ridiculous design aesthetic in the industry, Maderas Village, also features amazing cabanas among the jungle canopy, epic meals, serene beach front location, and an incredible staff. The laid back surf culture of this tropical oasis is the perfect addition to a an incredible week of yoga, making Maderas Village absolutely on top of our list.
“What began as a quest to create a place for friends and family to congregate has evolved into an idyllic boutique resort just off the beaten path in the Pacific coastal hills of Nicaragua.
With great intention, we’ve made a home for the modern traveler, for thinkers and doers and all of their interesting associates. In fully recognizing that it’s always the individuals that make an experience, we take great pride in our ability to attract and cultivate a community of characters, of movers and shakers, creative professionals, students, travelers, business savants, entrepreneurs, and everyone else in between.” – Maderas Village
*Photo by Kayla Rocca, property of Maderas Village
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2. Eco-Chic Beach Cove Retreat
Located on one of our favorite beach coves in the world, Aqua Wellness Resort is situated in a lush tropical forest natural setting on Nicaragua’s ‘Emerald Coast’ just north of Costa Rica.
Enjoy ocean activities like kayaking, fishing and world-class surfing. Or spend your time on the beach, hiking our area or checking out the surfer night scene at Gigante next door.
The luxurious balinese style villas, with japanese dipping pools, are definitely a highlight of Aqua’s appeal – not to mention the most beautiful yoga studio and delicious food.
3. Island Yoga Retreat
icaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua’s top nature eco resort, located on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. One of Nicaragua’s best hotels, the ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Nine private luxury casitas provide the perfect setting for romantic escapes, honeymoons, tours and activities as well as wellness and yoga retreats. Immerse yourself in a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility.
4. Eco-Luxury Yoga Retreat
Located on a 4,000 acre expanse of Nicaraguan jungle, nearly half of Morgan’s Rock is a government-protected reserve. The remainder of this breathtaking property is set aside for low-impact agriculture (which provides our restaurant with freshest produce, meat, and dairy) and our award-winning accommodations.
Fifteen exquisite bungalows await, constructed of natural materials and tucked gracefully into the lush jungle. A short walk away, our friendly restaurant staff serves up authentic and delicious local specialties as well as other international fare always using the freshest ingredients. Beyond the open air dining room and veranda, the serenity of the lodge’s pool is yours to enjoy as well as a mile long stretch of sandy beach where you’ll undoubtedly be spending plenty of time. Gorgeous views abound here and from nearly every spot at Morgan’s Rock.
5. A Cozy Gem
The Buena Vista Surf Club is a small design eco lodge and is designed, built and managed by Marielle & Marc, a Dutch couple from Amsterdam. Together with their staff they’ll make sure that you’ll have an unforgettable stay in Nicaragua!
The whole lodge has been built in harmony with nature and everything has been done to preserve the environment and the diverse wildlife (howler monkeys, birds, etc). It has been designed to adapt to and take advantage of its environment. It is completely self supporting; there is fresh water from the own well and a small solar system provides the needed electricity at night.
The secluded lodge is located behind the beach, in the ‘jungle’ (tropical dry forest), and overlooks the surf break Playa Maderas (short walk to the beach). The lodge is only 8 kms north of San Juan del Sur and there are daily beach shuttles from San Juan Del Sur to Playa Maderas. Our home break is one of the most consistent surf breaks in Nicaragua and offers great possibilities for all levels of surfing. Lessons & board rentals are available.
6. Surfer’s Paradise
Perched atop a headland in Popoyo, Magnific Rock Hotel offers our guests a unique experience of Popoyo. Our classic wooden themed hotel enjoys 270 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, along with views of Popoyo’s main break, the famed Outer Reef, and Santana’s beach break. Not only that, Magnific Rock enjoys close proximity to some lesser known surf breaks including the long left surf break literally below us, perfect for beginners and paddle boarders.
7. On Isla Ometepe
InanItah is a consciously created, earth-based spiritual community and transformational living and learning center inspired by the path of freedom and aliveness. Our vision is to raise spiritual and environmental consciousness and create space for individual and collective transformation.
We are situated between fire and water volcanoes, tucked against the hillside of Volcan Maderas on an incredibly biologically diverse 22 acres. Our peaceful natural surroundings are framed by panoramic views of both volcanoes and epic sunsets over the lake. Isla de Ometepe has a rich spiritual ancestry and once served as a sacred Indian burial ground, with evidence of a pre-Mayan civilization. The symbolism present in the many petroglyphs and idols scattered around the island aslo show the possibility of other Native American influences, such as Hopi and Incan.
We began cultivating and building in 2009, and are in the midst of various natural building and permaculture projects, which are heavily supported by our volunteers. We also offer workshops and gatherings throughout the year, alongside our various ongoing activities.
8. Northern Nicaragua Yoga, Surf and Service Retreat
Coco Loco Resort
A community focused eco-resort in northern Nicaragua, you’ll not only find yoga, surf and paradise here, but you’ll also find community. Coco Loco resort is home to Waves of Hope, a non-profit with a mission of improve the quality of life in their community through strengthening local education, healthcare, and infrastructure. Coco Loco Resort is also home to pro surfer Holly Beck’s women’s surf camp Surf with Amigas, a retreat where adventurous women come together and encourage each other to fulfill their goals, on the board, in the studio and in life.
9. Laguna De Apoyo Retreat
The lodge sits on over an acre of property deep within the tropical nature reserve of Laguna de Apoyo. Just footsteps away from the lodge are the pristine healing waters of Apoyo Lagoon.
Apoyo Lodge is ideal for couples, large groups traveling together and retreats of any kind who are interested in pursuing a purposeful blend of yoga,conscious eating, natural health, spirituality and healing while in Nicaragua.
The lodge specialises in innovative raw plant-based vegan cuisine and follows and supports the farm to table approach. All greens, herbs and most veg are supplied by our local organic farmer and there is always an abundant supply of tropical fruits, nuts and seeds from the local market.
The lodge offers the perfect environment; a unique, secluded and natural setting where guests are able to discover and harness this mindful lifestyle in peace and solitude.
10. Volcano Eco Retreat
On an island – On a Volcano – Up a long dirt road – It’s worth the adventure!
Ometepe Island’s most unique and environmentally responsible hotel.
Our exclusive lodges are designed for the traveler who wants to experience nature without sacrificing comfort or convenience.
Situated at 200 meters elevation at the gateway of Maderas Volcano’s cloud forest, TOTOCO is surrounded by all things natural. Our property itself comprises 6 hectares and includes its own Organic Farm, as well as bordering one of the island’s premier organic shade-grown coffee plantations. With panoramic 320 degree views, the Eco-lodge and swimming pool allow vistas unrivaled by any other hotel on the island!