Miriam is a Health and Lifestyle Coach, Detox Fairy Godmother and Co-owner of Apoyo Lodge - Nicaragua's 1st 100% vegan hotel. She lives full time at the lodge, helping people bring back their curiosity for life and become a healthier, happier version of themselves both through their visit to the lodge, her workshops and retreats. She counts on the invaluable help of her partner in crime, Manuel, and the smiles provided by her stepdaughter Yahoska and a bunch of rescued animals.
A traveler United States
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Apoyo Lodge is definitely paradise found! If you're looking to unwind and detach from the outside world for a little while, this place is perfect since it's so secluded from any other town or resort you feel like you're really going off the grid! The Laguna de Apoyo is an ancient imploded volcano with water and "sand" rich in minerals it's suppose to be super healing. The ground are perfectly kept and the staff is beyond hospitable. Miriam, one of the owners is also the chef and a magical one at that! The food was like something you would find at a fancy vegan gourmet restaurant in NYC :) I would go back just for the food!
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The Lodge is absolutely gorgeous! The pictures do not do it justice. Its secluded on the edge of a old volcano that is now a lake. The water is full of minerals, so its great for your skin, but other wildlife (crocodiles) can't live in it. We did a week long meditation retreat here and it was perfect for us. Quiet, secluded, warm, breezy, and beautiful to the eyes. Miriam and Manuel (the owners) are like angels fallen from heaven. They have a beautiful staff too. They made sure that everything for our retreat went absolutely perfect. They served us the freshest plant based meals and juices every day. The food was too good. Im inspired to continue eating this way, my body really liked it. They also take a lot of pride in being completely eco-friendly. I felt like I was taking really good care of the Earth while I was there. We made a really special connection with the owners and staff. I feel like we are family now, and we always have a home to go back to. If you are visiting Nicaragua, you must spend some time here!
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SERVICE- The owner is gracious, organized and detail-oriented. We chose the space to participate in a 5-day silent meditation and yoga retreat and her staff was completely accommodating of our needs (they maintained silence, orchestrated communication mechanisms we could use when necessary, and were silent themselves). They were BEYOND accommodating. This is the best service I have EVER had at ANY hotel across Europe, US, or Asia combined!!
ROOM- Room was beautiful even though I had a smaller one. Stone-studded shower with heat and good water pressure. The only issue as the smallest room was the smell that may have come from poor ventilation. Since this is in the jungle, there were a few spiders, which made my sleep a bit difficult! Staff cleaned PERFECTLY each day.
ENVIRONMENT- STUNNING. This is set on a volcanic lake, the lake itself has no fish or seaweed so is comfortable to swim in if you don't like critters! The gardens cultivated on the grounds are gorgeous, lush, and colorful, and there are a number of species of birds flying around, including hawks.
FOOD- AMAZING PERFECT HEAVENLY. The food is created with such care and love that you can TASTE IT. Unfortunately, I don't have all photos of the meal b/c on retreat we weren't using cell phones. The food is mostly raw and all vegan, but don't let that fool you, it is DELICIOUS. Fresh fruit and juice is served as well. I was blown away, and left glowing from ALL THAT DELICIOUS FRESH FRUIT!
a traveler Florida, US
If you care about peace, health, beauty, and kindness, there is no better place to stay in Laguna de Apoyo than Apoyo Lodge. The owner, Miriam, is masterfully caring for guests with stylish, comfortable, and impeccable rooms facing lush gardens, a tranquil beach, and the always-wonderful Apoyo crater lake. Meals are worth the trip alone as Miriam delights all, including omnivores, with creative, delicious, local, and in-season plant-based breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The property offers yoga, fitness, and messages in a spectacular outdoor space as well. Reserve your room now and you will thank me later.