Apoyo Lodge is a health and wellness boutique hotel and private retreat space, located on the shore of the healing Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua.

Yoga Retreats (6)

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Instructors (2)

Miriam Rodriguez Marquez

Cathrine Kitchen

Reviews (30)

Sam Mertins

from Great Britain, August 2019

"If you're on the fence, book it!"

The location, price and accommodation for this retreat was exceptional. Miriam is a wonderful host with amazing dedication to her practice. The views are unbeatable and the lodge is just short of magical. Nicaragua is a safe destination for travelers of all backgrounds, including solo females. I highly recommend taking the leap, spending the time, getting a bit more connected to yourself and the natural world around you.


from Australia, August 2019

"Just one word unpretentious “BLISS”"


The people, the staff, the yoga, the isolation, the mineralised water in the crater, and did I mention the food.!

The weather.

Day trips.



Jennifer Croll

from United States, August 2019

"Peaceful retreat"

I loved the far out peaceful location. There were only like 6-8 rooms so the number of people at the hotel was small. The staff was all so helpful with any possible need. Having the lake close was nice. There were bug net on each individual bed which is great.

Jon Nathan

from United States, August 2019

"Amazing retreat"

Our stay at Apoyo Lodge was beautiful and relaxing. The lodge is on the shore of Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic crater about an hour south of Managua. The lodge provided a car and driver coming and going, and even picked us up at our AirBnB in Managua instead of the airport. The last few miles of the road leading to the resort were unpaved and a bit uneven, but the drivers were pros. The lagoon itself was amazing - clear blue, warm, and great for swimming every day. The accommodations were clean and comfortable. The breeze and fans kept us cool even without A/C. The yoga studio overlooks the lagoon and is an amazing setting for classes. Miriam has a unique and thoughtful teaching style that blends a small amount of mantras with yoga philosophy, theory, deep stretching, and helpful adjustments. The food was delicious and healthy, and each meal included a dessert! The lodge also coordinated daily excursions to local tourist sites like Masaya and Mombacho volcanos, a boat tour of Las Isletas in Lake Nicaragua, and hikes around Laguna de Apoyo. The on-site rescue cats and canine mascot were lots of fun too. The trip was a great value on top of everything else. Highly recommend a stay at Apoyo Lodge!


from Italy, August 2019

"Peaceful and magic"

New and fresh vegan meals each day. Bathing in the lagoon is something magical and The nature is gorgeous and the staff make you feel at home and pampered.

Hebe Atzori

from Isle of Man, May 2019

"Magical 😍"

Apoyo is just breath taking, so beautiful and peaceful. The yoga studio is picture perfect overlooking the lagoon. Miriam is an amazing person and teacher. The lagoon is so nice to swim in, the whole lodge is just full of life and sounds, surrounded by nature and wildlife. The food is top quality too, heathy and delicious. I got so lucky to meet four other solo female travellers that I could go on day trips around Nicaragua with too! I couldn’t have asked for a better place to escape to for the week. Thank you so much!

Sebnem Tugce Pala

from United States, May 2019

"Heavenly place and smashing vegan food"

Apoyo Lodge was such a heavenly place. Lagoon was amazing and it really made me calm. The food was definitely smashing. I also really loved the massage. Prices of smoothies and lunch (extras) were very reasonable and I am in love with morning yoga classes. The sound of the birds and waves made this place remarkable!

Kim Radovich

from Canada, April 2019


Miriam is an amazing host. She is always around making sure that you have everything you need. Organizing any excursions and answering all questions. The food is amazing and very nourishing. The water is healing and the view spectacular. If you are looking for a vacation that is nourishing for your soul this is it.

Joe Vasquez

from United States, April 2019

"A wonderful getaway!"

The retreat was everything I had hoped for and more. My airline lost my luggage and the team at Apoyo Lodge was so supportive – I knew I was in good hands. Shayah was a wonderful yoga instructor and the food, the food was incredible! Be sure to swim in the lake, visit the volcano, and go on the boat tour!

Yessenia Zuniga

from United States, April 2019

"Amazing experience! "

The location is breathtaking, the people are warm and friendly, the food is DELICIOUS! Everything about this place exceeded my expectations. This is so worth the money and time off. I will definitely be back.


from United States, April 2019

Excellent stay! The lake is perfect, the food incredible, and the hosts are beyond hospitable

Diana Cote

from United States, March 2019

"Unforgettable - Left rejuvenated, refreshed and inspired!"

Everything at Apoyo Lodge from the welcome and hospitality to the food and yoga are absolutely perfect and are truly unforgettable.

The place - On the shore of a 20,000 year old volcanic crater now lagoon and natural reserve - it's beautiful, serene, peaceful. We watched the sunrise every morning and it was impossible not to feel a connection to this earth. You can spend the day reading, swimming, eating or exploring the surroundings and towns.

The food - I am not a vegan but the plant-based meals were ridiculously delicious, made with fresh ingredients right in front of you in the open kitchen. I did not stop eating, every breakfast, snack, lunch, dessert, dinner was so amazing! You eat breakfast and dinner in a family setting so you get to meet the other guests - one of my favorite times of the day!

Yoga - Starting the day with sunrise yoga led by Shayah on the deck overlooking the lagoon was so unbelievably peaceful and grounding. She radiates such a positive energy, she will be missed!

The staff - everyone that you interacted with is so welcoming! Miriam and Manuel, the owners are always around if you need anything; arrangements or special requests - they will make it happen. The massages by Manuel are very relaxing with the sound of the waves, birds and breeze in the background, a must!!

In the short five days I was there, I only felt positive energy, gratefulness and so thankful to have had the opportunity to experience this community. I will be back!

Lori Turcanu

from United States, March 2019

"A total disconnect! "

My entire stay was extremely grounded and relaxing, met amazing people, shared breakfasts and dinners and few experiences. The yoga practice lead by Miriam every morning and evening was beyond beautiful and addicting! She is an amazing host all around, couldn’t ask for more!

Everyone in the staff was full of real joy and the most beautiful smiles. I have never seen so many hearts smiling in one place! This was truly paradise for 4 days! I have to mention the food was delicious made with love and fresh fruits and vegetables just picked up, btw, I am not vegan!

Peggy Goins

from United States, March 2019

"Perfect getaway!"

The location is very scenic and perfectly situated along the lagoon. The property is beautiful and well-maintained. It's the perfect place to come and be at peace with yourself and one with nature. There's something almost magical about how relaxing it was.

The staff were excellent and very accommodating. Miriam was so lovely and tries so hard to make sure everyone has an excellent stay at Apoyo and during any excursions around Nicaragua.

The food was also amazing and healthy. I'm not vegan but enjoyed everything that was served.

Daily/morning yoga was a great way to start the day and Shayah was a wonderful instructor.

Transportation to and from the Lodge was very convenient. I felt safe around Apoyo and Nicaragua.

I would highly recommend Apoyo Lodge and can't wait to visit again! It's like a little piece of heaven.

Jennifer Delli Carpini

from United States, March 2019

"Amazing stay in Nicaragua "

The people, the hospitality and how easy it was to explore the area

Ankit Gadi

from United States, February 2019

"Feels like Home away from home :)"

I booked my stay at Apoyo lodge last minute and actually had no idea what to expect. I am glad to say that it turned to be a positive surprise. The entire experience was nothing short of bliss. Amazing staff, yoga teachers and food was just unreal. I am no vegan but any standards but I did not miss meat at all during my stay at Apoyo Lodge! Each and every meal is made with fresh ingredients and its just a party for your senses. Overall, everything at this lodge is done with so much love and purpose. The best part of my stay was meeting like minded amazing people from all over the world! I miss those beautiful souls. Highly recommend this place! I may have to go back myself at some point in my life :)

thank you Miriam and family for making me feel at home away from home!

Reneé Klein

from United States, January 2019

"Go! This place is amazing! "

Amazing food. Not a vegan but the food blew me away! I can’t wait for the cook book to come out. The grounds are kept up amazingly and everyone was so nice! I really loved every second I was there. The yoga was great not overwhelming and great for beginners and experienced yogis alike.


from Canada, July 2019

"Très accomodant"

Ils sont très accommodants pour les sorties hors du resort concernant les taxis et les activités

Cindy Lauper

from Nicaragua, April 2019

"Perfect place for a timeout"

This was the best Yogaretreat ever. The food is super delicious and for me the portions where more than big enough. The place is quiet and peaceful. I liked the garden and all the places to chill out there. The lake is refreshing and its chill to use the provided tubes to hang out. The morning Yogaclass is just perfect with the beautiful view. I loved the quietness in this place and to have time for myself. The rooms are lovely decorated and I enjoyed the hot shower. There is a strong wifi, free bananas, water and tea the whole time. The teachers where very nice and professional. They take care of you all day. I recommend to enjoy a massage there, its super relaxing.

Eva Schramm

from United States, September 2019

"Loved everything about this experience!"

Beautiful space, helpful staff and excellent food. I’m not a vegan myself but it was great to detox for the week and the food was surprisingly tasty, especially all the teas and juices they put out. I also loved the view of the lagoon. Swimming out or taking one of the paddle boards they have out and enjoying the peace and quiet on the water was great. Miriam and Maribel are both total angels.

Jay Kim

from Canada, August 2019

"Heaven in Nicaragua"

Everything about this retreat centre was perfect absolutely no complaints. Everybody who works here was wonderful and accommodating.

Kathy Hokin

from Australia, August 2019

"A little piece of Heaven "

Everything was wonderful and better than I expected. The overwhelming surprise was the friendships gained whilst on my 5 day retreat. Beautiful people from different countries and walks of life with health and well-being in common. Swimming in the beautiful lagoon was magic. A truely exceptional experience.

Kyna Payawal

from United States, June 2019

"The most beautiful and peaceful place to rewind and renew"

Miriam is an absolute angel and Apoyo Lodge is a slice of heaven. I looked forward to the yoga classes every morning at the beautiful yoga shala in front of the lagoon. She led a beautiful class everyday with the surrounding sound of nature. And the food is incredible!! Fresh and thoughtfully prepared plant based meals that I’m already missing. Everyone there also made me feel at home. Plus I met some great new friends that I got to explore Nicaragua with when we’re not relaxing at the lodge. Thank you Miriam and everyone at Apoyo! I hope to come back one day :)

Lety Prospero

from Canada, April 2019

"I loved the location and the people. Truly a place to relax"

Food is amazing, delicious and lot of it, menu Changes everyday. The location is very safe and there is really nothing to fear, people is super friendly and willing to help. I left my room with door wide open during my stay :)

Christina Skaatan

from Costa Rica, April 2019

"Never wanted to leave"

Apoyo Lodge was absolutely amazing! I was supposed to stay for 3 nights, but I loved it so much I ended up staying for 8 nights. Shayah and Dan were amazing hosts, and Shayah has such a calm and comfortable yoga-voice. That, together with the view, the sound of the waves, monkeys and birds, made the yoga a highlight of the day. The food was out-of-this-world-good and I made the best of friends and had such a great time. We went on hikes, excursions and had bonfires looking at the stars. Can not recommend this place enough! And also, Nicaragua was perfectly safe to travel to! Its just a beautiful country missing its tourists.

Amanda Biffle

from United States, February 2019

"What a gem!"

The staff at Apoyo Lodge is so welcoming and accommodating. The meals were all delicious and nutritious.

Tracey Rubinoff

from United States, January 2019

"Beyond expectations"

I can not recommend enough! It’s a true tropical paradise - everything is so well run and the grounds are beautiful. I was looking for a relaxing getaway for a few days and this completely exceeded expectations. Every morning we woke up and did yoga in the most incredible setting overlooking the lagoon, spent the day getting a massage, swimming in the lagoon, or choosing from one of the many excursions. And the best part, the food! Every single meal was completely different and full of delicious, healthy plant based food. Perfect for solo travelers, friends or couples. Definitely do not need to be an experienced yogi; Miriam is great at leading the practice for all levels. I can’t wait to return in the future! Thank you to Miriam and the whole staff for being so welcoming and your warm hospitality.


from United States, January 2019

"Apoyo Lodge Amazing Experience "

Amazing first solo trip! Everything from the food to the buildings to the yoga classes and massage are done with such care you can feel the love coming out in so many aspects. I was a little nervous to come here with the travel advisories but I didn't feel at any time in danger, Miriam and her staff made me feel confident in my travels. The lagoon is absolute paradise, and the people on the retreat were all very positive and kind. Had a great time!

Odessa Deffenbaugh

from United States, May 2018

"Life changing experience at Apoyo Lodge"

The detox was challenging but just what I needed to turn my physical health challenges around. Thats to the amazing support I received, my new healthy habits have stayed with me and I am SO grateful for the genuine love and care that was given to each retreat participant. Besides, the price was incredibly affordable for the TLC we received.