Tuani Lodge Review – Playa Colorado
Have you ever had it before, where you feel completely and utterly smug that your trip couldn’t have planned out better if you tried? Well this is how I felt when we finally arrived at our destination at Tuani Lodge, Playa Colorado, Nicaragua. I really felt like we had hit the jackpot!
I stumbled across Tuani Lodge on Air BNB by chance, because it was one of the only places available that could cater for four of us over Christmas. I really had no idea what to expect as there wasn’t many reviews and I couldn’t find much to read on the area.
The four of us had never been to Nicaragua before, so we were a little nervous when booking our trip. To top it off we had plans to get a bus from Costa Rica on Christmas day, and we had no idea if this was even possible. After a really tiring day, a long boarder crossing and a few set backs we finally arrived at Louis and Marianna’s place, Tuani Lodge in Playa Colorado, and we really couldn’t have been happier.
As I said, we really could’t believe our luck. The place is perfect and doesn’t cost the universe to stay there. Louis and Marianna are a really inspiring couple to meet. They are both from Portugal and five years ago after visiting Nicaragua, they decided to move back and build an eco lodge. We spent many night sitting out on the decking of the main house chatting to them about their adventure, they are a really lovely couple and couldn’t have done more to make us feel at home. Meeting them reminded me of how much I love travelling and meeting new inspirational people.
Tuani Lodge is beautiful. The main house contains double rooms, as well as a communal kitchen and dining area. We spent most of our time there in the evenings cooking and socialising with the other guests. There are no restaurants nearby, therefore we were pretty restricted to the house, however perfectly happy with this. Surrounding the main house are a few private eco bungalows, with thatched roofs in the same style as the main house.
The house is nestled in Nicaraguan jungle near to Playa Colorado Beach, so it felt really remote. It was amazing waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys.
Playa Colorado Beach
Playa Colorado Beach is part of a gated community, and it takes about 20 minute to walk to from the house through the jungle. The beach is so beautiful, and considering that we were there during Christmas, it didn’t seem too crowded. The waves on the main beach often closed out, however the Panga Drops spot down the beach was working as a perfect A-frame for the majority of time. We hired surf tech longboards for $25 a day.
Staying at Tuani Lodge also gives you access to the beach and facilities at the small resort there. We had to leave the beach most days at sunset due to the danger of coming across scorpions and being eaten alive by mosquitos on the way back. Fortunately happy hour on cocktails started at 3pm, so after a long day of surfing, walking, yoga and relaxing we more than ready by that time.
The resort has a really nice cafe, beautiful swimming pool and some really nice seating areas. The cafe has a great healthy menu serving my favourite acai bowls and smoothies for breakfast.
We all absolutely loved Tuani Lodge and Playa Colorado. It was that good we felt so sad leaving, and at the time wished we had booked for longer. Massive thanks to Louis and Marianna for making us feel so welcome, providing us with a memorable stay as well as inspiring us to follow our dreams.