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Hotel Brio

400 meters east of the Pacific Ocean, El Gigante - Popoyo, Nicaragua
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Nearest Wave
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Hotel Brio is a relaxing retreat with four buildings spread over three acres, including 8 guest rooms with private baths. The facility also includes a restaurant/bar, a swimming pool with 15 meter lap lane, a firepit, and multiples decks where you can lounge in a hammock and enjoy nature. Our kitchen utilizes the freshest local ingredients including produce from our organic vegetable garden and permaculture plantings.

We offer surfing lessons, as well as boat trips for experienced surfers to the more advanced to level surfing breaks. We have rental boards and staff onsite to help you with all your surfing needs. We have Spanish classes taught on the hotel premises and can arrange for yoga and massages as well.

Our restaurant and bar offer three meals a day and an amazing happy hour!

Location

Playa Gigante is one of the beaches found along the "Emerald Coast" of the municipality of Tola. Gigante was a rural fishing village with a farming cooperative in the adjacent hills until around 2005. Over the past decade surfers, ecotourists, and intrepid travelers alike have discovered Gigante...and for good reason. The surf is unreal along the Emerald Coast, boasting a higher concentration of world class surf breaks than just about anywhere in Central America. Gigante sits between two of these not to be missed breaks: Playa Colorado, a barreling beach break, and Playa Amarillo, a magnificent left point break. Also, just a 15 minute walk from the hotel you will find Playa Amarillo, a picturesque undeveloped beach with consistent waves for beginners and advanced surfers alike.

Travelers can fly into Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, which is a 2.5 hour drive from Playa Gigante or can connect to our new International airport just five kilometers from the hotel, Emerald Coast International Airport (ECI), which currently only offers flights from Managua, Nicaragua and Liberia, Costa Rica.

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Number of people: 24
Air Conditioning
Bath Towels
Parking (free)
WIFI (free)
Daily housekeeping
Laundry
Massage
Outdoor Swimming Pool
Roof top terrace
Sundeck
Surfboard hire
Surfboard Storage Area
Hotel bar
Restaurant
Hiking
Horseback riding
Mountain biking
Snorkeling
Surf school
Yoga
Rosada (6) - Standard Double
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Rosada is a standard double room with a ceiling fan and private bath.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Santana (7) - Standard Double
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 2

Santana is a standard double room with a ceiling fan and private bath.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Amarillo (5) - Standard Triple
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

Amarillo is a standard room with a ceiling fan and private bath.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Popoyo (8) - Standard Quadruple
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

Popoyo is a private room with a ceiling fan and private bath. There are four twin beds in two bunkbed sets.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Playgrounds (2) - Deluxe Quadruple
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

Playground is a comfortable room with a double bed and two twin beds in a bunk bed set to up. This room is excellent for a family or 3 to 4 friends traveling together.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Manzanillo (1) - Deluxe Quadruple
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 4

Manzanillo is a comfortable room with a double bed and two twin beds in a bunk bed set to up. This room is excellent for a family or 3 to 4 friends traveling together.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Pangas (3) - Deluxe Triple
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

Pangas is a comfortable room with a queen bed and futon/couch This room is excellent for a couple, a couple with a child or even several friends traveling together. When folded out as a bed, the futon is slightly shorter in length than a standard twin bed.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Colorado (4) - Deluxe Triple
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 3

Colorado is a comfortable room with a queen bed and a twin. This room is excellent for a couple, a couple with a child or even several friends traveling together.

**15% IVA tax applicable**

Casa Blanca
Room Type: Private
Sleeps: 6

Casa Blanca is a beautiful modern 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom house located in the Brio Project development in Playa Gigante, Tola, Nicaragua. The house is fully furnished with A/C in all the three rooms, a full kitchen, and breathtaking views of the beach. A great swimming pool is just 50m away. The house is located just above the Hotel Brio complex and pool. The Brio staff manages the home and provides assistance to guests staying there. The house is designed as a green home, using solar power for hot water and collected rainwater for irrigation and other uses. There is parking at the house, accessible by all vehicles. Kindly note that we can offer Casa Blanca only for a minimum stay of 2 nights.

You can never get lost

When you book you will receive our confirmation email with full travel directions of how to get to us.

We provide Airport Transfers from and to Emerald Coast International (ECI) and they can be booked in the booking steps.

  • Price for 1-4 people: USD$25
  • Price for more than 4: USD$40
  • - Nearest Airport: Emerald Coast International (ECI)
  • - Distance from Airport in kms: 8 km
  • - Time from Airport in a car: 10 minutes
  • - There is no train from the airport
  • - There is no bus from the airport

Come Surf With Us

Surf Lessons can be added in the booking steps if they are not already included in a package.

Instructors

Rob Dull

Dr. Robert Dull, a surfer and research scientist from California, who now splits his time between Playa Gigante and Austin, Texas.

Main Surf Beach: Playa Amarilla

Surf Lessons we offer:

Kids Surf Lessons

We offer Kid's lessons from the age of 6. All lessons are 1.5 hours and include a Surfboard rental. We ask that the parents stay close by.

Beginner Surf Lessons

All lessons are 1.5 hours and include a Surfboard rental.

Intermediate Surf Lessons

All lessons are 1.5 hours and include a Surfboard rental.

Advanced Surf Lessons

All lessons are 1.5 hours and include a Surfboard rental.

Private Surf Lessons

All lessons are 1.5 hours and include a Surfboard rental.

Surf Guide

All lessons are 1.5 hours and include a Surfboard rental.


Playa Amarillo

Level: All Levels

Located just north of Gigante Bay. At the very south of this beach, there is a slightly shadowed break called Amarillo South that hosts a few sand bottom peaks and a flat rock reef. The reef will bowl up and occasionally offer a heavy barrel, left and right, given the right conditions. At low tide the rock formation is completely exposed. This break is just short of the halfway point in the hike to Colorados. Playa Amarillo extends for a little over a kilometer and during this stretch of the walk you can count on being alone. Random sandbars here will get epic with proper conditions.

Playa Colorado

Level: Advanced

If you want to get barreled, Playa Colorado is the place to visit in Nicaragua. The secret is out and you won’t be surfing this spot alone but if it turns on, you will likely get one of the best barrels of your life. Playa Colorado is a private beach and is accessed walking from playa amarillo or by boat. This wave can work on all tides, changes personalities frequently and can dish out a beating.

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32°

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33°

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32°

JUL/AUG

30°

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30°

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30°

PAYMENT

  • A small deposit is required to secure your booking.
  • Your balance is due at check in.

CANCELLING YOUR BOOKING

  • To cancel go to the MyAccount section and log in or register and you can cancel from within your account.
  • Your deposit is non refundable but can be used for the same property/surf school within one year of your original booking.
  • You can cancel anytime up to 30 days before travelling you will not be charged the balance.

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