Deluxe Surf, Yoga and Wellness retreat in Nicaragua- From November through March

Mark and Dave’s lodging in conjunction with Retreats “From where you’d rather be” brings to you their ongoing Deluxe Surf, Yoga and Wellness retreat in Nicaragua.

From November through March, come to any of the 8 dates we've set out for you to experience a very special catered retreat (8 days- 7 nights) where we propose just the best of the best of Yoga, Healthy food, Surf, Wellness, Professional Photography and more surprises!
We offer spectacular scenery, unparalleled ocean views, and a myriad of great adventures. Our guests enjoy restful retreats accentuated by refreshing offshore breezes in front of a world-class surf spot, in the private beach of Playa Colorado.

Only renowned professionals in their area run our retreats. They will take care of everything and will make sure you have a unique experience getting the most while you visit this beautiful country.

Come join one of the best retreats in Nicaragua and don’t worry about any single detail of your trip, literally.. Lay back and just enjoy a hassle- free, relaxing time at an affordable rate. All from where you’d rather be…

  • Luxury all-inclusive Surf, Yoga & Wellness retreat 
  • 8 dates from November through March
  • 8 days, 7 nights. Starting every Saturday to Saturday. Check in 2pm. Check out 11am
  • Minimum 3 people, Maximum 10 per retreat
  • From $2120/ 1960€/ 1421 pounds, per person

  • Luxury accommodations w/soft and comfortable beds with oceanfront location and beachfront pools
  • Daily yoga classes. Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, etc; By certified yoga teacher Kim Tasker
  • 2 complimentary sunset meditation sessions (upon request at your arrival)
  • 4 Surfing lessons for beginning and intermediate level. 
    • For a beginner level of Surf, boards are included and you’re free to use them during your stay as much as you want.
    • For intermediate level, bring your own board or rent for $100 per week from a broad range of “Firewire, Channel Islands, Rusty, and various other.  Short and longboards are available.
  • Post retreat photo album (watermarked) available to download for all the participants on Web resolution by professional photographer: *Alejandra Romo ( All High Res pictures will be available to purchase, once the retreat is finished.
  • 1 complimentary massage by certified masseuse 
  • Airport Transfer back and forth in Nicaragua (Including Pizza & Drinks)
  • All Inclusive Meals and Drinks by Zack Hyland, expert certified vegan chef
    • Gourmet breakfast, lunch, snacks, sunset hors d’oeuvres, and 4 course dinner
    • Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten Free and Vegan Meals (upon request, prior to arrival)
  • 1.5 cases of beer or 3 bottles of wine per guest/ per stay
  • Wireless Internet & IPod Hook up (Rooms and The Hacienda area)
  • Stand up Paddle Board
  • Welcome towel refreshment and drink
  • Booking agent dedicated service. Only flights from the US or having a connection through the Americas. The use of this service (English & Spanish) will be available once the reservation of your spot is made. 


Wake up in the morning, walk out of your room or casita and view the waves breaking from our tranquil palapa. Sit back and sip your coffee, do Yoga or relax on our sofas. During your stay, home will be in one of five private cabanas. Our home was built by a team of local craftsmen in the traditional Nicaraguan style. The house sits on two acres of immaculate beachfront property and offers three incredible waves, infinity swimming pool & lap pool, and exclusive access to one of Nicaragua’s best golf courses.

The house’s greatest asset is our massive palapa lounge areas. When you’re out of the surf, you will find yourself relaxing in the palapas 95% of the time, checking out the waves, chilling out, listening to music, swinging in the hammock, playing ping pong/horse shoes/etc. All of your meals are eaten in the open air, the definition of a great tropic vacation!

Each "AIR CONDITIONED" room provides adequate sleeping for two - two “new - pillow top” full beds each, with a sense of warmth and identity. Each room comes with a TV/DVD & Ipod stereo dock, private bathroom, sink, toilet, shower, and bath towels.


Option 1) 4 rooms with double beds
Single occupancy: $2695/ 2492€/ 1808 pounds per person
Double occupancy : $2120/ 1960€/ 1421 pounds per person

Option 2) 1 room with single twin beds (fitted for solo travelers)
Double occupancy: $2120/ 1960€/ 1421 pounds per person

Option 3) The Casita, up for 2 people with 1 queen bed
Double occupancy: $2120/ 1960€/ 1421 pounds per person


  • November 14-21
  • December 5-12
  • December 12-19
  • January 2- 9
  • January 30- 6
  • February 20-27
  • March 5-12
  • March 19-26
* Dates don't suit? Don't worry! Contact us and we'll try our best to schedule a date that fits your requirements.

  • Early bird : Get a $100 discount if booking before 6 months to the date of commencement of your retreat. Limited to 5 places per retreat.
  • Back to Back: Get a $50 discount on the package during all the promo from November to March if you're already a client of Mark & Dave's or Retreats “From where you’d rather be”.

  • 50% of total at the moment of reservation
  • Remainder must be paid in full 3 months before commencement of the retreat
  • Refunds will be considered unless urgency matters. Every request will be studied and treated personally.


  • Book a dedicated Professional Photo pack: For $150 get 25 professional pics of you surfing, and enjoying your retreat at the max. We’ll take care of document everything. This pack is worth more than 500€ in professional photography for personal use (no commercial rights). Any other/ extra pics can be purchased later on. See some pics here: 
  • Horseback riding on the beach in front of our hotel 
  • Trips to San Juan Del Sur, Rivas, Gigante by taxi/boat
  • Trips to local Hot Spring
  • Day Tour to Granada
  • Extra massages- deep tissue /sports.
  • Acupuncture treatments (upon request at the moment of your retreat reservation)
  • Motor bike hire
  • Fishing trips
  • Day trip to Aqua Spa or top end Guacalito Spa
  • Karma day working with the community at a NGO of your choice:
    • Helping at the health center of the W.O.O project
    • Waves for water Hurley. For this activity, guests will have to bring down a water filter ordered on the Hurley website around $60 US 
    • Or any quantity for donations, clothes, dental, medical, educational resources or time

  • Airfare to Nicaragua. But, no worries! You can enjoy for FREE of our travel agent’s dedicated service once you make the reservation of your spot. She will help you to get the best fare on your flight to Nicaragua from the States or having any connection through the Americas. Service offered in English & Spanish
  • Staff gratuity
  • Performance Surfboards for Intermediate/ Advanced Surfing lessons.



  • Zach Hyland. Certified Vegan & Raw Food Chef/ Resort Manager, Surf instructor at Mark & Dave’s
Zac is a certified New Zealand Surf Life Guard and a passionate surfer.
He has been fortunate to turn what he loves - surfing and cooking into a full time career. This has lead him to have years of experience surf guiding, instructing and creating delicious meals in the surf travel industry from the coasts of New Zealand, Morocco, USA and Central America.

Being in charge of providing wholesome, creative meals and managing kitchens on yachts, Eco resorts, to various surf yoga resorts in Morocco such as Surf Maroc, one of Morocco’s leading surf destination company, and now, from a few years ago, in Mark & Dave’s, Nicaragua.

All of Zac’s meals come from his heart and his “good o’l Kiwi”hospitality.
He try to uses local organic products as much is available, honoring the healing energy of food, as well as making it delicious and visually appealing.

  • Kim Tasker. Certified Vinyasa teacher & Massage Therapist/ Manager & Yoga director at Mark & Dave’s

Kim, originally from New Zealand and Australia, fell in love with the Pacific coast of Nicaragua after years of traveling and living abroad around the world. She, and her husband Zac, host Mark & Dave’s, surf and yoga resort, moved by their passion to host Surf- Yoga retreats.

Kimmy’s background is as a yoga teacher and massage therapist. She is certified with Mike Berghen at the Te Aro Ashtanga yoga School in NZ, and has been teaching Vinyasa yoga for over 15 years.

Her passion for yoga took her from Yoga studios in London, to 5 star resorts, luxury yachts, and also teaching as a private teacher on Martha's Vineyard, Morocco and several destinations in Central America.

She has worked in yoga teacher trainings and retreats with Surf Maroc, Red Jen Yoga California, Holly Beck's -Surf with Amigas, and Catherine Halcombe to mention a few. Also her practice has led her to be with many inspiring teachers, such as Saraswati in Mysore India at the Ashtanga yoga Shala, Hammish Hendry in London and Meghan Currie in Nicaragua, and as well having a dedicated Mysore practice.

Relax, Rejuvenate and Reconnect!

  • Ale Romo. Professional Photographer & Blogger/ Communication & Marketing/ Surfer/ Adventurer and Entrepreneur

After working many years at publicity agencies, and afterwards managing international projects for Surfrider Foundation in Europe; she decided to pursue her dream of being independent and work more closely with her passions for Surfing, Travel and Photography. Throughout the years, she developed a passion for Yoga too, and since she quitted her "office" job she started to organize retreats in Europe and abroad, collaborating with wonderful people she connects through her many travels around the world.

She’s the creative mind behind "From where you'd rather be". A place where you can find inspiring pictures of her adventures, and also find different retreats of Surf & Yoga, organized only by real professionals and passionate women offering wanderlust vacations carefully catered around the world, all ocean inspired.

She works and contributes with her photo stories in different surf platforms mainly in English, but also in Spanish and some French, like:

She divides her time during the year working in Surf events in Europe, organizing retreats in Spain and abroad, and also photo shooting surf alike brands, surfers, friends and models. 

Other Interesting links about Ale:

Read her interview for Surfline- Gypsy Files here
Visit her Photo- Print Shop here:
Check how went her last retreat in Nicaragua 2014 here
Read her interview for Akela Surf here 



“A relaxed, top class experience!”
Aaron Allen Flynn from Los Angeles, California. 
Stayed March 2015, travelled with friends.

“Mark and Dave's is in a great location on the coast of Nicaragua about two hours south from Managua International Airport. The open air setting with beachfront views of the surf and tireless hosts Kimmy, Zak, and Nacho give it a relaxed charm despite it's impeccably high quality. With yoga classes, massages, surf boards and bikes for hire you cannot get bored. We were a large group and rented one of the nearby homes which gave us a space to retreat to when desired. Every dinner prepared by chef Zak was some of the best food I have enjoyed. He uses simple natural ingredients and curates a refined experience through each hearty meal. Highly recommend this getaway to active individuals. Be prepared to include some gratuity at the end of your stay.”

“Excellent In Every Way!”
Michael G. from Midlothian, Texas.
Stayed January 2015, travelled with friends.

“My 1st time to Mark & Dave's in Nicaragua … but not my last! The resort and the hospitality are off the chart! Zach & Kim are the managers … they and the staff went far above the call of duty to provide a relaxing and memorable experience. 
Most people come to this location because of the excellent surfing right in front of the resort. Even though I am not a surfer … it was awesome to watch the surfing while sipping a cold Tona beer and relaxing by the pool. I did take a few lessons from Zach and was able to surf a few 'baby waves'. It was a lot of fun!
Great people, service, food, rooms, and more! I highly recommend Mark & Daves! Thanks to Zach & Kim for making our trip memorable!”

Holly Beck. Professional surfer, yoga lover and globetrotter

"Kimi and Zac are two of the coolest people ever. Incredibly helpful, warm and friendly. Zac is a first-rate chef and Kimi is a beam of healing energy between her happy smile, easy organization skills, and beautiful yoga practice you and your guests will be completely looked-after. I worked with them back in 2010 and have been looking for ways to join forces again ever since!"

Rob Machado. Professional surfer

“I really do love the joint… Mark and daves. We had an epic trip with our crew of 8.  Fun waves all week.  Great food.  Some serious ping pong battles… Ready to go back.  Sign me up.”

More reviews in Tripadvisor here



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