I can't say enough great things about this place. If you are looking for a modern 5-star high rise hotel, this is not it. It's way better. The owner, Alex Novoa, is always around and his cool energy and eagerness to chat really adds to the super chill and awesome vibe that exists here. Surf lessons are a must. They know what they are doing here. I was nervous but had so much fun! Esencia Nativa has a pool, a ping pong table, many hammocks, and many surfboards. The food is all amazing and so are the drinks. If you are going to El Salvador, go here for sure. The beach is beautiful and the surfing is unbelievable.
Tom R Oman
It was a great stay. Esencia Nativa has a fantastic management and staff. I had a great week staying here and will be back for sure. Alex and his family and staff were brilliant and the location was ideal: right by the beach, super relaxed with hammocks and comfy seating areas. The food was delicious.
a traveler Guatemala
I went here to surf a little and relax. The surf was some of the easiest I have ever done and I would absolutely recommend it for beginners. They rent boards and will give you lessons. The nice thing is that just down the beach there are more serious waves if that´s what you are looking for. The staff at Esencia Nativa were all absolutely wonderful, friendly, and on top of things, honest (I left a tip for the cleaning crew in the room and they came to return it to me as though I forgot some money). There are plenty of hammocks and spaces to chill with great views. Just across from the hotel there is a pupusa spot that was awesome and super, super cheap.