|Luxury Found throughout Nicaragua
Nicaragua’s first ultra-luxury resort, Mukul Resort & Spa, officially opened at the beginning of this month and is already welcoming a flood of luxe-seeking travelers from around the world. In fact, Mukul – which means “secret” in ancient Mayan – has veered away from its moniker’s meaning as it fast becomes one of the most talked-about destinations among leisure travelers and travel agents throughout North America.
Located on Nicaragua’s stunning Emerald Coast, Mukul is part of Guacalito de la Isla, a new $250-million, 1,670-acre low-density private beach community developed by prominent Nicaraguan entrepreneur Don Carlos Pellas. The resort features 37 spacious accommodations, each with an ocean view, pool and private staff. Travelers seeking the ultimate experience at Mukul may book a suite in the 20,000 square-foot Casona Don Carlos (the Pellas’ private beach home) when the Pellas family is not in residence.
Amenities at Mukul include Spa Mukul, with six private spa-treatment casitas; a beach club featuring dining and lounge areas and a swimming pool; and the popular 18-hole Guacalito Golf Course designed by world-famous Scottish golf architect David McClay Kidd. Guests may also enjoy access to activities such as kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, biking and hiking on the property’s four miles of white-sand beach and rugged coastline and 12 kilometers of nature trails. And there’s always the chance to spot a variety of species of monkeys and other wildlife that reside in the lush coastal forest. Should guests fancy an outing off-property, the Mukul concierge will arrange customized excursions so guests may experience the culture, nature and people of Nicaragua.
Opening rates at Mukul start at $550 per double per night, which includes breakfast, lunch, domestic premium open bar during the day and private ground transportation to/from Managua International Airport. Mukul is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. www.mukulresort.com
For travelers seeking an eco-touristic experience, Nicaragua’s Jicaro Island Ecolodge is a chance to experience rustic luxury in an exclusive setting. Located on its own private island in Lake Nicaragua, just offshore from the picturesque Spanish Colonial town of Granada, Jicaro offers eco-luxe accommodations in nine private casitas that offer an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. With a plunge pool, spa, activities including kayaking and zip-lining on nearby Mombacho Volcano – not to mention delicious cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients – Jicaro is perfect for a romantic escape or a wellness retreat. www.jicarolodge.com
Those looking for oceanside eco digs will enjoy Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan’s Rock, set on a private beach just north of the bustling surf-central town of San Juan del Sur. Like Jicaro, Morgan’s Rock was designed by English ex-pat designer Matthew Falkiner, who uses native woods felled in hurricanes for his lovely “Simplemente Madera” furniture. Morgan’s Rock offers acres of monkey-filled forest to explore, a farm where families can gather eggs from the chicken house for an authentic Nicaraguan breakfast and a swimming pool situated for prime sunset watching. www.morgansrock.com