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Coastal Openings

January 28, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Secret Retreat – Boutique luxury debuts in Nicaragua
The first luxury boutique hotel in Nicaragua opens in February at Guacalito de la Isla, a 1,670-acre, $250 million low-density private beach community created by Nicaraguan entrepreneur Don Carlos Pellas. Located on a four-mile white sand beach on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa features 37 freestanding accommodations, with ocean views, pools, and private staffs.
The Emerald Coast is a 30-mile stretch of Pacific shoreline dotted with jungles, cliffs, fishing villages, and untouched beaches. Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa sits directly on the beach and encompasses more than 1,600 private acres of lush vegetation. Facilities include Spa Mukul, a beach club, a swimming pool, nature trails, and the 18-hole Guacalito Golf Course.
Spa Mukul comprises six spas in one location. Guests can reserve a spa casita for several hours, during which they can enjoy a series of treatments, then relax in its private garden, which features shaded lounging areas and a monsoon shower.
The open-air Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa Beach Club allows guests to enjoy tastings of rare Flor de Caña rums in the split-level lounge, as well as lunch and dinner at the Beach Terrace Grill or Mukul Restaurant. Much of the food will be locally sourced from the resort’s organic farm, daily catches by local fishermen, and grass-fed Nicaraguan cattle. The beach club also features a lounging area, swimming pool, and kids’ area. A casita by the beach provides surfboards, paddleboards, snorkel gear, and kayaks.
The first luxury property in the country, Mukul, the Mayan word for “secret,” is an eco-friendly paradise ready to be discovered. Real estate opportunities are also available at Guacalito de la Isla.

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Where to Go in 2013: Travel Agents’ Edition | AFAR.com

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Nicaragua
Nicaragua certainly deserves to be noted as an up-and-coming destination for 2013, especially thanks to entrepreneur Carlos Pellas and his new luxury Mukul Resort and Spa. Nicaragua offers a diversity of virtually untapped adventure, the splendor of hiking volcanos, canopy tours and zip-lines, biking, scuba, and the best surfing in Central America. Plus, easy access from the United States. Enjoy Lake Nicaragua, with numerous fresh-water islands and views of Mombacho Volcano, howler monkeys, and an abundance of  tropical birds. Visit the colorful colonial city of Granada, dating back to 1524, with immaculate, colorful historical buildings. Susan Sparks, Points of Interest Travel/Brownell Travel

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9 Most-Anticipated Hotel Openings in 2013 | Travel News from Fodor’s Travel Guides

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Mukul Luxury Resort & Spa

Rivas, Nicaragua
Opening Date: February 2013
Details: Enough with the rustic eco-lodges. Soon travelers to Nicaragua will have a premium option: the country’s first boutique hotel, with a dozen beachfront villas. Mukal Resort, along Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, will have all the bells and whistles of luxury lodging, including a spa (where all massage treatments use a locally grown blend of organic therapeutic herbs and plants) that includes a hammam, “healing hut,” rainforest setting, and a two-story crystal casita (with crystal singing bowls and a gemstone bath). Lodging is in beach villas with chandeliers crafted from mussel shells, or private homes or the penultimate: a 20,000-square-foot oceanfront compound (Casona Don Carlos).

The 46 Places to Go in 2013 – Nicaragua is #3 – NYTimes.com

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Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Eco-Lodge.
Si el nombre Oliver North no significa nada para vos, hay una buena probabilidad de que Nicaragua no salte a la mente cuando se piensa en una
vacación relajante, lujosa y llena de hoteles de lujo.  Durante los últimos 30 años, el país ha estado luchando contra su imagen de ‘tierra de guerra’, de guerrillas y vendedores encubiertos de armas.  Al principio, sólo los escritores sobre turismo tomaron nota; durante los últimos años, diversas publicaciones han declarado al país el próximo gran destino.  Sin embargo, si el auge de hoteles eco-lodge es una indicación, ese momento en Nicaragua podría finalmente haber llegado.  En los alrededores de las ciudades costeras de San Juan del Sur y Maderas, nuevas lugares como el Wellness Resort Aqua, el super exclusivo Mukul Resort and Jicaro Island Eco-Lodge están surgiendo entre los antaño eco-lodges, como Morgan Rock  Hacienda y Eco-Lodge.  La escena de la comida también ha conseguido un cambio de imagen con los mejores chefs y la apertura de restaurantes de alta calidad.  Las más emocionantes – El Segundo, La Cazuela, Lounge Ciudad y La Finca y El Mar – son prueba de que Nicaragua se está convirtiendo en un destino impresionante  en su propio derecho.  — Danielle Pergament
Nicaragua is known as the land of lakes and vo...

Nicaragua is known as the land of lakes and volcanoes; pictured is Concepción volcano located on Maderas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Hotel Granada

We had the opportunity to stay at Hotel Granada this weekend, right in the heart of the famous tourist city of Granada, Nicaragua.  It boasts 47 guest rooms, 6 conference rooms, a huge, beautiful pool, bar and restaurant service and other amenities.  Breakfast is included with each stay.  It does have true colonial charm, as the pictures indicate.  I enjoyed staying there, as I think most would.  There are a few details, however, that keep it from being a real jewel of a hotel.

The rooms are small.  Additionally, the selection of toiletries available weren’t good.  It shows an attempt that just falls short: two bottles of local “Aloe Vera” conditioner and one decent quality bottle of conditioner.  Huh?  They cut corners there are it just wasn’t right.  Additionally, the rooms are a bit musty.  If you have allergies to mold, the rainy season in Nicaragua can cause problems.  The A/C worked very well.  However, it has a disco-light indicator that robbed me of some much needed rest.

This hotel has tremendous potential.  It just needs a push of better quality  in a few aspects to get it over the 2 1/2 star rating that I am giving it (out of 5) and easily become the top notch hotel that it is begging to become.  Hilton, are you listening?

Final Calle La Calzada
Frente a Iglesia Guadalupe
Granada, Nicaragua
505-2552-6990/2552-2974
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Tuvimos la oportunidad de alojarnos en el Hotel Granada este fin de semana, justo en el corazón de la famosa ciudad turística de Granada, Nicaragua. Cuenta con 47 habitaciones, 6 salas de conferencias, una enorme y hermosa piscina, bar y servicio de restaurante y otros servicios. El desayuno está incluido con cada estancia. El hotel tiene  cierto encanto colonial, como indican las imágenes.  Disfruté de mi estancia allí, y creo que la mayoría lo haría.  Hay algunos detalles, sin embargo, que impiden que el Hotel Granada sea una verdadera joya de un hotel.

Las habitaciones son pequeñas.  Además, la selección de jabón y champú disponible no era buena. Un detalle que quedó a medio palo: dos botellas de una marca local “Aloe Vera” acondicionador de pelo y una botella de acondicionador de pelo de calidad decente. ¿Eh?  Un detalle desagradable. También las habitaciones huelen a moho. Si tenés alergias al moho, la temporada lluviosa en Nicaragua puede causarte problemas. El aire acondicionado funciona muy bien y es una ayuda.  Sin embargo, tiene un indicador de incendido que parece luz de una disco – luz que me privó de un merecido descanso.

Este hotel tiene tremendo potencial.  Solo hace falta un empujoncito en algunos campos para levantarlo de las 2 1/2 estrellas (de 5) que le voy a dar a un nivel de uno de los mejores hoteles en Granada, algo que seguramente pueda llegar a ser.  A ver…¿dónde estás Hilton?

Final Calle La Calzada
Frente a Iglesia Guadalupe
Granada, Nicaragua
505-2552-6990/2552-2974
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