Nicaragua has been gaining popularity with backpackers as the new cool place to surf and hang. But luxury travelers are now in for the ride, discovering a country of exotic jungles, rare volcanic splendors and now the dramatic and seductive beaches of the Emerald Coast. Five-star hospitality at Mukul Resort awaits this crowd, who want to immerse in Nicaragua’s mystery and adventure and simmer in its comforts.
Hollywood gossip reports have already noted the luminaries finding their way to Mukul: Beyoncé, Michael Douglas, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Michael Fassbender among the names, while celebrity surfers, such as Matthew McConaughey and Josh Brolin are helping to put Nicaragua on the map for the fabulous waves to be found there.
Nicaragua Surfing Safari
At Mukul Resort, surfing takes on another dimension. Guests can take guided expeditions to the best surfing spots along this celebrated coastline. No fuss, no muss, no maps, no crowds. They can have coached lessons as beginners or expert guidance as athletes. At Mukul, they have the time to give to this sport of mind and balance. They have the trainers who can coach them along. They have the waves that fit their level and interest.
And they have the freedom to enjoy it all at their pace in an exotic place of unexpected beauty. Mukul’s partnership with Australian luxury surfing outfitter, TropicSurf, makes it all possible – from beach to boards. Even the afterglow is considered. Guests receive a video or stills of their prime wave experiences.
Whether guests choose to try their beginner’s luck with lessons off Mukuk’s beach break or go for the ocean’s action off Paga Drop, the support is there to make sure the time is fun, worthwhile and safe for those traveling alone, with a significant other or with young ones.
Mukul is Making Changes in Nicaragua
Mukul Resort marks a change for Nicaragua, which is fast making its way into a 21st century economy. The $250 million sustainable sanctuary, hotel and residential community is the first five-star development in the country and delivers on its five-star promise. Rum magnate, Don Carlos Pellas, has invested wisely in this pristine 4.8-mile swath of Nicaragua’s Pacific Emerald Coast, creating not only this scenic and rarefied resort experience but also Guacalito de la Isla, a residential resort complex with golf, resort amenities and gorgeous cliffside domiciles near the Mukul property.
The fishing village of Gigante, about a five-minute drive away, keeps it all local with markets and cafes and sleepy village life that is still expressly Nicaraguan.
Mukul keeps it local too. The resort spreads out amid along 1,670 acres hugging Manzanillo Point with 37 spacious accommodations, all stylish, with high ceilings and locally carved furnishings. Twelve of these are beachfront villas with mesmerizing ocean views. Each villa has a pool and comes with 24-hour butler attendance. Then there are 23 hillside bohios, each with a private plunge pool and wrap around deck, and views from 300-feet above the beach at the edge of the forest. Large families, multi-families, groups, friends, business events can consider the 20,000-square-foot Casona Don Carlos – when the Carlos family is not in residence. The palatial two-story complex on the ocean surrounds an 80-foot palapa, the centerpiece and gathering spot for activities. The estate offers four master bedroom suites, a wrap-around stone terrace, a large private swimming pool, and direct access to the beach.
Each villa or bohio presents, at minimum, 1,003-square-feet of space, bathrooms with separate his and hers vanity rooms leading to a lava rock and liquid temple of monsoon showers and soaking tubs. Outside, each Beach Villa has a wrap-around teak wood deck, direct access to the beach, a private swimming pool, an outdoor lounging palapa, a day bed and hammock. Central air-conditioning and wireless Internet access are also de rigueur.
Each of the 23 bohios runs at least 623 square feet with floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows over the views, plus a wooden deck with a private plunge pool and separate lounging veranda with a custom daybed. Nicaraguan travertine marble covers the bedroom floor. There is a wet room, double vanity, spacious walk-in closet and double-headed shower. The furniture, fabrics and lighting fixtures also lend to the authentic feel, all handcrafted in a refined local style.
Go for the Golf; Stay for the Spa
An 18-hole golf course designed by David McLay Kidd (Bandon Dunes and the Castle Course in St. Andrew) is a central amenity of Mukul Resort as is the spa – a design of six private suites, each themed and tailored to be temples of ancient healing arts, from mystic crystals to shamanic magic. Journeys can run from a single treatment to a full day healing immersion.
Daring Days, Delicious Nights
At the end of the day, whether spent surfing, hiking (Mukul links up to 15 miles of jungle trails), golfing, exploring some of the country’s 50 volcanoes or touring some of the countries historic colonial towns, Mukul welcomes guests with some of the Flor de Caña, Nicaragua’s royalty of rums. And, for those so inclined, a delicately hand-rolled cigar (Nicaragua is the top producer of premium cigars in the Americas) adds just the right panache.
Dining is a delight over the ocean and breaking waves. Dining choices can be fancy or casual. La Mesa offers tasting menus with four-, five-, and six-course meals paired with just the right wines. Fresh seafood is always in season. Casual meals at La Terrazza see eclectic fare to please fussy children and picky gourmands alike. It’s open for all meals. Having a peaceful in-room breakfast on the private terrace over the ocean after a yoga lesson simply has no comparables. For some added zest, visitors can head to the village of Gigante down the road to try local dishes and wrap themselves in the local color.
To get to Mukul from the U.S., guests can choose to fly in from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua and then take a 20-minute flight to Mukul’s local Costa Esmeralda Airport, 15 minutes away from the resort. Or they can fly in from San Jose (SJO) or Liberia (LIR) in Costa Rica on a 30-minute flight via Sansa Airlines to Costa Esmeralda Airport and be met by a private driver. Guests can also take their time getting to Mukul. The resort is a two-hour drive from Managua. The Nicaraguan capital Managua is an easy two- or three-hour flight from such U.S. gateways as Miami, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta. Flights are also available from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and Dallas.
Rates at Mukul start at around $500 a night. Packages with breakfast and transfers are available.
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa
(+011 505) 25 63 71 00
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