I’m so excited to share a little about one our favorite places in Nicaragua! We visited last month to celebrate my grandmas 90th birthday. It was an epic family reunion we are still dreaming about.
Nicaragua is quickly becoming a favorite travel destination, and not just for the backpackers and adventure seekers. Nicaragua’s first 5-Star Resort, Mukul, is one of the reasons why. My husband and I were lucky enough to stay at this incredible resort the first month they opened in 2013, and met the owner Mr. Pellas. When we visit Nicaragua, we always make a trip to visit this slice of heaven, and view their incredible progress. This time, we were able to visit the new Ceiba Restaurant, and beach club, and then got in little spa time. But trust me, if you happen to visit beautiful Nicaragua, you must make some time to stay at this resort. You will not regret it! It is a destination in itself.
This place is a hidden Gem! The name, Mukul, is Mayan for “secret.” But this is no hidden Gem to those seeking the ultimate luxury in travel! Celebrities from Morgan Freeman, to Scarlett Johansson to Katherine Zeta Jones are huge fans. This stunning 40 million dollar project was created by Don Carlos Pellas, a Nicaraguan visionary! He is changing the face of tourism in Nicaragua. And, as a Nicaraguan American it makes me so proud to know that he has given his heart and soul to this cause. It’s his legacy to bring his country out of poverty and showcase its beauty to the world.
Mukul’s beautiful tropical coast spans 1,670 acres across Playa Manzanillo, where you will find surf, sand, lush cliff walls, and views for days! This resort features 39 Bohíos and Villas each with pool, private beach and amazing pampering service. And, if the Pellas family is not staying at their home, you are able to rent it out. You will also be able to enjoy gourmet cuisine, world class golf course, and one of the most beautiful spas in the world.
Our MuKul Day Trip:
We headed to Mukul to visit their newest restaurant, Ceiba. Just as the other gourmet dining on the property, it did not disappoint. When we arrived we were greeted by the wonderful staff. They had a beautiful ocean view table waiting for us. My family and I were so hungry (as we always are on vacation) so we quickly browsed the menu. We were so pleased to see the varieties of options on the menu. They had everything from ceviche to tacos to traditional Nicaraguan dishes, even sushi. We had delicious fish tacos, tostones and sushi! And, the main course was just as good. We all decided on fish and steak lunch entree. Two things that are must try when in Nicaragua.
When you visit Mukul, make sure to check out their newest restaurant, Ceiba, which is located at the beach club. Take a stroll on the beach and stop by the beach bar for their Happy Hour specials and enjoy the gorgeous sunset.
Spa Mukul Experience:
After lunch my family relaxed at the beach and pool, while I headed to their world class spa.
Spa Mukul features, 6 private spa treatment Villas each with its own theme; from Crystal temple to Rainforest to Secret garden. They use different ancient healing rituals, using many local nicaraguan ingredients. There is no need to worry about other people during your time of oasis. Your personal escort takes you to your private spa villa, where you are allotted at least 3 hours or you can reserve for an entire day which is located at the top with stunning views of the beach below. Can you just picture this? Pure Bliss!
I was greeted by my therapist who guided me to my private Villa. There I received a foot bath ritual and she went over some basic questions regarding my areas of concern. Afterwards, I changed into my robe and was told that I should start with a steam room as this helps to loosen the muscles. Then I was off to start my massage. I got a combination of swedish and hot stone 90 minute massage. Let me just say, that they do not leave one knot behind. I melted into the table as she worked each part of my tired and sore body. Mama life is hard guys! And this was the type of massage I was dire need of.
After my treatment, she escorted me outside to my private patio and pool. As I mentioned above, you can take your time to relax enjoy some treats and the views as your heart desires. There is no one waiting in the lobby!
You cannot go to Mukul, an Auberge Resorts Collection without visiting this world class spa. And when you do, just get ready to be pampered and taken away to your own private oasis!
You need to experience the magic of Mukul, I promise you, you won’t ever want to leave.
“We have been charged as stewards. Stewards of the Earth. Yet not only of our planet, but also of the cultures of its peoples. And as long as humanity has dwelled upon this wonderful world—each tribe sharing its ways with the others—our unalterable charge has never changed. And never will.”
— DON CARLOS PELLAS
To learn more or book a stay visit Mukul.