One of my closest friends recently came back from a trip to Nicaragua with her husband and two kids, and raved about the most amazing, intimate, luxury, beachfront resort: Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa. She said it was such a gem and that it should absolutely be on my bucket list. I’ve been hearing that Nicaragua is going to be the next Costa Rica. There’s world-class surfing, volcanoes, rainforests and pristine beaches, and Mukul (which means secret in Mayan) is the place to stay for those who want both adventure and pampering (that would be moi). The resort is set on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, and is spread out on 1,670 acres of stunning grounds, featuring 37 spacious rooms with private pools and ocean views. There’s plenty to do with activities such as hiking, yoga, nature walks, fishing and a David McLay Kidd-designed 18-hole golf course. Most of the artwork and furnishings seen throughout the property and in guest rooms are made locally in Nicaragua.
There’s also a sublime spa with treatments from around the world and a kids club for when adults need a break. I’m sold! Rates start at $550.