Aqua Wellness Resort
What We Love
- Private and empty horseshoe-shaped beach
- Yoga and more taught by qualified instructors
- Treehouse-style accommodations, some with decks and private plunge pools
- Healthy meals made from locally-produced ingredients
- Community outreach programs give guests the chance to help locals
- Plenty of outdoor eco-activities
- Treehouses are high up on a hill, and some have beach views
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What To Know
- Members are required to contact the resort directly and provide contact and flight information so they can coordinate the pickup and adjust for flight delays
- Guests renting a car at the airport should avoid driving at night unless they’re familiar with the area
- Low-key resort with few bells and whistles
- Steep uphill hike from the beach to your treehouse
- More suited to young travelers than families with kids
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the property upon checkout
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Just south of the tiny fishing village of Gigante in the Tola district of Nicaragua (within 30 miles of the Costa Rica border and about a mile from world class surfing spots Manzanillo and Colorado) lies the Aqua Nicaragua Yoga Wellness Retreat & Resort. Twenty-four eco-friendly treehouses dot the verdant jungle hillside of ginger, banana trees and bamboo, connected by lava stone pathways and wooden bridges. It’s the type of escape where yoga and meditation sessions kick off the day and are followed by a treatment or two at the swank spa, with the Pacific Ocean providing the perfect soothing soundtrack to complete the Zen ambience.
Bed and Bath
Set on stilts overlooking the empty beach below, the 24 treehouses are constructed with nature in mind. Think cathedral ceilings with exposed rafters, hardwood floors, natural stone surfaces, teak rainfall showers and indoor/outdoor living spaces. The low-slung platform beds are wrapped in white linens, and violet throw pillows add a pop of color; it’s worth upgrading to a Luxury Suite for a fully equipped kitchen, outdoor Balinese shower and private plunge pool.
The emphasis here is on health and wellness. Book a yoga class (the morning class fronting the Pacific Ocean is free), go for a hike, surf, snorkel or fish. When hunger strikes, the open-air Bromelia restaurant serves a mix of Nicaraguan and American food and takes pride in using products from local farmers and ranchers. The chefs get their produce from a nearby organic farm and the catch of the day from a neighboring fishing village; the menu changes regularly, depending on the bounty of the hotel’s herb garden. After dinner, head to the beach bar for a stiff nightcap with friends and family.
In the Area
In the summer, fishing for mahi mahi, red snapper, rooster fish and mackerel is excellent in this region of Nicaragua. The resort organizes tours to nearby Ometepe Island, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The island consists of two dramatic volcanic craters rising out of vast Lake Nicaragua, the largest body of freshwater in the country. And if you’re looking to catch a wave, the isolated beach on which the resort sits is a great place to learn; you can simply book surfing lessons with Aqua’s instructors.
How to Get There
We are a family of 8, and chose Aqua for our final child's high school graduation trip. We loved it! The food was really wonderful - lots of picky eaters and no one had a bad meal. We also had a great driver on the way to the resort, who stopped in Granada to let us buy groceries. Everyone participated in the yoga, and we all loved Mandy's classes. She really adapts to all levels and interests. I highly recommend starting your day with one of her classes. We were incredibly fortunate to have lots of space on the beach to play in the waves and relax in the hammocks. We also really appreciated the registration staff, especially Nora and Manuel, who helped us visit a local school to participate in a small party. Overall, I would really recommend Aqua for a family vacation. They took very good care of us, were always willing to help when we had questions, and allowed us to enjoy our week.
My wife and I have fallen in love with this place. We fall asleep to the soothing noise of crashing waves and we wake to monkeys in the trees and on our balcony. This resort is an oasis of tranquility. We came here to reconnect after the birth of our first child last year and it has brought our relationship to a whole new level. My wife says she had her best massage and exfoliation treatment in her life at the spa. The staff have been so accommodating it is like we are beloved family. The treehouse designs and furnishings are perfect for a location overlooking a beautiful beach in a private bay. The food has been deliciously fresh. My wife and I travel frequently and this has been one of our best trips ever
I can not say enough goof things about Aqua. It is a TRULY magical place. The tree houses, plunge pools, delicious food and views are all outrageous.....but this review is really about the yoga and more specifically Mandy. I booked a private session for myself and a coworker and Mandy went out of her way to perfectly taylor it to each of our fitness levels. She set up the platform so beautifully and really made a safe comfortable place for us (total beginners) to practice. It was such a wonderful positive experience, life changing. Thank you Mandy! Can’t wait to come back!
This is simply one of the most amazing resorts I've ever seen. The construction is so incredible - such obvious quality - and that they did it on the side of these cliffs right on the Pacific Ocean is just astounding. It's also huge, and has small rooms up to full family tree houses.
The Tiki bar down near the rocks is a fabulous place for drinks and meals. The setting is amazing.
This resort could not exist in the United States, simply because there is no way to make it handicap accessible. And if walking, up and down, bothers you, this is not the resort for you. For my wife and I, the walking just burned calories for guilt free food and beverages. Seriously, an amazing place, kind of in the middle of nowhere Nicaragua. (although this area is seeing new development...)
I went with my two kids and wife for a week and we all loved it. Service is excellent, everyone js so welcoming and polite. Food is great; loved dinners facing the sunset ag the beach restaurant. The energy is peaceful and the sunsets are outstanding. The villas are clean and cozy and you literally experience slow life way of living connected to nature. Yoga classes are triple A with the most outstanding views to the ocean. Thank you Karina for making our stay perfect!