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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Eco friendly
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Eco-friendly treehouse resort on an empty Nicaraguan beach, with morning yoga sessions and a locavore restaurant

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Aqua Wellness Resort
1 Redonda Bay
El Gigante, undefined Nicaragua

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 687 Reviews
We didn’t want to leave! It was so relaxing.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you for exactly what we needed. Peace, tranquility, nature, monkeys, birds, & beauty!

The staff were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean & comfortable and the plunge pool was well maintained.

We could order food from the restaurant via the reception whats app, which was always speedy service.

The beach is magical. White sands, gorgeous ocean and a small beach bar to buy a cold beer!

The next beach over, Playa Gigante is a lovely welcoming fishing village.

I love the yoga deck!

Thank you for making our stay absolutely perfect!!

Such a beautiful spot!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nestling amongst the trees where the monkeys hang out...listening to the sound of the waves... such an amazing place to be! Accommodation is clean, spacious and beautifully designed with lots of wood. We had two rooms, a kitchen and private pool with a great view of the bay. We ordered food and also cooked our own. The food from Onda restaurant was lovely, I recommend the shrimps to start followed by the chicken quesadilla! We didn’t want to leave our private decking area after two nights of recuperating. Thank you Aqua, we’ll be back for sure!

Review of Onda Restaurant at Aqua
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had lunch with friends several times at Onda, the restaurant at Aqua Wellness Resort. We were staying in a rental house adjacent to the resort. The restaurant currently has two locations. The main location is up the hill adjacent to several of the resort's "treehouses" and has a wonderful view of Redonda Bay. The restaurant was moved up the hill to accommodate construction at its previous location by the beach. We had cevice, fish and drinks here a couple times. The service was excellent. The staff spoke English and were able to accommodate our needs well. The food was excellent. I highly recommend Onda.

The restaurant's secondary location on the beach offers food off the grill as as well as a few specialties. It includes a bar. The beach location is also where you can check our equipment for watersports. Resort guests have free access to equipment, while those staying elsewhere can rent kayaks, paddle boards and other equipment for $5/day. They'll take a credit card. The staff were very helpful in getting us into and out of the water. And my mojito was lovely.

Amazing getaway - natural elegance
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I found out about Aqua online while researching yoga and meditation retreats / centers in Latin America. I didn’t need some place with too much programming, and Aqua offered two daily yoga sessions and also meditation, in addition to what looked like a beautiful setting. As you can see from my own photos, I was not disappointed! Aqua is beautiful, peaceful, and the perfect place to rejuvenate. The staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly, and I even met owners of the hotel there, who were lovely people. The entire resort is natural, eco-friendly, and built right into a jungle and beach setting. You will frequently see and hear howler monkeys right outside of your cabin. And the food was delicious, fresh, and cooked with love. In terms of location, Aqua was super easy to visit, as they arrange transport from/to the airport, and there is a great beach town a short walk away where you can visit other restaurants, bars, hostels, and more. I went to Aqua solo to get some deep rejuvenation, but there were also couples, families, and friends there - it really has a lot to offer for all kinds of vacations. Highly recommend a visit. I hope to go again myself!

Beautiful views and a really unique property with unspoilt beach!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great property in Nicaragua! Views were awesome, we had our own plunge pool and the beach is pristine. Not the hotels fault at all however it was just really quiet. It's because of the situation in Nicaragua however it just meant basically a private beach. Our private kitchen overlooked the Pacific and we woke up every day with howler monkeys! How cool is that?!