The 23 Bohios — treehouse villas perched 300 feet above the beach — are sustainably constructed from native teak and pine, and they have private plunge pools on their decks
The owners, the Pellas family, are truly committed to sustainable tourism: The Don Carlos Pellas Fund for Tourism Excellence supplies microloans to small businesses in the nearby fishing village of Gigante
Daredevils can take a day trip to Cerro Negro for an ashboarding excursion — it’s like snowboarding, only down the ashy side of a volcano rather than a powdery mountain slope
What To Know
Mukul is a two-hour drive from Managua, which has the nearest international airport, but resort butlers will meet guests at the airport and provide transportation to the hotel via luxury coach (it’s included in the rate if you stay four or more nights)
High-rollers can splurge on a helicopter transfer from the airport, which takes just 25 minutes and offers spectacular views of the Emerald Coast
Parking on site
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Sustainable boutique beachfront resort along Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, with treehouse villas, a golf course, and four miles of white sand beach
Sun-worshipers will find plenty to love at this 37-room resort on Playa Manzanillo. The 12 ocean-facing beach villas would be reason enough to come here, complementing the beach without resorting to tackiness: The custom-designed chandelier at the entrance is made from mussel shells, the rooms are decked out in soft beiges and earth tones, and an outdoor palapa provides shade next to the private swimming pool. But the real stars are the 23 Bohios — 621-square-foot treehouse villas perched 300 feet above the beach, with unobstructed views of the sea below. The on-site La Mesa restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner; each menu features a mix of local specialties and American comfort food. For example, breakfast includes coconut and pineapple smoothies and house-made frappuccinos; lunch means plantain patties with rice and beans for an appetizer, followed by linguini with proscuitto and cherry tomatoes. It’s easy to burn off any indulgent calories throughout the day: Pump some iron in the gym, head out on an early morning birdwatching walk to spy on motmots and white-breasted magpies, book a surf lesson with one of the resort’s skilled instructors, or simply stroll down Manzanillo Beach.
In the Area
When the beach gets boring, head over to the newly created Guacalito Golf Course. Built in 2013, the 18-hole course, designed by David McLay Kidd, overlooks the ocean without disturbing the natural surroundings. The trees uprooted to build the course were moved rather than thrown away, a treated-water irrigation system keeps the course green sustainably, and the par-3 18th hole was designed to save some mature trees on the course. Away from the resort and golf course, Nicaragua’s rustic charms reign. Book a private tour of Granada, a 16th-century colonial city in the shadow of the Mombacho volcano. Or take a helicopter tour of the Pacific beaches and Lake Nicaragua, where the Flor de Caña rum distillery awaits. Try the slowly aged rum in Nicaragua’s national cocktail, the Macuá (it’s mixed with guava, orange and lemon juices and a dash of simple syrup). Daredevils should head to the Cerro Negro volcano to try ashboarding, a sport akin to sand- or snowboarding — only you skid down the ashy side of a volcano instead of a sand dune or a snowy slope.