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
Parking on site
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
Eco-friendly treehouse resort on an empty Nicaraguan beach, with morning yoga sessions and a locavore restaurant
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.