What We Love
- Each room is provided one ATV to explore the surrounding nature reserve
- A complimentary bottle of Flor de Caña rum, presented upon arrival
- Unobstructed views of the Mombacho Volcano
- An annual onsite yoga retreat
What To Know
- Don’t be surprised if you receive an email prior to your stay, asking how you take your coffee—hospitality takes on new heights here
- Over 12 percent of Nicaragua’s 700 animal species reside here
- The resort is predominantly solar-powered
Despite its mountainous backdrop—home to 14,000 trees, 73 bird species, and unbeatable volcano vistas—this beguiling eight-room property is anything but rugged. The otherworldly vision of Central American philanthropist Alfredo Pellas Jr. and his wife Theresa pairs intimate affluence with a conservationist’s zeal. Case in point: the one-on-one cooking lesson with the chef-in-residence features produce from the resort’s 13,000-square-foot organic vegetable garden. Though sustainability doesn’t overpower style here. Accommodations consist of four stone-and-glass villas and one four-bedroom residence (the latter comes with its own infinity-edge “hot tub”), kitted out in local woods, leathers, and cowhides. At the property’s heart is an airy communal space, the Casa Club, featuring a swish lobby lounge and panoramic views of the surrounding bluffs. It’s the outdoor experiences, though, that are the all-stars here, whether it’s a horseback ride that meanders through the neighboring teak plantation, Ashtanga yoga on a deck surrounded by plumeria blossoms, or a jaunty hike that concludes with 360-degree views of the dazzling property.
In the Area
Tucked in Nandaime, a small farming town, this sweeping countryside retreat is about half an hour from the colonial city of Granada, and two hours from Managua’s international airport. Its most intriguing neighbor, however, is the Pacific Ocean, an hour’s drive west. The hotel can arrange for surfing trips, though real thrill-seekers may opt to swap beach waves for the slopes of Cerro Negro and try their hand at volcano boarding, which involves sliding down a sleep, sooty incline on a plywood sled. With a shooting range, marimba classes, and ATV adventures onsite, though, you may opt to hunker down in your lush hideaway instead.
How to Get There
My husband and I stayed at Villa Genizaro for our first year anniversary. From the moment we got there, our personal ranger, Lewis, did absolutely everything to make of our stay a very special one. He took us to our villa, which had stunning views of the volcano El Mombacho and an impeccable decoration. We truly felt in paradise, and it was very easy to instantly relax. We literally had absolutely nothing to worry about, all sorts of activities were planned and available just for us (horseback riding, shooting, massages in the spa, rides around the reservation and plantations, trips to the aviary, hiking, pool, etc.) but at the same time they were very flexible to what we wanted to do at anytime. It was amazing to be able to combine adventure and relaxation at our own time. They also took the time to surprise us with a romantic dinner with candles and music and with a romantically decorated villa when we came back. I must say that one of the highlights of our trip was the food; the chef is incredible. Every single meal was exquisite and the presentation beautiful. All of the ingredients felt fresh and well combined. I am a very picky client and I literally had no complaints other than having to leave this place. I strongly recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for either a romantic, stress-free getaway or an adventurous vacation with family or friends.
The entire Nekupe journey was unique and exceptional from start to finish. From the unexpected route to get to Nekupe to all the elements of surprise once you arrive at the property. The views although seen from their website were just jaw dropping once you are there and see them with your own eyes. You have your own ranger throughout the trip who also picks you up from the airport and makes sure everything is coordinated for you, our ranger was Lewis and his commitment to making our stay a memorable one did not waver for one second. The property is impeccable. The great thing about Nekupe is that it’s a vacation that you can tailor to your liking whether that’s a lot of leisure time or a more active vacation, you can enjoy massages and pool time or you can go horseback riding, gun shooting, hiking, etc. and of course you can do some of both with makes for a perfect combination. The food was incredible along with the presentation. The drinks were divine, It’s definitely a luxury resort with matching service. It was like nothing I’ve experienced before with regards to service, food, ambiance and the uniqueness of the property. I highly recommended anyone visit Nekupe, it will for sure be an unforgettable experience.
This truly unique spectacular place is special not only for its setting but the people, they are what make this resort exceptional for all who visit. They care deeply about the environment and how we interact with the world. Every delicious meal was lovingly prepared and served —doors were open to see what was going on in the kitchen. This must be experienced to truly understand the magic —enchantment—I was spellbound. Peter, Luis, Valerio, Julio, Carlos & Nicholas thank you....and so many more. To the owners for envisioned this place —-remarkable innovation and heartfelt thank you, would not have changed a moment