Mukul Beach Golf and Spa
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Winner: Best Eco-Lodge
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Beautiful resort with amazing amenities. Gorgeous beaches. Known for the best surf but be aware it’s not a beach to wade in the water at. Rough surf.
Our villa was gorgeous right on the ocean with direct access from our private pool. Huge accommodations with very comfortable king bed and separate sink areas for myself and husband.
All the restaurants we ate at were delicious. We went fishing and chef prepared Mahi ceviche and tacos for us later that day. We tried their tasting menu dinner but wasn’t that thrilled, better off at the terrace restaurant.
Staff are very friendly and accommodating even with a slight language barrier. All smiles.
Another note to mention is the fact that it’s quite a long drive from Managua to Mukul. There were some dangerous government protests in Managua so the resort flew us to an airport near Mukul from Managua.
It’s pricey but well worth it.
Definitely suggest it to all interested. I wouldn’t recommend as a place to bring younger children.
Visited with my family for a week. Beautiful hidden gem, there were few other guests, including a movie star who said she could not believe how quiet it was, made it feel like our own retreat spot. We had a 2 house villa on the beach with a private pool, which we loved. I practiced yoga dailyon a platform high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, amazing instructor. My daughter took surf lessons from an Sustrdlusn who did an amazing job since she had never surfed before. There was a fishing tournament over the weekend, Mukul's owner invited us to a private beach party as the boats came in, he was so kind and friendly as was his family. There are 3 restaurants on location, food was delicious, breakfast was included which was anything off the menu. We all had massages, the spa has 4 different "temples" for special therapies. We felt so indulged. Would highly recommend Mukul to anyone looking for a great get away in a beautiful location!
This is considered possibly the finest resort in all of Central America, and it would be hard for me to argue. We celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary here and stayed (over the course of 6 days) in 3 different units... beginning with the Ocean View Bohio for one night, then two nights in an Ocean View Villa, and finally the last 3 in a bi-level Ocean Front Villa.
The combination of luxury, beauty, relaxation, food, friendliness, amenities, EVERYTHING... was overwhelmingly perfect! We will definitely visit again!