A good barometer to test how the world is changing is tourism. Once a country gets rid of a rotten regime and the people enjoy more freedom, tourists will follow to inject foreign capital into the economy.
A few decades ago, thanks to a corrupt dictatorship and violent freedom movement, Nicaragua would have been one of the least likely countries in the world to entice tourists. With peace and freedom enveloping the nation, Nicaragua is now becoming an attractive place to visit, even more so with the opening of that country’s first truly luxurious resort.
Mukul, is a luxury boutique hotel and spa in Guacalito de la Isla. It is a 676 hectare (1,670 acre) low-density private beach community on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. “Mukul” is the Mayan word for “secret” and it is indeed almost a secret as the property features 37 spacious accommodations, each with an ocean view, pool and private staff.
The Emerald Coast is on the Pacific-side of Nicaragua and is home to pristine jungles, soaring cliffs, and untouched beaches. Located just 145 kilometres (90 miles) from Nicaragua’s capital Managua, Guacalito is Nicaragua’s first “six-star sustainable development project”.
Guacalito boasts an untrammeled six kilometre (four miles) sweep of beach and bluff, of hill and forest, in the southern reaches of Nicaragua that will step forward to introduce the wonders of this exotic country to the world. A tropical paradise for those in search of the exotic and undiscovered, Guacalito de la Isla’s rolling oceanfront land reaches into the sea like two outstretched arms, calming the Pacific waters and extending a warm welcome to enjoy the many benefits and activities of four private beaches.
There are 12 one- and two-bedroom Beach Villas at Mukul, each boasting nine-foot ceilings and walls of glass, which face the gently rolling surf of Playa Manzanillo. With stone walls and gardens providing privacy, the white-stucco, red-tile-roofed Beach Villas exude the ambiance of luxurious vacation homes. Each Beach Villa includes a swimming pool, wrap-around deck, outdoor-lounging palapa and secret garden with an outdoor shower. The impressive bathroom suites include separate “his and hers” vanity areas and a “Liquid Temple” wet room with a soaking tub and monsoon shower. The two-bedroom villas are family compounds with their own private show kitchen, pantry and living room.
The open-air Mukul Beach Club is the heart of Mukul. It is a gathering place where guests can enjoy snacks by the pool, cocktails and tastings of rare Flor de Caña rums in the split-level bar and lounge, and lunch and dinner either in the palapa-shaded Beach Terrace, the barefoot-dining Parrilla, or Mukul Restaurant.