North America Travel

Best Hotels in Nicaragua: Aqua Wellness Resort

Nicaragua, a country that has yet to be discovered or explored by many, is a land of infinite natural beauty with its lush tropical forests, home to emerald beaches in the Pacific side and islands with caribbean waters in the Atlantic side, home to many volcanoes,  great surfing beaches and pristine coastlines which it shares with its neighboring sister country, Costa Rica.

Situated in Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast on the Pacific Ocean,  Aqua Wellness Resort is an upscale, eco friendly and secluded resort that is completely surrounded by the signature untouched beauty of this country, allowing its guests to submerse themselves into the tranquil and serene setting.

The hotel is the perfect combination of comfort and luxury and nature and eco friendly. Serving as a great example of this are the rooms. The rooms have been designed as tree houses perched into the forest in order to create less damage to the forest itself and the natural habitat of all the animals that call it home, as well as to offer breathtaking views of the beach, ocean, mountains or forests that surround the hotel. We were welcomed into an ocean view luxury treehouse with an infinity pool, deck and private kitchen, designed in a way that you can enjoy the view while having a snack in the kitchen or even in the shower.

There are a variety of rooms, each offering different perks. There are some beach front villas, offering forest views with or without a pool, other 2 story tree houses perfect for bigger groups or families, others with pool and a forest view from above like the one below.

Regardless of where your room is located, you will have neighbors sneaking in perhaps drinking water out of your pool, or maybe kicking back and enjoying a lazy morning in the tree branch in front of you. Yes, by neighbors I mean monkeys. Oh and don’t let them fool you, some make sounds like they are bears or another bigger animal, but they are just howler monkeys.

Don’t think that the good views are exclusive to day time either. You must, I repeat, must, sit on on your deck/porch at night and stargaze. You will not believe how beautiful it is, like very few places I have visited.

Offering a private beach completely surrounded by forest and the beautiful and virgin Nicaraguan western coast line, this resort is perfect to embrace nature and forget about everything else, making it the perfect getaway.

Perfect place to watch the sunset too…

Early morning when the tide is high, the water is calm and all the shades of green are exposed by the sun, your eyes will witness why it is called the Emerald Coast. 

But if you really want to see the coast line, the best way is to do the hike in the hotel. The hike is not suitable for everyone, as there are parts where you actually have to climb and some parts where there are drop offs so I wouldn’t suggest hiking all the way to the highest view point for the elderly or with a little one. We were lucky enough that the weather was clear and were able to even see Costa Rica from a far.

A place that you cant miss and I am sure you wont as this is one of the highlights of the hotel, is the yoga platform. From here you can really appreciate and view all of Redonda bay where the hotel is situated in. Almost everyday at 8am and 4pm (check the schedule in reception), either Chloe or Christian host amazing yoga classes. Both my husband and I participated, and we both agree that it was one of the best yoga classes we have attended not only because of the great instructors but also because of the experience that comes with doing yoga in the open air, in the middle of the forest, and with the sounds of the birds and the waves.

If you ask my little one, however, he would say that the highlight was chocolate making. We made traditional Nicaraguan chocolate from scratch that are also vegan friendly so perfect for all of us. If you have tried dark chocolate the taste is similar but it also had a similar taste and smell as coffee. Lets just say the chocolates didn’t last long.

The 3 nights that we were hosted in this property where nothing but wonderful and will leave with sweet and beautiful memories of Nicaragua and with many hopes of returning again. Next time, however, I want to spend one night in Managua so we can visit the active Volcano of Masaya which is one of the few volcanos in the world where you can go at night and witness the lava activity!

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13 Comments
  • Itinera Magica

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    I absolutely love all the pictures in this post. They are perfect! You look gorgeous and this place is a dream. You really convinced me to put Nicaragua on my list

  • Silje

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    I love the photos and this post is so beautiful! As I love nature and ecological thinking, this hotel would be perfect! Nicaragua is undescovered for us so I was quite impressed by the beauty of the country!

  • marie

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    I never thought about Nicaragua as a destination but you make to look very tempting indeed. Beautiful scenery and a wonderful eco Lodge, who could ask for more!

  • Suze

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    Love the shot of the howler monkey drinking from your pool, and of course the unicorn photo! This hotel looks like a dream, and the yoga platform is the perfect place to regenerate

  • Deepika

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    As usual lovely photos Claudia. Also the night starry sky looks amazing. Just wondering though, the monkeys, drinking water from the pool.. omg! Is it safe for them? I would just panic looking at them...

  • Ivy

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    Your photos are phenomenal as usual Claudia! I love eco-friendly properties-I've always wanted to stay in a treehouse WITH an infinity pool, looks like we'll have to visit Nicaragua for that! Do the howler monkeys take anything? When we were in El Nido the monkeys would come on our balcony and take the leftover breakfast before the hotel staff removed it. They're such interesting creatures haha

  • Caitlin Nguyen

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    I have to admit that Nicaragua was not high on my list before because you rarely see out mentioned, but after reading about this hotel, I want to pack up my bags and go there tomorrow. I love the tree house perched high up so you can see all the views unencumbered. I love that they care about the local wildlife and planned it to have minimal impact, yet not taking anything away from the hotel itself. That gorgeous private pool is to die for!

  • Delaine Dcosta

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    I absolutely love the shot of the "sky full of stars". I don't think I've ever seen a sky like that in my life ... or am I just always surrounded by light? Nevertheless, the hotel looks fantastic. Gotta love a place with woody furnishing and your own private pool..

  • Anne-Sophie - City Cookie

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    Seriously, his place looks like paradise! I love how the monkeys come and drink water in the pool, and how eco-friendly the hotel is. I would LOVE to do yoga on that platform, with that view! Looks perfect - and now I really want to visit Nicaragua!

  • Samantha Elisabeth

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    Nicaragua actually hasn't been remotely on my radar, but these photos are making me move up much higher on the travel wander list. I love the idea of wellness resorts and enjoying some gorgeous hiking and yoga each day (though I have a feeling the chocolate making would be my favorite too). Definitely putting Aqua on my to stay list.

  • Jasmine from My Suitcase Journeys

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    I've only recently started thinking about visiting Nicaragua until I saw your photos on Intagram. I mean, wow! It does look like a land of infinite beauty. Everything from gorgeous infinity pool views to stargazing at the beautiful night sky... I'm surprised there aren't more people who visit! And I love that treehouse concept!!! I grew up in an apartment and always dreamed about living in a treehouse like the ones in movies. Definitely bookmarking this!

  • Nicole Arnott

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    This place looks like my idea retreat! I'm backpacking around Central America this year but I'd love to treat myself to a stay here. Those stars look amazing and you guys practically have your own private beach. Thanks so much for sharing this, it's definitely on my wishlist now!

    1. Claudia

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      Thank you Nicole! Backpacking around Central America sounds like an adventure and a stay at Aqua would definitely be a treat! Yes the beach on the resort is private, but there is also public beach just a 10-15min walk away. :)

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