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Mukul Resort Nicaragua

First Look – Nicaragua’s Not-So-Secret Secret: Mukul
April 3, 2013
By , Contributor

Some secrets are impossible to keep. Like the opening of Mukul, the hottest new $250-million five-star resort in the hottest new Central American destination. Frankly, this one is going to be tough to keep under wraps. “Mukul” might be Mayan for “secret,” and the resort may be run so that it feels like one, but we believe it is our obligation – as your friend – to let you know.

Mukul is on a plot of prime real estate on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, a 30-mile stretch of Pacific shoreline with verdant jungles, craggy cliffs, and white-sand beaches. Thirty-seven villas, bohios (treehouses), and the owner’s rentable private home are spread out across 1,670 beachfront acres. This is basically like having 45 acres all to yourself – we did the math. You have ocean views, a private deck with pool, a lounging palapa, and a personal staff all to yourself, too. All you need to decide is whether you want to be on Playa Manzanillo or 300 feet above it, sheltered in the rainforest canopy. And if you decide to bring the whole crew (and the owners aren’t in residence), Casona Don Carlos gives you 20,000 square feet and six bedrooms to stretch out in. The resort was designed by the teams behind Las Ventanas, One & Only Palmilla, and Rosewood Mayakoba, but Mukul doesn’t shirk its homeland roots in the name of luxury. The carved teak tables, Masaya Volcano clay lamps, and rum barrel stave headboards are all handmade by Nicaraguan artisans.

When you aren’t teeing off at the 18-hole Guacalito Golf Course or hiking the seven miles of nearby nature trails, you can spend your days at the Mukul Beach Club. Laze by the pool, hit the bar for a native Flor de Caña rum tasting or a local Toña, and grab a bite at the beach terrace. Or luxuriate at the ultra-private Spa Mukul, which foregoes a traditional spa set-up for six spa casitas – which basically means that you can choose your own spa adventure, from a Turkish hammam to an Asian Healing Hut. Casita Mukul even incorporates indigenous healing therapies into its treatments, including Nicaraguan medicinal plants grown on the property to a volcanic clay body scrub.

Now that we’ve let you in on the secret, as your friend, we’d appreciate an invitation.