tretching across 1,675 acres of Nicaragua’s western Emerald Coast, Mukul, an Auberge Resort, is a sacred escape for travelers who value privacy. Translating to “secret” from a Mayan language, Mukul is a family-owned, luxury eco-resort with fewer than 40 rooms that those in the know desperately try to keep hush-hush.
Despite guests’ efforts, the upscale resort’s unique opportunities to interact with the indigenous community and environment have landed it on lists like Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Resorts in Central America and Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards -- so we know this property won’t be a secret for long. Here are 15 reasons why we can no longer keep this place to ourselves:
The 5-star resort was constructed by local craftsmen to blend seamlessly into its surroundings and supports healthcare, education and clean water efforts in nearby villages. Philanthropic guests are welcome to volunteer and donate towards the cause.
Suites are tucked into the rain forest canopy with wraparound teak decks and private plunge pools suspended over the shoreline.
Villas are the hidden homes-away-from-home of your dreams -- think direct beach access and private gardens with outdoor lava-rock showers and hammocks.
Private spa suites can be reserved for a few hours or an entire day and offer unique treatments like hydrotherapy, chakra healing sessions and traditional hammam rituals.
Not just a sanctuary for humans, the resort designated part of its beach to repopulating the indigenous sea-turtle population and releases baby turtles between September and May.
The wellness resort nurtures guests from the inside out by dishing up Mexican, French, Mediterranean and Asian-inspired menus curated from local ingredients …
… And from the outside in with complimentary yoga classes hosted daily in the treetop pavilion.
Bottles of Nicaragua’s Flor de Caña rum are an exclusive – and free -- perk when staying at Mukul.
Visitors can explore the surrounding waters above or below sea level with free use of the resort’s kayaks and snorkels.
Or coast down an active volcano by booking an ash-boarding excursion through the concierge.
Arrange for a post-adventure picnic on the beach -- the concierge will have your spread waiting upon your return.
Those looking to stay put can soak up the sunshine – with a side of coconut water – in a beachside hammock.
The resort’s Cigar Lounge educates adults about the country’s tobacco tradition on the beach...
… While the complimentary kids club keeps tiny travelers entertained.
No matter how you fill your days, evenings at Mukul are best-spent getting lost under the stars.