The recent opening of the country’s first five-star hotel, the Mukul, makes Nicaragua an A-list getaway contender and attracting recent visitors like Michael Douglas and Morgan Freeman, says the Hollywood Reporter.
Though there is no direct flight from Los Angeles, Nicaragua is accessible by way of Costa Rica, Panama and El Salvador, less than an hour by air.
Carlos Pellas, a Nicaraguan business mogul who hails from one of the wealthiest families in Nicaragua, spent US$250 million dollars building the luxurious Mukul hotel along the country’s Emerald Coast. Pristine jungles, untouched beaches and great surfing make this 37-room boutique resort a real gem.
Rooms start at $550 a night, but for those wanting a little more space, there’s the 20,000-square-foot oceanfront compound called the Casona Don Carlos, which comes complete with six suites, 80-foot-high palapa ceilings and a large private swimming pool. But prepare to pay $8,600 a night for the privilege.
Just an hour away from the hotel is a fishing village called San Juan Del Sur, which gained international attention when Survivor took its show to the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The quaint village with the killer waves is also a hot spot for brave Hollywood surfers such as Matthew McConaughey and Josh Brolin.
Morgan’s Rock is the place to stay in San Juan Del Sur, with guests being able to experience both local wildlife and the Pacific Ocean. There are 15 cottages with easy access to 4,000-acres of Nicaraguan jungle, nearly half is a government-protected reserve. Prices for bungalows at the eco-chic lodge start at $235.