February 11, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Mukul Beach Golf & Spa in Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Set along Nicaragua's jungle and beach-laden Pacific shoreline, Mukul Beach Golf & Spa - part of the Legend collection of Preferred Hotels & Resorts is the crown jewel in a strip of land known as the Emerald Coast. Borrowing its name from the Mayan word for "secret," Mukul proudly boasts accommodations and service unparalleled in the region and beyond. The immaculate white sands of Playa Manzanillo stretch out around the resort, creating a breathtaking backdrop for 37 freestanding villas, bohios, and Casona don Carlos—the stunning private beach residence belonging to the proprietor's family. Enjoy barefoot luxury at its finest with amenities like bi-level accommodations, wraparound decks, private swimming pool, and your very own mukul garden. Pristine bathrooms include dual vanities and opulent soaking tubs. Guests of Mukul will savor the visceral experience of the indoor monsoon shower and delight in the tranquility of the outdoor rain shower.
Take your intimate barefoot experience one step further when it comes to dining. As the sand warms your toes and the moon lights the way, enjoy a true taste of Nicaragua at the beach restaurant. If there is one experience every guest should have at Mukul, it is private dining, with an exquisite dining room by the sea, and tantalizing Mesoamerican ingredients it is the best kept secret. Unparalleled in its beauty and luxury, Mukul Beach, Golf, & Spa offers guests every opportunity for rest, relaxation, and recreation with an 18-hole golf course, glistening swimming pool, beach club, and spa: just pick your pleasure. Spa Mukul boasts six striking casitas and an extensive menu of treatments, transforming your beach vacation into a spa treat. Spend days exploring the abundance of beauty abound, from the jungles to the sea, Mukul Beach, Golf, & Spa is a secret that will be difficult to keep.
Location of Mukul Beach Golf & Spa
Nearest Airport: MGA
Amenities for Mukul Beach Golf & Spa
- General Information
- Pet Friendly
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- Handicap Accessible Facilities
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa on Property
- Fitness Center
- Beach Club
- 18-Hole Golf Course
- In-Room Amenities
- In-Room Safes
- Private Decks
- Private Plunge Pools
- Nature Walks
- Kids Club
- Historic Sites
Reviews for Mukul Beach Golf & Spa
This is not a five star hotel as we know five stars. It is mediocre at best. Staff is friendly and tries hard but just doesn't cut it. Food is just okay. There is no decent bar for cocktails...the only bar is on the beach and doesn't face the ocean!! The accommodations are nice, but the rooms are very dark!!! My spa experience was odd - the massage was great, but the room had another massage bed in it for a couples massage (even though I was a single), which made the experience somewhat bizarre. Overall, It misses the mark all around.
bmv60 - New York City, New York
I wanted guaranteed perfect weather, nice beach, plenty of sun and no rain and found Nicaragua to match those expectations. We selected Mukul (secret in Spanish) since it was only 5 years old and claimed to be 5-star (which for Nicaragua is very true). Nicaragua is perfectly safe and the Managua airport is efficient and fairly modern. The biggest issue with Mukul is getting there. Delta flies daily from Atlanta but the flight doesn't arrive until 9PM. From Managua you have to drive 2 hours plus to the resort so we didn't arrive until 11:30PM (Mukul should offer one night free for this exercise). We then had to wake up at 3AM to make the 8:30AM return flight. There is a small airport by Mukul but the issue is private jets cannot fly in the dark so you have to stay overnight in Managua and fly out the next morning. No thanks. For Mukul to truly succeed and expand, Costa Esmeralda airport needs to be updated with transfer service provided. Driving on a two land road which is shared by walkers, cyclists, scooters, motorcycles, cars, trucks, and even donkeys is stressful. Now for the resort. Built and owned by one of the most successful business families, Don Carlos Pennas, who owns some 20 companies including Flor de Cana rum (very tasty), Mukul has amazing potential if it was truly built for tourists. When we visited, it was 80% American and 20% other, mostly U.K. and European. We had very high expectations and compared Mukul to other 5-star resorts in Cabo, Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Maya. Based on this, ratings range from 2 to 5 stars. Rooms-4 stars: We had a beachfront villa which is highly recommended. The resort is built on a mountain range with the main area on the beach level and spa and 24 "bohio" rooms on the upper level which requires a golf cart to get up and down. There are only 6 beachfront villas with another 6 built above that still offer great views and easy access to the main area. Villa featured very nice pool, comfortable furniture, outdoor shower, huge bathroom area. However very dark, amenities average at best and no fresh flowers, candles or Mukul branded caps for guests. You do receive some rum, comp beer and soft drinks. Note: There is also a pair of Presidential suites available and part of the 800-acre site includes condos and single family homes, many available for rent. Beach & Pool- 5 Stars. We came for the weather and the beach. Bingo. One mile hard sand beach on the Pacific side of Nicaragua offers amazing sunsets, 80F water and great sound of waves. The beach spans about a mile and is mostly deserted. Pool area features great lounge chairs and nice soft music. Note: Hard to believe but families bring kids here. Although there is a kids pool and camp area, they still hung around the adult pool. It would be nice for Mukul to limit the age to 16 and over except at Christmas and Easter. Food- 2-4 Stars. Breakfast and lunch earn 4 stars with freshly prepared eggs, sauces, freshly grilled shrimp and fish, fresh squeezed juices and hot coffee. Dinner unfortunately earns 2 stars and is a terrible experience. La Mesa is poorly designed and no one ate there (and should close). The main restaurant, La Terraza, open for breakfast and lunch makes no attempt to update their presentation for dinner. Food is mediocre. Best bet: Beach & Golf club which is mostly for members. They have decent pizza, sandwiches, fresh fish and very reasonable wine list. Note: The beach barbecue on Thursday at the resort is the highlight. Bars: 2-Stars and that is generous. There isn't a bar you can sit and enjoy the ocean. The beach bar faces the wrong way, doesn't have a roof and is not even used to make drinks during the day. The lounge bar is nothing more than a table with a few bottles of liquor on it. Only live music we noticed was on Friday. There is a nice rum tasting room (free tastings from 4:30 to 5:30 daily) but hello, we like wine and there is no wine cellar. Spa-3 Stars. I have never been to a 5-star resort that doesn't offer a locker room for men and women, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. The spa reception area is horrific. The spa features 6 "temples" each with a different theme that are beautiful in design but only available with services. Plus the spa is on the top of the hill when it needs to be on the bottom. Massage services were very good and the Temples are nice. But no fresh fruit, no hot tea or anything served except for water. Gym is located near the main lobby and pretty decent. Plenty of yoga mats and they offer free yoga classes at 8AM daily. Service- 4 Stars. Staff is very friendly and staff to guest ratio is over the top. Bottled water in ice bucket served on the beach. However they need to offer privacy flags when you don't want to be bothered and they need to update the beach/pool food service presentation. Overall: Auberge resorts took over managing Mukul a month ago and it will be interesting to see what changes take place. What Mukul needs most is more room to add a second restaurant with ocean view, and make a TIKI bar. Alas, ownership decided to build oceanfront homes directly next to the resort where you hear constant hammering and sawing noises from 7AM to 4PM taking away the space Mukul needs to expand. Mukul has great potential and could be a repeat resort if investments are made in the right areas. For sure fix the food issue immediately. And if John V. really wants to know what is going on, make your presence known on the property and even have a manager's reception once a week.
LGspartan - Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Great experience. Luxery with local material and flavors. A gem in the pacific coast. Most impressive detail: the largest trasplanted tree in the history of humanity. For golf entusiasts is the place to go hands down. PGA tour coming soon.
emclamar - Managua, Nicaragua
I've been lucky enough to visit high end beach hotels, clubs, and resorts in the U.S. (Massachusetts, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, California, Hawaii), the Caribbean (the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, the Virgin Islands, Nevis, Antigua, Barbados), and Bermuda. Kukul is one of the best regardless of price, and for the room rates they charge the best value of the high end resorts at least I've been to.
James A - New Haven, Connecticut
Mukul is a lovely resort, however a number of shortfalls means it does not live up to its potential. We stayed here for 5 nights in November in an ocean-view bohio. The room was nicely appointed, with lovely views. The one criticism we had of these bohios is that given they are located up on the hillside, the walkway up is very steep, and you basically need to take golf carts (driven by staff) up and down, especially at night. Waiting for these carts does get a bit tiresome after 5 days. The main resort is beautiful, especially the open air foyer and ocean front pool. However, on the day we arrived the whole area was covered in a temporary stage from a wedding held the day before. It took our entire first day for this to be taken down. The next day the beach in front of the resort was still covered in silver confetti and wasnâ€™t usable (staff were still trying to clean it up). Finally there is a large villa being constructed next to the main resort and the drilling does slightly ruin attempts to relax on the beach. After complaining to management about this inconvenience, we were given one of our meals at the resort free of charge. There is also a beach club further down the beach (we had to use this for the first 2 days due to the wedding). This is mainly for the private villas at a sister resort, but can be used by guests. The beach area here is actually better than the one at the main resort, but is a bit of a walk down the beach and is also much busier. The spa was good, as would be expected at a resort of this type. I had a very good massage and the staff are well trained. There are two main reasons I have given Mukul a 3 rating and this relates to the food on offer and level of service. The food is simply not up to scratch for a 5 star resort. There is only one restaurant at the main Mukul resort and this has the same menu every day for lunch and the exact same one again for dinner. This menu is uninspiring and not one meal we had stands out. It needs to be of a higher quality and it needs to vary. The resort does have some nights where they offer a specific themed menu. We were partially looking forward to the Mexican menu on one of our nights there, however on arriving at the restaurant at 7.30 we were told they had already sold out of it! There is another restaurant down at the Beach Club, but this again the menu and food here is average and nothing stand out (I canâ€™t even remember what we ate there) On the service side I agree with other reviews on here. The staff really do want to help and they try their best. I simply think they have not had enough training. For a purported 5 star resort, Mukul does not deliver the level of service you would expect for the prices they charge. We regularly had to go get our own towels when we arrived at the beach or pool area. There never was anyone around to provide pool or beach service (we had to go looking for someone more often than not) and you invariably have to ask for things many times before it comes. As an example, the resort offers a morning coffee delivery to your villa (not something we specifically asked for). This only turned up 2 out of the 5 days we were there! On balance I would say the issues we experienced can be fixed (resort management has recently been taken over by Auberge which could help), but we would hesitate to return until they have invested more in training their staff and improving their food offering.
bfhk - London