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 has become one of my favorite beach resorts in the world. I have to confess I was pleasantly surprised (maybe even shocked) to find a property of this world-class caliber hiding on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. For those whose image of Nicaragua is formed by memories of the war fought here 30 years ago, the nation will be a great surprise: it is calm, extremely safe (one of the safest in the world, actually), and the people are as kind, gentle, and welcoming as any I have met in Latin America. From Managua, a 2:30 drive (don't miss stopping in Grenada, the oldest town in Nicaragua) or a short flight will get one to Mukul. I can say that I have rarely received the kind of warm greeting at a hotel that I received here. The staff is welcoming, kind, and helpful, and every single one speaks English adequately (in many cases, quite well). I believe they know that gringos coming to a Nicaraguan resort may not know quite what to expect, and they are determined to prove themselves the equal of anything found in North America, Asia, or Europe. The layout of the property is well planned, and though it is spread out, the staff is quick to provide directions or transport in the ubiquitous golf carts. The villas are private, spacious, and beautifully appointed, and built out of stone and wood in a way that is both rustic, yet simultaneously modern and comfortable. The decor is wonderful, mostly heavy woods from around Nicaragua (including "hurricane trees" that were salvaged from a storm on the Caribbean side of the country and used to build the great welcoming hall). Each villas has a private pool (carefully screen with native flora), and a view of the surf just steps away. The food is healthy, fresh, and imaginative. Most of the ingredients are local. Two fine restaurants are located about 1 KM apart on their wide, private beach. Best of all, they have organized a terrific program of activities, from visiting nearby volcanoes and towns, to archery, golf, and water sports. There is a world class surfing school from Australia that has been brought in to operate their surfing school. The waves are the widest, most consistent waves I have seen (reminiscent of Nosera, Costa Rica): perfect for a struggling surfer like me. I am fond of long ocean swims, and Mukul is perfect for that as well: once past the first hundred yards of surf, the bay turns into a swimming pool a mile or two across! After a hard day in the water, do not neglect the spa, which aims at being one of the top 10 in the world. The treatments are delivered in six private "temples" overlooking the water, with a range of treatments and quality of therapists that match any I have found elsewhere. Anyone looking for a remote location to bring a loved one to enjoy a world class spot for romance would do well to choose Mukul.
Patrick B - Salt Lake City, Utah
Staff are always ready and nearby to make sure you are comfortable and well taken care but never in your office. The staff genuinely seem to want you to have a great time and are quite hilarious with their jokes. They also never miss a beat making sure you have a drink in your hand. The beach is postcard perfect and the bohios are an oasis of calm that defy definition. The attention to detail is outstanding with every little details thought of. I've been to many resorts but I have not seen many, if any that run as smooth as Mukul.
Mukul is a luxury resort in a spectacular environment, but to be perfect paradise it should be a bit more authentic (Mukul could be anywhere in the world, the design is not particular Nicaraguan) and with room prices going close to or even above 4 figures, sports equipment rentals and non alcoholic mini bar should be included (whatever specific rate is booked). Checking in process could also be streamlined (most of the information asked for was already provided during online reservation). Overall great stay, which easily could have been perfect.
This is truly a remarkable place. First rate in every way. The property is huge and kept in immaculate condition. The food is extraordinary (have the nakatamal for breakfast; don't ask, just try it), We did one of the spa "temples" which was transcendent. We also did the tasting menu one night in the La Mesa restaurant. There was as much or as little to do as we wished. We did the yoga (Juan Carlo! Fantastic!), and mediation. But we wished we had taken the bikes and the hikes, the painting class, and the archery. Look, you come to a place like this for luxury and here, on top o that there is an enormous warmth and caring. The staff are all memorable: Mario, Orlando, Ronny, Jorge, Cindy and Maria. We had Bohio 6 and spent much of our time just staring at the ocean, watching surfers. Idid use the gym one day. The boutique was not yet open. We did a private tour with Juan Ponce who was wonderful, and the wifi is strong not just all over the resort but in the cars, too. The pool is clean and the food poolside was fantastic. All the amenities were first rate, down to small details, like morning coffee or the pamphlet in your room identifying all the wildlife (and there is so much!), or the small gifts left in your room. Try the rum and the cigars while you are here. This place cannot make its numbers since it has so few rooms; it is about attracting others to this country with a new economy and new tourism. Enjoy the solitude and first rate service. We will be back.
Deirdre h - Minneapolis, Minnesota
My husband and I spent a week at Mukul and loved it. We traveled at a non peak season and it was so quiet and private. The beach is beautiful, surrounded by a dense jungle. Most days on the beach we were completely alone. We had decided on the all inclusive package, and it was wonderful. The staff seemed a little unsure how to process it, so I'm assuming they are still getting that worked out. But it was fine and worked well for us. One of the highlights of the trip was our anniversary dinner, prepared by the chef. The chef asked for our likes and dislikes and created an amazing dinner, paired with wine, just for us. It was one of the best meals of my life. All the food was delicious, but this meal was out of this world. We know good food, and Mukul did not disappoint. Everything we ate was delicious. We upgraded to an oceanfront after we arrived and it was worth every penny. Our plunge pool overlooked the ocean and we could walk straight out to the beach. We originally had an ocean view, and that was the one thing I was disappointed with on the trip. We really could only see a sliver of the ocean through the trees and so we upgraded. They were great about it and accommodated us, but the oceanfront is the way to go. We arrived in Managua and stayed 2 nights before going to Mukul. This was great for us, as we spent a day touring around the Managua area, seeing the sights, before our drive out to Mukul. The drive itself wasn't bad and if you've never been to Nicaragua, very interesting. We loved the culture and seeing the real side of Nicaragua, not just our hotel. If we return, I will look into the new airport close to the hotel, just for convenience, but the drive isn't that bad and we found it really fun. The luxury, service, beach, food, and overall setting of Mukul make it my absolute favorite place I have ever visited. We didn't do really anything but relax, but I know there was good surfing, yoga, hikes, etc. Maybe next time, but this time was all about relaxation and Mukul was the perfect spot. We had massages as well and it was heavenly. We will be back and might even consider bringing our boys at some point. Mukul lived up to our expectations and was even better.
LanaDorazio - arizona