November 14, 2017 for 3 nights for 2 adults.
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Aqua Wellness Resort in Tola, Nicaragua
The tree houses at Aqua Wellness Resort serve two purposes. The first, obviously, is to inspire plenty of “I can’t believe we’re doing this!” exclamations, which you’ll catch yourself uttering as you sip champagne in an aerial plunge pool as the sun sinks into Redondo Bay. The other reason for tree living is environmental: By building above the forest floor, Aqua is minimizing its impact on a delicate ecosystem. Get up close and personal with nature – after all, it’s in your living room – and let the yoga classes, organic spa treatments, and healing hillside location work their magic.
Make friends with the neighboring families of howler monkeys who will be your complimentary alarm clock. Watch the sunrise with a cup of coffee as the creatures catch up on the night’s gossip. Spot a bright red tree frog dodge the gaze of a woodpecker. Walk along the shores of a private cove and keep an eye out for tracks from nesting sea turtles. Paddle through mangrove forests. Feast on Nicaraguan churrasco with a glass of fresh-squeezed tamarind, dragon fruit and watermelon juice.
Location of Aqua Wellness Resort
Nearest Airport: MGA
Amenities for Aqua Wellness Resort
- General Information
- 28 Guest Rooms
- Private Dining
- Organic Cuisine
- Vegetarian Cuisine
- On-Site Amenities
- Spa Services
- Private Beach
- Complimentary WiFi
- In-Room Amenities
- Air Conditioning
- Ceiling Fans
- In-Room Safes
- Mini Bar
- Coffee & Tea Facilities
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
- Honeymoons & Romance
- Spa & Wellness
Reviews for Aqua Wellness Resort
It was a boys trip to learn the ways of surfing. Booked just in time to weather Hurricane Nate, although to be fair, it was just a tropical storm at the time. Nevertheless, the winds and rains were more outrageous than I'd ever experienced with a few nerve-racking moments during the course of Nature's counter-attack on us. The staff were superb during the storm. The generator kept us powered and the building structures withstood the onslaught with nominal damage. We had it good. The people at the lower elevations in nearby towns were ravaged by winds and floodwaters which devastated and or completely removed buildings, livestock and even people. We already felt like white, privileged gringos beforehand but that distinction is not a detriment to locals if you help out in times of need and are respectful. To be honest, I was nervous about Nicaragua to begin with. Through that storm and subsequent interactions with people not only has my faith in humanity strengthened but confidence in Nicaragua has blossomed, so much so that I'll head back down in a couple weeks with my family. It's not all fun and games... there are dubious characters, pickpockets and people of ill-repute about, but in the safety of Aqua, you'll not be exposed whatsoever. That sort of thing is more prevalent in the bigger towns... just like you'd find in any big town. Aqua Wellness is a special place. The houses are well thought out and the surrounding jungle is your world. Howler monkeys pay routine visits and tropical birds are frequent passersby. The restaurant food is really good, like really really good. The staff exemplary. It was low season with few guests so we had the luxury of meeting all the staff and even hanging out with local crews cleaning the beach and the odd pick-up baseball game on the beach. One of the guys on our group broke a finger surfing (don't ask) and the staff went way out of their way to help us and him. Overall I would highly recommend this place if you're interested in a remote location that is still a little wild and looking for interesting people who are also wandering souls.
lunk - Montreal
I have to say some of these reviews made me suspicious, but I was so impressed with the pictures online we gave it a try and I'm so glad we did! My husband and I booked the honeymoon package at Aqua for early August. We stayed in an ocean view luxury suite way up in the trees with the most unbelievable view looking down on the ocean. The food was incredible, came out at a reasonable time and was served by the friendliest wait staff. The Spa was awesome, very clean and quiet and the women were wonderful. To address some of the negative reviews: there are a lot of stairs, but we booked expecting this after reading the reviews. The resort is spread out over a large area so this can mean a lot of walking, but it also creates a really private and secluded feel. It was great feeling like there was space and privacy. The rooms weren't built one on top of another. Also, the rooms being located up high above the beach provides the spectacular views from your private balcony. Totally worth the stairs in my opinion. Other negative reviews mention unfriendly staff- this is something we didn't experience at all. Everyone was wonderful from the restaurant staff to the cleaning and maintenance crew to the reception. Some other reviews also mention that Aqua is over priced. My husband and I stayed in other resorts during our trip and Aqua was definitely the most expensive. It was our honeymoon so for us it was worth it, although the money might have gone further elsewhere. It seems like the majority of negative reviews were written by guests whose rooms weren't what they were expecting. The website is confusing in that the pictures are all amazing but the don't exactly specify weather that picture is of a tree house or a suite, or a unit with a pool, etc... This was what I was most nervous about when booking. I wanted to make sure I booked exactly what I was seeing in the pictures- no surprises or disappointments. I sent several emails to Efren, who I booked, with and was very specific in our exchanges when asking what a luxury suite actually is... he was very patient with me, very thorough in explaining what I had booked for and put my mind at ease. No surprises, not a single disappointment. I'm sure the guests who were surprised to see their tree houses didn't have a pool could have saved themselves some frustration if they just prepared a bit before. The website could be better though... maybe with more pictures so guests can get an idea of how the units are different. 5 stars for this place. I'd give it 10 if I could.
A friend was going to spend 8 days at this resort and I invited myself along for a long weekend. Wow, what a wonderful place. The tree houses have what you need however they do not have a fridge in them. They do have tree houses that do. They are called luxury suites. You need to be in relatively good shape to visit this resort. It is quite a hike down to the beach and then back up. This resort will not accommodate people who have any kind of injury, knee issues, or might be in poor health. I did not see an elevator on the property. The location is about a 2 hour drive from Managua airport. They have a $270 charge for transportation round trip. I will definitely return. This place is absolutely beautiful...
dstark1010 - Huntington Beach, California, United States
There are many reasons to visit Nicaragua. If you've never considered it, have a look online at the photos. You'll see lush green country-side, beautiful beaches, a shore-line carved out by the tides and volcanic flow, wildlife on every turn, and many volcanoes, several of which are active and available to visit. Now, pick a resort that takes all of this into account, and offers you access to this beautiful country, right outside your tree house setting. That's Aqua Wellness Resort. We were there a week ago, a short get-away, somewhere to relax, take in the sun and enjoy a quiet beach. And we chose well. From the moment our driver picked us up at the airport, until our return, the staff were all extremely friendly, helpful, anxious to make our stay enjoyable and to make us feel welcome in their country. Don't speak Spanish - no worries, most of the staff speaks English. You can tell right away upon arrival, Aqua went to great lengths to preserve the land in which it is nestled. "Rooms" are tree houses, and upon first glance, you can't see them for the trees they're surrounded by. And then you hear the Howler monkeys, and you know you're in the middle of paradise, as untouched by human intervention as possible. But you're not camping, oh no. You still get pampered! Our room, nicely air conditioned (ok, you need some creature comforts), is what's called a tree house. Well, not like the one we built as kids, but one for adults. All wood, nicely appointed, comfy bed and complete with separate kitchen. Ours had a plunge pool, the perfect spot to cool off, chill with a drink. The outdoor shower we had was a plus, and maybe not for everyone, but for those at one with nature, totally sweet. Yes, there are stairs, other reviews have mentioned it. But honestly, you hardly notice them as you peer around each turn to see crabs meandering, butterflies and birds crossing the path, interesting flowers and trees, and more. So lush, every step is breathtaking. The beach is about as perfect as it gets. It's a cove, sheltered from much of the wind, but still wide enough to feel the waves of the ocean. Sandy beach, equipped with kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more, lots to do, or just grab a lounge and relax. Forest behind, hills to climb in front, complete with a bat cave to visit. At night, nature still abounds with a picture-perfect view of the starry night sky. Hard to tell if you're seeing falling stars or fire flies - both offer a show. The food is excellent, lots of choices on the menu. The head chef was available all weekend, anxious to be sure we were happy with our meals and choices. The churrasco steak was of particular note, super tender and tasty. Breakfast/lunch choices abound. While the focus is on healthier selections, there's plenty of options to meet any appetite. We saw people of all ages there, including some children. Even if that's not your thing, you could hardly notice they were there, as Aqua is quiet, the rooms are far apart offering plenty of privacy. The kids we saw were clearly enjoying themselves, and older couples were taking it all in, enjoying their strolls along the beach. We were so busy relaxing, we didn't take advantage of the spa and yoga platform - next time for sure. Oh yes, we'll be back. Highly recommended for couples of all ages, and families.
Joel H - Toronto, Canada
My husband and I came here for a friend's nearby wedding. On the Internet, I was attracted to the pictures of stylish tree houses, which made my decision over other options on this first ever trip to nicaragua. But nothing prepared us for how much we loved this place. We found a home away from home and are looking forward to return this winter. We spent nearly the entire time barefoot, took a super fun surfing class, that was organized by the hotel, went kayaking, swimming, did yoga everyday. The staff was beyond kind and went out of their way to make our trip amazing. Our time there felt way longer than we were there. In fact, we felt completely different from the moment we arrived, free, peaceful and timeless. This is one of the best times we have had together as a couple. Truly magical.
eve g - Dusseldorf, Germany