February 11, 2018 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
very relaxing stayed over new year. Resort full but never felt busy. Food restaurant excellent room perfect and very private. The view was beautiful we were quite high up and could follow the many monkeys in the trees and on our balcony. The staff were so accommodating and friendly . Christian the GM was brilliant- thanks for everything
LondonRas - London
From treehouse suites and walkways floating under a jungle canopy, to non-stop views of the sheltered bay from your private infinity pool, this is a magical escape! Do nothing, or do lots with a great selection of tours, activities, and cool resort touches including access to spa treatments and yoga on a tropical platform. My friend and I even SUP'd into the sunset one night! Awesome.
SusieQpacific - Vancouver, Canada
My best friend and I had a nice relaxing trip here. The resort has a nice beach and spa. Loved having the yoga class. We stayed in the Quetzal Luxury Suite. I'm not the type to lounge on the beach so a couple of days here was good enough of a visit.
Piddeaux - Louisiana
We are a group of 9 traveling to this resort together. One of my fellow travel companions rated this place a 2, and I feel that he has been way way way too lenient. Let me tell you why: 1, The mid-level staff takes every opportunity to rip you off. We made friends with a cleaning staff and he agreed to lend us his motorbike (for free! We gave him tips anyway but such nice people!) so we can go to the nearby village (5 min drive) to grab some groceries. The receptionist immediately jumped in and ask for $20. Let me reiterate: it's not the resort's bike, it's not a resort service. Yet the receptionist had the audacity to try to charge us $20 and profiteering off of her staff's niceness. Similar thing happened in the kitchen: we caught some fish and wanted to cook, so we went in to ask for some supplies. The list is as follow: a cup of soy sauce, a cup of cooking oil, a tablespoonful of wasabi, 3 limes, and a sprig of dill. We brought $10 thinking that would be more than enough. A nice kitchen lady was going to give us everything for free, when someone obviously higher-ranked than her stepped in and asked for $25! TWENTY-FIVE UNITED STATES DOLLARS! For some condiments! He furtively settled for $10 upon negotiation. Again, middle management trying to skim some profit. 2, The resort takes every opportunity to rip you off. They listed some fishing trips in their activities booklet. We planned to book a fishing trip for 6, and it would have costed us nearly $1,000 based on their rates. Fortunately for us, we came across the trip organizer company's office in the nearby Gigante village and obtained their business card. We privately arranged the same trip for $460! I understand that the resort has to make some profits, and would have been ok with a 10-15% markup. But a 100% markup? Ridiculous. We were there on New Year's Eve and there was a NYE buffet dinner. The cost? $80/pax sans drinks! Please do not make the excuse that everything is expensive to bring there. It's not in the middle of nowhere. The nearest large town is 30 mins away by car. $80 will get you a nice meal even in NYC or San Francisco. And here it bought us a downright mediocre meal, with unlit tables, wood-hard tuna steaks, leathery-skinned roasted pork, and reheated steaks. While on the topic of buffets, the buffet breakfasts on the 31st and 1st were among the worsts I have encountered anywhere. A crummy 2.5-star guesthouse in Grenada has better breakfast buffet. Dry rice, rubbery eggs, sausages so salty and hard we thought it was some newfangled thing to grate over pasta. It's not that their kitchen was incapable. We had really good breakfast food when it was available a la carte on the other days of our stay. They also tried to charge us some $200 BS resort fees or taxes upon check out, that has never been mentioned to us or our tour agent at any point, which we naturally flat-out refused to pay. Which brings me to the last point: 3, They don't try. In decent resorts, the General Managers would be around in the Reception or Restaurant regularly to check on the staffs, see if the guests are happy. Here? No managers in sight. Welcome drinks and towels are plopped rudely onto the check-in counter. The buffet food holders have no handle on the lid, and the servers left the task of removing the cling film covering the food to the guest. One of our group got hot water spilled on her due to a precariously-placed food holder. No apologies, no-one came to check on her after. The air-con AND the safe in our suite was broken when we checked in. Took the reception ages to send someone to check, and hours to fix. Afterwards, again, no apologies or anyone checking on us to see if everything is ok. Here is my heartfelt advice to Aqua Wellness and Nicaraguan tourism operators in general: you are in the business to make people feel relaxed, happy, and pampered. What you are doing right now is not the resort or tourism business: you are providing holiday rentals at exorbitant prices. For $200+/night people could be in the Caribbean right next door, with much nicer beaches and some semblance of good service. Our own country had the same mindset 15 years ago, which we had to change to keep up with the time. Nowadays, travelers are savvy and there is TripAdvisor, so if you do not stop giving travelers this kind of crap and start to act like real resorts, you will not be there for much longer. To other travelers: take your money elsewhere. Shell out some extra dough to fly to Asia or the Caribbean. Go to neighboring Costa Rica or Panama. Get an actual holiday instead of a rip-off farce.
HoangPhongN - Singapore, null, Singapore
Arriving at Aqua Wellness pretty much takes your breath away. The beautifully appointed tree houses look out to the ocean across the jungle. Most have private plunge pools. Howler monkeys gaze curiously down at you from the surrounding trees- their tiny babies equally inquisitive. There are colourful butterflies and beautiful birds: a sensory overload for any nature lover. The treehouses have all been carefully constructed so as not to disrupt the environment. Only local people and sustainable local materials were used and no heavy machinery; something the staff are very proud of, and rightly so. There has been no compromise on the details- the fishing is beautiful, the beds are large, soft and inviting- perfectly positioned so you wake up facing the ocean. We stayed in a luxury suite which was split level with a kitchen and dining area downstairs and bed and bathroom upstairs; a large plunge pool- or a small swimming pool and generous decking to enjoy an evening drink watching the sun set. It was idyllic. Walk down the steps (about 140- itâ€™s a workout) to the private beach- a crescent of pure white sand in a well protected cove. The swimming is great and there are kayaks/boogie boards/ volley ball should you want to be active. Other wise kick back on a lounger and breathe it all in. There is a great beach bar - the pina coladaâ€™s made with fresh pineapple were very popular. There is also a restaurant with an extensive menu. The staff were great and more than happy to accommodate any dietary requests. Lots of choice for non meat eaters too and with a working farm on the property, you donâ€™t get more local than that. Yoga is offered twice a day free of charge with extra classes available for a fee. The open air (covered) Yoga platform is positioned on the edge of a cliff with incredible views across the bay. Kelly, the instructor was amazing: the morning practice was energetic and uplifting whilst the afternoon sessions were gentle and slow. She payed attention to everyone and you definitely walked away feeling great. We also had an hour long couples massage which was pretty good- not amazing but not bad either just wildly expensive, especially considering we are in Nicaragua not the Upper East Side. The prices are the only reason I wouldnâ€™t give Aqua 5 stars. It is very expensive, and itâ€™s not all inclusive so it gets dramatically more expensive the more you eat and drink. The restaurant prices are certainly aligned with New York and getting the bill at the end of our stay was a stinger. Overall, Aqua offers a unique and almost total escape from city life- almost total because the WiFi on the property is excellent so you are still connected, even on the beach. Waking up to the call of the Howler Monkeys was a unique and wonderful experience, as was every moment at Aqua. I would highly recommend it.
K645CKfrancescab - London, United Kingdom