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
I was at Aqua for 12 days in May as a solo female traveller. Exceptional location and amenities. You hear the ocean waves clearly from everywhere on the resort. Rooms are private and clean - the housekeeper even scrubbed my shoes clean after a hike in the mud! I would strongly urge you to choose a room with a private spa tub, it was highly worth it. There are MANY stairs to climb to get to some of the houses. Inquire with Aqua prior to booking how many stairs you will have to climb to reach your room from the beach if this is a concern. For example, mine was 186 stairs and I wasn't even the highest house. Great workout when you do it 3-4 times/day! The yoga classes, led by Mandy, were phenomenal. She varies her routines daily and adapts to your needs when the groups are smaller. I had an "Integrative Yoga Healing Therapy" session, a type of massage, for 60$USD and it was one of the highlights of my trip. I went to both sessions daily and I left with my mind and body feeling incredibly better than when I initially got there. The beach is calm, and noisy people with music were only present on 1-2 of my 12 day trip (Saturdays). You can borrow all equipment at the beach (snorkeling, SUP) and John the beach attendant is very sweet. Food was high quality and there was a large variety of meals to choose from. Expect to pay 10-15$USD for breakfast and lunch and $25-30USD for dinners, excluding drinks and appetizers. Drinks are expensive. I preferred not to take the "Meal Plan" option and to eat 1-2 meals/day with snacks stored in my fridge, which helped alleviate the costs. You can get a small amount of food at Playa Gigante, which is a 20 minute walk away through the jungle. However, arriving to the resort with food bought on your way is probably the best way to do it because a proper grocery store is about a 30-45 minute cab ride away. They have a few restaurants in Playa Gigante which are cheaper too if you feel like exploring a bit. Staff were generally very helpful. A lady at the front desk even let me borrow her Iphone charger every day when mine broke 4 days before getting home! All in all, I would return to Aqua in the future. I feel refreshed and relaxed and ready to face the big challenges that await me in the next few months. Try it out! A few tips: 1) If you speak minimally in Spanish, you can get much cheaper taxis than the Shuttle Service they provide. I went with locals and consistently was able to get 1/3 to 1/2 of the price Aqua asked for. 2) Everything you buy will be charged with taxes/fees. You must add 10 + 15 = 25% to everything you buy. Just to keep in mind. Also review your bill when you check out. They put automatic fees for restaurant service and housekeeping. Beach is quiet
Natural stunning hotel ... The service is excellent the only inconvinient is that is not suitable for older people or people with any physical inconvinient there are so many stairs off you r room is on top of the mountain!!! If is raining you cannot get out of the room!!! I was extremely happy with my house keeper her name is Amparo she made my stay wonderful she was so sweet and polite and always helping me with everything !!!
Just to be clear, I am not the target customer for this Resort even though I am love nature and enjoy the outdoors a lot. The hotel provides an interesting offer for those how love nature and fitness. The rooms are distributed within the forest and high above the ground which makes it definitely not for handicapped of persons or persons with special mobility needs. From my personal view I loved the small pool beside the room with outstanding views of the forest and the ocean it gives the sense of seclusion. On the downsides there are a few, first the physical effort you must go through to go from the restaurant (which is at beach level) to your room. You will have to climb a gargantuan number of steps therefore I will not recommend this Resort for anyone with a heart condition. Second, we could not access room service and therefore could not get beverages or beer while enjoying the pool, and third but not least; and can dig the howling monkeys, birds, the sound of waves and wilderness but cannot stand bugs, of all kinds, inside my room and bed while sleeping. They were crawling over me and my wife at all times and therefore did not enjoy my overnight sleep. This is the sole reason why I cannot give a good rating.
An amazing class held by an amazing teacher. Mandy Dawn Genier used a gentle voice as she confidently guided the class through a sensible sequence. Her cues were clear and easy to follow. Mandy offered alternatives and modifications so full participation was possible for students of all levels. A deep level of connection was made as Mandy offered skilled hands-on assists. It was clear that Mandy is a passionate teacher who loves what she does. I have taught and practiced yoga for 15 years and I can honestly say that Mandy's authenticity added to my Nicaraguan yoga experience. Namaste
NorthSouth - Princeton,NJ
We stayed at Aqua for 6 days during our honeymoon. The service was outstanding and we got to know a lot of the workers from doing a lot of the excursions. We booked a luxury suite and had a kitchen that we cooked breakfast and dinner in. The drinks and food at the resort are very overpriced so we brought our own from the local markets instead. We loved having use of the snorkel gear, kayaks and paddle boards. The free yoga classes overlooking the Pacific Ocean were unforgettable. We also used the spa services and loved that as well. We will definitely be coming back to Aqua again! Thanks so much for an amazing honeymoon!
rebeccaanntodd - New Orleans, Louisiana