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Aqua Wellness Resort – Redondo Bay, Gigante, Nicaragua
Aqua Wellness Resort is located on the pacific coast about 1 hour north of San Juan del Sur and about a 2 hour drive south of Managua in a fairly remote area. The nearest large town is Tola about 1 hour away and the village of Gigante is about a 15 minute walk. There is not much in Gigante – a few restaurants and hostels – there are about 500 residents.
Our LL package was for 5 nights, breakfast each morning,
A British tourist (Karen) arrived in Nicaragua with a vision of an eco-friendly, small & upscale lodge. She found and purchased a small isleta in Lake Nicaragua. She hired and architect and Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality to manage the place. Thanks to them and Howard, ctavio, Claudia and the rest of the Jicaro staff – a small slice of heaven was born in Nicaragua! Cayuga has been recognized as a world leader in upscale, sustainable tourism for more than 10 years.
Updated 03-26-2013 at 10:50 AM by TravelerBen_ll
We did a day trip to San Juan del Sur from the Aqua Wellness Resort & it was about a 1 hour drive. We were actually not too impressed with the town – the beach was dirty and the ocean/bay looked oily – there are many boats in the bay and this could be the reason. One tourist told me she did take a swim in the ocean and when she came out she felt really slimy and had to go back to her hotel to shower – yuck ;-(
There are a good number of beachfront restaurants and the prices
The last time we visited Granada, Nicaragua was 10 years ago on a day trip from Costa Rica & there were very few tourists – mostly of the backpacker variety, few restaurants and few shops. In the past 10 years there have been many changes! There are now vendors in the central park, new hotels & restaurants & colonial homes being renovated. Granada is becoming a vibrant city and I predict in another 10 years (or less), it well be as visited as Antigua, Guatemala & Cuzco, Peru.
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