Are your nature-loving and resort-coveting sides constantly at war when it’s time to book a vacation? Why compromise when you could stay at a tropical wellness resort where guests are offered the opportunity to literally live amongst the trees? The shimmering sands and lush rainforest of Nicaragua beckon; unforgettable adventure and deep, soulful relaxation awaits.
Allow us to introduce you to Aqua Wellness Resort, a Central American paradise situated around the shallow waters of Redondo Bay, within the secluded forests of the Pacific Lowlands. This site knows exactly how to make the best of one’s location: Rather than disturb the gorgeous environment which it calls home, Aqua has incorporated the grand greenery into a marvelous selling point that’s as eco-friendly as it is appealing to harried vacationers. The resort offers its guests the chance to stay in tree top villas, peaceful abodes built elevated off the ground so as to minimize overall impact. Lean against the wraparound railing and feel the ocean breeze waft over you, take a rejuvenating dip into your own plunge pool or simply drift to sleep amidst the sounds of your seaside setting. You’ll awake to a complete immerson into nature: The sightings of native sea turtles crawling the beaches, butterflies fluttering in the air, monkeys swinging to and fro in the trees and even a sloth hanging off looming branches could be in store. Don’t be surprised if you discover vegetation and wildlife that you’ve never been in such up close and personal contact with.
Foodies will be wowed by Bromelia Restaurant, the on-site eatery featuring seasonal, local cuisine sourced from farmers and fisherman of the area. If fresh fish; juicy, sumptuous fruit and warm, doughy baked bread is your idea of the perfect balanced meal, you’ll be sure to feast at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Post-meal you can grab a cocktail from the beach bar and let the cool water caress your toes as you bask in the sun.
Feeling in need of a detox? Aqua’s spa offers everything from nutritional consultations, to private yoga lessons, to sunset meditation classes. Sometimes we need a bit more than healthy eating and exercise to feel our best, though, so the resort offers a therapeutic menu full of blissful pampering. Shelf all that stress from home and indulge in a variety of massages, body and facial treatments, or one of three 90-minute wellness packages.
Once you’re feeling truly refreshed, get out in the sunlight and get moving again. Kayaks, surf boards, paddle boards, fishing equipment and snorkeling gear are all available for rental, as are lessons in each respective activity. We suggest you pick out one day of your trip for these water sports and save the rest of your adventure days for trips to various nearby sites. You can hike to the top of a volcano, tour an organic coffee plantation, explore colonial Granada and even zipline the canopy of San Juan Del Sur. Our personal favorite packages are the Ometepe Organic Farm Tour ($189 per person for two guests) and the Masaya Volcano Night Tour ($135 per person for two guests). On the first, you’ll tour two farms which are using integrative permaculture techniques to harvest their land (perfect for you locavore movement lovers), spending the day learning the ins and outs of their processes. On the latter, you’ll depart in the afternoon and spend your evening trekking through the lava stream caves of an active masaya volcano.
If you really fall in love with this serene site, Aqua offers a number of volunteer positions in helping further sustainable development in Nicaragua. If you’d be interested in documenting, cataloguing, photographing and studying various aspects of life (human, animal and plant) on the island, there are several month to year-long opportunities that would allow your path to wellness to continue.