Where are you going?
Or, let us surprise youSpin the Globe ®

Aqua Wellness Resort

Aqua Wellness Resort
Seclusion and tranquility are the new forms of luxury in a world that is so accessible and plugged in. Aqua Wellness Resort successfully marries contemporary luxury accommodations with serene surroundings, providing a memorable and rejuvenating experience for travelers. Accessible by a two-and-a-half-hour drive or 40-minute helicopter ride from Nicaragua’s international airport in Managua, Aqua offers peace and privacy so that you can enjoy the beautifully wild landscape of Nicaragua’s Pacific “Emerald Coast.” 24 Tree Houses accommodating 50 luxurious villas and suites dot Aqua’s forested hillside, which overlooks a private, white sandy beach. Some of the Tree House accommodations feature kitchens, and incredible plunge pools that make it difficult to even consider leaving the deck. Wellness services such as spa treatments, yoga, and meditation, coupled with fresh and tasty international and Nicaraguan fare served in an open-air beachside restaurant, create an enjoyable “barefoot luxury” experience for guests. Eco-friendly practices are well ingrained in the Aqua experience, and for those who appreciate and support sustainable, environmentally friendly travel, this is where you want to book. Aqua surpasses the standards and services of other luxury resorts while operating in an environmentally responsible manner. The staff is accommodating and friendly. Upon check-in, a cell phone is provided for you to use during your stay, so you’re always just a phone call away—whether you want to reach the front desk, the spa, or friends who are staying at Aqua too. While Aqua’s peaceful seclusion is perfect for an off-the-grid escape, the resort offers adventure as well: You can hike a 300-foot cliff and rappel down, or learn to surf on neighboring Playa Gigante, both within walking distance of Aqua. Should you want to venture out for a day, the front desk can arrange for a boat excursion to one of Nicaragua’s best surf breaks for surfing, or to its deep-sea waters for fishing. They’ll send you off with a guide in a private car to explore Nicaragua’s famous lakes and volcanoes, or its colorful colonial city of Granada, just an hour and a half away. When you return to the resort just in time to enjoy a spectacular ocean sunset, you’ll discover why Aqua is the perfect jumping off point for a vacation in Nicaragua -- and the best place to return.
Have you been here? Share a tip or a photo with fellow travelers.
Amenities
  • Tree Houses
    50 accommodations set in 24 Tree Houses on a forested hillside; air conditioning; many feature private plunge pools
  • View
    Ocean or forest views; most rooms feature expansive decks
  • Bath
    Ensuite bathrooms with teak showers
  • Tech
    WiFi in rooms, cell phone provided for each room
  • Restaurant
    Open-air palapa-shaded restaurant overlooking the beach serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Locally sourced, fresh and tasty international and Nicaraguan dishes, plus pizza and bread baked in Aqua’s wood-burning oven
  • Bar
    Perched over Redonda Bay, open-air and palapa-shaded lounge deck open for dining and drinks all day, including made-to-order tropical-fruit-juice smoothies. Sunset Happy Hour 4-7 pm daily
  • Yoga
    Yoga Platform with classes accommodating up to 30 throughout the day; Yoga Retreats also scheduled throughout the year
  • Spa
    Aqua Spa - Treatments range from pedicures, facials and massages to signature treatments utilizing organic local ingredients
  • Activities
    Complimentary use of kayaks, snorkeling equipment, and daily yoga classes. Stand-up paddle boards for small extra fee. Also available: surf lessons and surfing; rappelling, day trips to national parks, volcanoes, and colonial cities
Room Types
  • Tree House
    Tree Houses are 340 square feet and feature a queen bed, writing desk and ensuite bathroom. Some rooms include outdoor showers, balconies, and/or private plunge pools. Tree Houses are equipped with air conditioners, WiFi, a coffeemaker and room cell phone. All accommodations are eco-friendly and connect to Aqua’s beach, restaurant, bar, spa and yoga platform by lava-stone pathways and wooden bridges.
  • Tree House Luxury Suite
    Luxury Suites are 550 square feet and feature a king bed, lounge area, ensuite bathroom with teak shower, fully equipped kitchen and a writing desk. Outdoors, suites include a deck space with rocking chairs and private plunge pool. Suites are equipped with air conditioners, WiFi, a coffeemaker and room cell phone. All accommodations are eco-friendly and connect to Aqua’s beach, restaurant, bar, spa and yoga platform by lava-stone pathways and wooden bridges.
  • Tree House Two-Bedroom Luxury Suite
    Two Bedroom Luxury Suites can accommodate 4 to 6 guests with a king sized bed in one bedroom, a queen sized bed or two singles in the second bedroom and a queen sofa bed in the living/dining room. Suites also feature writing desks, lounge areas, a fully equipped kitchen, and ensuite bathrooms. Outdoors, suites include a deck space with rocking chairs and private plunge pool. Suites are equipped with air conditioners, WiFi, a coffeemaker and room cell phone. All accommodations are eco-friendly and connect to Aqua’s beach, restaurant, bar, spa and yoga platform by lava-stone pathways and wooden bridges.
  • Tree House Three-Bedroom Luxury Suite
    Three-Bedroom Luxury Suites can accommodate 6 to 8 guests with a king sized bed in one bedroom, a queen sized bed in the second bedroom and a queen sized bed or two single beds in the third bedroom. Suites also feature writing desks, lounge areas, a fully equipped kitchen, and ensuite bathrooms. Outdoors, suites include a deck space with rocking chairs and private plunge pool. Suites are equipped with air conditioners, WiFi, a coffeemaker and room cell phone. All accommodations are eco-friendly and connect to Aqua’s beach, restaurant, bar, spa and yoga platform by lava-stone pathways and wooden bridges.
Aqua Wellness Resort Villas and Suites
Nestled in the lush tree canopy, Aqua’s Tree House Villas and Luxury Suites are havens in which to enjoy the natural landscape. Many have wraparound decks, views that are breathtaking—especially at sunset—as well as kitchens, plunge pools, and outdoor showers. All rooms are designed in a beautiful contemporary style. The furniture was handcrafted by local Nicaraguan craftsmen, who used native hardwoods with sustainability practices in mind. The Tree Houses were sited on the wooded hillside to create the lowest environmental impact, a top priority for Aqua Wellness. Resident wildlife is therefore integrated into the experience—it’s not unusual to see a colorful tropical bird swoop by, or monkeys scamper across the canopy of trees while you’re enjoying time on your deck. While the amenities feel luxurious, the peace and tranquility that each Tree House Villa and Luxury Suite provides is the greatest luxury of all.
Original d8217605d8a7460874b91d3788491bb7.jpg?1435594054?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 1a1078d790af6d3ed4e0107a8acd9567.jpg?1435594122?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 09460cafa270f1f16d2c975738f58b6d.jpg?1435594157?ixlib=rails 0.3Original b4ee17727382ba4ca3e1e055e78ea594.jpg?1435693094?ixlib=rails 0.3

Yoga Retreats: Aqua Wellness Resort, Nicaragua
A two-hour drive from Granada, in the village of Gigante, 24 sustainably built treehouses with plunge pools and outdoor showers await guests. Classes are held on a huge beachfront platform. Every stay includes one wellness class (meditation, yoga, or a raw foods consultation). Throughout the year, visiting yoga gurus lead retreats. Seven-night yoga retreats from $1,850, including meals, activities, and workshops. (509) 456-7737, aquanicaragua.com.

This story appeared in the January/February 2012 issue.
Original 2a0d34c1fccf5991410d356a255a6669?1438330661?ixlib=rails 0.3

Redonda Bay
Aqua is situated on Redonda Bay, a serene cove on the otherwise rugged Pacific “Emerald Coast” of Nicaragua. The resort is within walking distance of Playa Gigante, a fishing village just north of the cove that has become a surfer hot spot, and a little over an hour’s drive from the popular beach town of San Juan del Sur, to the south. Whether it is to bask in the sun on lounge chairs, take a dip in the emerald waters, or kayak or stand-up paddle board around the cove, the seclusion and privacy provided by the bay and rocky outcrops at Aqua leave guests feeling like they are in on a magical secret. The water is ideal for swimming, with gentle waves and tidal shifts and warm temperatures. Up for adventure? You can hike to the top of “Pie de Gigante,” the 300 foot-hight cliff at the north end of the cove, and rappel down!
Original 62c61ae00f5cf25b1c985fd0368278b5.jpg?1435676664?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 3406bfc6a018a48242b414aa6be100b2.jpg?1435693629?ixlib=rails 0.3Original c79cca081d4fc5e574865a1fb46075e7.jpg?1435693632?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 95354da22881e907122db93b4ad70c2d.jpg?1435693713?ixlib=rails 0.3Original b55e5796fd17662c2ec1d887ed11710c.jpg?1435693780?ixlib=rails 0.3

Sustainability + Wildlife
Aqua puts environmental impact and sustainability practices top of mind, as shown through its design, execution, and services. Natural habitat preservation and use of local and natural building materials have been priorities from day one. Wildlife are easily spotted throughout the grounds, as all structures were built with animal habitats and migration routes carefully considered. It is not unusual to see monkeys, birds, lizards, and iguanas as you wander the grounds or sit on your deck, proof that their habitat is still rich and plentiful. Depending on the season and phase of the moon, you may spot just-hatched turtles wind-milling their way from the beach into the ocean. Instead of dominating the environment, Aqua truly feels like a shared space for guests and wildlife alike. To keep it that way, Aqua has partnered with conservation group Paso Pacifico to protect the resort’s Howler and Squirrel Monkeys, Yellow-naped Amazon Parrots, four species of sea turtles, and dry tropical forest.
Original 3437af004e8788f4bbbc4682bbece487.jpg?1435594641?ixlib=rails 0.3Original ab3998b6ae24900988ad6a19b604702d.jpg?1435594675?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 3535f4d9d81d753b7e4e55dbea049250.jpg?1435694144?ixlib=rails 0.3

Dining
With an open-air palapa-shaded restaurant overlooking the beach, Aqua gives new meaning to “dining with a view.” The bar is steps from the waves and a perfect spot to enjoy a cold glass of Toña, Nicaragua’s national beer, a cocktail made with the country’s famous Flor de Caña rum, or exotic tropical juices like passion fruit or guanabaya served fresh-squeezed over ice, or whipped with other tasty fresh ingredients into a smoothie. (Try the “Funky Monkey” smoothie made with coconut milk, cashews, banana, and Nicaraguan cacao nibs!) Head down for dinner at sunset to take in the view while ordering your fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. Try mahi-mahi grilled with spicy pineapple salsa, gallo pinto, and grilled plantains, or steamed in coconut milk on coconut rice pilaf. Native and local ingredients are sourced to ensure the freshest of meals. On some nights, the chefs make pizzas to order in the outdoor wood-burning hearth oven. Any night, you can arrange to have a romantic dinner on the beach.
Original bcdaec7e53d2ab9b59021cf60886bc88.jpg?1435595424?ixlib=rails 0.3Original c64cf4cf237d842e94000415d4cec85d.jpg?1435694834?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 247fd4d246cb93225f57c05b7606de12.jpg?1435695217?ixlib=rails 0.3Original ea766a6f5aaaa4e8c81fd60351abdfd1.jpg?1435710641?ixlib=rails 0.3

Spa
Aqua’s spa offers an array of beauty and wellness services. Whether it’s a massage, body wrap, or mani-pedi, the spa treatments utilize organic and often local ingredients and are sure to still your mind and relax your body. Enjoy them solo, or as a couple, and make an appointment at least a day in advance to ensure the time slot you wish. Spa suites include showers and open-air views to complement the luxurious services, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. We recommend one of Aqua’s signature spa treatments like the Organic Cacoa Body Polish, or the Mombacho Massage, named for one of Nicaragua’s mightiest volcanoes.
Original f42837d66b4d7c06ca253f3e30cd4014.jpg?1435597915?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 96d5ea90e2311f238e057a59c7918428.jpg?1435695440?ixlib=rails 0.3

Yoga + Wellness
Aqua Wellness Resort lives up to its name by offering an array of services that cater to the body, mind, and soul. Complimentary yoga and meditation classes are offered twice a day. The open-air yoga platform, perched in a quiet area above the sea, is particularly soothing and an ideal space to harness energy and healing. Guests can also arrange for private yoga sessions.
Original 77a4d614cbdfae4338eb1f36e9ee9776.jpg?1435598230?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 0662c107472ed45ad0a610a27693f4aa.jpg?1435695558?ixlib=rails 0.3

Surfing
While Aqua’s private beach is the perfect spot for a swim, kayaking, snorkeling, or stand-up paddle boarding, you may want to ride the waves, as Nicaragua has world-class surfing. Aqua just happens to be located within a 20-minute boat ride of the country’s best surf breaks. We can arrange for a top Nicaraguan surfing guide to take you surfing in his best boat – which is equipped not only with snacks and drinks, but fishing poles should you want to try your luck on the trip back to Aqua. Never surfed, but want to learn? We’ll set you up with surfing lessons on Playa Gigante, a beach perfect for beginners that’s a 20-minute walk from Aqua. Photo by Marianna Jamadi.
Original 1831efc6c9d49336aa2abf2a1d523bc3.jpg?1435695740?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 78335f5dd0937ed864645fcab117c032.jpg?1435695785?ixlib=rails 0.3Original 266a4166277e79d5ca4dd7fa5f86ab21.jpg?1435710792?ixlib=rails 0.3

Yoga and Beyond
Either relax high in the tree's watching monkeys from you verandah or swing your day away in a hammock by the surf. Agua is a true gem and one of the nicest places I stayed while in Nicaragua. The treehouse resort sits high above it's own private cove but is walking distance to the tiny village of Gigante. It's extremely relaxing and private in the low season and I understand it can be quite lively and fun during the high. The treehouse and villas are stunning, and are the sustainable structures are connected by wood bridge's and narrow stone path's The restaurant and bar sit down on the private beach and yoga is practiced high on a platform above the sea.
Original open uri20130603 27412 3r92cv?1438701194?ixlib=rails 0.3

1 Redonda Bay,Tola, Nicaragua
Sun - Sat 7am - 8pm