Inspirato’s wide-reaching portfolio of 800+ vacation options spans to nearly every corner of the globe. In addition to classic vacation destinations, members regularly travel to unique, off-the-beaten-path locations with the club.
One of those exotic locales is the stunning Mukul Resort on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast, an emerging eco-tourism hotspot on the country’s Pacific shores. Mukul, which opened in 2013, was one of the first luxury resorts to take up residence among the region’s beautiful jungle and beach setting. In 2016, it landed on Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards as one of the best hotels in Central America. Inspirato Members have raved about everything from the excellent service to the authentic atmosphere and cuisine.
A true fairy tale of a resort! The staff was engaging and very welcoming. Mukul means heaven - and that's exactly what it was. If you are looking for a perfect romantic getaway or a family friendly resort - it truly can encompass both.Jennifer Q.Inspirato Member
Here are four reasons why we love Mukul – and why you should plan to vacation there today.
The beautiful accommodations
Inspirato offers four stunning options at Mukul, ranging from an intimate one-bedroom villa or bohio (a stand-alone suite) to a 5,300-square-foot, beachfront four-bedroom residence (pictured above) that boasts a dining table for 16 people and a private beachfront swimming pool. For a small group, there’s even a two-bedroom home named for the resort founder’s wife. “Our beachfront villa had a private pool, hammock cabana, outdoor shower — every detail you can imagine,” said Inspirato Member Jennifer Q.
The amenities and activities
Travelers will spend plenty of time in the jungle and on the beach, but the resort has many other ways to stay entertained. Unwind at the award-winning spa or play a round on the 18-hole golf course, one of Nicaragua’s best, surrounded by sweeping ocean views. To refuel, Mukul’s multiple on-site restaurants serve a range of cuisine, from local fare to French and Mediterranean. “Their spa, golf course, and culinary experiences were all five-star quality,” said Jennifer. And if there’s still room in your itinerary after all that, try exciting activities such as archery, hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, tennis, and surfing at one of Central America’s best spots for waves.
The authentic atmosphere
Mukul was founded by Latin American icon Don Carlos Pellas – the fifth-generation family member to operate the famous Flor de Caña rum distillery nearby. With roots in Nicaragua dating back to 1875, the Pellas family instilled local character into every corner of the resort. In each accommodation, guests will find authentic Nicaraguan touches, such as palapa-style ceilings and furniture handcrafted by local artists using native materials. The resort also arranges excursions to nearby towns, places to experience wildlife, and, of course, the Flor de Caña facility. Even better: the resort is heavily involved in the local community and boasts a commitment to protecting the surrounding environment.
A pristine, untouched beach stretches all along the resort grounds, while the jungle on the other side beckons visitors to explore. Mukul is also located within a short drive of some of Nicaragua’s biggest attractions. “Our day excursions to Lake Nicaragua, Mombacho Volcano and the city of Granada were the perfect touch to see more of the ‘real’ Nicaragua,” said Jennifer. Despite all that, Mukul is easy to get to: after flying to Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, it’s just a 20-minute domestic flight to Costa Esmeralda Airport, where a resort staff member meets guests for the short drive to Mukul.