Nicaragua’s First Luxury Boutique Hotel soon to openWorld-class beach resort will offer guests pampering along with authentic experiences in Nicaragua.
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PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 29, 2012 –
Mukul Resort & Spa (http://www.mukulresort.com/), the first luxury boutique hotel in Nicaragua, will open on February 1, 2013 at Guacalito de la Isla, a 1,670-acre, US$250-million low-density, private beach community on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast created by businessman Carlos Pellas.Mukul will feature 37 spacious accommodations, each with an ocean view, pool and private staff. Other resort amenities include Spa Mukul, (http://www.mukulresort.com/spa/?) with six private spa-treatment casitas, a beach club featuring dining and lounge areas and a swimming pool and the 18-hole golf course (http://www.mukulresort.com/golf/).
Guests will be able to enjoy access to the property’s four miles of white-sand beach and rugged coastline, and 12 kilometers of nature trails on which they can hike or bike to observe the four species of monkeys and other wildlife that reside in the lush coastal forest. Additionally, guests can explore Nicaragua through customized experiences that introduce them to the nature, culture and people of this up-and-coming tourism destination.
According to an official statement by Mukul’s public relations representatives, opening rates at Mukul will start at US$525 per double per night, including breakfast, lunch, domestic premium open bar during the day and private ground transportation to and from Managua International Airport.
“We are doing everything at Mukul to the highest standards so that we can attract the most sophisticated travelers in the world,” said Pellas, adding “I want them to feel like guests in my family’s home as they discover the Nicaragua that I love”.
Mukul and Guacalito de la Isla are the vision of prominent Nicaraguan entrepreneur Don Carlos Pellas, whose family has roots in the country that date back to the 19th century. The Pellas family businesses include transportation, computers, sugar, ethanol, the world-wide awarded Flor de Caña Rum and Vivian Pellas Hospital. Pellas also founded the BAC Credomatic financial network in 1985, which was sold to GE Capital in 2011 in what was the largest business transaction in Central American history.
Mombacho Volcano, a huge living laboratory
Orlando Valenzuela | Destinos
Travelling above the treetops, learn about delicate and multicolored butterflies, stroking with hands beautiful plumage of birds, orchids and aromatic fragile, unique in the world, walking the edge of wooded steaming cauldrons are still living in freedom pumas and ocelots, in an atmosphere of eternal fog and fascinating tropical greenery, is an experience that not only live once in life but each time you visit the Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve.
The Mombacho Volcano is the only place in the Pacific of Nicaragua where a pleasant climate nebliselva allowing the development of a huge variety of plant and animal species, some of them unique in the world, turning this place into a giant laboratory living, suitable for conservation, research and healthy recreation. It was declared a nature reserve in 1983.
The volcano has two distinct areas, the larger the buffer area of 6.444 hectares, where several communities engaged in different agricultural activities, including basic grains, vegetables and fruits, but most productive activity is organic coffee growing on several farms located on the slopes of the guardian of the city of Granada, about 10 km north.
With the growth of tourism, many local families have established small service companies that offer a wide range of recreational, educational and cultural activities for domestic and foreign visitors who come in search of a direct contact with nature.
Among sandy roads and trails covered under the shade of old Ceibos and small protruding guanacastes shelters where peasant families offer personal attention to providing tourists coming binoculars, bicycles and horses wander the paths of the reserve, experienced guide services, sale of homemade food and even extreme sports like Rappel Canopy.
At 850 meters begins the core area of 578 hectares, where the visitor will want to have eagle eyes to see at all distances the largest concentration of animal and plant life in one place. This area is accessed by traveling in a 4×4 vehicle or taking the shuttle service offered Cocibolca Foundation, which oversees the care and conservation of the biodiversity of the reserve.
“This hotel can discover the fauna, flora and geophysical phenomena, seen in all its beauty more than 250 bird species, 50 of which are migratory traveling from continent to continent, from Canada to South America, more than 50 species of mammals, most endangered species, such as tigers, ostoche cat, ocelot, puma, howler monkeys, white faced, spider, howler, Zahínos, coatis, peccaries, peacocks, agoutis, deer and other wildlife that there is only minor in this area protected in addition, there are 10 species of amphibians, including Mombacho Salamadra, unique in the world, said Enoch Pineda, field director of the reserve.
The reserve receives about 28,000 visits a year, the best was 2007, when he received 30 thousand people, however, the area has capacity for up to 50,000 people without causing environmental damage, said Pineda.
For this gift of nature, must travel at least one of the three hiking trails through the cloud forest on top there. The shorter the path Crater, measuring 1.5 kilometers long and the longest, the El Puma of 4 kilometers, requires a four-hour hike rich.
On the journey to the top, it passes through the coffee plantation Progress certified by Rainforest Alliance as a company committed to the conservation of ecosystems and the environment. Here, along with a cup of coffee Flowers, visitors can enjoy a pure adrenaline filled adventure, traveling between the tops of the old trees in the Canopy Adventure has 15 ramps and two kilometers of cable between trees higher. Here it is offered to tourists, the experience of knowing the process of coffee cultivation and sharing of country life and its people, in a tour of the entire farm.
At the top is the biological station, from where the route to the trails and lookouts, where you get the most spectacular panoramic views of the city of Granada, Masaya and Lake Nicaragua, with its islets, Ometepe and up Chontales mountains.
Besides fresh air and pure, it is good to enjoy the walk, under the trees, listening to the birds singing and watching the lush flora includes more than 750 different species, including 128 kinds of orchids, including mobachoensis Maxillaria , one of a kind.
At night, it’s another kind of adventure, is when they leave their burrows, caves and nests all nightlife animals such as owls, owls, frogs, bats, raptors, cats and other mammals.
The cost of entry with vehicle (4×4 only) is 142 cordobas. Students pay two dollars and $ 15 for foreigners. Stay overnight in the shelter of the biological station, over a thousand feet high, costs $ 40, which includes transportation to the summit, dinner, breakfast and a guided tour at night to see the most interesting species of nocturnal animal world .
Its explosion formed the islets
The Mombacho, 1345 meters high, is one of 21 volcanoes that Nicaragua has and is part of the 452 volcanoes that have The Pacific Ring of Fire, the most active seismic zone in the world. Our little fire colossus was asleep for more than 20,000 years after the massive explosion that blew its cone that formed the Islets of Granada. The only historical reference we have of this volcano dates back to 1.570 when a large landslide with the waters of the lagoon was in its crater, buried Mombacho indigenous community. Since then, still resting.
Orlando Valenzuela | Destinos
Less than 40 kilometers from Managua, where more than 23,000 years there was a gigantic volcanic explosion, today is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Nicaragua: the Laguna de Apoyo. This site recreational waters characterized by ecological and comfortable hotels, is part of an adventure to be lived and enjoyed from the crater of a volcano.
More than 23,000 years, a volcanic eruption formed a caldera 6 km in diameter, which eventually accumulated groundwater and rainwater into a lagoon slopes covered with vegetation. Today is the Laguna de Apoyo tourist destination, just 40 kilometers from Managua, capital of Nicaragua.
This volcanic lake is between the departments of Masaya and Granada and its slopes and costs are shared by the municipalities of Catarina, San Juan de Oriente, say and Granada.
The surrounding forest is dry tropics and Support was declared a Nature Reserve in 1991. Among the dominant trees on its slopes are the guanaco, pochote, Nambar, mahogany, ceiba and sapodilla, plus a range of orchids.
The birds most commonly seen in the vicinity of the lake are the guardabarranco, mockingbird, chocoyo and parakeet. Mammalian species are squirrel, anteater, deer, howler monkeys, white-faced monkey, lion and guardatinaja. It is also common to see reptiles like green iguanas, black iguana, lizard and boa snakes, rattlesnakes, coral snakes and rat and mica.
Bilmara Bermudez, a resident of Valley of Laguna, works in a hotel on the coast of Support and says that the residents of the area have received economic benefits of tourism.
Waking up to the sound of birds
You reach the lake by a fairly steep road. Then there are hotels along the coast. Support Villas is the largest and has 58 double apartments and eight villas, swimming pool, conference room for 120 people and a restaurant. The rooms are among the vegetation in the uneven edge of the lagoon.
Zavala Azariah, general manager of the hotel, says tourists here enjoy tranquility between wild nature and appreciating the calm waters of the lagoon, the largest volcanic in Nicaragua.
Guests wake up to the chirping of birds or the howling of wild howler monkeys, a species that abound in this forest.
On the day, tourists can do horseback riding, swimming, rowing or enjoy the SPA. Opposite the hotel is the restaurant Norome Villas, where you can eat fresh fish from the lake.
Further south along the coast, is the San Damiano hotel and restaurant, which offers five simple huts, rustic, with capacity for 15 people.Alongside is a small beach, where there are the kayak to navigate the lagoon and lazy hammocks for relaxing or reading.
The price of accommodation is U.S. $ 55.00 per night for two people, including breakfast. For the day, use the kayaks and hammocks, foreigners pay the equivalent of U.S. $ 5.00 and U.S. $ 2.50 Nicaraguans.
Pizzas in honor of mud
On the other side, in the northeast part of the lake is the Monkey Hut guesthouse with three bedrooms and sleeps 18 people. Here charge $ 6.00 per day per person, with the right to use the kayaks, hammocks, beach chairs, wireless internet access and coffee.
The Monkey has no restaurant, but offers artisan pizzas, made in clay oven with firewood. Makes Sergio Ruiz Hotel exvigilante learned that culinary art with Argentine and Italian guests, several years ago.Prepare Neapolitan pizza, pepperoni, ham, vegetarian, Hawaiian. His specialty is pizza Sergio, with tomato and pepperoni.
“The thing I do is crispy pizza, thin, very rich,” said Ruiz, who is proud when you hear someone say “Monkey pizzas are very good.”
The natural landscape is what attracts visitors and Dimitri Dolci and his twin brother Quentin. They came from San Diego, California, and after spending a few days in San Juan del Sur and Granada were to visit the Laguna de Apoyo.
“Yesterday we went on a tour to Masaya volcano and we were to stay in Granada, but returned to the Laguna de Apoyo because it is a very pleasant atmosphere. Then we go to the North, “said Dimitri.
Enough fresh air lagun
If you are looking for a place to rest in rooms between trees, but with access to technology, the Riviera Hotel Selva offers that.
In its construction combines volcanic rock, lava stone, flagstone, stone quarry and river. Sample exotic decorative plants like palms of Madagascar and Thailand and the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The rooms are made of bamboo and wood, with wide windows, cabins, swimming pools and private terraces.
Some rooms have double beds, plasma TVs, sky signal, internet, jacuzzi and refrigerator. There are nine rooms with rates ranging between U.S. $ 50.00 and U.S. $ 70.00 per night.
“These rooms do not need range because they are very fresh, the air coming from the lagoon. So you sleep with the windows open, “said Jim Roberts, owner of the Blue Forest.
Ensures that tourism has grown in the Laguna de Apoyo, so there is already a deficit of rooms.
In the northeast, confused between the forest, is also the hotel and restaurant Grandmother, surrounded by lush trees and gardens. It can accommodate 45 people in 13 rooms, among these six double cabins with balconies, from where you get all the lagoon and the green ring that seals it.
Here is a floating dock and tourists can walk along the edges, to watch birds and plants. The night accommodation at a cost of $ 70.00 per couple with breakfast.
“We are as country inns Community of Central America because we support the community, preserve nature, environment, process organic waste, waste water. So we are an ecolodge “says Vilma Valenzuela, owner of Grandma.
There are other hotels like paradise and Support Lodge, and the possibility of extreme sports, whether paragliding, diving, boating, sailing and hiking or riding in the reserve.
There are three entrances to the Laguna de Apoyo. A road between Masaya-Granada, one for the road-Catarina and Masaya the town of Catarina. There is a public transport bus drops twice daily to plan the lagoon. Exits the municipal market in the city of Masaya. You can also take a motorcycle taxi or a cab to get to the shores of the lagoon.
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