Nicaragua, the Undiscovered Luxury Beach Destination for Billionaires and Celebrities
JIM DOBSON CONTRIBUTOR
As my helicopter descended upon the vibrant Emerald coastline of Nicaragua, I was filled with anticipation to discover this magical paradise, after hearing from high end travelers about its hidden, undiscovered location. Nicaragua is quickly becoming a first rate alternative to luxury resorts in Mexico and Costa Rica. It has quietly become a superstar getaway for Beyonce, Michael Douglas, Halle Berry, Morgan Freeman, Michael Fassbender and many others thanks to the allure of the recently opened Mukul Resort, the country’s first five-star hotel.
Delta now offers direct flights from Los Angeles. Once in Managua, it’s a two hour drive (30-minute helicopter ride) to the majestic and tranquil Mukul Beach & Spa Resort located in a very exclusive and private stretch along the Pacific Ocean. The area is also blessed with the opening of the new Costa Esmeralda Airport—only five miles north of Mukul. The 492,000-square-foot airport features one terminal and a 5,000-foot runway that will be able to accommodate Gulfstream GV jets.
After years of political turbulence and war, Nicaragua is now safe and growing daily. It’s quiet unpopulated beaches, bohemian surf villages, and boutique hotels is trying to remain intimate and traditional, while still embracing the future. A huge $50 billion dollar Panama Canal style development which will attract international commerce and further growth connecting the Pacific to the Atlantic. A Chinese billionaire is funding the canal development and is stirring a lot of controversy in the area.
Excellent article Jim Dobson, I was tempted to hop on a helicopter and get over to the Mukul Resort just reading it! You did a great job and I’m sure that the Pellas’ are pleased with the results. I live and work here in Nicaragua and just want to say I appreciate Forbes giving the minuscule luxury spa segment of the Nicaraguan tourism offerings a boost. 500,000 more visitors came this year than last, an increase of 8.5%, but very few came for this segment of the market. I expect more will come now.
The new Costa Esmeralda airport will be a game-changer as not only private jets (with their celebrity passengers) can fly in, but direct flights from San Jose and Liberia in Costa Rica in addition to short flights from Managua make access easier and quicker. Good on ‘ya too for getting out in the community a bit. I was afraid you weren’t going to see any of the real Nicaragua but looks like you at least got a glimpse.
Cheers, Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua