Nicaragua’s Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat Offers a Mountain of Amenities | Luxury Travel

The vision of owners Don Alfredo Pellas Jr. and Doña Theresita Pellas, the luxurious layout was designed by architect Iside Sarmiento, who planned each structural element’s location for optimal flow and minimal impact. Guests residing in one of the four 1,100-square-foot standalone villas will be treated to a pampered perspective of the dormant Mombacho Volcano (which last erupted in 1570) through floor-to-ceiling windows and open terraces. Each is also equipped with a separate bedroom and living area (with a flat-screen television) and a bathroom with a soaking tub, a shower, and Annick Goutal bath amenities. Rounding out the room count is La Gran Residencia which houses two 1,300-square-foot grand suites with outdoor showers and indoor bathing tubs, as well as two 870-square-foot suites with high ceilings and endless views. Each villa and suite comes with its own all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for personal transportation.

Serving as a social center, the Casa Club features a cocktail lounge, a swimming pool, and a farm-to-table restaurant serving neo-Nicaraguan cuisine prepared by Doña Theresita Pellas herself. And when it comes to nourishing a healthy balance between mind and body, the spa and wellness facility offers treatments grounded in local ingredients.

But while staying inside may be tempting, the truly exclusive experiences await in exploration of the verdant surroundings, whether by horseback riding, mountain biking, or hiking. Those with their sights set on even more action can avail themselves of the on-site sporting clay and target shooting range, ropes course, and tennis court. Also on hand are immersive cultural offerings such as Marimba and Folkloric dance classes, culinary classes, and spirited rum tastings. And if wanderlust is still not sated, day trips can be organized for oceanfront golf at Guacalito de la Isla (an 18-hole course designed by David McLay Kidd), sport fishing excursions, or surfing—all accessible within about an hour drive.

The all-inclusive pricing (save for spa services, target shooting, and premium liquor) starts at $900. With all on offer, Nekupe, which means “heaven” in the tongue of the indigenous Chorotega tribe, is sure to live up to its name. (nekupe.com)

Source: Nicaragua’s Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat Offers a Mountain of Amenities | Luxury Travel

Tourism in Nicaragua received 18.7% more foreign exchange – La Prensa

Tourism in Nicaragua received 18.7% more foreign exchange

Yohany Lopez 03/22/2016
Tourism in Nicaragua received 18.7% more foreign exchange

The Central Bank of Nicaragua, through its official Twitter account, confirmed that the tourism sector in Nicaragua received $528.6 million dollars during 2015, According to the organization, growth was 18.7 percent as compared with $445.4 million dollars the country received during 2014. Indeed, Tourism in Nicaragua is growing quite a bit!

See:For Lucy Valenti, president of the National Chamber of Tourism (Canatur), this data reflects the efforts of both the private and public sector, who have sought to stabilize and raise quality levels.

“That figure lets us know that tourism generated more revenue Nicaragua that the main export products in 2015,” said Valenti, who acknowledges that with a strategy better focused to attract tourists to spend more, the country will exceed $1 billion dollars in a short term.
“With just the average daily tourist spending increasing by $ 30, we can see how the sector will continue to contribute to economic development and job creation,” said the president of Canatur.

According to data from BCN last year the average tourist spending in Nicaragua was $ 41.5, down a bit from 41.8 dollars in 2014.While the average stay increased from 7.7 days to 8.7 days.Read: Tourists spent less in 2015 in Nicaragua

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So far the data that the BCN has pending is the number of tourists who entered the country. However, the co-director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism (Intur), Anasha Campbell, said that during 2015, 1.45 million visitors entered the country, of which 1.38 million were tourists, 23.473 cruise passengers and  46.235 tour participants.

According to Campbell, housing increased in 2015 compared to 2014 by 654 rooms, when Intur statistics reflected 13,242. You can also read: holiday accommodation in Nicaragua must grow

related notes

Source: Turismo en Nicaragua percibió 18.7% más en divisas – La Prensa

Hey hey! More good data points coming out of the tourism sector of the economy. It is interesting to read that tourism now accounts for more spending than the income from the country’s largest exports. While the article doesn’t say what those exports are, presumably they are cigars, cattle, and other agricultural products.

One other small note, the president of CANTUR, Ms. Valenti says that if the daily spend increases by $30 we can see the sector continuing to support economic development and generation of jobs. Well, I’d like to see the plan on how that is happening, because the daily spend by tourists is currently a little over $40, so how are you about to increase that by 75% with another $30?

There needs to be a study of perceived value for lodging, tours, and other services rendered to visitors, a comparison of prices for said items in Nicaragua, and how much the same types of services and products cost in neighboring countries.

Then, let’s see what the quality is compared to these other places and see if Nicaragua needs to increase the quality of the offerings, and in what respect? Better quality beds? Better trained tour guides? Transportation? Infrastructure? Exactly what needs to change to get that average spend up? I for one would be interested in participating in any studies done!

The obvious “wins” to increase the spending would be from an increase in:

  • cruise passengers
  • luxury spas and other five-star resorts
  • luxury tours

“where to stay nicaragua” Google Search Results

Where to stay nicaragua Google search results

Looking good here as we show up as number five on “natural” or non-paid advertisements on Google’s search page for the search term “where to stay nicaragua”

 

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Number five, not bad!

Deciding where to stay in Nicaragua isn’t that easy…

Especially for those coming in on international flights that arrive at night time. Most first-time visitors especially are correctly a little cautious in where they are going and with whom they are meeting when arriving at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua, Nicaragua (which has improved it’s service levels drastically).

Soft Landing Service

If you’ve followed our blog at all, you might have heard about our “soft landing service” which is a signature feature of what El Porton Verde offers the visitor to Nicaragua. Airport pickup, helpful tips on getting through the airport, and a friendly face who speaks your language waiting for you on the other side of the sliding glass doors is just a hint of the overall level and type of services you can expect from us.

But since there are lots of options for travelers arriving at MGA airport, we wrote the following blog post to help visitors decide what is best for them to do that first night.

Here’s a quick overview of the contents of the above-linked blog post:

  • Talks about the options for the visitor on where they can stay their first (or last) night in Nicaragua.
  • The aim of the post is to help readers planning to visit Nicaragua decide where they should stay during their one or two nights that they may need to be in or near the capital city of Managua.
  • This is usually the first (or last) night in Nicaragua. The post goes over the reasons why you may need to stay in Managua, where your lodging options are located, and what type of properties are available.

Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

(km 10 1/2 C a Masaya, Managua)

this just in…PACKAGE DEALS AVAILABLE!

Airport pickup and drop off, all transportation, concierge service, beach house for five nights, first and last night lodging at the Farmstay, money exchange, shopping for groceries, staff at your private beach house, it doesn’t get any better! And we have three great beach options for you! Contact us and ask about the “surf and turf” specials!

ABOUT THE FARMSTAY

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua! We are located a half-hour from the airport. Note: Most hotels are either near the airport or near the city center of Managua which is about 15-20 minutes from the airport. We are further out of town, but located in an area we call (as a sort of joke) “Beverly Hills Adjacent” as the farm is surrounded by all the fancy neighborhoods of Managua, while we’re located in an area of family farms.

Estamos ubicados media hora del aeropuerto. Nota: La mayoria de hoteles estan ubicados cerca del aeropuerto o cerca del centro de Managua. Toma 15 a 20 minutos de llegar alli del aeropuerto. Estamos mas lejos de la ciudad, pero ubicados en una area digamos como una broma, “vecinos a los Beverly Hills de Managua” porque aunque la comarca de la finca esta rodeada de todos los residentiales de lujo como Santo Domingo, Las Colinas y Las Praderas, aun esta todavia una area de fincas y granjas frutales.

 

Located in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/

Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!

Mission

To bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.

Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.

Description

Farmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!

Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!

General Information

We are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.

Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen.

Source: Your first & best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

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Both the Apartment and the Bunk Bed Rooms have fantastic mountain and volcano views and they are also located in front of our swimming pool.

Both the Apartment and the Bunk Bed Rooms have fantastic mountain and volcano views and they are also located in front of our swimming pool.

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Two rooms with bunk beds, suitable for up to four persons (two on the bottom bunk and two on the top bunk).

Two rooms with bunk beds, suitable for up to four persons (two on the bottom bunk and two on the top bunk).

The Apartment also has its own kitchen, dining, and living areas.

The Apartment also has its own kitchen, dining, and living areas.

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The two bunk bedrooms share one bathroom.

The two bunk bedrooms share one bathroom.

Farmstay EPV 007 West Room

The Apartment has its own deluxe bathroom.

The Apartment has its own deluxe bathroom.

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Ceramic jars made for us in San Juan de Oriente

Ceramic jars made for us in San Juan de Oriente

Available for Christmas & New Years: Beachfront House, Great Deal!

NIO75 / 2br – Available for Christmas & New Years: Beachfront House, Great Deal! (Masachapa/Pochomil)

24 Steps to the Sand! Pochomil

Available for Christmas

2BR / 2Ba available now furnished no smoking wheelchair accessible house carport Casa Ayers in Pochomil

24 Steps to the Sand!

If 24 short steps to a golden sand tropical beach sounds like a good location for your upcoming Nicaraguan vacation, consider booking a stay at this beachfront home which offers two bedrooms and two baths. Perfect for accommodating a couple or family,

Casa Ayers is located in the beach town of Masachapa/Pochomil and offers easy access via paved roads; it is an easy one-hour drive from the Nicaraguan capital of Managua and the international airport.

This home offers good value for your hard-earned vacation dollar. Both bedrooms are air conditioned, there is a nice palm-thatched rancho structure that affords a fresh breeze and sunset views. Imagine yourself in your chaise lounge with a cool drink enjoying a lovely tropical sunset every night of your stay!

The Space

True beachfront, with modern amenities and a great airy rancho with awesome sunset views. Whether on a romantic getaway or a fun family vacation, the sounds of the Pacific surf will lull you to sleep and the sunset views from the upstairs Rancho will provide many hours of relaxation and enjoyment.

Guest Access

Whole house, rancho, beach. Onsite secured parking. Interaction with Guests Mike @ Farmstay El Porton Verde will normally be the one to take you from either the MGA International airport, or from our other listing, Farmstay El Porton Verde, Managua, so we can get to know one another and have a chance to pick up groceries and change money when in Managua. I’ll show you how everything works, introduce you to the onsite 24 hour caretakers/security, and in general make sure you are oriented on what you need to know to have an enjoyable vacation.

The Neighborhood

Casa Ayers is located within walking distance of local restaurants, discos, and bars. A variety of types of food offerings are available, including pizza, seafood, Nicaraguan and international cuisine. Both swimming and surfing beaches are nearby. Just to the north of Casa Ayers is a channel naturally cut into the reef affording a safe sandy swimming area suitable for children and toddlers during the lower tides. Just south is the surfing beach of Pochomil Viejo. Nearby are several other attractive destinations. In the early mornings, you can walk up the beach to the fishing village of Masachapa to meet the fisherman as they come into the beach with the day’s fresh catch. A local public market, supermarket and other amenities are on offer at the nearby town of San Rafael del Sur and right in the village are basic stores offering groceries, clothing, etc. For $2 per person, the taxi will take you into town. The Barcelo Montelimar resort is also located nearby, where there is a gaming casino and all-you-can-eat and drink restaurant.

Getting Around

Buses run daily every half-hour to both the nearby town of San Rafael del Sur (banks, grocery stores, etc.) and to the capital city of Managua. There are taxis and bicycle taxis to take you to bars, restaurants and discotheques. Other Things to Note Casa Ayers is located one hour away from the capital city of Managua, where the international airport is located. Transport via bus, private shuttle, or taxi is readily available. For those arriving at the Managua (MGA) airport late or departing extra early, see my other listings for Farmstay El Portón Verde, Managua, where we offer our famous “soft landing” service, which is specially designed to take the hassle out of the arrival process and is great for first-time visitors to Nicaragua. We can provide transportation between the airport, Farmstay and/or Casa Ayers. Also local tours can be arranged to visit volcanoes, Colonial towns, lakes, and artisan’s markets.

House Rules

Have a great time! Be respectful that this is a vacation home for the owner, so try not to break things 🙂 We have pets onsite, so your pets are best left back home. Outdoor smoking is okay. Security There is 24 hour onsite security and the property is fenced. You’ll have the keys and it’s perfectly safe to go walking in the area.

Source: Available for Christmas & New Years: Beachfront House, Great Deal!

This could be you!

This could be you!

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning.

Ask about our surf and turf package deal!

Ask about our surf and turf package deal!

kitchen

Roomy living area.

Roomy living area.

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The rancho is a great place to relax in your chaise lounge and enjoy the sunset!

The rancho is a great place to relax in your chaise lounge and enjoy the sunset!

Nicaragua, the Undiscovered Luxury Beach Destination for Billionaires and Celebrities – Forbes

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.

 

The spectacular Mukul Resort in Nicaragua (photo by Ryan Forbes)

The spectacular Mukul Resort in Nicaragua (photo by Ryan Forbes)

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.

Read the rest: Nicaragua, the Undiscovered Luxury Beach Destination for Billionaires and Celebrities – Forbes

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

Your first and best contact in Nicaragua-Package Deals, MGA pickup

“Soft Landing” Service

In reviewing what we do well here at El Porton Verde and where we perhaps could do better, one thing I’m certain of on the positive side is that we perform a very good service to first-time visitors to Nicaragua. In that light, this post is touting EPV as “your first and best contact” and that we do ” Nicaragua Package Deals” and “MGA pickup.”

Nicaragua Package Deals

Let’s talk about the Nicaragua package deals for example. We call them the “surf and turf” specials. I can get you into a house right on the beach, airport transport, take you to a supermarket, get your dollars changed into cordobas, then come and pick you up after the five (or more…) days is over, and provide that first and/or last night lodging if you get in really late or depart really early. This package deal for Salinas Grandes property EPV manages is a super great deal at less than $500! The Pochomil property is a bit more at less than $700.

For the very independent traveler that is confident in your ability to get around in Nicaragua (for example, taking public buses around the country instead of pricey private shuttles services) it’s true you might prefer to travel that way. If it’s your first time in-country, and aren’t real strong with your Spanish language skills, then it might be worth your while to stay with us. Make sense? Let me know by adding your comments below!

Bang! Mic drop…another five-star review!

Folks looking to relocate to Nicaragua enjoy a great start to their adventures with a Farmstay!

Yes, we give thanks for our fabulous visitors!

Yes, we give thanks for our fabulous visitors!

Man, it’s gonna be tough to not get a big head with our recent visitors providing us with such lovely reviews like this one from Jeff, a recent visitor from Arizona that came to us via Airbnb. He and his wife Karla and their cute puppy came in using the VIP Service at the airport, so a “soft landing” was almost guaranteed! Turns out they are relocating to Nicaragua and will likely be neighbors of mine at a beach property down in Playa Guasacate, Tola, Rivas so we expect to see much more of them in the near future! Thank you for the five-star review, we appreciate it.

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Another recent five-star review!

Thanks for the sweet Airbnb review!

Thanks for the kind review Isak!

Looks like we’ve been hitting the mark as far as our continued commitment to providing our “soft landing service” to our Farmstay visitors. Thank you for the five-star review! Isak and family flew in from New York to have a quick getaway and a bit of a relax. As a film maker, Isak has done some work recently in Guatemala filming a documentary, so he and his wife have some experience in Central America but had never visited Nicaragua before. We sure hope he visits again with his lovely bride and daughter!

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You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! MGA transport, B&B Farm

You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! MGA transport, B&B Farm (km. 10 1/2 Carretera a Masaya)image 1image 1image 2image 3image 4image 5image 6image 7image 8image 9image 10image 11image 12image 13image 140BR available nowdogs are OK – woooffurnishedwheelchair accessiblehouselaundry on siteoff-street parkingYou won’t believe you are actually in Managua! No va a creer que estás en Managua!About the FarmstayLocated in Managua, but being here feels like a world away. . .visit us at: http://www.elportonverde.com/Ubicados en Managua, pero se siente en otro mundo…visitenos, estamos a sus ordenes!MissionTo bring a comfortable stay for guests who desire to be near the best of the Nicaraguan capital city of Managua but want to be in a pleasant environment with excellent views, amenities, and hospitality.Para traer una estancia cómoda para los huéspedes que desean estar cerca de los mejores de la capital nicaragüense de Managua, pero quieren estar en un ambiente agradable, con excelentes vistas, comodidades y hospitalidad.DescriptionFarmstay El Porton Verde is a small guesthouse, your “first night and last night alternative” to chain hotels near the Managua Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino) or in downtown Managua. If you like a cool & breezy location in a peaceful tropical farm environment, check us out!Estamos su alternativo a los hoteles de cadena, y su posada del “primer y ultima noche” en Nicaragua. Si te gusta un lugar fresco y ventoso en un ambiente pacífico en finca tropical, visítenos!General InformationWe are a family-friendly farmstay guesthouse B&B offering accommodations for a maximum of 14 guests. We offer a fully-furnished one bedroom apartment, two rooms with bunk beds for backpackers that sleep up to four, and two en-suite rooms with queen-sized beds.Somos una posada estilo B & B que ofrece alojamiento para un máximo de 14 invitados. Ofrecemos un apartamento totalmente amueblado, dos habitaciones con literas para los mochileros que pueden alojar hasta cuatro, y dos habitaciones con baño privado, camas de tamaño queen.

Source: You won’t believe you are actually in Managua! MGA transport, B&B Farm