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Treetop Luxury Meets Eco-Friendly in Nicaragua

Blakely Trettenero

Deep in the heart of Nicaragua on the Pacific coast lies a magical place surrounded by lush forest, wild nature, and untouched beauty. I reached this wellness resort by flying into the capital city of Managua and driving a scenic 2 1/2 hours through the heart of the country to the Emerald Coast. Upon arriving the unpretentious entrance led me down an unpaved road through thick bushes until I reached the quaint reception area.

A warm smile, a dark wood hand carved desk, a cold lemongrass scented towel, and a cup of delicious fresh pressed watermelon juice greeted me. After checking in I was off to my treehouse and with every step on the tree-covered walkway, the anticipation grew inside of me. After less than a minute of walking, I was met with the most stunning coastal views of the seemingly endless indigo blue Pacific Ocean.

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The eco-friendly treetop villas were designed to minimize the impact on the ecosystem of the jungle forest floor as well as make guests feel as though they are living amongst nature. It’s not uncommon to wake up to howler monkeys swinging in the trees around you, exotics parrots and birds flying around, or even dolphins playing in the Redonda Bay behind.

The luxurious treehouses, ranging from one to three bedrooms, were handcrafted locally by a team of Nicaraguan craftsmen using local hardwood and stone. They come fully equipped with your own private plunge pool and deck, en-suite bathroom, Balinese style outdoor kitchen, and outdoor shower.

Walk out of the treehouse and down the paved walkway to the coast where their restaurant, bar, and beach is located. Upon our arrival every time, we were always met by the sweet staff members and incredibly delicious food and cocktails. In the morning we would dine on breakfast tamales, dragonfruit smoothie bowls, and always one of their famous juices or smoothies- like the funky monkey. For lunch, there are delicious fajitas or innovative sandwiches and always guacamole. Along with the sandwiches they also have amazing cocktails like a fresh passionfruit daiquiri or a classic mojito. Dinner at night under the uninterrupted star-filled sky, salty breeze, romantic string lights, and flickering candles is a dreamy experience. The chef, hailing from Argentina, recommends getting the churrasco steak with coconut rice or the fresh mahi-mahi in a lemon caper sauce. If you decide to go out on a fishing excursion they will be happy to cook what you catch!  Nothing better than that.

With Aqua being a wellness resort that means they have free yoga classes twice a day in an epic setting overlooking the bay. In the morning you can do a more advanced class while in the evening it’s a restorative class. Gentle poses while listening to waves break on the rocks beneath you while a gentle salty breeze surrounds you is my idea of relaxation.

They offer a variety of spa packages at Aqua such a cacao body scrub, massages, etc. The candlelit treehouse with the sound of the waves in the background is the ideal way to relax. After the incredible treatments you are treated to a glass of freshly pressed juices and a plate of beautiful local fruit on the deck of the treehouse overlooking the water.

 If you’re looking for other activities to do while there besides relaxing by your pool, beach, or doing yoga there are plenty of options. With the help of the concierge, they offer day trips to local surf spots, deep sea fishing, day trips to the vibrant Colonial town of Granada, volcano exploring, and much more. Also available to the guest are snorkeling gear, kayaks, and paddleboards.

I couldn’t, and still can’t, get over how incredibly amazing this resort was. Every day felt like a dream being there. Waking up to the sounds of the ocean, looking out on my deck and seeing monkeys playing, and hearing wild parrots squawk in the trees around me made me feel so close to mother nature. The sunsets every day looked as though they were hand painted with vibrant orange, purples, and yellows I looked forward to them every day. There was not a moment there that I felt ready to leave and even now I can’t help but wish I was still sitting on my deck overlooking the water. This special resort is one that I highly recommend if you’re looking to get in touch with nature and yourself and it is a place I plan to return to one day, hopefully soon.

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Aqua Wellness Resort from above

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Roasted veggie quinoa salad

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Treehouse from above

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Newly hatched leatherback turtle on Aqua's beach

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Blakely at the restaurant at Aqua

Blakely Trettenero

My name is Blakely Trettenero and I'm a trained chef with an insatiable appetite for traveling. I'm the owner of the travel site HungryforTravels.com and freelance writer. I've currently been to over 40 countries and the number grows by the month. From hiking to Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan to diving the Continental Divide in Iceland to sipping champagne seaside in Greece my adventures are not...(Read More)

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