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Aqua Wellness Resort
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Reviewed 4 April 2014

We spent two nights at Aqua and loved it. We stayed in one of the tree houses higher up the hill (read: lots of stairs). While we did climb quite a bit to and from the room, the views were spectacular and we often had the pleasure of monkeys outside our window! You end up wanting to spend the whole day on the private beach, cruising around on the kayaks, snorkeling, or just lounging. Morning yoga was very relaxing, and the view from the yoga platform is spectacular. The masseuses in the spa are wonderful, and I would highly recommend the couples massage/scrub!

Room Tip: Beachfront rooms looked spectacular, try to stay lower on the hill if you can!
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Matthew P
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

My girlfriend and I spent 4 nights at the resort. We spent our stay in the beachfront tree houses and the views are wonderful. You definitely feel as if you're "one" with nature. Seeing monkeys every day was pretty nice.

Our favorite aspect of the resort is the private beach. You feel as if the beach belongs to you and no one else. The view of the Pacific is incredible as are the sunsets. We really enjoyed climbing the hills which overlooks the resort and the ocean. Walking into the local town of Gigante was a great experience. The town is quite small and it's great to sit at the local taco stand and just watch how people live.

The food was great and the beer was nice and cold! The weather was sunny and 85 degrees every day! We'll definitely be going back in the future.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank David N
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We spent 6 nights at this resort and were extremely impressed by the beautiful scenery, delicious food, and kind staff. We stayed with our two children who managed to stay entertained by the beach, activities at the resort and all of the natural beauty. We highly recommend this resort to anyone coming to Nicaragua.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank proula
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

My wife and I (both in our early thirties, no children) spent 8 days in Aqua in March 2014. We were in Urraca Treehouse, which was literally on the beach. My first bit of advice is that staying close to the beach is ideal (vs. further up the hill). Given the limited activities (by design) you'll probably spend most of your time on the beach, in the restaurant (food/drinks), and yoga - and the latter two are also on the beach path, so by staying on the beach you'll avoid walking up and down the resort all the time (unless you take the path over to Gigante, which we did several times; there was a small grocery store there and we surfed a few times on the next beach over, called Amarillo). Overall, the property is amazing. The rooms are comfortable (albeit quite tiny, at least the treehouses). WiFi was spotty in the room, but excellent at the restaurant. The private beach is great for swimming and kayaking (provided free of charge); very few rocks as well. To be clear, you go here to unplug - if you're looking for non-stop activities and nightlife, look elsewhere. The days are spent on the beach / surfing / exploring, and dinners typically wind down by 9 the latest. You'll see monkeys in the trees and fish jumping in the sea. The food at the restaurant was very good, but you'll cycle through everything (you like most, at least) within a week. The one thing to highlight is the staff - VERY friendly, very accommodating, and excellent English; we could not be more pleased. To be objective, there are also some areas of improvement. Rooms are tiny. We basically had a studio with a wine fridge (that never cooled below 55 F); being from NYC, it wasn't a foreign concept to us, but given the price point, I was a bit surprised (then again, you won't spend much time in the rooms). We also didn't understand the "value" of the meal plans. We're pretty good at math, but for what they charge per day, we couldn't figure out a way to make it economical vs. paying for everything a la carte (you'd think there would be a discount for locking people into a meal plan?). Lastly, the bill tracking is quite poor. There were other reviewers that suggested visitors check their bill upon checkout, but it's very difficult to spot inconsistencies. We did immediately notice/dispute two "laundry" charges that we never used, but otherwise we had to trust them. Advice to mgmt: guests should be able to take a copy of the receipt they sign at the restaurant! There are already multiple carbon copies, but apparently not one for the guest to take - this doesn't make sense and it's the only way for guests to "check" that they're being billed accurately upon checkout. Some other random things worth sharing: the resort is about 2 hr 15 min from the airport (Aqua can arrange a transfer); dress code is causal (sandals, shorts at dinner was acceptable... actually normal); every room has a cooler of filtered water (replaced as often as needed); A/C worked great at night; amenities in the bathroom were typical; safes in each room; plenty of beach towels are provided; villas have proper kitchens but the treehouses only have a small wine fridge (we used for water, beer and some chocolate :) We felt very safe on the property as well. Overall, we would definitely recommend to our friends, so long as the expectations are to unplug and unwind! Thanks, Aqua, for a great stay and introduction to Nicaragua!

Room Tip: Stay closer to the beach; the restaurant (the only food game in town!) and yoga are both along the beach path. You'll here the ocean at night and your room won't cook all day in the sun. You give up some view, but you're rarely in the room during daylight anyways. We didn't think a plunge pool was necessary at all, being close to the beach.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

My wife and I came back to Aqua (both times from Los Angeles). Our first visit was three years ago. This time, we brought our two kids: eight and five. Another couple joined us with their two kids. Aqua is as great as I remembered it from our first visit. The people that work there are very friendly and they are very attentive. The rooms are spacious. Our room had two floors and a separate structure for a full kitchen. Outside of our room, there was a small pool. This place is an ecolodge so do not expect elevators or escalators. You have to take a bunch of steps to the beach. It was not a problem for us or for our small kids. All the rooms are built as small bungalows surrounded by trees and you can watch monkeys jump from one tree to the other. Once at the beach, you find a restaurant with delicious food, a full bar, an area where you can check out snorkeling gear or kayaks. They also offer a bunch of activities (walking tours, boat tours, etc.). We had a great time and we would like to come back soon.

Room Tip: If you do not want to take 100 steps a couple of times a day, ask for a room close to the beach. Our room was 150 steps from the beach. We had no problems with it but others might.
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Thank qualityaaa
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