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I went here for a yoga retreat. The resort is gorgeous, the ocean views are amazing. The cons are that there is A LOT of steps and walking... especially up hill. When we first arrived there was a lot of bees in the room and they upgraded us to an amazing huge room which was very nice. The staff seemed to be a little too laxed. We were the only ones in the resort and they weren’t really big on customer service. The cleaning service would come at 12-1. There are no phones in the room to call reception so you have to walk.. which is far. When you get to the beach they don’t set up the chairs or even have enough towels. There is a bar on the beach.. but they don’t come over to take your order you have to go up to the bar. The yoga bungalow was very far.. but very beautiful. The spa was awful.. weak massages. But the jungle/treehouse overall experience was wonderful. The rooms are all wood which is gorgeous, beds were comfy. It’s like you are living in a legit tree house. The food was great but SLOWWWWWW! The staff could have been better.. and be prepared to walk. Lots of bugs and monkeys on the property because it’s all outdoors. But really stunning place.
The resort itself was okay. The views were nice but christ were their lots and lots of insects. Be aware there will be many insects around, unfortunately sometimes in your actual room. When you walk from your room to the restaurant or the beach, keep an eye out for the huge spiders and grass hoppers in the way. Occasionally, I had to knock down the webs when I left my room. The private beach was nice however taking that trip back up those stairs will be challenge for anyone. I am in my 20's, in decent shape and I had to take a break half way. Unfortunately, when we went out to eat at the resort there was ALWAYS flies, so please be aware of not enjoying meals. It got to the point where we just ordered the food and had them deliver it to our room. The food however was delicious. The people at the resort were super friendly and approachable. They speak both Spanish and English. Make sure to request to clean out the room before you get there. I had to clear the room when I got inside (insects on the wall). My 3rd day there, I got stung by a scorpion. It was in my shoe. The front desk's response was, it happens sometimes, but nothing over in this area is poisonous. He then gave me pain medicine. Everywhere from the resort is far. I am talking at least an hour. You have to either rent a car or request a taxi. Taxi will run you $80 (US) round trip. Website claims to offer Yoga, nobody ever discussed that with me. They claim to offer certain types of food in the book in the room, but some weren't available (Pizza). Why would you display the food if its not available?? In addition to everything, be prepared to hear Monkeys howl early in the AM on your first day then randomly throughout the day. Look, if your into the nature, this is the trip for you. Other than that, I would stay away. GET BUG SPRAY!!!
ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! This place is out of this world, the rain forest, the beach, the staff and the food were just incredible! Our room was beautiful, small and simple with everything we needed for tree house living. My only regret is I wish we stayed longer!
I would give this place a 5 star but will stick to giving it a four. I stayed at the deluxe-ocean view Which came with a kitchen and it was fully equipped with kitchen utensils. The view was epic from inside the home and outside. It was eco friendly and the nature was beyond anything and breathtaking. There were howling monkeys which if you’ve never heard it in it’s natural habitat before you’ll be surprised hearing it at first. Their customer service was outstanding, they will go above and beyond. The beach is private and to get to it was quite difficult if you aren’t active. If you book the deluxe room with the kitchen I recommend for you to do grocery shopping before so that you can cook your own meals even though there is a restaurant that serves delicious food! P.S there is no radio or tv, WiFi worked perfectly fine in our room. We got the relaxation we needed, away from the noise and hustle of Managua
If only I could give negative stars. I feel like I got baited and switched. Starting from day 1 it was a disappointment. I tried to stay positive to no avail and finally said that’s it! I left 4 days early. The good 1. The property is beautiful 2. The casitas are nice 3. Showing up at 3am is as handled well and professionally. The bad... oh dear god where to start... 1. first and foremost don’t expect world class service, in fact don’t expect service. Everything and anything you need - you have to find someone. Don’t expect any normal services. You will not get housekeeping, water anything without seeking it out yourself. You are 100% on your own. 2. Plunge pool- concrete hole filled with cleaning supplies- had to go find someone clean it up and to fill it. 3. Yoga - what yoga -there is no yoga. I want to be very clear here, this is a yoga wellness resort and there is no yoga and no “wellness”. A lot of other comparable resort have sample schedules. Aqua does not. This should have been my first sign. Don’t expect it. The whole reason I chose aqua was to do a yoga spa get-away, well there was none of that. It just doesn’t exist. 4. Beach equipment (paddle boards, snorkel etc... )doesn’t exist. Creepy employees sitting on the beach staring at you - yup they have that! 5. It’s literally no where. This could be good or bad depending. You will be 100% dependent on them for everything. This is particularly awful when the whole point of coming was to partake in the resorts activities and they do not exist. 6. WiFi - close to nonexistent at best 7. Electricity- sometimes 8. Beach bar - closed 9. Bromeliads the restaurant just doesn’t exist. 10. There’s another place Onda. It is expensive and just well ho-hum. I paid around $50 for a few beers (local), quesadillas and rice. Locally sourced healthy food it is not - bland resort fair yes. 11. No mosquito nets - could be fine but it wasn’t. I literally had beetles falling out of the wall sconces and pinging off my head at night. I was up 1/2 a night killing bugs. Beetle gut streaked sheets too bad - you have to track someone down to change them. 12. The water isn’t potable. When I checked in I had probably 50-100 ounces. Never refilled again. One more time - had to go find someone. 13. Blame the guest when they screw up. I was told of course this was my fault, they would’ve serviced the room, brought water, etc if I hadn’t been there. Well where was I supposed to be? Yoga - no. Meditation- no. Spa - no. Beach - creepy. Beach bar- no. Beach restaurant- no. Closet city - 2.5 hour drive. I literally had NO WHERE ELSE TO BE AND NOTHING ELSE TO DO. 14. When all else fails - lie. Supposed they brought a yoga teacher in at 8:30am from 2.5 hours away. They asked me why I didn’t show up. BECAUSE I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT IT. They claimed they tried to tell me they day before but couldn’t find me. See accusation above. Always in room can’t clean it, yoga instructor couldn’t find me to tell me. This can literally only be a horribly ridiculous lie. I sat on the deck in front of my room all day. THERE IS NO WHERE TO GO AND NOTHING TO DO. So I left and like others leaving reviews no response from management, no refund. I would highly recommended NEVER GOIN HERE. They literally took my money and wasted my vacation.
I stayed one night in Aquawellness with my family and my wife stayed on to work online for for a few nights afterwards. Our experience was overall good. However the promises on the website like a welcome drink and free use of stand up paddle boards weren't delivered. There was no welcome drink and the beach equipment is for rent, not included. Having said that the actual accommodation was better than expected, we had our own private kitchen, plunge pool and double bed. The kids slept on an extra bed that was provided for us.
Aqua calls out to me every so often, as does this land and the warm Nicaraguan people. It has been four years since my last calling and I went running. This trip was my fourth to Aqua--my first was in 2009. Aqua has seen a few positive changes over the years yet there is so much that is "tried and true" that one can count on about the ambiance and the experience from the 6:00am Howler Monkey wake-up calls, to the warm surf in Redondo Bay, to the smiles and warm greetings of staple individuals who I've come to rely on and regard as my NICA family to the brilliant sunsets and clear starry nights staring at the BIG sky from a lounge chair on the beach ~This place has it's own brand of peaceful magic! Aqua is so comfortable that I didn't want to leave and could easily spend months upon end there. The restaurant serves great food (churassco and fish dishes) as does the new Coconuts Bar- (the fish tacos are too die for!) The drinks are made with loving care! --I miss my Chillada's! I stayed away too long--I miss you Aqua!
The Aqua Wellness Resort is located on a unique property in a natural setting on the side of a hill running down to a sandy beach. Our room was a beach front luxury suite with a plunge pool, right on the beach, and the reviews were very positive. However, while we’re reasonably mobile, we are seniors and this resort was inappropriate for us. The ergonomically acceptable architectural guideline for a public stairway is 14 proportioned steps. For commercial buildings the standard might be 18 steps; commonly split into two flights of 9 steps. In some private circumstances there might be as many as 22 steps, but you wouldn’t want to use them on a regular basis. At Aqua, to get meals from our unit, it was 30 steps down to the walkway then 140 steps up the hill from the walkway to the restaurant. After the meal, that’s reversed; 140 down the hill followed by 30 up. To be clear, when I say step I don’t mean a stride, I mean a step up a stair riser. The steps are uneven and many are made from sand held in place by a vertical board riser. The sand is frequently lower than the riser, sometimes by an inch or two, a real trip hazard. In other words, it’s not a simple matter of climbing stairs. There are no telephones in the units so room-to-room calling is impossible should you want to coordinate meals or other activities with friends. Communication with the hotel is by WhatsApp. If you don’t have a cell phone and a WhatsApp account, from our unit you had to climb down 30 steps and then up over a hundred steps to the reception office. Guests cannot charge resort services to their room and every transaction has to be paid for at the time. An annoyance, I had to carry my wallet everywhere including to the beach bar when in my bathing suit. The staff were uniformly friendly and language was not an issue as those serving us spoke English reasonably well. The food was good but served from a limited menu. However, with no telephones, room service is not available. Also, the beach bar was only available for limited service and, on the Monday of our visit, no service was available for lunch. In summary, because of its location, the resort requires an enormous number of stairs to do anything. Those looking for a quiet, restful place with no TV and with the ability to handle lots of stairs should consider it. Those who can’t handle lots of stairs should avoid it.
If you are considering planing a wedding at AQUA RESORT DON'T DO IT! After everything that happened in Nicaragua with protests last year, we had to cancel our wedding there which was out of our hands. These people never refunded our money after they said they would do it. We even cancelled a year in advance, but they decided to keep the money. AQUA RESORT gave NO REFUND, LACK OF RESPONSE, AND SO UNPROFESSIONAL. It was so disappointing, upsetting and stressful for us. We booked here in good faith and they did not care to respond when the country was having a crisis! So we decided to cancel and take NO further risk with this place. We are Sooo Glad we did otherwise these people would have stolen even more money from us. They are dishonest and will not care about it. They have no sense of customer service, and I can assure you it is not worth the headache. I also visited in December went there to talk to the manager and they said "Keep sending E-mails." I did and still NO REFUND. While I visited this past December, I notice the place is DEAD, Food was terrible, they do not have the little restaurant by the beach like they used to (this is were we were going to have the reception...JOKE), they have about 2 waiters down there and nobody offers you anything. THE WORST EXPERIENCE! I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND IT.
Thank you for exactly what we needed. Peace, tranquility, nature, monkeys, birds, & beauty! The staff were very helpful and friendly. The rooms were clean & comfortable and the plunge pool was well maintained. We could order food from the restaurant via the reception whats app, which was always speedy service. The beach is magical. White sands, gorgeous ocean and a small beach bar to buy a cold beer! The next beach over, Playa Gigante is a lovely welcoming fishing village. I love the yoga deck! Thank you for making our stay absolutely perfect!!
Located in Playa La Redonda within a 15-minute walk of Gigante Beach, Aqua Wellness Resort is within a few miles (5 km) of Playa Amarillo. This 50-room, 4-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and a restaurant.
Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Onda, the resort's onsite restaurant.
The 50 individually decorated rooms feature kitchens and furnished patios. Guests can expect to find free WiFi. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer rainfall showers. Coffee makers, ceiling fans, and safes are other standard amenities.
At Aqua Wellness Resort, guests have access to a private beach, a full-service spa, and free WiFi in public areas. There's free parking, and an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for NIO 4320 per room one way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with luggage storage, concierge services, and dry cleaning/laundry. Other amenities at this beach resort include conference space, a porter/bellhop, and wedding services.