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Aqua Wellness Resort

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Aqua is one of a number of resorts on Nicaragua's Pacific coast attracting surfers, yogis and adventurous travelers seeking a relaxing, tropical get-away in a fairly remote, undeveloped location. The resort is a roughly 2.5 hour drive from the airport in Managua and consists of about 25 "tree house" style units constructed of local hardwoods and all on stilts in the trees, connected by wooden elevated pathways. The resort is on a hillside, at the bottom of which is a gorgeous cove and beach; there are no elevators or escalators, so plan on walking up and down a lot. Each accommodation has a main unit with kitchen and living room downstairs and bedroom upstairs, and a guest unit, which is basically a hotel room. The main unit and guest unit share a deck and a plunge pool. The units have air conditioning, internet and cell service, and daily maid service. Surrounded by jungle, it has the feel of being in a luxurious summer camp, rather than a typical resort hotel. There are no TVs, so guests rely on their laptops or iPads and do a lot of reading. The ocean was warm and inviting and I spent a lot of time swimming and kayaking (kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are complimentary). This is not a surfing beach -- to surf, you need to travel north a couple of miles, where there is exceptional surf. The resort boasts a beautiful outdoor yoga platform -- the instructors were excellent and practicing yoga outdoors by the ocean is the best. There is one restaurant on the property with a variety of local and American dishes; most were pretty good and the staff tries hard to please. We stopped at a grocery store on our way in from the airport so that we could make meals in the well-stocked kitchen in the unit; making a few meals, especially lunch and breakfast was a nice break from eating exclusively in the restaurant. There are a few restaurants in Gigante, a small town about 1.3 mile walk from the resort, where you can get local fresh fish and lobster far more inexpensively than in the resort restaurant. One restaurant sign boasted "hamburger Mondays." Health standards may not be on a par with restaurants at home, but the food was basically good and I didn't get sick at all. To get anywhere else from the resort requires a taxi (unless you have a rental car). We took an excursion by small boat to San Juan del Sur for a day -- it's a bigger town and worth wandering around for a couple of hours and having lunch. For readers like me who need to run on vacation, I took a couple of long runs off the property into and beyond Gigante and ran by cows, chickens, pigs and dogs and also a lot of friendly people. If you are thinking of visiting Aqua, keep in mind that the resort is in a fairly remote area in the jungle and there are monkeys, lizards, and mosquitos (though not terrible, best to bring and use repellent). The surrounding coastline is beautiful and sparsely developed. There is no nightlife to speak of. Nicaragua is a poor country and you can see that by venturing off the resort property, which I strongly recommend. I never felt unsafe and the local people were friendly. English is spoken in the resort, but outside you'll get plenty of practice speaking Spanish. Plan to walk up and down a lot in the resort; this would be a difficult place for anyone with mobility issues. If you are not accustomed to sleeping with the sound of crashing waves nearby, pack earplugs. We traveled in mid-November -- some days were hot and humid, others perfect (clear blue sky, 80 degrees, low humidity), and we had a couple days with a few hours of rain. All in all, Aqua is a perfect place to chill, practice yoga and relax in a different locale.

There is no doubt that the setting and facilities are top notch, however, I was surprised that a hotel that stressed that it was eco friendly had a couple of clear missteps. The kitchen was equipped with paper towels instead of re usable cloth. The toiletries were single use. It would also be helpful if there were more hooks in the bathroom to dry towels so that they could be re used.

I used to have a bad nigth in all kind of hotels, because beds always are very firm however in Aqua the bed was very soft. For me was a great surprise. I really enjoyed the place, the luxury suit completed my expectation! I want come back soon...

My daughter and I loved our tree house and the monkeys who acted as an alarm clock every morning about 5, although the first morning, it was quite a surprise and we weren't sure what we were hearing. Regarding the tree house with its one full bath, slightly inconvenient for the person sleeping on futon on first floor. Would have been helpful to have at least a half bath on first floor. The beach was very nice and most of what we had to eat in the restaurant was quite good. Although, we had a kitchen, we only used it for coffee and the refrigerator for wine and toaster oven to reheat pizza. We had no intention of cooking. Be prepared to eat all your meals at Aqua because to go elsewhere and there is nowhere close by is a taxi ride. In fact, I can't think of one town enroute to Aqua (Rivas or Tola) come to mind that I would care to visit or to dine there. We enjoyed yoga classes and both had a massage while staying there. My massage by the manager of the massage study was truly excellent. Otherwise, other than outings you can book, be prepared to relax, read and sit on beach while you are there.

We loved our 3 night stay at this hotel despite the fact that we had a lot of rain. Our main villa on the beach was excellent with a beautiful master bedroom on top and a living/kitchen with sleeper couch below. The sleeper couch can be used by a small kid but consists of two serrate pads that separate so are not very good for sleeping. the main room bed was super comfortable and with a great view. The sounds of the waves is loud if you are close to the beach. Service and food at the restaurant were truly excellent with quite a few vegetarian options. We very much enjoyed the cocktails as well. We found prices to be reasonable. A few things to note - We did see some ants in our room but with the lights out they didn't stay long. The beach is beautiful and swim-able but has some rocky bits. The rooms size, locations, etc varies a great deal and our second villa was nice, but much smaller with no plunge pool. Some offer a lot of privacy and others not so much. It would make sense to ask for specifics, including a resort map with villa locations so you pick the one best suited to your needs. I highly recommend a visit but best do it fast as the new road (paved nearly all the way now) is bringing in development and you will see a lot of changes over the next few years. A linked villa development is already well under way next door.

We knew we wanted to visit Nicaragua and stay on the Pacific side and after reading lots of reviews, we selected the Aqua Wellness Resort! Disclaimer: we did use credit card points to book and got the one of the nicest rooms they had! We got a treehouse with a plunge pool just steps from the beach and it was paradise! We were in the Verado LS treehouse and very close to the restaurant. Our suite was 2 stories with the kitchen and sitting area downstairs and the bedroom (with a small balcony!) and bathroom were upstairs. The maid service provided us with a pitcher of water for brushing our teeth each night (they provide drinking water in the room too-you're told not to drink the water!)! We slept so well every night. The king size bed (and the pillows!!!!) were so comfortable. Our tree house had so much room to make ourselves at home during our stay! We had wifi in our room, at the restaurant, and at the front office! It was great if we wanted to be connected! We ate at the restaurant for breakfast and dinner and everything we ate was amazing! We had read some reviews about the food being so-so, but not sure if those people ate the same food we did! Seriously-just absolutely amazing! We never left the resort and only took advantage of a couple's massage which was perfect! We got a cocoa nib exfoliating rub before the massage and post massage, we went to the restaurant where they gave us an exotic fruit plate and exotic fruit drinks that were included with the massage price. Just amazing! We relaxed by our pool for the majority of our four day stay and just read, talked, and enjoying the scenery. We had a view of the beach from the pool and every night we fell asleep to the sound of the waves crashing! Howler monkeys made their presence known and there were several birds around us as well! We took advantage of the roundtrip transportation the hotel can provide ($270 total-2.5 hours each way) and we paid an extra $20 for a stop at the grocery store on our way in. We got a 12 pack of Nicaraguan beer and some chips and cookies our driver recommended (he even came inside with us and helped us!) and glad we did! We had a full size fridge in our room and being able to just go grab a beer when we wanted was great! We had an 8 am flight to Costa Rica and the driver (Santiago!) he was great!) came and got us super early to get us there in time! I would make sure you look at your final bill before you leave. We officially "checked out" the night before since our flight the next day was so early. They accidentally charged us twice for our $220 couples massage and another (very small) charge - human error and it happens, so just double check things! All service we encountered here was just amazing! From the servers to the front office staff (who even printed a form we needed to fill out for our stay in Costa Rica), to the driver, the spa staff, and everyone else we encountered. Go to Nicaragua - you won't be disappointed!

Overall a lovely hotel but it could be better and is overpriced. We paid for a 'ocean view' and our view was of the forest - should have just paid for a forest view room and saved the money. Staff were nice on the whole but some not overly friendly and made you feel like it was a chore to serve you. Also they completely monopolise you with the price of taxis - we paid $60 with a local taxi to get from the airport and found out the hotel charge $260 return!! Also a taxi to the nearest town (a 2.5km drive) is $15 each way! Room service was a very disappointing experience - they brought the food along in polystyrene boxes which you would expect from a chip shop takeaway, forgot one of the forks and charged us $10 extra for the pleasure... Cutting through a steak with sauce on the polystyrene did not bode well.. I appreciate that the hotel is vast so delivering it may be difficult, but I dont think putting it on a tray isn't too much to ask / a warning that they can only bring it on polystyrene plates might have been good. Although the beach was nice there are lots of rocks which makes getting into the water / swimming difficult, most of the photos don't show this issue. Some of the rooms have very steep approaches which get super slippy when wet and don't have anywhere near enough lighting at night. Very loud howler monkeys which obviously cant be helped but worth knowing if youre a light sleeper.

Place was great if u want a quite place to . Just relax its a great place ive stayed many times its great. The bad is that there is no afternoon activities so it can get boring, and food is not the greatest especially for the price.

My husband and I honeymooned at Aqua in September, and it was a fantastic experience. The staff was lovely, the food was delicious, and the grounds were spectacular. We loved the yoga classes (Kelly is a great instructor!), and the couples massage. Highly recommend it! We did go during rainy season so had a few soggy days, but it didn't stop us from having an amazing time. The accommodations were perfect. We stayed in a beach front tree house that had a small private pool and a deck to relax and listen to the ocean. The surroundings are just beautiful. We'd certainly go back!

Have been hearing about Aqua for the last few years that I've been traveling regularly to Nica, and finally gave it a go. There was a group of six of us (three couples) and everyone was completely impressed. The beach was simply stunning, private, and perfect. The food was high-quality and fantastic tasting - American prices, but great dining and lots of options. We had the Kinkajou suite and I was ready to move in. Definitely splurge for the plunge pool - so worth it. It's better than a big resort pool -- you don't have to worry about kids screaming, splashing and marring your experience. The views are stunning, the property is very well maintained. Service was above our expectations, especially when it counted: One of our group fell ill during the trip and the staff went above and beyond to help out, provide assistance, and check in on us. The only issue was we couldn't extend our trip. Next time, we're planning a longer stay, but will definitely be back. By the way, we drove ourselves and the wayfinding signage was great; easily found our way there thanks to all the great signs telling us which way to Aqua. Upon checkout, we noticed a "service charge" on our bill -- we asked about it and were told it was to maintain the infrastructure - wifi, etc. -- not a built-in gratuity. They offered to remove it, and we agreed - there was no hassle and no extra things on our bill. Regarding the stairs - look, there are some stairs and it can be a longish walk from your suite to the beach or restaurant depending on where you are located. I didn't mind because I viewed it as a much-needed and easy way to squeeze in a little exercise, plus on vacation, there's no rush, so just take it slowly and enjoy the wonderful ambiance and nature vibes. Viva Aqua! We'll be back!

1 Redonda Bay El Gigante

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

Located in Playa La Redonda, Aqua Wellness Resort is 17.4 mi (28 km) from Anthropology Museum and 17.8 mi (28.6 km) from San Pedro Parish. This 50-room, 4-star resort has a private beach, a full-service spa, and a restaurant. Yamil Rios Stadium is 18.3 mi (29.4 km) from the resort, which is on the waterfront.


Dining

Enjoy a leisurely bite to eat at Onda, the resort's onsite restaurant.


Rooms

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.


Property features

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 dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this beach resort include conference space, a garden, and a porter/bellhop.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 605 reviews