Mukul Resort is Back
Mukul Resort is fully operational and again welcoming guests. Limited villas (just the best ones!) have been re-opened as international tourism continues to rebound in Nicaragua. Direct flights from the US are now in operation meaning you’re just a short flight away from seventeen impressive and uncrowded surf breaks. Resort activities are all open including the beach club, clifftop spa, golf, yoga, surf lessons, guided hikes, fishing excursions, and children’s activities. Premium accommodation is available including Casona don Carlos; the Pellas family’s private beach residence which features a 20,000 square-foot indoor-outdoor living area with soaring 80-foot-high palapa ceilings.
Explore Mukul's Private Beaches
Enjoy two of Nicaragua’s most beautiful beaches, Playa Manzanillo and Playa Guacalito, all within the privacy of the Guacalito de la Isla estate. Playa Manzanillo, located just steps away from your stunning accommodation at Mukul, is the perfect setting for a leisurely sunset stroll. If complete privacy is what you’re after, a short 15-minute bike ride, or 5-minute complementary transfer through the lush Nicaraguan jungle, lies the incredible Playa Guacalito, which is perfect for a romantic getaway with your significant other.
Whether spending hours splashing around in the newly renovated Tres Ceibas Beach Club pool, or searching for seashells on the pristine beaches at Mukul Resort, there is always something fun and enjoyable for the whole family. Play a round of golf on the immaculate, and ocean front, 18-hole golf course designed by David Mclay Kidd. Alternatively, perfect your surfing skills under the guidance of an expert Tropicsurf instructor at Playa Manzanillo.
Authentic Nicaraguan Culture
Mukul allows you to experience the incredible Nicaraguan culture firsthand, while maintaining all the standards of 5-star luxury. Enjoy a guided tour to the nearby local fishing village, or explore the stunning colonial city of Granada, for a culturally authentic experience. If you wish to stay within the gates of the resort, you’ll be treated as family by Mukul’s sensational team of Nicaraguan staff.
Waves at Mukul
With seventeen impressive surf breaks within a forty-five minute drive, Mukul has positioned itself as a world-class surfing destination. The jewel in her crown is Manzanillo Point, a left point wave that lies directly in front of the resort’s private beach club. Without public road access, outside surfers may only visit by panga. So for much of the day, the break often peels off empty except for the handful of fortunate resort guests.
Mukul's Secluded Waves
Situated along the resort's private beach, Playa Manzanillo, lies two hidden gems suitable for surfers of all levels. Beginner and intermediate surfers will love catching their first whitewater waves, or transitioning to the open face waves of the sand bottom beach break at Playa Manzanillo. More experienced surfers will enjoy the thrill of riding the clean walls of Manzanillo Point, which breaks alongside the cliffs of Guacalito de la Isla’s Legacy Estate peninsula.
Year-Round Offshore Wind
Mukul is located in Southern Nicaragua, an area known for its consistent, year-round offshore winds. This phenomenon is thanks to the topography of the region, with Lake Nicaragua lying directly inland and mountain ranges to the north and south. The wind funnels from the Caribbean coast across Lake Nicaragua towards the Pacific coast, resulting in an average of 330 days of offshore wind a year at Mukul Resort. Truly a surfer’s paradise!
Explore Untouched Coastline
When you’re tired of surfing the amazing waves on property at Mukul Resort, jump on a guided surfari aboard one of Mukul’s two luxury boats; Sealegs, or the Spirit of Mukul. Using the local knowledge of a Tropicsurf guide you’ll be whisked away in style to one of seventeen breaks nearby the resort. Along this untouched stretch of coastline, you’ll find there is something for everyone; beginner waves, intermediate left-hand pointbreaks, cobble stone a-frames, and fast barreling beach breaks.
Luxury Surf and Golf
At Mukul Resort make your dream of surfing and golfing in the same day come true. Experience the world class 18-hole golf course designed by David Mclay Kidd, which plays host to the annual Flor de Caña Open – Latin American PGA Tour event. The course ends on the par 3, hole 18, finishing directly onto the beach overlooking Manzanillo Point, the perfect place for a surf check!
Beach Break Barrels
Mukul Resort lies just a 15-minute boat ride south of the world-famous beach break, Playa Colorado. Famous for its consistent year-round waves, and incredible barrels, Playa Colorado has been host to numerous professional surfing events. Enjoy the ultra-consistent tubes of Playa Colorado on a guided surfari on either one of Mukul’s two luxury boats, utilising the expertise of a qualified Tropicsurf guide.
Resort at Mukul
Set between the trees and a stunningly empty sand beach, this secret hideaway is a luxury boutique hotel set on a 1,670-acre private beach community. 37 private villas nestle like tree-houses on the cliffs, or hug the beach and the wild sand grass at its edge. After your morning surf, you’ll return to stylish digs, be pampered with attentive service and indulge in some unique spa experiences, a round of golf, or exotic cuisine.
In the ancient Mayan language Mukul directly translates to ‘secret’, and the hotel itself embodies just that. Whether you’re enjoying the hiking paths through the densely vegetated hills, exploring the coves at Playa Guacalito, or simply relaxing in your spacious villa, you’ll feel like you’re part of the secret while at Mukul. The resort is set inside a private reserve, with no shortage of open space, so it’s easy to feel like you’re the only person on earth.
Sustainability Meets Luxury
Mukul resort is part of the Guacalito de la Isla beach community, founded by Nicaraguan, Don Carlos Pellas. His vision for Guacalito de la Isla was to create a luxury development that could guide the emergence of a sustainable tourism industry within Nicaragua. Evidence of this is present within the hotel through the use of recycled hardwoods from the Caribbean coast, the incorporation, rather than removal, of native trees on the golf course, sea turtle release program, as well as the support and integration of surrounding local Nicaraguan communities.
Barefoot and Beachfront
The luxury hotel is designed with the beach lover in mind. Set directly upon one of Nicaragua’s most serene beaches, Playa Manzanillo, you’re never more than a few steps away from the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean. Whether enjoying breakfast at La Terraza restaurant, lunch at Tres Ceibas beach club, or a sunset dip in your room’s private pool, you’ll never tire of the panoramic views of Playa Manzanillo.
Mukul’s activities are endless, and suited for adults and kids alike. On property activities range from surfing, kayaking, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding to archery, mountain biking, tennis, and golf. For guests wishing to explore outside the development, there is fishing on either of the resort’s two luxury vessels, as well as guided cultural tours to the cities of Granada and Playa Gigante. For thrill seekers, the hotel offers the once in a lifetime experience of volcano boarding down the Cerro Negro Volcano.
Rooms at Mukul
Choose from three main room types - a hillside Bohio perched high above the resort or a one or two-bedroom beach villa. Or for the epitome of luxury, the Casona Don Carlos is the Pellas family’s private beach home and offers the ultimate in exclusivity and privacy. All packages include breakfast, lunch and complimentary domestic beers, fine wines and spirits – including of course the Pellas family’s award-winning Flor de Caña rum.
Each luxurious guest accommodation fully embraces the Nicaraguan culture through the use of locally sourced furnishings and décor from Nicaraguan artisans. In addition, sustainably recycled native teak and pine from the Nicaraguan coastline is used to accent the luxurious high ceilings of the accommodation, as well as the outdoor palapa areas and decks. This all works together to create a uniquely natural sense of beach luxury at Mukul.
The incorporation of breathtaking panoramic views is pivotal to the design of the accommodations at Mukul. Whether you elect to stay in a beachside villa, hillside bohio, or the luxurious Casona Don Carlos; you’ll wake each day to stunning views via the floor to ceiling windows that grace each luxurious accommodation. In addition, while enjoying your private plunge pool you’ll feel apart of the lush Nicaraguan jungle canopy or rolling Pacific Ocean.
Families at Mukul
Kids will love a beach camp-out at the Kul Kids Club. Or take a canopy tour and go zip-lining through the rainforests of the lowlands with hiking through the jungle for glimpses of birds, monkeys and sloths. Or discover the spectacular Maribios volcanic chain that runs down the spine of Nicaragua and try sandboarding down the volcanic ash of Volcán Cerro Negro.
Mukul has a dedicated kids club, Kul Kids, that boasts a daily list of fun and engaging activities sure to keep the kids busy while parents enjoy the spa, beach, or golf. In addition, during the summer months (June, July, August) Mukul has weeklong kids summer camp options, including the Surf and Golf Camp, involving both resort guests and guests staying in the residences at Guacalito de la Isla.
Make Memories at Mukul
Mukul is a wonderful place to stay for single surfers, romantic couples, and families alike. Whether you’re after a relaxing week on the beach, or a fun-filled week of adventures, there’s no shortage of activities to create a memorable holiday in Nicaragua. Enjoy a massage in one of the six luxurious spa temples, a Flor de Caña rum tasting, archery lesson, or family trip to the cultural city of Granada. Whatever you choose you’re sure to leave with memories to last a lifetime.
Mountain bike through tropical jungles or trek volcanic nature reserves. Opt for a helicopter ride or cruise the waters of the immense Lake Nicaragua and its Las Isletas group of tiny islands formed by volcanic eruptions. Explore Central America’s oldest city - fascinating Granada, by horse and carriage for a close and personal impression of the beautiful colonial architecture and picturesque churches.
Mukul is committed to showcasing Nicaraguan culture through its food. Chef Ortiz’ “Cocina NiKul” includes delicious selections such as Lobster and Sweet Corn Soup with Corn Gnocchi, Basil and Vanilla Bean Custard and Steamed Black Mussels with Coconut Water, or Cilantro and Rum Flor de Caña Gran Reserva. New world wines and of course a selection of local rums and cigars are also on offer.
Guests are welcomed into one of six luxurious spa casitas, each with a unique decor, theme and sequence of treatments. In essence, Spa Mukul is comprised of six different spas in one location. Guests can reserve a spa casita for several hours, during which they enjoy a series of treatments and then relax in its private garden, which features palapa-shaded lounging areas and a monsoon shower – all without ever meeting other guests.
Casona Don Carlos, the Pellas’ private beach house, is a true VIP experience. Located absolute beachfront, the 20,000 square-foot compound features an expansive indoor-outdoor living area with a soaring 80-foot-high Nicaraguan palapa, six bedroom suites, a wrap-around stone terrace and a large infinity pool. With private entrance, this beachfront two story compound combines perfectly with private guiding and heli-surfing.
Tropicsurf offers a full-time guiding service from Mukul. Our services range from beginner lessons, coaching sessions to half-day panga or 4WD surfaris along the coast. Guests can simply enjoy being taken to best waves and secluded spots or learn and step up a level under our unique ten-level coaching plan. The ultimate indulgence is to take the resort’s luxury yacht and cruise along the coast to your surfing nirvana.
Though there is surf all year round, conditions are varied. Contact Tropicsurf for detailed information, however as a guide June, July and August feature the largest, long-period swells wrapping into all of Nicaragua’s best breaks. Outside of these months great surf remains, especially for those who enjoy lighter offshore winds and more forgiving waves.
Tropicsurf has partnered with Firewire surfboards to offer a complete quiver of cutting edge eco-friendly boards for guest use. Avoid the hassle of travelling with your board by contacting Tropicsurf in advance of your stay to reserve choice of board; shortboard, fish, hybrid, or longboard. Stand Up Paddleboards are also available from the Tropicsurf Centre.
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We had a great time at Mukul
We had a great time at Mukul and Ryan was awesome. He gets five stars for his positive attitude, professionalism and for how well he worked with my kids. Super patient and kind. You’re lucky to have him out there. He’s a great ambassador for Tropicsurf.Jimmy, via email.
I couldn’t recommend Tropicsurf highly enough
Ryan and Josh were superstars, and I couldn’t recommend Tropic Surf highly enough.Bizarrely, the resort was almost totally empty which meant we had more waves to ourselves.Ben, via email