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Aqua Wellness Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Redonda Bay, Playa Gigante, Nicaragua   |  
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“a natural stair master workout!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Though I had read a lot of reviews and had heard first hand that there are a lot of stairs to contend with, somehow I wasn't prepared (even though I normally climb 80 flights on the escalator every other day)!

That said, the beach is worth every last step! It is a fabulous beach, even if there is a lack of shade. There are kayaks and snorkel gear and stand up paddle and helpful staff at the beach. The beach and water are perfectly clean and safe, based on my snorkeling and kayaking around. The waves aren't big and the shore break is seldom scary. I can hardly imagine seeing a beach quite so beautiful. This can also be said of Playa Amarillo and Playa Colorado which are a short drive away (the hotel can arrange transport).

The first night, we stayed in the Aracari Penthouse, which had fabulous views, but was a serious workout to get down to the beach and the restaurant. We decided against dinner due to the stairs. Though we contemplated moving to another hotel, Aqua was able to accommodate us in a beach front villa instead which eased our decision to stay a few more nights at Aqua.

The front desk and staff are excellent during the day --really can't say enough nice things about their help wrt groceries, Gigante town, etc. The night staff is a different story -- we felt a bit lost going into Playa Gigante one evening during Semana Santo. I felt that the day-manager probably would have advised against it. The night-manager was helpful to arrange transport, but didn't mention that most restaurants were closed and that nearly everyone (i do mean nearly everyone) was drunk.

Still would recommend this resort. We took a boat tour and got the full appreciation of what it means to be an eco-friendly resort. Aqua's villas did not get built at the expense of every tree in it's path. In fact, there are many monkeys that still inhabit the trees around the resort. On our boat tour, we noticed another resort not too far away that had leveled every tree in sight. It brought tears to my eyes to see a golf course and a row of palm trees lining the beach and hardly any tourists to be seen (probably because of the hefty room rate, which i am told is roughly $800 per night). Aqua is something special in it's location and commitment to the environment.

My only recommendation is that they advise guests when they have pizza night! The pizza is very good and made in their own wood fired oven. Who would've guessed!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Stayed here for four nights last week. Wish someone would have warned me that you have to be in good physical condition to enjoy this place. Between the intense heat and the 300+ steps separating our room from the beach and restaurant, I thought I was going to die instead of relax.

We stayed in Aracari, which is one of the highest units on the property. Every night we were there, the lights went out at some point in the evening. The first night, they were out around 3 hours. Luckily, the last night, they were out only a few seconds. Is it unreasonable to expect that they'd have a back up generator?

Be prepared for price gouging. They charge $120 to pick you up at the airport and will charge an additional $30 if they send the minivan for you (in case you have more than 2 people in your party and you need more space for all your luggage). Also, upon checking out, make sure to carefully check your itemized bill as we all found errors.

Perhaps I wouldn't have been so disappointed if we hadn't paid premium prices (especially for Nicaragua).

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Management_AQUA, Manager at Aqua Wellness Resort, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hola Galonn,

Thank you very much for sharing your comments with the Trip Advisor Community. Every opinion is valid and helpful for guests as they consider what type of vacation and lodging is appropriate for their needs.

One of the unique features and selling points of our location is that we are nestled into the mountainside overlooking the private white sand beach of Redonda Bay. A number of our villas do require 5-10 minutes of walking stairs before arrival at our beach and restaurant/bar. The stairs provide an excellent opportunity each day to enjoy exercise while taking in the beauty of the nature surrounding you and is a special aspect of our resort that we are very proud of! If you wish to do less stair walking during your stay, please request a beachfront villa- only steps away from the crashing waves and our beachfront Bromelia restaurant.

Transportation costs are indeed higher than you might expect in Nicaragua due to high fuel costs (over $6 per gallon) and growing infrastructure (roads etc). We are located approximately 2.5 hrs from Managua international airport and we will arrange all the details of your transport from the airport to the doorstep of your villa for $110 USD. We have a trustworthy driver waiting for you will your name on a sign who will transport you in air conditioned comfort. It is indeed possible to find transportation for a lower price if you negotiate directly with taxi drivers, but we do not recommend this option as it can be unsafe and you never know what to expect in regards to reliability of the vehicle you are getting into. We ask all potential guests to keep this in mind as you consider transportation options as it is sincerely not our goal to engage in any form of “price gouging”.

During the week of your stay we experienced an unusually high occurrence of planned power outages due to the fact that the power company was replacing and performing maintenance on the lines. We do sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Many of our villas have back up power inverters and we are working to make sure all have them installed for the comfort of our guests. We also have a generator in the restaurant and reception to keep vital services going during any power loss.

The staff at AQUA Nicaragua wishes you the best with all your future endeavors and travels and we hope to see you again soon!

Be Well,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

Aqua consists of a few dozen cabin on stilts built from high quality natural materials tugged into a mountainside between the trees. View of the ocean is stunning throughout (you can hear the surf everywhere), there are many steps and stairs to get to the cabins. We had a luxury suite which consisted of two cabins connected with a little bridge and a small pool. One cabin was a fully equipped kitchen (no ice-maker).

The good part is that the resort is built only from natural materials, no plastic anywhere, the wood seems to be Teak which gives it a very Eco-flavor.

If you look for animation, party, get drunk of the beach: don't come. You will like it if you're capable of being with yourself without the need of external entertainment. No TV throughout, but a spotty Wifi.

We were somewhat unlucky during our stay as there was construction on the backside of our suite and every day the power was down for hours. The suites, having baked in the tropical sun for hours, became furnaces. There is AC - which is small (not loud though) and it takes a whole day to cool down the cabins. If power is down a generator for the kitchen switches on somewhere - which is very noisy.

We don't believe that power cuts in such a remote area are avoidable, but at that price-range they cannot be expected. We traveled all Nica and 100 bucks p.n. for a very good place is normal, this one is three times the rate.

Night-life (apart from yr private one) is zero, food is good and healthy with a great vegetarian touch. The staff is very friendly and helpful, a little slow; but well it's the tropics.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Management_AQUA, Manager at Aqua Wellness Resort, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Hola AustinProgress,

Thanks so much for your feedback and for sharing your advice to potential guests on trip advisor. We are very proud of the fact that our elevated treehouse villas are constructed of entirely wood and blend aesthetically into the mountain landscape.

The vision of AQUA Wellness Resort is to provide a healthy, relaxing, and enjoyable place for guests to “flow into balance”- reconnecting with themselves and the nature that surrounds them. We are off the beaten path, and due to the nature of our resort Wi-Fi can be spotty depending on the location of your villa. We also have a free Wi-Fi zones in reception and restaurant that generally get a more stable and consistent connection if you do happen to experience a connection issue in your villa.

AQUA is growing and we are finishing construction on 2 villas to the west side of our resort. It is possible for some guests to hear the noise, but it is generally not overly distracting to the majority of our guests. If at any time a guest experiences an inconvenience, our front desk is always willing to assist and find an agreeable solution.

We do apologize for the inconvenience that you experienced due to the power outages. It was indeed an unlucky week for us as the power company had to shut down our electricity for multiple hours as they prepped and repaired power lines in preparation for the Semana Santa Holiday.

AQUA Nicaragua is a premier lodging option in Nicaragua and we offer a variety of room size options. Our 2013 rack rates vary depending on the room size and view type and start at $170/night during high season and $130/night during the low season. We thank you for visiting us and hope to see you at AQUA Nicaragua again soon!

Be Well,
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

I stayed at Aqua in August 2011 with a friend and it was brand new - so much so that the resort was still under construction, and there was no pool yet. The villas are absolutely beautiful, especially the woodwork and plunge pools. The property is amazing. I loved the food (especially the breakfast and fresh squeezed juices), and the beach is very nice. We were practically the only ones at the resort so often had the entire beach to ourselves. No matter where you were on the property, you could hear the ocean surf, which I liked. We saw much wildlife, including a monkey out of our villa window. The downside was that because it was so new, there were some kinks (e.g., there were not daily yoga classes, the power went out quite a bit (for small periods of time), etc.). This was my first trip to Nica, and I absolutely loved it and would definitely return!

Note on other Nica lodging: We went back and forth between Aqua and Morgans Rock and could not decide, so stayed at both for 2 nights each. I enjoyed both experiences, but if I had to choose only one, I would return to Morgans Rock, because it's on a larger property/wildlife preserve (with hiking and other activities available without leaving the resort), the staff were warm and accommodating, it has an amazing main/communal area with pool, restaurant, bar, etc., the beach is bigger and wider and has better chairs/hammocks/palapas, and we got to see baby turtles hatching on the beach one evening! Although the bungalows are older than Aqua's, they are larger.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

Aqua Wellness Resort – Redondo Bay, Gigante, Nicaragua

Aqua Wellness Resort is located on the pacific coast about 1 hour north of San Juan del Sur and about a 2 hour drive south of Managua in a fairly remote area. The nearest large town is Tola about 1 hour away and the village of Gigante is about a 15 minute walk. There is not much in Gigante – a few restaurants and hostels – there are about 500 residents.

Our package was for 5 nights, breakfast each morning, dinner one night, a 50 minute spa treatment, and a 1 way transfer from the international airport. We arrived in Managua around 12:30pm, customs was easy and our Aqua driver was waiting for us. The driver was very nice and did not speak much English and my Spanish is very rusty, however, we had a very pleasant and scenic 2 hour drive to the resort – we practiced our language skills! We also stopped for a brief grocery store on the way to stock up on some supplies since we knew we had a full kitchen at the resort.

Aqua bills itself as luxury treehouses and if you are in one of the penthouses, luxury suites or tree house rooms situated higher up on the hillside, then you do feel like you are living in the trees. Every villa complex is crafted from native hardwoods, stone and glass and are all connected to the beach and the resort common areas via elevated wooden walkways, stairs and pathways. There are stairs and depending on which room you are located in, there could be quite a few, however, if you get to know the layout of the resort you can find shortcuts that avoid many of the steps. If stairs are a big problem for you, then you may want to avoid this resort or make sure you request a room on the beach – beach front rooms do not require a lot of stairs and they are very close to the restaurant and bar areas.

The Aracari penthouse complex is the highest on the hill and is one of the few that has both rainforest and ocean views – if monkey sighting is important to you, request a rainforest room. It is important to understand the resort configurations as far as the rooms go. Each complex usually consists of a penthouse room and 2 tree house rooms or a luxury suite (there are 2 luxury suites) and 1 tree house room. A whole complex is called a villa. Penthouse rooms are 2 floors with the living area and full kitchen on the 1st floor and the king bed bedroom and bathroom on the 2nd floor. The luxury suites also have a full kitchen; however, instead of being on 2 floors, they have 2 separate buildings connected by an L shaped deck. One building contains the full kitchen and the other contains the bedroom and bathroom. Tree house rooms have no kitchen – it is a single queen bed room with a full bathroom. All types of rooms have an outside deck and some have their own plunge pool. If a pool is important to you then you need to make sure when arranging for your room, to ask for one with a private plunge pool. Not all penthouse rooms have a private plunge pool and not all tree house rooms have a private plunge pool. Both luxury suites have a pool. Some pools seem to be shared.

Our package was for an ocean view penthouse with private plunge pool, however, we requested a rainforest penthouse since we wanted monkey contact and we were assured we would have a rainforest penthouse with a private deck and plunge pool. When we checked in we were shown to a rainforest penthouse with an evidently shared pool since there were folks towels and slippers arranged by the pool. I went back to the reception area and told them this was not what we had requested nor was it what the LL package indicated. This particular penthouse did not have a pool – it ended up belonging to the tree house room that was part of this particular complex (I believe it was the orchid penthouse). This is one of the places where Aqua needs some customer service training – they seemed to freeze up and were not sure how to handle a situation like this. I kept saying we are supposed to have our own penthouse with private pool and deck and finally after about an hour of phone calls, etc. on their part, they told us they had a penthouse for us that has a pool – the pool actually belonged to one of the tree houses but they said they would not rent out either of the tree house rooms so that we could have the whole complex to ourselves – worked for us – we had the penthouse with big wrap around deck and the plunge pool was on the deck below next to the unoccupied tree house and as we discovered conveniently located next to the dirt road that you use to get to El Gigante village and you could also use this road to get to the resort restaurant and beach area – no stairs for us! It is not real clear on either the Luxury Link posting or on Aqua’s own website how the complex is laid out – the LL package stated you would have a penthouse villa with private wrap around deck and plunge pool but not many of the penthouse rooms actually have their own wrap around deck or private plunge pool since they all have at least 1 tree house room on part of the deck area – I did not go around and examine each of the room complexes but this is how it appeared from what we did see.

All room types include air conditioning (which we did not need), ceiling fans, on demand hot water, very comfortable Serta mattresses with nice, soft linens, coffee maker, refrigerator in the penthouse and luxury suites and a wine chiller/mini bar in the tree house rooms, in room safe, desk, chair and reading lamp and slate or teak rain showers. Each unit also has an outdoor deck with at least 2 chairs and a table.

The penthouse we finally ended up in was the Jicaro penthouse and it was very nice. Great rainforest views and many, many monkeys visited each morning and evening. It had a wraparound deck so we actually had 2 Adirondack chairs and a table on one side and 2 Adirondack cushioned rocking chairs and a table on the other side. We spent most of our time sitting on the deck monkey and bird watching. On one side of the deck was a tree house room which we were able to look at – a bit small with a queen bed, desk, chair and small bathroom and outside the entrance door were 2 chairs and a table. Also outside the tree house entrance were stairs leading down to the next deck where there was another tree house room with a plunge pool which was the pool we were using. At the very bottom of the stairs at ground level is a large stone patio with a barbeque pit and wraparound wood benches – not all of the villa complexes have this feature.

Our penthouse was very nice with modern appliances in the kitchen, dishes and cutlery for 4, plenty of pots and pans, coffee maker and tea kettle. They also supplied dish washing liquid for washing dishes – everything you would need for cooking and cleaning up. There was also a nice round table and 4 chairs for dining, a full size sofa and coffee table. Sliding screened doors led out on to the deck.
The 2nd floor bedroom contained a king size bed, ample storage space, desk and the bathroom with a nice sink and counter area and a large teak shower. Very comfy bedding and plenty of soft towels.
There are also sliding screened doors in the bedroom leading to a very small balcony. I really liked the penthouses. Evidently these are private residences where the owners get to use them for around 108 days per year and Aqua (the management company) rents them out the rest of the time. Since they are private, each room may have a little more or less than the others, for example, we had a washer and dryer in our penthouse which came in handy. All the kitchens do have appliances, dishes, etc.

The beach area, beach front bar and restaurant area are all very nice with ample seating. The restaurant serves very good food at reasonable prices. The menu is varied, however, they always seemed to be out of shrimp and lobster. Portions are a nice size and I liked everything I tried. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also reasonably priced. There are also a few private seating areas scattered about around the bar and restaurant. The beach is exclusive to Aqua, however, you do get the occasional visitor from Gigante since Aqua’s beach is nicer. During the time we were there, the beach and seating areas were never crowded.

The spa is great and is located on the hillside with wonderful views. We each had a 50 minute massage and they were so good……………….. The spa also offers facials, manicures and pedicures.

There were a few glitches: the problem we had with getting the penthouse room we were supposed to get, the water going out for a day and 1 of the luxury suites that was occupied had a rodent problem – in each of these cases, the staff seemed like they were not sure what to do. When I called to tell them there was no water, they hesitated and then finally said it was being looked at but not sure when it would be fixed – they were getting ready to just hang up the phone but I said what about drinking water, flushing the toilets and that I had a sink full of dirty dishes – they said someone would come to our PH and someone did within 10 minutes – they filled a bucket with pool water and washed the dishes and flushed the toilet and they put a new big bottle of water on our water cooler and then just left with no other explanation – very confusing! The water did come back on the next morning and everyone was treated to a free lunch – evidently there was a broken pipe. We met the couple who had the rodent problem in their luxury suite and from what they told us we gather that they saw the rodent one night and called reception, reception had maintenance come and they found the hole where the rodent got in and sealed the hole, however, evidently they did not check inside the suite to make sure the rodent was not still in the suite – it was and for some reason the couple did not get moved to another room for 2 more nights – I think the resort was trying to find a similar room to the one they were in, however, there are only 2 luxury suites and the other one was occupied. When the 2nd luxury suite opened up, the resort actually moved my husband and I to that one for our last night as their way of apologizing for the penthouse room screw up we had on check in. Why they did not move the folks with the rodent in the luxury suite they were in, I could not tell you – all confused at this point. Around midnight, I heard a noise and someone trying to open our suite doors and saw people with flashlights on our deck, I screamed “hey get out of here” and woke my husband up – we ran out on the deck and started asking a man and woman “what are you doing” but they just mumbled sorry and took off – weird! We then noticed that the lights were on in the tree house that was part of our luxury suite complex and walked over to see who was in there since it was supposed to be unoccupied – it turns out it was the couple that had the rodent in their room – we asked why did the resort wait until midnight to move them and the lady said she could no longer stay in their room with a rodent – they should have insisted much sooner that they be moved – I would have! Again it seems like the resort does not know how to handle a crisis.

The luxury suite we were moved to for our last night was called Tortuga and was very nice with an amazing ocean view, wraparound deck connecting the bedroom and kitchen buildings and a much larger plunge pool than the older part of the resort. This suite was part of the newer end of the resort and was pretty much just built – there were 2 more under construction in this area. A pretty nice place!

Even with the glitches, this is a very nice resort and the penthouses and luxury suites are very, very nice. It is clear the staff and management could use some additional training to make it a 1st rate resort, however, glitches and all; we would go back to Aqua. The staff, as are all the people we interacted with in Nicaragua, very nice, the food is good, the beach is beautiful and the accommodations are very comfortable. Tour arrangements are easily managed at decent prices and there are a good variety of options to choose from. Transfers to and from the airport are easy – we used them to transfer to the Jicaro Eco Island Lodge and the price was around $85 for the 1 ½ - 2 hour drive.

Here is the link to the Aqua Resort pictures:

https://plus.google.com/photos/101267557724414214063/albums/5856966234558811313?authkey=CMCs_pmV-pSr5QE

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Management_AQUA, Manager at Aqua Wellness Resort, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Hi Dannerd,

Thanks so much for incredibly detailed review! Wow :) We really appreciate all the helpful information that you included and are sure that it will be a benefit to the many guests who are considering AQUA Nicaragua for a potential vacation.

In regards to a few of the issues that you faced, it is important to clarify that Nicaragua is a developing country and we do indeed face “glitches” from time to time. During your stay, the power company was conducting tests on the cables and had to shut power down for one complete day. Although many of our villas have back-up power inverters (soon all will be equipped) we realize that it is an inconvenience when we do have a power outage that is completely outside of our control.

As you mentioned we are an eco-lodge, and from time to time we may have a challenge or two with an unwanted critter such as the one you mention in your post. As soon as we were notified of the issue we blocked that particular villa and took immediate steps to take care of the matter.

After all is said and done, it sounds like you had quite an adventure and a wonderful time- we do appreciate your flexibility. For those guests who are looking for a unique “barefoot luxury” and Eco-conscious resort off the beaten path, we hope you will consider AQUA Nicaragua. Our elevated treetop villas, private white sand beach, and abundant wildlife offer you an unparalleled opportunity to unplug from daily stresses and reconnect with yourself and nature. We hope to see you soon!

Be Well,

AQUA Nicaragua Management
www.aquanicaragua.com
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

First, in full disclosure- we did not stay AT the resort, we rented one of the houses adjacent to the property through a VRBO site. There were 10 families and 18 children in four houses on the grounds.

Now that is out of the way...we had full access to the resort and it was phenomenal. We didn't take advantage of the spa amenities (with all those kids, we probably should have though) but several in the group used the resort to book trips and tours and reported that they were very well done. There was one snafu with the tour to San Juan Del Sur that didn't include snorkeling gear for the adults, despite the fact that it was advertised as including snorkeling. The lesson learned for all of the trip is clarify everything, even things that you wouldn't think that you needed to clarify!

We loved the beach- it's quiet and secluded and safe. The kids all ran and played all day. Several of the adults snorkeled along the rocks and reported seeing all kids of fish. A couple groups rented the kayaks and very much enjoyed kayaking along the cove. It gets HOT and even though this group is from San Antonio, TX and we're in heat and sun all the time- everyone got sunburned. Not dramatically but enough that it made for at least a couple uncomfortable evenings. Lesson learned there- apply sunscreen early and often- just like it says to do on the bottles! Also, bring aloe or other lotions. We used every drop we brought.

The restaurant is quite good. We never ate there as one large group because early on we discovered that we overwhelmed them even in smaller groups. (no more than 10) Someone's meal was nearly always forgotten. Luckily, we are a pretty laid back group and it just became part of the story- whose lunch/dinner would be the one...

The bar is relatively well-stocked. Order the macua- it's fantastic. We discovered that they will make pitchers of macua which was great for a group meal. Also, they'll provided buckets of ice and beer to take to the beach. Also, fantastic.

It's gorgeous in the evenings at the bar and restaurant but we were quite conscious of the fact that there were couples on their honeymoons and others on vacations and we really didn't want to ruin people's meals- the kids were all well-behaved but really- who wants to share a romantic meal with 9 year old boys?! So, we tried to eat early if we could and get out of there as quickly as "nica time" would allow.

I think all of us would say that we would love to go back. If I were to go back with just my husband, I'd definitely stay on the resort grounds. The places looked fantastic. We were very happy with the houses away from the resort though- as I'm sure those staying at the resort were glad we were away from them, too!

A couple of things to consider- there is no place to get money once you're there. The Resort does take credit cards though, as do most of the restaurants/bars in Gigante, the little community just a 30 minute walk away. Bring in what you need- there's very little in the way of commerce at the Resort or in Gigante. You won't find actual commerce (souvenirs, clothes, etc) unless you go to San Juan del Sur or Grenada. It's a missed business opportunity, I think!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

If you are a nature lover then this is the place for you. Very beautiful. I am an animal lover and really enjoy down to earth environmental things with the extra specials. This was very relaxing with the extras for those who want to do a little more. It is early to bed and early to rise but its an escape away from reality. Get the massage go on the tours. You just have to experience it for your self. So sit back take in the scenery and relax and enjoy.
P.S. If you want to catch up with that book you've been reading now it the time.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Redonda Bay, Playa Gigante, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Playa Gigante
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 hotels in Playa Gigante
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Aqua Wellness Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a luxury eco-resort with a focus on wellness. The yoga platform overlooks our private beach in protected Redonda bay. Accommodations are well appointed luxury treetop villas built with a dramatic vantage over the bay, full kitchens, private plunge pools, teak + Balinese showers and wraparound decks. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aqua Wellness Hotel Playa Gigante
Aqua Wellness Resort Nicaragua/Playa Gigante

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