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Nicaragua’s first luxury countryside resort, Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, is an intimate All-inclusive eight-room property located on a 1,800-acre nature reserve. Offering a seamless confluence of sustainable nature-based design with Feng Shui influences, rich Nicaraguan culture and warm hospitality, the property effortlessly blends with the environment to nurture exploration, adventure and wellbeing. Experiences at Nekupe are rooted in an active-outdoor lifestyle ideal for multi-generational families, groups of friends or adventurous retreats that include exploration, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, sporting clay and target shooting, and more. These activities are complemented by opportunities for thoughtful inner reflection through mountain-top yoga overlooking majestic views of Mombacho Volcano, outdoor spa treatments, meditation and nature walks. Accommodations – Perched atop a hill to allow for views across the reserve and out to Mombacho Volcano, is the 24,000 square foot main residential compound, La Residencia de Doña Theresita, which houses two grand suites at 1,300-square feet each and open terrace that includes an infinity edge pool with grand vistas of the deep forest. La Residencia also offers guests two standard 870 square foot suites. Alternative overnight options to La Residencia are four standalone villas that range from 700-1,000 square feet, each with an open terrace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Nandaime 01101 Nicaragua
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cfrenz2015 wrote a review Nov 4
New York City, New York30 contributions13 helpful votes
We had originally looked into Nekupe for our Honeymoon back in 2018/2019, but given some of the political unrest at the time decided to save this amazing spot for another time. I'm happy to say that our group felt extremely safe throughout our entire journey through Nicaragua (not just at Nekupe) and would urge anyone that has any reservations about safety to make the trip as the country is absolutely beautiful and the people could not have been nicer. Fast-forward to 2021 and Nekupe was still at the top of our list to try - instead of a honeymoon, I brought down 4 friends to experience the property first hand. The only unfortunate aspect was that we didn't make the trip sooner. We have traveled to a number of places across the world at some hotel brands that we have come to love (Awasi, Ritz Carlton Reserve, Six Senses, Nayara, etc.), and the only brand that really comes close to the experience at Nekupe would be Awasi. Nekupe stands out in a few special ways, however, all driven by the service offered - which can only be attributed to how much they care for their guests. Nekupe is a small property which allows them to cater to each guests' individual liking - and they certainly deliver on this promise. Within the first hour, Gerald, our bartender, knew exactly what each of us enjoyed drinking. Carlos, the excellent chef on the property, started planning our meals well before we arrived and - I found out later - continued to change what he had planned as he learned more about us throughout the trip. This type of service isn't only uncommon at a hotel/resort - it's unheard of - which brings me to one of the best aspects of Nekupe: the resort feels much more like you are staying in the Pellas' family home (because you are), rather than a resort. Honestly, after a few short hours, everyone felt like family to us and that this was our home for our time there. Much like at Awasi, each room is assigned a Ranger for the duration of your stay. Ranger is a catch-all for best-friend/dance partner/navigation specialist/food&bev savior/etc. etc. We were assigned three Rangers for our stay: Lewis, Gaspar, & Josseling - each of them fantastic and truly making our stay what it was. I could go on and on about each of them, but it's likely better left for you to experience on your own. The activities offered on the property are world-class, and available at any time you'd like. We did multiple horse-back rides (was a big fan of the sunset horseback) and countless hours exploring the property on the ATV's (there's a whole lot to see). One activity that was a group favorite was the shooting - not only was the facility absolutely world-class, but the instructors were by far the best I have ever had. Emelio and Mario, like everyone else at Nekupe, were genuinely happy to be out with us - getting more excited than we would when an especially difficult shot was hit (which was hard to do). It's very difficult to put into words how great Nekupe truly is - we joked amongst the group that it wasn't even worth telling others about because if you haven't been there, it's hard to comprehend. We also joked about not even leaving a review as we'd love to keep this place a secret for us - but Nekupe is too great not to share and the Pellas family is amazing for doing just that. Long story short - we will be back, soon. Thanks to everyone at Nekupe who made this truly the trip of a lifetime.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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nmariaen wrote a review Oct 2019
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My husband and I stayed at Villa Genizaro for our first year anniversary. From the moment we got there, our personal ranger, Lewis, did absolutely everything to make of our stay a very special one. He took us to our villa, which had stunning views of the volcano El Mombacho and an impeccable decoration. We truly felt in paradise, and it was very easy to instantly relax. We literally had absolutely nothing to worry about, all sorts of activities were planned and available just for us (horseback riding, shooting, massages in the spa, rides around the reservation and plantations, trips to the aviary, hiking, pool, etc.) but at the same time they were very flexible to what we wanted to do at anytime. It was amazing to be able to combine adventure and relaxation at our own time. They also took the time to surprise us with a romantic dinner with candles and music and with a romantically decorated villa when we came back. I must say that one of the highlights of our trip was the food; the chef is incredible. Every single meal was exquisite and the presentation beautiful. All of the ingredients felt fresh and well combined. I am a very picky client and I literally had no complaints other than having to leave this place. I strongly recommend this resort to anyone who is looking for either a romantic, stress-free getaway or an adventurous vacation with family or friends.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Mariana C, Manager at Nekupe
Responded Dec 12, 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for this amazing review and for giving us the opportunity to host you in our special Nekupe. We hope to welcome you and your family again soon. Kindest Regards,
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zgreat2014 wrote a review Oct 2019
Miami, Florida1 contribution
The entire Nekupe journey was unique and exceptional from start to finish. From the unexpected route to get to Nekupe to all the elements of surprise once you arrive at the property. The views although seen from their website were just jaw dropping once you are there and see them with your own eyes. You have your own ranger throughout the trip who also picks you up from the airport and makes sure everything is coordinated for you, our ranger was Lewis and his commitment to making our stay a memorable one did not waver for one second. The property is impeccable. The great thing about Nekupe is that it’s a vacation that you can tailor to your liking whether that’s a lot of leisure time or a more active vacation, you can enjoy massages and pool time or you can go horseback riding, gun shooting, hiking, etc. and of course you can do some of both with makes for a perfect combination. The food was incredible along with the presentation. The drinks were divine, It’s definitely a luxury resort with matching service. It was like nothing I’ve experienced before with regards to service, food, ambiance and the uniqueness of the property. I highly recommended anyone visit Nekupe, it will for sure be an unforgettable experience.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from Mariana C, Manager at Nekupe
Responded Dec 12, 2019
Dear Guest, It was out uttermost pleasure to have had the opportunity to host you in our property. Thank you so much for your review and for sharing your experience. We really hope to welcome you and your family back to our property. Kindest Regards,
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Michelle A wrote a review Aug 2019
San Francisco, California144 contributions7 helpful votes
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This truly unique spectacular place is special not only for its setting but the people, they are what make this resort exceptional for all who visit. They care deeply about the environment and how we interact with the world. Every delicious meal was lovingly prepared and served —doors were open to see what was going on in the kitchen. This must be experienced to truly understand the magic —enchantment—I was spellbound. Peter, Luis, Valerio, Julio, Carlos & Nicholas thank you....and so many more. To the owners for envisioned this place —-remarkable innovation and heartfelt thank you, would not have changed a moment
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Responded Sep 6, 2019
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for this amazing review! The biggest reward for all the Nekupe family is knowing our guest had such a wonderful experience. We really hope to welcome you soon!
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PeloFlaneur wrote a review Aug 2019
San Francisco28 contributions73 helpful votes
Nekupe is a unique, special place. It is worthy of being a destination in and of itself or as part of a broader tour. It provided our family with our most memorable travel experience we have had. Like others who have posted here, we have had the good fortune of many experiences and Nekupe is a standout among them, such that on return to home we are talking about a return visit. Our group: family of six, consisting of three adults and three children (16, 13, and 8). We took two of the four Nangu (casitas). We split a two-week trip evenly between beach on the Pacific Coast and Nekupe. The trip was early – mid August 2019. Property: absolutely stunning scenery. The primary view from our Nangu was of Mombacho, which stands out from the flat land with magnificence. We started every day with a magical sunrise, whether having coffee on our decks listening to the competing howler monkey families and awakening birds or taking a mild hike up to a chapel to take in a slightly different perspective and burn a few calories. The massive property is a weave of ATV trails through jungle leading to a wide variety of high-end treats spread throughout the property in a manner that makes enjoying each one its own adventure: beautiful, sophisticated clubhouse with stunning views; one-of-a-kind spa set deep in a jungle valley (imagine finishing an early evening massage looking out through open massive doors into the depths of raw jungle); separate areas for horses, monkeys, birds, chickens, iguanas, other animals; considerably sized workout facility with floor to ceiling windows and window doors; secret platforms sprinkled about for taking in views or other activities; a sophisticated, expansive shooting facility; and more. This large property has eight rooms (four suites in La Residencia and four Nangu), so there is a small number of people enjoying this property at any given time, meaning that there is privacy in living spaces, communal spaces, and activity areas. It would be a fantastic place for a family retreat, group of friends or families, or even an off-the-beaten path, high end work retreat. All of the facilities are luxurious. People: The staff’s love of working there comes through in the way that they thoughtfully create magic for the guests. Actually, we were treated not as mere guests but rather exalted visiting family. There are not really any shifts here; there is a team of people with different roles who communicate with each other constantly and seamlessly from daybreak into the evening to make sure that you enjoy exceptional experiences. As an example, our 8 year-old son took to helping out the chef at the meals for the last few days (disappearing from the family on his own, sometimes whisked away on ATV to some adventurous outdoor dining spot for prep work), which would be a strange thing at an Aman, Belmond, or Four Seasons, but was embraced by the chef (Carlos) and director of food (Julio) and a highlight of our son’s trip. He wore his Nekupe apron and chef hat with pride and left with those as gifts from the staff and tears for the new friends he was leaving. The ranger for your room is your majordomo, taking in all of your desires and coordinating with others to make them happen on your desired timeframe. He or she is also an outdoor expert and drives you around in your personal roomy 6-person ATV; takes you on excursions; educates on flora, fauna, and culture; and basically makes sure all of the magic happens. We found our rangers (we had two because we had two rooms) to quickly understand our interests and pacing and tailor everything accordingly. Experiences: one of the best things about Nekupe is the fact that you can participate in the variety of compelling activities largely on your own schedule. One of our rangers sent us a proposed itinerary a week in advance and it was packed full of interesting things to do. We used it as a guidepost and the only thing we scheduled in advance was a horseback ride the first afternoon. Flexibility of scheduling is key to combining adventure with leisure. For example, many days we opted for a pre-breakfast dip in one of the stunning pools instead of a hike. Basically, things happen on your own pace and if you want to just luxuriate and delay, do it. We had so many great adventures on property: five horseback rides through jungle; exposure to shooting (rifles, pistols, shotguns) with professional training and oversight; ATV adventures; jungle spa massages; exploring reforestation areas; visiting exotic rehabilitated animals (monkeys, macaws, iguanas, more) and farm animals; cooking class; stargazing at the fire pit; visiting organic greenhouses and fields; and more. Another theme is that you can help devise your own adventures (and do them at your pacing). For example, we asked if a proposed ATV tour through reforested teak forests could instead be a horseback ride. Of course! (And it proved to be the most magical of them all.) If you love horses and want to take off the saddle and brush and wash your horse? Whatever you like! Stop in to collect some eggs from one of the 69 chickens for your breakfast, hold a white capuchin, visit the aviary? As you wish. Off property: Masaya at dusk / evening is a must (if people are quiet the sloshing lava sounds like ocean waves – magical). Mombacho presents a few nice hike options at the top. The medium difficulty was right for us and allowed us to experience sulphur emissions from crevices, take in sweeping panoramas, and trek on trails through the jungle. The long puma trail looks interesting but is a 3-4 hour affair and strenuous. We enjoyed the zip lining, which is also on Mombacho. Our tour of the isletas was about an hour or an hour and a half. Many of the islands have structures of some sort. It is a pretty ride, with an opportunity to see some birds and just be out on the water. The water is murky and you probably won’t want to swim in it (go to the clear waters of Apoyo instead). We walked around Granada and enjoyed it, taking in a dinner at El Zaguan, which is probably the top restaurant in town (but nothing in the area holds a candle to the cuisine at Nekupe). Apoyo is an interesting lagoon. We stopped for appetizers and snack at Hotel Posada Ecologica La Abuela. There are some decks (8 feet and 12 feet, approx.. that guests jump off of into the clear water and then swim around to a moored raft. It was a growth experience for our kids and refreshing for us. I suspect that there may be more to do out on the lagoon (fishing, watching eagles, kayaking or sailing), and when we return, which we must, we will look into these things further. We bought some lovely pottery at a shop in Catarina. You should give thought as to whether you want to do off property items on a single day or break it up into a couple of partial days. We enjoyed the drives through towns and countryside and chose for two more leisurely days, but there is a bit of travel involved to get to Granada (30-40 minutes), which is somewhat central to the various activities mentioned here. We enjoyed the drives and seeing Nicaraguan life. Food: we were sent a proposed menu several days in advance and encouraged to give feedback, all of which was incorporated (including my request for baho, which (I did not know) involved overnight cooking and attending). As might be expected, Nekupe has unparalleled access to food ingredients. On our first day, we were introduced to the 36 – 40 inch mahi mahi that had been just driven in from the coast. Same thing later in the week for our lobster dinner. We tried and failed to keep straight all of the fruits, berries, vegetables, and other goodies that went into our soups, seasonings, homemade ice creams, etc. We had a wonderful cooking class one evening making ceviche, soup, and a flambé prawns dish. Another evening, an entertaining Flor de Cana rum tasting with Julio. The people making and directing the food were not ghosts behind closed doors. They could be if desired, but for us they were friends and an important part of our experience. Pot Pori: we went in early / mid August and wondered about the weather given that it was the rainy season. We had rain for about an hour on two of 14 days in that area (we spent seven nights on a beach and seven at Nekupe). The Pacific Coast area, which includes Nandaime, is not nearly as wet as other regions and each of those rains was very welcome and refreshing (including one while horseback riding through the teak forest at Nekupe). The point is that the “rainy” season can be fine, although we understand October is the wettest month. Anecdotally, we understand months around April to be hotter and drier and I wonder about what the lush greenery we saw would be like. Mosquitos were far less of an issue than we thought they would be. Long, loose clothing and spray is a good idea out in the jungle (on horseback rides and the like) but honestly the bugs are far more intense in much of the US. We originally targeted four nights. That would be better than not going, but would have been woefully short for us. With seven nights we felt like we could relax and do things at our own pace and just take a siesta in a hammock or idle in a pool as we wished. We could easily spend two weeks at the property. This property is a destination in and of itself. Or you can do as we did and couple it with something else, such as a beach stay. We chose to hit the beach in Nicaragua for (different) rugged beauty and surfing, which you could also do in Costa Rica and fly from Liberia to Managua or the Costa Esmeralda airport (the former has more options and is a bit closer to Nekupe). When you are here, you feel very far away from everything back home. It is a different world. There is very good wifi in the living structures and clubhouse, but this place compels you to put the devices away (without guilt). We were safe at all times in Nicaragua, which is suffering from a legacy reputation since the unrest in 2018. We journeyed from Managua airport to Rancho Santana (our first stop) then over to Nekupe and also made a couple of day trips. We did not feel unease at any time. Hopefully, others will venture back and experience the welcoming warmth that we did. Nicaragua is culturally rich but economically poor. Seeing daily life is a part of the experience of visiting this country. Traveling in the country and seeing local communities and people living and working the land was a growth experience for our children, adding another positive dimension to this trip. We will be back to Nicaragua and Nekupe.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Dear Guest, We really appreciate you taking the time to write this incredible and detailed review. Its is and always will be our uttermost pleasure to have you and your family in our property. Its is the joy and excellent experiences of our guest that inspires us the most. We hope to welcome you back soon!
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What are some of the property amenities at Nekupe?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Nekupe?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at Nekupe?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Nekupe?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nekupe?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Does Nekupe have airport transportation?
Yes, Nekupe offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Nekupe?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Is Nekupe accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.