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Soulful. Chic. Adventurous. Rejuvenating. There is something for everyone – no matter the age or level of physical ability. Each room is assigned their own “ranger” that assists with all recreation. Because of this, service is personal and boundlessly creative – almost anything is possible and the 1300 acres are your personal playground. Much like Jurassic Park (howler monkeys, sloths, birds, deer and butterflies replace the dinosaurs), guests get around with ATV's for this Central American tropical safari.
An intimate 8-room property (4 villas and a 4-suite residence) set on a whopping 1,300 acre nature reserve and animal sanctuary, Nekupe is the vision of Don Alfredo Jr. and Doña Theresa Pellas. The Pellas family has a long history in Nicaragua as entrepreneurs, philanthropists and now luxury hoteliers promoting the beauty and culture of Nicaragua with a key focus on social responsibility and sustainability. Thoughtfully designed by Doña Theresa Pellas herself, accommodations feature the exquisite local craftmanship and art of Nicaragua. (If only these items were for purchase! But don't worry, there are several local markets you can find similar goods) Every touch and fixture is high end and luxurious, from the bed linens and bathrobes to the high-tech lighting and sound system. At every turn is a breathtaking view of Mombacho Volcano or the forest.
The main pool is located at the communal Casa Club, the central meeting place complete with a lounge, Don Alfredo's restaurant, bar, and spa treatment room. It is open to all guests and offers panoramic views of the surroundings. The 4-suite Residencia also features a private pool, in addition to a smaller plunge pool on the two master suites' infinity deck. The Fitness Center is state-of-the-art and complete with cardio and bench press machines, weights and other tools for all kinds of workouts. Floor to ceiling windows afford inspiring views of Mombacho Volcano. Personal trainers are available upon request. Yoga is offered on their Mirador Deck, yet another vantage point with awe-inspiring views. There are numerous fitness paths of varying levels for hiking, jogging and biking - all of them a scenic journey. There are two professional tennis courts. A ropes course consisting of 10 structures is perfect for team-building within groups and families.
Currently there is a treatment room at Casa Club that offers massages, masques and body polishes. Massages incorporate traditional techniques with local ingredients. The massage I received was an A+. A full spa concept developed by Renata De Abreu is forthcoming - I got a sneak peek of the location and it will be on top of a peak offering another unique point of view of the endlessly beautiful and serenely peaceful landscape.
Don Afredo's restaurant in Casa Club offers a fresh, farm-to-table spin on traditional Nicaraguan dishes (I tried to eat yogurt and granola one morning for a light start but I couldn't resist another go at the traditional Nicaraguan breakfast with the most perfect gallo pinto. You won't forget their coffee either). They can cater to every diet and taste. Meals can be set up just about anywhere on property, both casual and formal, picnic-style to candlelit. The sprawling setting is prime for surprise and creative locations to set up a meal, perfect for an unforgettable engagement, birthday or other celebration. Lively or romantic, the folks here made every meal with a surprise element for all the senses.
Casa Club has several spaces to lounge and unwind with a cocktail or local beer, but you would be remiss not to try the Pellas family's world-class and award-winning Flor de Cana rum. Tastings can be organized and you will never look at rum the same way.
They offer childcare services and a range of activities suitable for all ages including horse and bunny feeding (even kids at heart will melt for the bunnies, ahem, I couldn't help myself), reptile petting, farming, zip-lining, tree-climbing, swimming and board games.
Just outside of the small village of Nandaime in Nicaragua's Pacific countryside. It is a little under 2 hours drive from Managua airport, the country's capital, and about 30min drive from the charming colonial town of Granada.