A few years ago my family spent the summer traveling around Central America. While we had some epic adventures in Panama and Costa Rica, discovering Nicaragua was an absolute highlight. And spending time at Mukul Resort Nicaragua on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua was a very special experience.
This resort was still shiny and new when we were there, with lots of construction and activity underway. These days, the construction has died down and the resort has become known the world over as the place to be this year and tops the list of best resorts in the world. Mukul actually means secret in Tzotzil, a local Mayan language, and this unique destination remains shrouded in a bit of secrecy.
Come here to sleep literally steps away from miles of wide, pristine beachfront. The waves here are perfect for learning to surf, and the resort has a few boats you can take out for fishing or a fun sundowner cruise. Enjoy morning yoga, miles of hiking trails, and a fabulous opportunity to explore a beautiful part of Central America.
But booking Mukul Resort Nicaragua and getting pricing isn’t very straightforward. Here is the exact way in which I advise my clients on how to book Mukul. Interested in learning more about this resort? Contact me now!
Step 1: Resort Suites vs Residences? Residences for the win!
Mukul consists of two sides; the resort and the residences. So your first decision when visiting Mukul Resort Nicaragua with kids is where to stay.
The suites on the Mukul resort side are expansive, with a large entryway, sleeping room with lounge sofa, and a huge bathroom. Here kids stay free, and one child can join parents in a standard suite (Bohio) and 2 children can stay in the 1- and 2-bedroom villas.
The 2-bedroom villas for a family of 4 start at about $1,600 per night during the summer months. There is currently a special offer including one night free when you book 4 nights. (Contact me for all the details).
For two adults the stunning suites start at about $570 per night, and are ideal for a romantic getaway. But honestly for families, I believe the Las Terrazas residences at Mukul are ideal. All apartment units consist of either 3- or 4- bedrooms. Pricing on these residences at Mukul start at a very reasonable $550 per night during summer months.
When staying at the Las Terrazes Residences at Mukul, you can access the beach club where you’ll find a lovely restaurant, a small kids club with a large playground and soccer field, and home base for surf lessons. The residences have a large shared pool and the ground floor and penthouse units have a private plunge pool.
While there are a few dining options at Mukul, the food tends to be pricey and inconsistent. Having access to a kitchen stocked with food you and your kids can freely enjoy is one of the best reasons to book the residences over the resort villas.
So, these apartments really offer the best value of money, the most comfort for families, and still a great opportunity to experience this magical resort.
Step 2: Pick one day to use the Resort amenities.
Now – if you’re not staying at the resort proper – and in the apartment residences, there is a fee to use the Spa and Gym at the resort of $150 per day. My advice is to pick one day and make use of the facilities.
The spa consists of six utterly private, self-contained pavilions where the services take place. Each has changing facilities, treatment tables for two, an aqua circuit and extensive indoor and outdoor relaxation area. They also have different themes, such as an Asian fantasia where Thai massage and Ayurvedic rituals are performed, a Turkish/Moroccan-style hammam for the Middle Eastern body scrubs, and a “secret garden” for Watsu. There is also a full gym facility that you can use with the resort surcharge.
Aside from the amazing spa – if you’re traveling with kids you are definitely going to want to make use of the amazing kids club at the resort. So pick one day to use the resort services if you’re in the Las Terrazas apartments at Mukul to experience the best of both worlds.
Step 3: Rent a car.
While Mukul includes transfers from the airport in Managua, I highly suggest renting a car. Don’t be afraid of driving in Nicaragua. The roads are (for the most part) new and well maintained (though sometimes shared with chickens, oxen-drawn carriages, and goats). It’s easy to rent a car at the airport. You’ll be glad to have the freedom to come and go and explore on your own schedule.
It’s interesting to note that most guests do not rent a car, so you may get some confused looks from the guards at the main gate when you arrive. But you’ll soon be directed to your apartment and on your way towards settling in.
It is absolutely necessary to have a good GPS or the Waze app in order to navigate your way there. We used Waze throughout Central America and it worked like a charm. Sometimes we were on dirt roads but always ended up where we needed to be!
An added bonus of having a car is that you don’t need to rent a golf cart at the resort (it’s an extra charge) to get around. The resort and residences area is pretty massive, so traveling around on foot is impossible. But you can easily drive around from point to point so great to have a car.
And finally, by having a car you can explore the cute town of San Juan del Sur located just down the coast, other surf areas (like Rancho Santana up the coast) and the beautiful colonial town of Granada. While the resort does offer to organize these excursions, they are ridiculously overpriced. You’ll be glad to have the flexibility to explore on your own with your own vehicle.
The Bottom Line
You can book a fabulous Nicaragua vacation (during summer months using my sample pricing) including 6 nights at Mukul, the best resort in Nicaragua by far, plus a rental car and a house stocked full of groceries for about $5,000 for a family of 4. Expect winter and spring pricing to be a bit higher.
Spend your days hiking around in the thick, jungle hillsides, learning to surf, practicing yoga, relaxing on wide, pristine beaches, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, golfing and exploring Nicaragua beyond the walls of the resort.
I’d also suggest spending 2 nights in Granada town on the front end of the trip. This colorful, colonial town is a must-see if you’re interested in culture or a keen photographer, and with so much to do in the general area (peer into an active volcano, swim in a crater lake) it’s great place to kids to keep busy too. Explore for a day or two before heading to Mukul and the beach. A perfect family trip to Nicaragua!