PRLog (Press Release)
- Jan. 14, 2013 -
Nicaragua inaugurated the first phase of Guacalito de la Isla, a 1,670-acre, US$120-million low-density, private beach community on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast created by businessman Carlos Pellas. This phase includes a world-class eco-resort that places Nicaragua among the most popular destinations in the world, attracting tourists committed to the development of the community and preservation of natural resources.
“My vision is that in 15-20 years, we will view the Guacalito de la Isla complex as the spark that woke Nicaragua as a tourist destination”
, commented the Nicaraguan businessman during the resort’s inauguration. According to Pellas, the average tourist expense while visiting Nicaragua is about US$60 per day, however he claims the Guacalito de la Isla visitor will be spending six or seven times that amount.The beach community will feature the Mukul Resort & Spa, the country’s first luxury boutique hotel, with opening rates starting at US$525 per double per night, which includes breakfast, lunch, domestic premium open bar during the day and private ground transportation to and from Managua International Airport.
Additionally, Guacalito de la Isla will provide 39 spacious villas, each with an ocean view, pool and private staff. Other resort amenities include Spa Mukul, (http://www.mukulresort.com/spa/?
) with six private spa-treatment casitas, a beach club featuring dining and lounge areas and a swimming pool and a high-end 18-hole golf course designed by David Mclay Kidd.
The construction of the hotel was decorated with furniture and crafts from Nicaraguan artisans. For over a year, the development of the first phase created approximately 1,300 job opportunities, 80 percent of which were local residents. Guacalito de la Isla’s second phase will require a construction period of various years and an investment of an additional US$150 million.
Nicaragua has been a trending topic among various international media in 2013, as it was ranked third in the New York Time’s article 46 Places to Go in 2013, which highlighted the country’s many new high-end lodges, among them the Mukul Resort.
The article also stated that “various publications have declared the country the next great destination”
, which couldn’t be closer to the truth as it was named one of the World’s Top 10 Retirement Havens for 2013, according to the Huffington Post, one of the top 22 retirement destinations in International Living’s 2013 Retirement Index, and was also featured in NBC’s Today Show as one of the hottest travel destinations for this year.