Pacaya Lodge and Spa at Laguna de Apoyo
Tours Nicaragua was pleased to visit the brand new luxury hotel on the upper rim of the Apoyo Crater Lake on March 5 prior to the property celebrating their Grand opening Friday March 11, 2016.
We went to check out the new Pacaya Lodge and spend time with everyone from the general manager to the Chef as well as meeting many of the high-school students who intern at the hotel one day a week after school.
The lodge has a dual purpose as a wonderful retreat for visitors, and as a training facility for local area students who want a career in tourism. We at tours Nicaragua see this as a wonderful initiative that may well serve as a model for other high end hotel/ lodge properties.
The Pacaya resort property enjoys spectacular views of the largest of Nicaragua’s 12 crater lakes and also has views to Lake Nicaragua, Granada and the Mombacho Volcano Cloud Forest Reserve.
Pacaya lodging is a mixture of two story cabins and main lodge rooms. All have private balconies and lake views. Even though it is a lodge it includes all of the comfort amenities such as Wi-Fi and air-conditioning.
There is a swimming pool overlooking the lagoon, a spa and transfers to the shores of the lake for swimming are included, as is an in-room rooster breakfast. All rooms are appointed with handmade artisan crafts unique to the villages that dot the hills around Laguna de Apoyo.
The Guardabarranco restaurant on the first floor is large, with a nice natural light that comes in from the garden and is very pleasant. Cool artisanal touches include the chairs made of woven banana leaves that are very comfortable as well as coffee cups made of local clay by local ceramic artist.
The fare is best described as novo Nicaraguan and the menu reflects this. The restaurant boasts one of the best trained chefs in Nicaragua and he put a lot of thought into the menu. It’s an ambitious blend of traditional Nicaraguan food with a twist.
Local sourced produce is used and the hotel is in the process of starting its own 37 acre organic farm for all types of produce.
Pricing is not inexpensive. Lunch is in the + or – 17.00 range and Dinner is + or – 26.00 range for entrees. Add to this mandatory 25% tip and tax and you can easily spend 60.00 per person per day.
Tours Nicaragua is already offering the new lodge and we welcome our clients to spend some time enjoying the fresh breezes and breathtaking views of the crater lake, as well as its diverse flora and fauna. For those visitors who want to be close to Granada, but not sleep in the city, this is a great option, with just a 20 minute driver to Granada, Lake Nicaragua or Mombacho Volcano. Ask Richard our traveler planner to include Pacaya Lodge in your travel itinerary today.
Getting married? That is a lot of work. The fun part better be good. The honeymoon is the reward for the work of pulling off a successful wedding ceremony.
A new stage in the life of your most important personal relationship should be carefully planned, but also have spontaneous fun. That is one reason that the honeymoon packages in highest demand at Tours Nicaragua are our Nicaragua adventure honeymoons.
For active couples this is the perfect Nicaragua Honeymoon.
First of all for being a country with lots of authentic character, Nicaragua has not been overrun by international tourism. On a private, active Nicaraguan adventure honeymoon you’ll never be herded around with crowds. It’s all about unique experiences off the beaten path.
The second reason is that Nicaragua is a beautiful, warm weather playground for those who like to spend a good time in an active manner. What better way to bond then to climb a volcano with your new mate? How about kayaking in a wildlife refuge full of exotic birds and reptiles?
A Nicaragua honeymoon that includes lots of sports is the best of worlds, warm weather, sun and low crowds with stunning landscapes that give you a good workout and great memories.
The world is full of canned experiences, ones that make you one of hundreds of thousands to do the exact same thing. We offer true Nicaragua adventures and honeymoons that are unique, in a country and more importantly on a pthh less traveled.
Our honeymoon packages are life experiences that include romance and privacy, but also laughter and discovery. We take care of you and your new spouse, will your only duty is to enjoy, experiment, grow together with a once in a lifetime experience.
A wise writer once wrote that love does not consist of gazing into each others’ eyes, but rather gazing out in the same direction. That is what a honeymoon in Nicaragua gives the newlyweds: A common goal, a joining of the spirit and body in one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Warm water, sunny days and tropical wildlife are only part of the equation; the rest is what you create.
The perfect Nicaragua Honeymoon
Many newly married couples looking for a unique warm weather experience are now considering a Nicaragua Honeymoon. The Boston Globe, Lonely Planet and New York Times have recently included Nicaragua in their top ten places to visit in the world and newlyweds seem to agree.
It also appears that few want to spend their honeymoon just lying around. Relaxation, warm water experiences still dominate honeymoon vacation packages, but more and more new couples want to have some fun.
It is no surprise therefore, that Nicaragua adventures are part of that equation. Mixing beach time with adventures like kayaking, volcano surfing, hiking and sailing have become the norm in planning.
Since Nicaragua is blessed with two oceans and two great lakes, all with warm water and sunny skies year round, there is hardly a better playground for those tying the knot that want to celebrate with Nicaragua adventures.
That said, not every Nicaragua honeymoon need be a beach and multi-sport trip. As blessed as Nicaragua is with water, it is equally renowned for its great biodiversity, spectacular geography and fabulous nature reserves. That is why Nicaragua ecotourism is another sublime solution for couples who are celebrating their vows. Whereas many ecotourism destinations have become slick commercial operations with the end of a hiking trail morphing into a souvenir shop, ecotourism in Nicaragua is still fresh, in its discovery phase, with rougher trails than Costa Rica for example, but with much less traffic as well.
A perfect blend of adventure and relaxation on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast
In reality any Nicaragua tour works for a honeymoon couple that wants to escape the common. It is a place for people who want something fresh romantic and off the beaten path. For example we have had a lot of success with Aqua resort and Guacalito, both beautiful beach properties on the Pacific.
Any Nicaragua tour, whether it be a regular adventure tour, ecotour or beach honeymoon will leave a lasting impression for years to come and will no doubt be the start of a much longer love affair.