Relaxing Retreat Near Gorgeous Central American Bay
Peninsular bluffs jut out into the glittering waters of San Juan del Sur Bay in Nicaragua, and many of the crags along the coastline are lined with posh resorts. One can catch a full view of this panorama beyond the edge of the infinity pool at Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa, which is situated up on a hilltop. Open-air terraces throughout the resort's rooms overlook the ocean or the resort’s sumptuous gardens—just samples of the lush surrounding landscape.
Guests have their choice of various outdoor adventures. Pelican Eyes Resort & Spa's signature sailing excursion embarks for a half-day voyage. Once aboard the 41-foot sloop, excursionists will chart the largely undiscovered southern-Pacific coastline as pelicans nosedive nearby and disoriented puffins stop and ask for directions. Passengers beachcomb in hidden coastal bays, and afternoon tours culminate with views of the sunset or moonrise. Alternatively, zipline tours zoom from the top of San Juan del Sur mountain and over a 70-meter wide canyon. Pelican Eyes also has a shuttle on hand to transport guests to the area's best surf spots.
After an extended dip in the infinity pool—one of three swimming pools on the property—vacationers need only about-face to find themselves at La Cascada Bar & Restaurant. Chefs here transmute locally sourced ingredients into gourmet Nicaraguan dishes. Across the way, Casa Tranquila doles out signature massages, body cocoons, and exfoliations amid lush environs. After a long day, guests can retire to comfy rooms with whitewashed bedding and vaulted cane ceilings.
Nicaragua: Undisturbed Tropical Wildlife and Colorful Marketplaces
Sea turtles conceal their precious eggs in the sand at Playa la Flor, travelers can witness this phenomenon that on one of the resort’s numerous day trips. The trips take groups all over the country to cities such as Masaya, located about 65 miles from the resort, where guests can browse through colorful wares in local markets. The historical city of Granada—situated about 75 miles from the resort—showcases colonial architecture, tropically hued homes, and compelling restaurants and cafés.