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Wellness Retreat Nicaragua’s newest eco-luxe resort. Aqua Wellness Resort is a new eco-luxe development perched on a forested hillside overlooking a crescent beach on Nicaragua’s unspoiled Pacific Riviera coast. The development offers eco-friendly treetop villas built from sustainable hardwoods that range in size from 1,150 to 1,500 square feet. Aqua villas feature fine contemporary furnishings, state-of-the-art appliances, and spacious terraces with ocean and/or forest views. Most villas have multiple bedrooms, plunge pools, and separate kitchen/dining bungalows. Alhough rooms are air conditioned, Aqua offers other cooling options—ceiling fans and ocean breezes—that are more earth-friendly. Owners have access to Aqua’s yoga pavilion and open-air full-service restaurant overlooking the beach. In addition to yoga and spa treatments, activities include kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, surfing, and hiking to the nearby village of Gigante, as well as adventure activities such as volcano climbing and zip-lining. Additionally, Aqua’s chef serves healthful cuisine that features fresh local seafood and produce. Aqua Wellness Resort villas range in price from $309,000 to $398,000. Owners can enjoy them for 109 days a year and rent them out the rest of the time through Aqua’s management program. Dreamy Destination Inspirato has added two coastal destinations to its growing portfolio of luxury residences and hotel properties. The new locales, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California, and Los Veneros in Punta de Mita, Mexico, join Inspirato’s 22 other destinations where members can make reservations for a their vacations. Bacara Resort & Spa offers a variety of leisure experiences, including golf, tennis, access to the 42,000-square-foot spa, and some of the most beautiful landscapes on the California coast. Inspirato’s penthouse residences at Los Veneros Resort and Beach Club feature idyllic white sandy beaches and a variety of family-friendly activities.
Maine Attraction Nestled between Rockland and Camden, Maine, Samoset Resort crowns a 230-acre waterfront complex at the edge of Penobscot Bay. The 178-room seasonal hotel features a state-of-the-art health club, indoor and outdoor heated pools, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The resort was renovated in mid 2011, adding a new Italian restaurant, a full-service spa, and new cottages. The one- and two-bedroom cottages—Wind Drift, Spring Tide, and Sea Spray—offer views of Penobscot Bay and Breakwater Lighthouse, and amenities like kitchens, central air, washer/dryers, gas fireplaces, screened porches, flat-screen TVs, and hardwood floors. Also new for 2011 is a renovation to 28 rooms in the deluxe wing, which included new carpet, wall coverings, glass shower walls, bedding, window treatments, and furniture.
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