Why Journalists Love Nicaragua and Mukul, an Auberge Resort
Nicaragua has long been on the bucket list of freelance journalist Julia Eskins who specializes in covering travel, fashion, design, and adventure. So what magnetized Julia to Nicaragua and Mukul, Auberge Resorts Collection? Let's ask Julia...
What brought you to Mukul?
I am a freelance journalist who specializes in covering travel, fashion, design and adventure. I write for several outlets including NUVO Magazine, Suitcase Magazine, Tiny Atlas Quarterly, Darling Magazine, Paste Magazine, The Culture Trip and others.
I am also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Here & There Magazine, a quarterly travel publication that covers different cities around the world. Nicaragua has long been on the top of my list due to its natural beauty and under-the-radar appeal, but I also had no idea what to expect, which is a rare and exciting feeling for a world traveler. I had heard about Mukul and was interested in visiting for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, the resort's design and location looked stunning. Secondly, I was intrigued by the ways in which Mukul works with local communities and resources to be sustainable and eco-friendly beyond simply recycling.
Whenever I travel, whether for a freelance assignment or for pleasure, I love discovering hidden gems and pockets of paradise that distinctly reflect a destination's culture and aesthetic.
I loved the diversity of the property. It was incredible to meditate over a stunning view of the coast from my deck in the morning, surf the day away, and release newly-hatched sea turtles into the ocean at sunset. Aesthetically, I really appreciated how old-world and artisanal details were integrated into the resort's contemporary design, such as the tiles from Granada in La Mesa.
What was most surprising?
I was pleasantly surprised by how personalized the service was despite the vast size of the resort. The amount of pools and gardens on the property alone is awe-inspiring. Though it's a large resort, a warm and welcoming ambiance resonates throughout the property. All the while, the staff were so attentive to our individual needs.
It was quite a surprise to meet the owner of Mukul, Don Carlos Pellas on our first night dining at the hotel. He was at the beach barbecue, having a drink at the bar. He made it a point to come over and say hello and chat, and was super friendly! It really set the family-owned and operated tone from the get-go.