#LHD NICARAGUA

Next Stop: Nicaragua!

The Webster’s Founder and President, Laure Heriard Dubreuil, is heading to the emerald coast, Tola Rivas, Nicaragua, lauded the hidden gem of Nicaragua. It’s here that surf, sun, and some much needed r&r reign supreme. What’s new, what’s hot, and what’s a must-see when you’ve got 24-hours adventuring this vast coastline? Follow LHD as she zip lines, hikes, and paddleboards the best of this extraordinary oasis’s volcanoes, beaches, and abundant tropical wildlife. Ready, set, let’s go! Or as the locals say, jale!

 

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Above, an illustrated map of Mukul, Nicaragua.
Illustration by Mckenzie Zalopany.

I’ve got my holiday getaway plane essentials: The Webster X Ritz Paris Sonia Rykiel travel set socks and Mark Cross passport cover, The Webster X Lane Crawford For Restless Sleepers travel pillow and eye mask. My luggage essentials include Dolce & Gabbana Majolica-print trolley suitcase, and my cute little LHD X Heimat Atlantica Shella bag. For my Nicaraguan outdoorsy-meets-bohemian hideaway vacation, I like to pack for every occasion. From the more festive cascading frill top by Ellery and ocean blue Venetian glass earrings by the up-and-coming jeweler Kathleen Whitaker, to the more conquistador explorer cotton twill Bermuda shorts by Sacai and playfully tomboy LHD logo tee, I’m ready for just about anything!

 Spa Mukul’s signature ancient sanctuary ritual package at Mukul Auberge Resorts.
LHD bird garden earrings x Aurelie Bidermann.

A great escape is just as much about decamping to a beautiful and exotic locale as it is an escape from the stress and strain of hectic. The best way to fast-track getting yourself in a holiday state of mind is to make your first stop, the spa. And, in Nicaragua Spa Mukul is beyond compare. For this trip, I am staying at the Mukul Auberge Resort, and in perfect proximity to the hotel’s spa! Here, I’m in a traditional citrus bath that’s meant to relax and cleanse the body and spirit. The native people of Nicaragua were culturally similar to the Aztecs and Maya; they have been a source of inspiration for centuries. Nicaraguans carry on with their ancestral traditions, including the ecologically sound use of native plants and herbal potions in healing and their deep respect for the earth and the ocean.

Discovering the innate beauty of this land is a must-do.

This Central American nation is known for its dramatic terrain—Lake Managua and the iconic stratovolcano Momotombo sit north of the capital Managua. To its south is Granada, noted for its Spanish colonial architecture and an archipelago of navigable islets rich in tropical bird life—and breathtaking views. Soak up the scenery!

  Gigi Burris Millinery straw hat and The Webster x Lane Crawford Solid & Striped one-piece swimsuit.

For your fill of sand and surf, head to the Nicaraguan town of San Juan del Sur. The beaches are tuanis, which is slang for “too nice” but is interpreted as “cool,” or so deems the local surfers.

Laure wearing an LHD favorite, the Harbour Island Dress with Thierry Lasry Hedony 462 sunnies,
and a beautiful handmade bracelet made by LHD’s son Marcel.

When it comes to my beach getaway go-to pieces, I always opt for lots of color, and of course prints. Prints of seashells and cute sea critters and lots of florals, especially when they’re washed in shades of le shocking pink (like Aquazzura’s flower t-bar sandals!)!

Illustration of the colonial town of Granada.

I found the colonial town of Granada positively charming! Not only is this waterfront stop home to Lake Nicaragua, Mombacho volcano, and over 300 islets and islands including Ometepe, but Granada is also home to some of the best restaurants. Locals-approved, authentic outposts include La Ciudad Lounge, El Tercer Ojo, and Cocina de Doña Haydée.

A snapshot of LHD and her son Marcel.
LHD slip dress (for other similar pieces, check-out LHD’s Marlin dress
and mustard hibiscus jumpsuit), paired with LHD x Heimat Atlantica Shella bag.

Nicaragua is one of the world’s top eco-destinations, and while the lodgings have always been hippie-chic at best, hotel-life has gotten a serious upgrade thanks to the newly opened Mukul Resort. The thoughtful melding of both traditional Nicaraguan life (which is felt throughout the resort’s conservation-minded lush Pacific coast configuration, as well as in the architectural design that includes clay-tile-roofed villas, private bohios, and an open-air “palapa style” lobby), as well as modern luxuries as coveted as privacy and a sense of discretion. Mukul means secret in Tzotzil, a Mayan language. And, that’s no coincidence! Don Carlos Pellas, the man behind the magic that is Mukul, designed the sweeping grounds to satisfy guest’s every desire. Namely, an experience of intimately epic proportions.

If you have the opportunity, join in on an on-site baby turtle release. The Auberge Resorts Collection’s Sea Turtle Conservation Program has made great strides in Sea Turtle preservation and re-population by creating designated beach sites dedicated to the region’s turtles, including the endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles and Leatherback Sea Turtles, nests and egg laying.

 

 

That’s all for now. See you soon!

Love,
#LHD