WANT TO TAKE A LEAP OFF THE BEATEN TRACK?
Look no further than Nicaragua – a cornucopia of serene lakes, grumbling volcanoes, steamy rainforests and deserted beaches. The country’s first luxe mountain resort, Nekupe (meaning heaven) sits in the lush landscape of Nandaime, just 40 minutes from the charming city of Granada.
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The intimate retreat, designed to bring the outdoors in, has just four villas and four expansive suites all decorated in earth tones and warm woods, with king-sized beds, enormous bathtubs and alfresco showers.
Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views over Mombacho Volcano’s perfect cone and the wraparound terraces are made for sunset daiquiris, before the farm-to- table feast of nuevo-Nicaraguan cuisine at Casa Club. Horse ride, hike or bike along forest trails, and spot playful primates and jewel-coloured birds. Or why not try sandboarding down an active volcano or surfing in the Pacific?
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Trip to Espressonista in Granada is essential. Try the Sunday brunch dish of soft eggs with yuca polenta, tomato fondue and avocado. Yum. Plus, the coffee here is a must. GO The Ultimate Travel Company (theultimatetravelcompany.co.uk) offers seven nights in a villa from £4,497 per person, including meals, British Airways flights via Miami and transfers.