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Located in El Gigante, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 2 mi (3.2 km) from Gigante Beach, and 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Reserva Ecológica Zacatan. Escondido Beach is 12.1 mi (19.4 km) away.

Resort Features

Catch some rays on Aqua Wellness Resort's private white sand beach, pamper yourself at the full-service spa, or enjoy snorkeling.

Room Amenities

All 50 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and minibars. Guests can appreciate conveniences like dining areas and kitchens, and other amenities include furnished patios and premium bedding.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Step outside to feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes on the white sand beach. Lie back and work on your tan with relaxing beach amenities like umbrellas and sun loungers. At Aqua Wellness Resort, pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa or have fun in the sun with activities like snorkeling and kayaking.

The resort offers a restaurant. A beach bar is on site where guests can unwind with a drink. High-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. Onsite self parking is complimentary.

Aqua Wellness Resort is a smoke-free property.

  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge) 
  • Airport transportation (surcharge) 
  • Total number of rooms - 50 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Front desk (limited hours) 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Shopping center shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • One meeting room 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Garden 
  • Beach bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Luggage storage 
  • On private beach 
  • Restaurant 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Year Built 2010 
  • Area shuttle (surcharge) 
  • Free self parking 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Beach towels 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 24 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Wedding services 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • On private beach  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Kitchen  
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)  
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)  
  • Separate dining area  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium bedding 
  • Furnished patio 
  • Ceiling fan 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Minibar 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Kitchen 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • In-room massage available 
  • Shower only 
  • Hair dryer (on request) 
  • Rainfall showerhead 
  • In-room childcare (surcharge) 
  • Desk 
  • In-room safe 
  • Separate dining area 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (surcharge) 
  • Individually furnished 
  • Individually decorated 

Where to Eat

Onda - This beachfront restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the resort include a private beach.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Windsurfing nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Ecotours nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Fishing on site 
  • Helicopter/airplane tours on site 
  • Hiking/biking trails on site 
  • Kayaking on site 
  • Snorkeling on site 
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site 
  • Beach volleyball on site 
  • Beach yoga on site 
  • Boat tours nearby 
  • Ziplining nearby 

Spa Services

Aqua Spa has 2 treatment rooms including rooms for couples. Services include massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs.

The spa is open daily. Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 14 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Minimum age to access spa is 14 
  • Number of treatment rooms 2 
  • Couples treatment rooms 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Massages 
  • Body treatments 
  • Facial treatments 

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Check-in time ends at 7 PM

Minimum check-in age is 18

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 3 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

No cribs (infant beds) available

No elevators


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Resort fee: 10 percent of room rate
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Airport shuttle fee: NIO 135 per room (one way)
  • A late check-out fee will be charged
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Aqua Wellness Resort Rivas
  • Aqua Wellness Rivas
  • Aqua Wellness Resort El Gigante
  • Aqua Wellness El Gigante

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply). Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Reservations are required for golf tee times. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 3 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

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4.5 out of 5
91% of guests recommend
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Incredible view, relaxing, and the BEST staff.

5 out of 5
Posted May 27, 2016
Pros: The scenery couldn't be beat - perfect mix of jungle, beach, close to town
Cons: Very dark in some spots - there were a LOT of steps
My boyfriend and I came to Nicaragua to really escape our day to day craziness. Aqua was the perfect spot! The staff is clearly well trained in how to be engaging with guests when it's appropriate, and when to give guests their privacy. I can't say enough nice things about the staff. We were both really, really impressed. Most of the staff were so young! But so, so kind, friendly and professional. Fidel, Jenny, Hamilton, Jabrin, Jon Carlos and I know there are so many names I'm not remembering! They helped make our experience so enjoyable!!!
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Treehouse review

4 out of 5
by from Chapel Hill, NC
Posted Feb 28, 2016
Unusual setting with great views. Unique concept with well positioned rooms for privacy. A great place for privacy and reflection. The room was laid out for maximum view but not for overall functionality. The main issue, downside of location in trees, was the abundance of small (harmless) bugs in room. Mattress and bedding could have been higher quality. Also, difficult to regulate room temp. Overall, it was a very romantic, unusual, laid back, and worth the long trek from Managua.
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Lovely tree house resort

4 out of 5
by from Washington DC
Posted Jan 22, 2016
Pros: The staff is wonderful! Rooms are comfortable. Wildlife is awesome to observe. The beach is magical. Free rental equipment and yoga was great.
Cons: The restaurant has such american/european food. I came to Nicaragua to eat Nicaraguan cuisine! Alcohol and food were overpriced.
Location: Playa Gigante is a small town and most restaurants are americanized. There is one hostel that has amazing food Margarita's Mirador. Eat there!
Had a great time a Aqua Wellness resort. We stayed in a standard tree house, near the top of the resort. The rooms are all individual tree houses on a small hill, so expect to take stairs everywhere. There were 175 steps from the beach to our room! The environment is wonderful. Expect monkeys and birds to wake you up around 6am every morning. Yoga is included in your room price, 2x daily on a deck overlooking the beach. The beach is gorgeous and the water is clear and warm. There are kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and snorkeling gear you can borrow for free. The resort is about a 25 minute walk to Playa Gigante, a small town that has a few restuarants. We went for dinner a few nights. The food at the resort is fairly expensive (standard american prices) and the alcohol is also expensive. Food at Playa Gigante was much cheaper, and the local fare is so much better than Aqua's food. Aqua is "fancy" food but the logistics of the Nicaragua don't allow for "fancy" ingredients, so it falls flat.
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Nice hotel. One of the best.

5 out of 5
by from El Salvador
Posted Jul 6, 2015
Pros: Everything
Cons: Nothing
Location: I only did swinming, relax and yoga. It was excellent.
I had a great experience. The hotel is located in a beatiful place. t The rooms are very nice and super clean. Food is excellent. The most great thing is it"s staff. They do everything to give you all what you need. It was a great experience.
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Waves and wellness, leave your electronics at home

5 out of 5
by from Managua
Posted Aug 25, 2014
Pros: Eco-architecture, beautiful bay, howler monkeys in the trees
Cons: Haydee should be sacked and the reception would be dramatically improved. She was awful. The wifi routers could be better located.
Location: Beautiful beach in the bay south of Rivas, but once you are there it is not convenient to go out. And no need to, either!
Beautiful resort, lovely lodge, pristine bay. The only downsides were the very poor wifi signal in our two treehouse rooms, and the unpleasant - verging on surly - attitude of our receptionist, Haydee. She had a disinterested approach to our request to understand why the wifi didn't work, and then treated us like we were just a bother to her when we explained that our request had gone hours unaddressed. Turns out the router is not located well for the upper rooms, a fact quickly communicated by the technician I had to corral. Altho you don't go there to stayed connected, a little more courtesy on this particular employees part would have been nice. Food is great but pricey although you have no other options. All other staff were great, the kayaks and snorkeling equipment are free and good quality, and the bay on Playa Gigante outstanding.
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If you have ever had a treehouse fantasy...

5 out of 5
Posted Sep 2, 2013
This resort is by far the coolest place I have ever stayed... Starting disclaimer though, it caters to active people with able bodies... If you don't like the idea of hiking or walking to the beach down a steep hill (less than 500 ft), then go find some other place that has golf carts or Segways. Aqua Wellness is built on the side of steep hill that overlooks a beautiful private cove and to us that was a huge plus. The views were absolutely stunning. Walking down the rustic yet well maintained paths from the treehouse to the beach was both beautiful and exciting. The restaurant was very affordable (for USA standards), politely staffed, and the drinks were clean and delicious.. Such a lovely romantic spot for my girlfriend and I. Will be coming here again, but next time it will be for at least 2 weeks.
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Great for couples

4 out of 5
by from Mays Landing, NJ
Posted Nov 13, 2012
Pros: monkeys in the trees, stunning views, yoga, fresh fruit
Cons: food was just ok, would have liked an afternoon yoga class
Location: quiet and remote
The views are stunning. The hotel is situated on a private bay of the Pacific Ocean. Our room was up high, which meant serious stair climbing after each meal. The rooms are clean, modern and beautifully decorated. They have comfy beds and nice warm showers. We loved hearing the monkeys outside of our room every morning and one of our trip highlights was watching them swing through the trees at dusk. One of the reasons we picked this resort was for the yoga, so it was surprising that a wellness resort only offered one class per day in the mornings. The hotel is extremely's about a 30 minute drive down a long dirt road and the nearest happening town is about and hour and half away. San Juan del Sur is a great beach town and we highly recommend a trip there. The grilled lobster at El Timon was one of our best meals! We went to the resort's neighboring "town" of Gigante (a 20 min walk). It's very rustic. We sat down for lunch at the main restaurant. After waiting an hour for "nachos" (doritos with red sauce) we found out they didn't have running water. We gave up on the rest of our food and went back to the hotel. We stayed in Nicaragua for one week- 3 nights at Aqua and 3 in Granada. I highly recommend splitting the time you have. Many day trips to the volcanoes and lagoons are near Granada, so if you stay at the resort the whole time it will be a lot of back and forth on that dirt road. Overall, the resort is a beautiful place to relax & enjoy nature.
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Wunderschönes abgeschiedenes Resort

5 out of 5
Posted Mar 20, 2016
Im Aqua Wellness ist man zwar von der Außenwelt abgeschieden, kann dafür aber exzellent entspannen. Der Strand ist wunderschön, Kajak und SUP inklusive. Essen sehr gut, allerdings etwas teuer. Eine Alternative zum Hoteleigenen Restaurant hat es nicht. Ausblick über die Bucht bei Tag und Nacht ein Wahnsinn!
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4 out of 5
Posted Aug 29, 2015
Aqua is a wonderfull place of peace. Everything was very good: the beach, the room and the people.
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Hotel; Eco turístico con excelente playa.

3 out of 5
by from MEXICO
Posted Aug 25, 2015
Pros: La calidad de los alimentos es muy buena. Estas en contacto con la naturaleza, hay muchos animales y la playa está muy limpia.
Cons: Las instalaciones podrían mejorar. Las camas son muy pequeñas en muchas habitaciones. El servicio no es el mejor, ni en recepción ni en alimentos.
Location: Una playa encantadora, tienes contacto con muchas fauna silvestre; el hotel esta alejado de todo, no hay muchas cosas que hacer alreded
El hotel tiene una playa increíble, estas en contacto con la naturaleza y cuenta con una gran terraza para hacer ejercicio o meditación. Los masajes también son buenos. Igual que la calidad en los alimentos. Las instalaciones no son muy cómodas; ya que hay demasiados escalones. El servicio por parte de la gente de recepción tampoco es muy eficiente y solo están hasta las 10 de la noche. Las camas son pequeñas, no lo que se espera de un hotel 5 estrellas. No esperes mucho del servicio de los meseros, más que una gran calidad de alimentos.
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