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3 of the Best (but least known) Luxury Resorts in Central America

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The coastlines, jungles and beaches in Central America are dotted with some of the best – if little known – luxury resorts out there; here are three to get you itching to travel.

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Holiday Central
Discover secret luxury resorts in Latin America

CENTRAL America’s coastlines, jungles and beaches are now home to three luxury resorts.

These may not be your traditional destinations but with planning you can head off to somewhere sure to leave pals green with envy.

Here ROB CROSSAN checks in to some of the best – but least known – luxury resorts.

1. Mukul, Nicaragua
Nicaragua’s first luxury resort, Mukul, which opened in February this year, is the brainchild of the influential Pellas family.

They are famed in this mountainous nation for their ownership of the renowned rum brand Flor de Cana.

The resort features beach villas with uninterrupted views out over the churning spume of the Pacific.

But the real highlight is a stay in one of the charming bohio cottages — like treehouses decked out in teak and pine — with huge wrap-around balconies that house a private plunge pool.

There are ample hiking trails around the resort where you can spot sloths, monkeys, parakeets and even the odd armadillo.

However, for the ultimate indulgence, the enormous spa offers an experience so relaxing you don’t even have to trouble yourself to walk there — you get picked up from your room in a golf buggy.

Treatments range from classic aromatherapy to unique relaxation rituals such as taking an al fresco bath in an elixir made from soaking fresh flowers in a Flor de Cana rum barrel!

How much? Doubles from £368 a night.

Iberia (iberia.com) fly from London to Managua via Madrid and San Jose from £842.89 return.

2. El Secreto, Belize
OPENING in October last year, the El Secreto resort is set amid mangroves and a sandy white beach on the island of Ambergris Caye, just off the north-east coast of the only English-speaking Central American nation.

Although the temptation to spend the balmy days gently swaying on a hammock may be overwhelming, it would be a shame not to dive into the surrounding Belize Barrier Reef.

Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is bigger. The resort offers scuba diving, sea kayaking, fishing and caving trips.

All of which make a return to the Egyptian sheets, Malin and Goetz toiletries and private plunge pool at one of the 13 chic, thatched-roof villas all the more welcoming.

To revive those weary muscles further, there’s a spa villa with double massage room, steam room and Jacuzzi.

And, as the sun sets, indulge in the outstanding dishes, many made with ingredients from the resorts own organic garden, served at the restaurant.
Should the general mood of laid back romance take over, you can dine by candlelight on the beach.

For more details on the hotel, visit elsecretobelize.com

How much? Doubles from £261 a night. American Airlines (aa.com) fly from London to Belize City via Miami from £760 return. From Belize City fly Maya Island Air (mayaislandair.com) to San Pedro (about a 20-minute flight) from £90 return.

3. Isla Palenque, Panama
WITH just 16 rooms, all with bamboo floors and decking and decorated with pieces of art made from driftwood by local craftsmen, this resort’s tropical tranquility par excellence.

Set on a 400-acre private island covered in thick jungle foliage, Isla Palenque used to be home to seven tribes of howler monkey and a small farm — with a human population of just two.

Until that is, its renaissance as a luxurious eco-resort which only opened last month. With a genuine commitment to preserving the island — the owners refused to cut down any trees over a certain size — the days just seem to melt away.

The island sits in the little-known Gulf of Chiriquí region in the far West of Panama, where tiny islands like this one are scattered like confetti over the azure waters.

The resort organise snorkelling trips where you can get up close and personal to the all but untouched coral. If even that sounds too strenuous, then simply recline and relax by the infinity pool.

As you relax, enjoy rum cocktails and chow down on some uniquely Panamanian dishes such as “sancocho” — a lusty chicken soup made with carrots, corn cob and herbs.

Lie back on your sun lounger, listen out for the monkeys who loiter in the trees and take a long, deep breath — the modern world and its cares feel blissfully far, far away.

Double rooms cost from £200 a night. Fights from London to Panama City, via Madrid, are from £597.45 return with Iberia (iberia.com).

The 45-minute transfer flight from Panama City to David with Air Panama costs from £160 return. For more details see flyairpanama.com.

And for more information about the resort you can visit amble.com/IslaPalenque.

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