Monday, August 31, 2015

Nicaragua Part 2 | Playa Gigante


Somedays Lovin bikini // SHOP SIMILAR
Somedays Lovin crochet shorts // SHOP HERE
O'Neill crochet top // SHOP HERE

Just a hike through the hills around Aqua Wellness Resort we found a hidden gem of a spot. Playa Gigante. A large and quiet beach where the surfers like to come out and play when the waves seem appropriate. A few locals fishing on the edge of the rocks, while along the shoreline are rows of colorful hostels and small places to get a casual bite to eat. The paint on them all worn down in a beautiful way. Quite a change from the zen and luxurious calmness of Aqua Wellness Resort just a 20 minute walk away, but still calm in its own, unique way. Where locals and backpackers can be found catching a drink right next to each other and pigs and dogs are free to roam. A little more hippie and grungy, Playa Gigante was the perfect exhibition of laid back surf life. Where the only requirements for a day fulfilled is a good wave and a good catch of fish. But finding a beach like this basically all to yourself is really quite a rare gem! So happy that Thania and I had a day to explore and relax in some hammocks at the top of a cliff for the most epic view of it all. We soaked it all in.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Nicaragua Part 1


O'Neill clothing
My Jewel Bar jewelry

Thania and I were spoilt silly during our time spent at Aqua Wellness Resort in Tolas, Nicaragua. Up in our treehouse in the middle of the jungle off the southern coast of Nicaragua, where we could open our deck windows to face and hear the sounds from our private cove, that sparkled endlessly. We were awake by 6:30am for yoga every morning and in bed not much later than midnight. Our bodies and souls were well-rested and super energized. City life felt lightyears away, and the experience was the exact escape I've been looking for. Just exploring the resort by foot was quite an adventure (not to mention a workout!). So many steps to explore the other tree houses around us that made up the resort. We used up so much energy during our days taking these steps, practicing yoga, paddle boarding, and exploring the beaches and small towns just outside the resort, that we fell asleep so peacefully at night, dreaming of the beautiful day we could expect to have ahead of us. 

I've never unwound so much in my life before, which is pretty crazy to think about. It's not everyday that one can wake up to the sounds of nature and wildlife, but when you do, it's no mistake to take advantage of this sort of time as much as you can. Aqua Wellness Resort focuses so much on the sustainability of the jungle, eco-system, and culture of Nicaragua, building the tree houses only upwards to preserve a larger majority of the jungle and to not impose on its original inhabitants. It's a place where jungle life is happily beside the visitors of the resort. It's quite cool waking up to a family of howler monkeys on your deck, nibbling on leaves from the massive trees overhead. All the food we ate has been locally grown and fully organic, making use of Nicaragua's thriving agricultural scene. I cut back on alcohol and put food into my body that gave me bursts of energy for my long days. Without even realizing it, the focus on the functioning of my body and the state of my wellbeing became so important. I noticed the ways my muscles moved and felt so much more. I closed my eyes and noticed how much more clear minded and level headed I felt. I paid far more attention to the sounds, the colors, the texture, and the smells around me. Aqua Wellness Resort was definitely luxurious, but at the same time, it felt very bared down and natural, just like the jungle around us. It was the perfect balance. And it was definitely something super special. 

More to come from our salty trip, and the adventures we took at the resort and outside the resort. Stay tuned :)