TRENDSETTER: TRIBAL HOTEL, NICARAGUA

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It was my birthday and that called for an adventure and a trip to a country I’d never been to before. I packed my bags and headed south for Nicaragua. About an hour and a half away from Nicaragua’s main airport MGA, our first stop on a week long tour was the trendy and chic, Tribal Hotel in Granada. Owners, Italian born NYC Restauranteurs Yvan Cussigh and Jean-Marc Houmard opened the first boutique hotel in Granda in 2014, paving the way for the discovery of Nicaragua in a new light.

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The hotel is very intimate, with only 7 rooms and each with their own balcony. A beautiful breakfast is included with your stay. We started the morning off with a french press and fresh fruit, followed by delicous omelets, potatoes and fresh squeezed juice.

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Relaxed Luxury in Paradise. The Tribal’s day vibe is very much poolside and cocktails with chill tunes, while nightfall brings out a more romantic candlelit atmosphere with a cuban soundtrack.

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Cussigh and Houmard deigned this place with every intention of making Tribal Hotel feel like a home away from home. The perfect balance of antique and modern hand-crafted pieces create an atmosphere of luxury and relaxation.

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We are so grateful to Tribal Hotel for inspiring us to visit the beautiful colonial city of Granada, the oldest city in Nicaragua and in all of Central America!  Getting to Tribal from the airport was easy and we felt very safe from the moment we landed!  The hotel can set up a car for you or you can grab an official taxi outside of the airport and barter with them for a slightly cheaper price (we saved about $25 doing it this way).

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Photo by Conde Nast

We missed our original flight into Granada, so we were short changed a day. But with a full 24 hours we made the most of it! Food is always one of our top priorities and always plays a big part in creating our experiences. It was my birthday so we were looking for some place extra special for dinner. The Tribal sent us to Empressionista, which perfectly fit the bill and is definitely worth writing home about.

Empressionista, a café that draws both expats and rich Managuans down from the capital for a weekend in Granada. The front of the house is run by Andrés Lazar, who was born in nearby Rivas while his Hungarian partner, Zoltán Puzsár, runs the kitchen. The duo met in London in 2008 and between the two, they’ve worked at the London Four Seasons, Chateau Marmont in L.A., and Pastis in Manhattan. The evolving menu is a colorful experiment of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats and spices from nearby farms. One of our favorite was the Ajo Blanco (a raw soup of almonds, watermelon and artisanal oils).

Next Stop, Isleta El Espino.

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