We went with many Canadians on the Air Transat trip to Barcelo Montelimar March 23 to March 30. I love how this trip started out. There was a bus conveniently located at the airport, baggage loaded for us and details sorted out in excellent fashion. Our Air Transat point of contact was a well educated local named Marcos. Marcos gave us a history of Nicaragua culture, politics, attractions and many other interesting facts during the bus ride to the resort.
The resort is stunning. All you would expect in a tropical paradise. Many day trips are available for you. My wife and I rented motorcycles for the week and did our own day trips to volcanoes, local farms, beaches and small towns near by. We rented them from Nica Moto out of Managua for about $1200 for the week for a 125 and 200 cc.
Their were many great people who made our visit a pleasant experience. I was quite surprised at a few employees in key positions that were visibly prejudice against us the entire week.The male pool bartender who sees the majority of guests and a female lobby bartender were the worst at the resort. We actually stopped going to the main pool for this reason. The other surprising part was the food, although nothing was bad, it was not something I would brag about, and the a la Carte restaurants (we were allowed 2 during the week) were plain bad and not worth going.
The sunsets were the best I have seen.The beach is absolutely gorgeous. There is lots of equipment to use for free or rent. Quads, horses, surfboards to rent. I tired boogie boarding and the surf made this a great experience.
Quite the mixed review, but this is how the trip felt. Some fantastic staff made our experience memorable, and some unexpected prejudice took away some of this. Seeing how the locals lived in corrugated metal shacks and some out of cinder blocks, no running water or power in most was certainly an eye opener to me. This did not deter all the smiles we encountered and felt safe during our off the beaten path excursions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barcelo Montelimar Beach Hotel, an All-Inclusivesystem Hotel with 88 double rooms, 203 bungalow and 2suites, is located in the Central Pacific Coast of Nicaragua,65 km from downtown Managua, 75 km from the AugustoCesar Sandino International Airport, and only 500 metersfrom its private airport.Barcelo Montelimar Beach is located nearby areas ofgreat tourist interest, some of the most noteworthy, are:the Masaya Volcano National Park (65 km), the Colonialtowns of Granada (80 km) and Leon (58km), Los MaribiosVolcanic Range, lagoons, lakes, mountains, and othernatural attractions.The Barcelo Montelimar Beach, the beach hotel byexcellence; is the only hotel in Nicaragua that offers theAll-Inclusive system. It is the ideal place to relax body andmind, in contact with nature. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Montelimar Beach Hotel Montelimar
- Montelimar Beach
- Montelimar Barcelo