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New Calala Island in Nicaragua's Pearl Cays joins Small Luxury Hotels of the World

An exclusive new luxury boutique resort with just four beachfront suites in a pristine private island off the coast of Nicaragua has joined the prestigious SLH collection. With an idyllic location that feels miles away from the real world, this new enclave offers bespoke experiences, utmost privacy and sheer indulgence. The ideal retreat for worn-out souls in need of revival.

New Calala Island in Nicaragua's Pearl Cays joins Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Feeling like a castaway on a tiny little tropical island shouldn’t just be reserved for famously remote atolls like the Maldives or Seychelles, not after Nicaragua’s most recent island paradise opened last year, becoming quite possibly the world’s most exclusive private island resort of its kind.

The new Calala Island by is as refined and confined it gets in terms of size, yet the few guests, no more than eight at anyone one time, privileged enough to stay here get a whole island to themselves. How so? Well, the chic boutique property has only four beachfront suites, that’s right, fewer than what you can count on the fingers of one hand. Not only will you feel like a castaway, but you’re also quite likely to see the few other guests on the resort like part of your shipwreck castaway party, the survivors that were rewarded with true heaven on earth.

Part of the Pearl Cays archipelago off Nicaragua’s eastern coast and bathed by the warm waters of Caribbean Sea, Calala Island epitomises tropical holiday perfection. Days are spent lazing on comfy hammocks and partaking in tailor-made experiences. Up to a total of 10 guests, and no more, enjoy the privacy of two junior suites and two master suites, built using natural materials to make you feel at one with the environment while featuring every modern amenity, minus the TV, why would you need it anyway when there’s so much to take in, to ensure superior comfort and relaxation.

Dining is a bespoke experience at the two onsite restaurants and guests can look forward to enjoying the freshest catch of the day at every meal as well as organic, island-grown ingredients. Activities are arranged on the go with the help of attentive staff and include water sports like paddle boarding, snorkelling, sailing, fishing and scuba diving.

There are also two pools to choose from, one of which is a stunning infinity pool for the most dramatic Instagram snaps. Children are welcome to with a dedicated children’s programme while parents can leave their stresses behind at the tucked-away palapas where customised massages and spa treatments are offered with privileged beachfront views. And virtually all of this, with some exceptions, is included in the price tag.

A total of 25 staff members look after guests’ every whim and need. No wonder then, that it was only a matter of time before Calala Island joined the Small Luxury Hotels of the World portfolio, a high rank indeed considered this is the world’s best-trusted collection of luxury boutique hotels.

Speaking about their newest addition, Kennan Simmons, Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s Vice President for the Americas, said:

"SLH is delighted to welcome Calala Island to our hand-picked portfolio of luxury properties. We are excited to share this special place with guests seeking an intimate hideaway in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. Offering unique luxury experiences in an undiscovered location, Calala Island is truly a hidden gem."

Before joining SLH, Calala Island had already received numerous awards and had repeatedly been referred to as one of the planet’s most exclusive private islands in a practically undiscovered part of the world. In its first year of existence, the hotel has already hosted several high-profile celebrities seeking the ultimate privacy with a level of luxury and personalisation that’s unmatched elsewhere in the Caribbean. No-fly zones can be implemented by the resort at guests’ request to further guard their privacy.

Past guests hail the dining experience as simply incomparable to anywhere else in the region with daily-changing menus prepared exclusively with locally-sourced ingredients. Put in other words, stepping here is like stepping into another world.

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