Chapter 7: Nicaragua
Pacific Nicaragua: Rustic Luxury in the Last Frontier This Side of the 21st Century
The Age of Discovery stands out as one of history’s great eras, when the brave, the ruthless and the vainglorious took to the seas to expand the boundaries of existence.
The age began in the 14th century, when a Portuguese prince named Henrique, son of João, became fascinated by fabled treasures and the tales of an apocryphal figure called Prester John, who, legend had it, was the mystical ruler of a Christian kingdom in the East.
Henrique wanted to make acquaintance with Prester John, who – he believed – would enable a great trade partnership between Portugal and the East.
Arriving to the Far East by land took years… and was unfathomably dangerous. So Henrique endeavored to reach Prester John by sea. Prince Henrique – or Henry, if you prefer – committed himself to learning mathematics and astronomy as well as the navigation tactics the ancients had mastered. In time, all thanks to Henry’s acquired knowledge, the Portuguese were poised to take the world by sea.
Prince Henry the Navigator, as history remembers him, never found Prester John, whose existence has never been verified. But Henry’s curiosity set into motion the era that quite literally redefined the known world.
The Age of Discovery Continues…
In the centuries that followed, the great kingdoms of Europe swelled to global empires thanks to their mastery of the high seas. Some would say that the Age of Discovery petered out for good in the late 19th century.
But as far as I’m concerned, it never ended.
How could that be? You might ask. In this digitized world, every square inch of land on Earth can be seen on Google Maps on a moment’s notice…
I won’t argue with you about technology’s advances, but I will tell you that there are places that remain undiscovered, beyond the fringes of civilization. Some of these places are best left alone.
A rare few have struck the rarest of all balances: at once pristine and primal yet bountiful and welcoming; luxury oasis fully integrated with nature.
The Pacific coast of Nicaragua is one such place that comes to mind.
Unlike Honduras and El Salvador, its beleaguered neighbors in Central America, Nicaragua is safe… and happy. In fact, despite its modest economy, Nicaragua is considered one of the happiest countries on the planet. The friendly and hospitable nature of its people is a testament to this distinction.
Unlike Costa Rica, marvelous though it is, Nicaragua is not the place tourists flock to for their adventure and nature fix. Nicaragua is still much farther from Disney World status than its neighbor to the north. At least for now.
What Nicaragua’s Pacific coast does have is miles and miles of natural beauty. And there are some places therein – if you know where to find them – that welcome you like royalty as you take refuge in what might be considered the most peaceful oasis in the Western Hemisphere.
If you like the feeling of being lost in a crowd, of being an insignificant speck of dust in a vortex of urban chaos, this isn’t the place for you.
On the other hand, if the idea of being pampered in a rustic hideaway, hearing the ocean – and the ocean alone – call your name with each crashing wave, and stepping on white sand beaches no other human foot has tread on before, this is the place for you.
Come to the Pacific coast of Nicaragua for the very best rustic luxury in your own Age of Discovery.
P.S. The Oxford Club is hosting its Wealth, Wine, Wander Retreat in Nicaragua this coming January 18-22, 2018, at the best rustic luxury getaway in the Western Hemisphere: Rancho Santana, just named one of the best hotels in the world by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Join CEO & Executive Director Julia Guth, along with the Club’s Emerging Trends Strategist Matthew Carr, Options Strategist Karim Rahemtulla and Macro Strategist Eric Fry for four days of pampering, adventure and exclusive face time with some of the finest investment minds in the world.
Rancho Santana is one of those places that seems too good to be true until you see it for yourself.
Space is limited, so you’ll want to make your reservation before it’s too late. To view the itinerary and to reserve your spot today, simply click here.