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I just got back from Cancun and Playa del Carmen. As always, I’m on the lookout for future travels, and came across a post from someone staying at a Hyatt Place in Managua, Nicaragua. The hotel looked decent, pretty nice for a Hyatt Place, and in the comments section, someone asked and mentioned something along the lines of “going to Calala Island?” Of course I had to Google that.

Huh? Where is Calala Island?

Calala Island is in Nicaragua. You have to fly to the nearest international airport in Managua (MGA). According to Calala Island’s website.

We take care of all transfers from the airport to and from Calala Island. Included in our rates, we arrange a short internal flight to Bluefields (50 minutes) followed by a scenic boat ride (90 minutes) to the Island. Our representatives will accompany you throughout the journey.

We can also arrange, at an additional cost, helicopter transfers direct to the Island

Image courtesy of Google Maps

My initial thoughts

Personally, I’m liking this part so far. Why? When I think of booking a getaway to the Maldives, just like our upcoming trip to the Maldives in March 2022, once we land in Male, we’d have pay for our own seaplane transfer of $420 per person round trip. So for a couple, that’s an additional charge of $840 that would need to be factored in. So far, having aplane ride from Managua to Bluefields, and the boat ride to the island as part of the whole booking, this is looking pretty enticing. I don’t have a first-hand experience of the actual journey. Not yet, at least.

What’s the deal with Calala Island

This is a private island, and is located off the coast of Nicaragua. Calala Island only has 4 beachfront suites. What does this mean for you and the other guests? Privacy. A true getaway from it all experience. With the 4 suites, that means no more than 8 guests.

Image courtesy of Calala Island

Yes, it’s an All-Inclusive Getaway

Their website shows vivid pictures of what’s been prepared at Calala Island. Click here for a link to the different menus.

  • all-inclusive
  • alcohol
  • dining including lobster
  • activities
Image courtesy of Calala Island

How to avoid paying $2,350 per night?

Unless you’re willing to shell out $2,350 per night out of pocket, well, there’s a bit of a  good news. Calala Island can be booked through your points with Hyatt. The island is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World that could be booked via Hyatt. This means that you could combine your points earned with the following credit cards:

Or, you could also use the points earned with the following cards that you could transfer to one of the cards mentioned above that gives you the ability to transfer to travel partners such as Hyatt:

So if you are points-savvy and want to treat yourself with a getaway, this could be a possibility. I’ve been eyeing a return to Costa Rica, and Nicaragua was on my mind. So perhaps this might be the answer. But it won’t be easy.

How to book

I, myself, have not successfully booked this property. I tried a few dates in the Fall and could not find an open spot. I’ll keep checking the World of Hyatt app or I might try calling World of Hyatt directly.

This property is getting a lot of buzz lately from many travel enthusiasts. So finding an available date is the challenge. Let me know if you’re able to find a booking, or if you’ve visited the island, please feel free to share your experience.

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Image courtesy of Calala Island


By Jason

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