A new wave of travelers will soon discover Central America’s best-kept secret, thanks to the opening of Mukul on Nicaragua’s unspoiled Emerald Coast. Founded by business tycoon Carlos Pellas, the resort showcases the country’s natural beauty and tranquility. Thirty-seven guest rooms overlook a spectacular swath of beach; David McLay Kidd (the mastermind behind Bandon Dunes) designed the 18-hole golf course. Non-golfers can take surfing lessons, fish, scuba dive and hike nearby volcanoes. Declares Pellas of his native country, “Nicaragua is more beautiful than Costa Rica and deserves to be discovered.” Rooms, from $550; Ctra. Tola-Las Salinas km. 10, Rivas; 505/2563-7160; mukulresort.com. —Melissa Biggs Bradley, founder and CEO of the luxury travel outfitter Indagare.