New Life Hiking Spa

Nicaragua Wellness Retreat

Join New Life Hiking Spa for a Wellness Week in Nicaragua!

Join us for a week of wellness and hiking in Nicaragua. The next upcoming New Life Hiking Spa Wellness Retreat is November 5-11, 2017.

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Jimmy LeSage, M.S., who founded New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont in 1978 will be running a week-long wellness getaway in Granada, Nicaragua at the Hotel Xalteva.

The Hotel Xalteva, was developed by Vermonter, Jay Snyder.  Jay and his wife were the owners and innkeepers of The Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, Vermont for many years.  They then decided to build Hotel Xalteva in their retirement years and now split their time between Vermont, Florida and Nicaragua.

The Hotel Xalteva is a beautiful property that is a perfect location for New Life Hiking Spa to run a winter retreat. The hotel was built in 2007 and is located in a beautiful area near hiking and a host of wellness and cultural activities.

new-life-hiking-spa-nicaraguaSimilar to our program in Vermont, the pricing will be all-inclusive for all food and activities.  The cost for each participant for 6 nights is $1,800 for single occupancy or $1,450 for double occupancy (two sharing a room).  This price includes everything – including airport transfers, taxes and ammenities. All the detail are below:


New Life Hiking Spa & Wellness Retreats

Nicaragua Tour Details

Sunday, November 5 to Saturday, November 11, 2017.

The Granada, Nicaragua New Life Wellness Tour is a combination of a wellness week of outdoor adventure, relaxation and rejuvenation while exploring and amercing yourself in an up and coming travel destination. Jimmy LeSage, M.S., the founder and director of New Life Hiking Spa in Vermont, visited Nicaragua 5 years ago on a tour that was intended to recruit New Life Hiking Spa to set up a wellness retreat in Granada.  He was fortunate enough to have an extensive experience of being toured throughout the country from the western Pacific to the eastern Gulf of Mexico and he knew one day it would be the perfect location for a winter retreat.    In the meantime, New Life Hiking Spa has experienced significant growth, moved hotels within Vermont and became one of the most popular destination spas in America with the selection of being the #1 Spa by Travel + Leisure Magazine and subsequent coverage on the Today Show.  Now, Jimmy is ready to focus on the Nicaragua Wellness Adventure that was developed five years ago and has been refined with the growth of this country that is on the cusp of the wellness tourism boom.

This tour during the first week of March 2017, will focus on the historic colonial city of Granada located on Lake Granada.

nica4The home base for this wellness excursion is Condo Hotel Xalteva (pronounced “alteva”) and refers to the original indigenous Indians who were in Granada before the Spanish conquest. With luxury style accommodations and the only condominium-style lodging in this historic city, this beautiful property was built by fellow Vermonters and Vermont innkeepers, Jay & Kathy Snyder.

Xalteva’s Spanish colonial architecture blends in seamlessly with its surroundings while providing the comforts of a refreshing pool, and a poolside palapa bar where you will enjoy breakfast each morning.  Various dinners during the week will be created and served at the hotel with fresh, local ingredients.  (See weekly schedule for details).

The interior of each condo unit will also delight you with its unique layout.  Each condo is has two private bedrooms with a private bath in a hotel sized room, yet each of these hotel rooms is connected with its own kitchen and living area.

With just nine units (18 hotel rooms) on the property, this cozy environment with a caring bilingual staff provides personalized service unlike anything else available in Granada.  This wellness week will be limited to 12 guests.

On Jimmy’s visits to Granada, he has put together a week that will make each guest experience  wellness and rejuvenation while being taken care of by seasoned pros in the nutrition, wellness, lodging and tour industry in this charming Nicaraguan town.

Here’s What You’ll Get

nica5Ground transportation: You will be transported from the international airport in Managua to Condo/Hotel Xalteva and at the end of your wellness adventure transport back to the Managua International Airport.  Transfers take about 45 minutes and all costs are included with your stay.

6 nights lodging at Condo/Hotel Xateva with central air conditioning/ceiling fans/hot water/excellent pool/concierge services/24-hr security/ TV & wireless internet, excellent cell service/healthy poolside breakfast.

All activities are included.  Please see the activity schedule. All tours and guided hikes will have a bilingual tour guide and Jimmy LeSage will be on all tours.   Three meals a day either at the hotel or at local restaurants all providing preapproved New Life cuisine.  One 60 minute massage.  One laundry service.  A backpack with an assortment of welcome amenities.  You are responsible for your own airfare.

nica6This tour will be limited to 12 guests and you must be able to do an intermediate hike level.  The tropical temperature will be around 80 degrees.

Please call Jimmy LeSage at 802 353 2954 for further details.   We would love to have you join New Life Hiking Spa & Wellness Retreats in Nicaragua!

Rates are $1800 US single occupancy and $1450 US double occupancy per person.  Price included three meals a day, all snacks, tours and activities, one 60-minute massage, one load of laundry, all taxes and amenities.


nica3Day One – Sunday, November 5
Check in starts at 1 p.m. Sunday
Hotel orientation and settle into your room
4 p.m. Yoga/Aqua Class
6:30 p.m. New Life Dinner at the hotel
8:00 Evening orientation – give out backpacks filled with amenities (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, sunscreen, water bottle, hat, etc.

nica10Day Two – Monday, November 6
7 a.m. – Morning walk with Jimmy
8 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Ride through Granada and trip to the Isleta Boat Tour on Lake Cocibolca also known as Lake Nicaragua.  The lake consists of 365 volcanic islands which were formed thousands of years ago.  We will spend the day on a privately owned nature preserved island where we will have a yoga class, go kayaking and have a New Life lunch of fresh fish caught on Lake Nicaragua by local fisherman.  Spend time exploring the small island rich in nature.
4 p.m. – Aqua Pool Class
6:30 p.m. – Dinner at Hotel Xalteva
8 p.m. – Evening Activity

nica13Day Three – Tuesday, November 7
7 a.m. – Aqua/Yoga Class
8 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Leave for Granada Walking Tour:  Guided tour will leave from the hotel for an active tour through Colonial Granada.  During this guided walking tour, participants will visit local markets, a wide range of historical sites and museums.  Lunch will be at Bistro Estrada.  Lunch has been developed by Jimmy LeSage to provide the utmost in healthy eating using ingredients from the local market.  More walking and touring to follow.
3:00 p.m. – Back at hotel for an afternoon of relaxation or a dip in the pool
6:30 p.m. – Dinner at Hotel
8:00 p.m. – Evening Activity

nica9Day Four, Wednesday, November 8
7 a.m. – Morning walk with Jimmy
8 a.m. – Breakfast
After breakfast, leave for a day of activities outside of Granada.  The day includes a visit to Masaya Market, one of the largest markets with crafts from all around Granada and visit to Masaya Volcano.  Hike to Apoyo Lagoon to explore the nature and beauty of the area (this will be equivalent to an intermediate hike in Vermont).  Lunch will be at a local restaurant (menu and New Life cuisine approved by Jimmy) overlooking the Laguna Apoya Lagoon.  More hiking and nature activities after lunch.
4:00 p.m. – Back at hotel for an afternoon of relaxation or a dip in the pool
6:30 p.m. – Dinner at Local Restaurant near the hotel/New Life cuisine
8:00 p.m. – Evening Activity

Day Five – Thursday, November 9
7 a.m. – Aqua/Yoga Class
8 a.m. – Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – Leave for day trip to Mombacho Volcano Crater Trail and Coffee Tour. The Mombacho Valcano is one of the most famous volcanoes in Nicaragua. The ride uphill is an adventure by itself.  We will learn about the volcano, then take our most strenuous activity of the hour hiking the volcano along the “el crater” with hiking to a beautiful lookout that will show you all the places you have visited during the week. We will have lunch during the tour. After the hike, we will tour a coffee farm. Coffee is one of the main exports of Nicaragua.
7:00 p.m. New Life Dinner at Hotel Xalteva
8:00 p.m. Evening Activity

nica11Day Six, Friday, November 10
7 a.m. – Aqua/Yoga Class
8 a.m. – Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Market tour and making smoothies with local produce.
Noon – Lunch at Comidas Claudia.  This will be authentic Nicaraguan cuisine tailored to New Life specifications.
Afternoon: Relaxation and one hour massages.  The massage will be set up and provided in your room.
7 p.m. – Horse Carriage Tour to Bistro Estrado and then Dinner

nica12Day Seven – Saturday, November 11
7 a.m. – Aqua/Yoga Class
8 a.m. – Breakfast
9 a.m. – Walking tour to local square for souvenir shopping
12:00 – Lunch and discussion of going back to real life after your wellness week.


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