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This Must be the Place: Native in Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is on my radar. A friend in Central America swears that it’s Costa Rica 10 years ago. Which is to say, inexpensive, unspoiled, full of exotic wildlife and lush rainforests. Word is catching on and now, increasingly, Nicaragua is peppered with creative boutique hotel gems. Enter Jean-Marc Houmard and Yvan Cussigh of New York’s iconic Indochine restaurant. They infused the old colonial city of Grenada with their signature tropical-chic when they opened Tribal Hotel. It has just five rooms and two suites but is oozing with understated bohemian cool. The rustic furnishings were made almost exclusively by local artisans. Modern art ups the sophistication, and mingles with Turkish, African and Indian textiles. Like all of my favorite places, the hotel focuses on getting guests up close with the local culture, and just look at that pool. Nicaragua is now on my short list.

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