Nicaragua's first five-star boutique resort takes holistic healing to a new level.

For the spa, picture six domed, palapa-type buildings on the hillside of the Emerald Coast, each a treatment pavilion with its own theme, from the Rain Forest to the Secret Garden, to help you on the path to enlightenment.

Design details include palm leaves tickling the floor-to-ceiling windows, while the products (turmeric and rice powder scrubs, yoghurt face masks) use organic herbs and plants.

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WOW FACTOR: The story of the plane crash in the '80s that owners Vivian and Carlos survived; it inspired the spa. Look it up.

GO: Scott Dunn (www.scottdunn.com) offers nine nights in Nicaragua, including seven nights at Mukul from £3,360 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 15 hours via Miami

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