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Photo courtesy of Tribal Hotel

T r i b a l h ot e l i n G r a n a d a, w e f e lt t h e i mm e d i at e u r g e to i n v e s t i g at e. After landing in Managua, Nicaragua’s capital city, we met our driver and headed east one hour to Granada, the nation’s cultural center. Arriving at Tribal Hotel was a magical experience. Like Puck in A Midsummer’s Night Dream, we were transported into another universe, one that was personal and luxurious yet decidedly unpretentious. We quickly understood why Tribal Hotel is becoming the celebrity getaway for Hollywood A-Listers, including Halle Berry, who recently paid a visit to the property. After entering the hotel through wrought-iron gates and mahogany doors, we were treated to the big reveal—the black and white tiled foyer, a vehement testament to Mr. Cussigh’s signature eclectic style, filled with indigenous Nicaraguan smoked pottery, modern Central American art and exquisite customdesigned furniture. The amicable staff escorted us to our suite, which was not only impeccably-decorated, but had all the creature comforts for the discerning first class traveler, including Egyptian linens, an exotic wood writing desk, hand-woven rattan lamps, and a handsome slate bathroom and dressing area worthy of any visiting prince. After settling in, we stepped out onto our private balcony to enjoy perfectly prepared caipirinhas made with the delectable local rum Flora De Cana.

All rooms include a private terrace

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