Spanish explorers declared Volcan Masaya to be the “mouth of hell”, and this lively volcano still glows ember-red with alarming regularity. Nicaragua is cool with it. The country’s volcanic landscape is tempered by the crashing waves of the azure Caribbean ocean, and covered in hiking trails. Visit the famous crater lake outside Granada, tour a coffee plantation, or surf a volcano (maybe not). Our expert team has been busy reviewing luxury hotels in Nicaragua for addition to the next awards shortlist. We’ve already found one award-winner: Calala Island is a private resort lying a boat-ride away from the Nicaraguan coast.