Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge
What We Love
- Sea turtles who frequent the neighboring beach
- The lodge’s Pacific Ocean-facing spa Paslama Oasis
- Morning yoga at the 4,300-square-foot open-air pavilion
- The working organic farm onsite
What To Know
- Prepare to climb a few extra flights of stairs if you opt for one of the Ocean-View Bungalows
- The property includes a child-friendly pool
- Guests are just a minute’s walk from Ocotal Beach
- As a way to support the hotel’s commitment to its surrounding community, guests can choose to make a donation to a local school
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Rambling jungle retreat on its own stretch of private Nicaraguan beach, with bamboo bungalows, a waterfront spa, and an strong eco-conscious lean
Anyone seeking access to the crystalline waters of Playa Ocotal, a shady cove just south of Granada, has to be a guest at this scrupulous Nicaraguan hideaway—and you’ll never lose sight of the ocean from its 15 open-wall bungalows or the waterfront spa, which features sandy floors and sea breeze-flavored treatments. The property is equally unabashed about its commitment to planet saving. Composting, reforestation efforts, an earth-friendly construction—this solar-powered retreat does it all. Over half of the ingredients used at the resort’s restaurant La Bastide—from the mint that garnishes the mojito to the herbs in your chimchurri—are grown on the property (there’s even a sustainable shrimp farm). For a literal taste of your environs, make a visit to the onsite farm, where you can milk the resident cows, pick fresh eggs, and get a crash-course in tortilla-making before tucking into a rustic, hearth-fired breakfast.
In the Area
Morgan’s Rock is a two-hour drive from the international airport in the Nicaraguan capital of Managua (if you’re feeling extra flush, the resort has its own private landing strip—it’s about a 35-minute flight from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport). Once you arrive, revel in your rural surroundings—an idyllic mix of mango orchards and volcanic peaks. Whether you’re here for water sports, sunset sails, bird watching (you’re in macaw and egret territory, after all), or jungle walks, the staff can happily arrange a variety of area excursions. The hotel also offers a clutch of curated cultural experiences, from a visit to a local spice market to lunch in colonial Granada.
How to Get There
I stayed at Morgan's Rock in March and had such an incredible experience. From the moment we arrived (me, my 14 yo son, my cousin and her 16 yo daughter), we were treated like family. Their words, "welcome home," rang true but it was more like "welcome home and let us wait on you hand and foot." The staff were all so welcoming and very accommodating. Service was excellent and the food and beverage program was outstanding. The beach was gorgeous. We were lucky nought to have a mama sea turtle come out of the sea and dig her nest in the sand, lay her eggs, bury them, and head back out to sea. It was just incredible!
Our 2 bedroom villa with an outdoor common living space was just perfect! The furnishings were very cool and industrial and barefoot chic! The plunge pool was the perfect place to watch the gorgeous sunset every night.
We did the sloth and monkey tour, the guide was so knowledgable. We came upon their farm on the property and got to hold a 6 day old baby lamb. There were kayaks and horse back and surf lessons as well. We did yoga every other morning in their beautiful yoga pavilion, a perfect way to start the day! Their spa, with their small outdoor treatment rooms, gave way to incredible massages while listening to the waves crash.
This trip was a renewal for us from our super busy lives! Morgan's Rock is excellent! I would recommend it 100% and I am in the travel business, meaning I have been everywhere and seen it all! I am actually longing to go back!
My husband and I spent 8 days traveling around Nicaragua. This was our second stop. It is absolutely beautiful here! The staff is friendly and very accommodating, views and rooms are gorgeous!
Room: I booked the Ocean View Bungalow with plunge pool, and we were not disappointed. The room has an open wall looking at the bay. At night the staff would lower the privacy shade, but we would open it back up. In the mornings, you will hear Howler monkeys. It can be frightening, if you have never heard them before (youtube it if you are unfamiliar lol). The beds have a cooling canopy above them that will keep you cool. The showers have real hot water :) These were the best showers of our trip!
Food: The food here is excellent. I consider myself a meat eater, but the veggies here were soooo good. I could have eaten nothing but that and pasta and been completely satisfied.
To Do: The water is ice cold, so it was out for me. I got in to my ankles. Others guests staying got in and did the body boarding, they said it was great. We did the kayaks one morning looking for the resident alligator, but did not find him.
We took advantage of the hotel's laundry service. Later on when we got our clean clothes out of our luggage, they smelled so nice! Just another touch of luxury from Morgan's Rock.
We just finished a weeks stay at Morgan‘s Rock for spring break with our family. At first we were a bit nervous about traveling to Nicaragua because of all that you read in the news lately. However... I have to say we couldn’t have felt more safe. Not once during our flight, transportation, visit or interactions did we ever feel concerned for the safety of our family. We keep saying.. what a shame it would have been if we had missed this!
Morgan’s Rock is a little slice of heaven on earth. The property is beautiful, the rooms are stunning, and the views are breathtaking. The staff couldn’t have been more hospitable, catering to our every whim... including our children’s picky appetites. Horseback riding on the beach, fishing in the estuary, a virtually private beach and breakfast on the farm were highlights for our family. The accomodations are sophisticated and modern - but it's like you are sleeping in a treehouse surrounded by nature. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. We will definitely be back!!!
Such a beautiful place to stay and we were so well looked after. Morgan’s Rock is even better than the pictures online. So beautifully done-restful,relaxing and perfect for all of our family. The beach is perfect and the food wonderful. Couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay to celebrate a birthday.
My only regret is that I could only spent 3 days there! It is a beautiful ecolodge surrounded by privatised jungle forest and with an access to a private and completely secluded beach. The property is so beautiful and everything has been thought off so well, that there is nothing you lack or miss. Ocean is the first thing you see upon waking up, what else can you wish for? I was after a complete seclusion and relaxation and I received it. The staff is very friendly and professional and felt looked after at all times, whilst also given privacy. The food is the best I had in Nicaragua. Highly recommended!