Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo Ecolodge & Spa
What We Love
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner are free while guests are on the resort property
- Taking in views of a crater lake, national forest and active volcano from the low-slung hammocks
- Most casitas have outdoor showers and private patios
- Hand-painted murals by local artists
- The nacatamales — a Nicaraguan twist on the tamale filled with pork, potatoes, rice, prunes and spices — at breakfast are not to be missed
What To Know
- Children 15 and under are not permitted at the resort
- This retreat has no TVs or telephones in the rooms, but guests spend more time exploring the jungles and volcanoes than inside
- The last mile of the road to the hotel follows an oxcart track — it’s rough, rutted and narrow – but the peaceful, natural setting makes it all worth it
- Guests must contact the property directly to provide meal and transfer requests
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- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Opened in 2010, the boutique eco-resort of Hacienda Puerta del Cielo is perched on the rim of a crater overlooking the Masaya Volcano, lagoon and wildlife sanctuary. The renowned artisan towns of Masaya and Catarina are close by, but sumptuous spa services, volcano views at every turn and an adults-only policy make it easy to enjoy as much or as little of these local treasures as you like. Open-air common areas have pitched roofs and stone floors, and the multilevel layout (the owner is an architect) means views from the low-slung hammocks capture Masaya Lagoon, the active Masaya Volcano and the lush tropical forest.
Bed & Bath
Suites are light-filled spaces splashed in tropical colors, but the five stand-alone Casitas are well worth the splurge for their private decks, outdoor showers and views across the National Park. Hand-painted murals by local artists brighten the dark-wood fixtures and stone floors of the Casitas.
While meals at some remote resorts can get monotonous, the talented chef at Hacienda Puerta del Cielo keeps the menu varied with local and international dishes; the nacatamales — a Nicaraguan twist on the tamale filled with pork, potatoes, rice, prunes and spices — at breakfast are not to be missed. Despite its secluded location, the resort offers a full roster of tours (led by local bilingual guides), from hikes and zipline tours through the jungles of the Mombacho Cloud Forest to shopping excursions in local villages to drives up to the rim of the active Masaya Volcano itself. When the day’s adventures are done, the peace and quiet of the resort, plus its lazy river–style pool and remarkably affordable spa treatments, welcome you home to your own little slice of Nicaragua.
In the Area
Peer into the very active Masaya Volcano (about 30 minutes away), which locals refer to as “the mouth of hell.” A daytrip to Mombacho Cloud Forest (about 45 minutes away) is ideally capped off with a zipline ride over the jungle for a bird’s-eye view of the vast sea of green below, or take in the gorgeous Spanish architecture preserved in the city of Granada during a horse-drawn carriage ride through the colonial center of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
How to Get There
This is a great place to escape the noise and relax with a beautiful view of the lagoon and volcano. It is located in Masatepe not too far from town where they have an excellent coffee shop called BETO'S BISTRO that I would definitely recommend to enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat!
The natural beauty of this place is breath-taking and untouched. There is nothing like sitting in a pool or eating a meal at the base of an active volcano. The service and amenities were well worth the trip!
A great escape from the noise of the everyday life in the city. The road was a little rough getting there, but worth the trip. Staff is very courteous and professional. Very relaxing environment. A must do in Masatepe!
Puerta del Cielo is truly one-of-a-kind. The drive in through Masatepe shows you both an authentic side of Nicaragua as well as a truly unique tour of the wonder landscape Nicaragua boasts. The sites, sounds, and authenticity of this place will create lasting memories.
I've lived in the area for almost a year and a half, but this was my first trip to Puerta del Cielo! My teammates and I did what is called a Day Pass, and were there for about five hours enjoying time together, delicious food, access to the pool, and the incredible view! Nearly all of us live in town, where there are a lot of sounds at all hours of the day. Getting out into a little piece of paradise that I did not even know existed miles away from my home was a much-needed breath of fresh air! I was surprised by how quiet and peaceful it was, as well as by how delicious my Jalapeño Chicken was! This place is a must-visit, especially if you just need a break from the busyness of everyday life! Would love to go back!