Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Morgan's Rock is set in 4,000 acres of jungle overlooking its own private beach and the Pacific Ocean. Constructed of raw materials the 15 bungalows and three two-bedroom villas dot the hillside, decorated with salvaged items, softened with heritage crafts and textiles.

Each accommodation has its own veranda and seating area and five of the bungalows as well as the villas have private plunge pools. Choose between a forest or ocean view - positioned at tree top level, it is not uncommon to have monkeys scamper across your balcony or sloth poised in the tree beside you. Connected by a bridge the main restaurant La Bastide serves local and international dishes, and there is a swimming pool plus fitness centre offering massage and yoga sessions by appointment.

Why we like it

Everything about Morgan’s Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge is special – from the jungle beachfront location to the eco-friendly ethos of the hotel.

Sustainability & Eco Tourism

Since its purchase in the mid 90’s the owners of this hotel have planted around two million trees, helping create a sanctuary for the wildlife of the area. The beach is also home to two endangered species of turtle which nest and hatch here year round. Around 95% of employees at the hotel are locals and where possible produce, crafts and furnishings are purchased from local farms, communities and fishermen who use only traditional fishing methods. The property itself uses solar power and has been built to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding environment. We could go on…

Facilities

  • Swimming pool
  • Additional small child-friendly pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Massage
  • Restaurant serving a mixture of Nicaraguan and International cuisines with 60% of ingredients grown on site.
  • Beach bar
  • Open air yoga platform

Activities

There are plenty of activities to fill the days here including yoga, nature walks, estuary kayaking, fishing, horse riding, surfing and snorkelling, or simply relaxing on the deserted mile-long beach.

Head into the jungle by 4WD in search of the three species of monkey found here – howler, spider and white-faced capuchin. Take a tour of the Haciendas farm, milk the cows, chat with the animals and collect freshly laid eggs before heading back to the farmhouse to help make a traditional breakfast of gallo pinto, which will set you up for the day ahead. If food is your passion, at certain times of the year it is also possible to catch your own shrimp from the organic shrimp farm before dining on them later that evening.

If that weren’t enough, away from the hotel there is zip lining, the colonial city of Granada, volcanoes and turtle watching, all of which can be experienced.

Turtles and wildlife at the hotel

The hotel does everything it can to help with turtle conservation and guests at the hotel can benefit from the unique opportunity of seeing turtles both nesting and hatching. As well as turtles guests can also hope to see howler monkey, anteater, macaw, sloth and many species of birds during a stay here.

Location

Located on the Pacific coast of southern Nicaragua, Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge can be reached by flight into Managua followed by a two-hour transfer overland. Liberia airport in Costa Rica is also an option although this journey would include a change of vehicles at the border and a journey time of around three to four hours. Alternatively, the hotel has its own private airstrip so arrival by private jet is possible.

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