• Alex Jiménez

Nicaragua: Morgan's Rock Hacienda & Ecolodge

Updated: Jan 21

Back-to-nature gets a bespoke update at Morgan’s Rock. Comprising 4,000 lush acres — half of which are designated a protected reserve — this solar-powered jungle hideaway is highlighted by a mile-long stretch of beach, a sustainable farm (including shrimp) and a secluded cove that provides sanctuary to hatching sea turtles. Enjoy the bungalows, villas and Beach House made of reclaimed wood and bamboo, featuring plunge pools. Ride horses, go sport fishing or take a 4x4 safari to spot howler monkeys and macaws. An open-air yoga platform offers classes and in-depth retreats, and relaxation for body and spirit, at the spa at the beach.

Photos courtesy of Morgan's Rock & the Dominique Debay Collection

  • Property size: 19 bungalows (Ocean View, Forest View with plunge pool, Ocean View with plunge pool, Ocean View Two Bedroom Villa with pool, Beach House)

  • Style: Indigenous, zen vibe.

  • Recreation: Bicycle rental, pool, spa, water sports.

  • Outdoor activities: Yearlong nesting turtles, bird watching tour, horseback riding, jungle walk, jungle bike, monkey quest, stables with 7 horses, guided mangrove kayaking, surfing lessons & boogie boarding, night walks, sunset cruise, sport fishing tour, snorkeling and scuba diving.

  • Gastronomic experiences: Visit the Morgan Rock Organic farm: milk your own cow, pick your own eggs and enjoy breakfast at the farm.

Overview Morgan´s Rock was opened in 2004 by the Poncon family as a naturally luxurious lodge on a forested reserve that hosts a variety of exotic animals including spider, howler and capuchin monkeys, and deer as well as a plethora of native and migrant birds and reptiles. The sustainably constructed bungalows are nestled in the jungle not far from the hacienda’s private beach. They're exquisite when lit up. Guests can relax on the beach and participate in numerous activities for both on- and off-site experiences. Lounge in a hammock under the shade of the palapa (thatched beach hut), rejuvenate with an early morning yoga session, hike to some of the best outlooks in the area, admire the fiery sunset over the Pacific with a glass of wine, or explore the vast property and its surroundings. Equally important to Morgan's Rock is the preservation of Nicaragua’s vital ecosystems and wildlife, as well as cultural preservation and community involvement. Guests contribute to this social and environmental mission simply by staying with them, allowing continued support of community education and environmental conservation. Nearly half of the 4,000 acre property has been designated a Private Reserve (Reserva Silvestre El Aguacate). Through reforestation, tree planting, environmental awareness and education, Morgan’s Rock helps defend this important natural area against poaching, illegal logging and deforestation. Sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning; Morgan’s Rock uses local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design.a

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  • Complimentary Daily A la carte Breakfast for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • One bag of 100% pure Nicaraguan Gourmet coffee

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject t o availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

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Location

Getting to Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in Nicaragua is fairly easy; the available infrastructure is much better than you would expect. The lodge is strategically located to the south of Nicaragua’s most important tourism destination Granada and just north of the Costa Rican border. You have your choice of international flights into Nicaragua’s capital Managua or Liberia located in Northern Costa Rica. Safe and comfortable private transportation to Morgan’s Rock can easily be arranged from either destination. If you prefer to arrive by air from either Managua or Liberia, the property has a private landing strip that allows you to reach the lodge in a short 35 minute flight from both destinations.

Map courtesy of the Dominique Debay Collection Gastronomy Guests are in for a treat when they dine at Morgan´s Rock – whether at the lovely restaurant overlooking the ocean, or over a hearty breakfast of handmade tortillas and gallo pinto (rice and beans) down at the farmhouse. Thanks to a large working farm with cows, chickens, fruit and vegetable gardens, and even a sustainable shrimp farm, Morgan’s Rock sources roughly 60% of its food products from right on the premises. Guests are welcome to visit their farm, where they can lend a hand collecting eggs or milking the cows, or simply kick back and enjoy a rustic breakfast cooked on the hearth.

Photos courtesy of Morgan's Rock & the Dominique Debay Collection

Wellness & Spa

Let the healing hands of the Paslama Spa staff take care of you as you unplug from your daily routine and reconnect to your inner self. The spacious al-fresco Yoga Deck prompts full communion with nature. Fragrant earth, billowing wind, and the sound of the ocean fully engage the senses and enliven the spirit.

Photos courtesy of Morgan's Rock & the Dominique Debay Collection


Local Immersion & Giving Back

Together with the NicaFrance Foundation and AMCHAM, Morgan's Rock provides workshops and activities to strengthen the process of teaching and learning. These programs aim to instill children with a positive attitude of change, creativity and desire to attain their goals with the BUILD A FUTURE program (where you can support with school supplies, school equipment,, water filters and more.)

Photos courtesy of Morgan's Rock & the Dominique Debay Collection


Other community initiatives include:

  • Employing local people as 95% of the workforce, including senior management positions.

  • Working closely with local indigenous populations.

  • Employing local people as guides in nature hikes, fishing trips, visits to schools, and other excursions.

  • Sourcing fresh seafood from local fishermen.

  • Providing income for local artisans by promoting their crafts and pottery at the lodge.

  • Supporting a nearby coffee farm, La Cumplida, which produces Rainforest Alliance certified coffee – Morgan’s Rock supports the plantation and its farmers by organizing excursions (via private plane!) to the property.

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