Morgan's Rock, Nicaragua

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A Guide To Nicaragua

Central America's secret paradise

Lesser-visited sister to Costa Rica in Central America, Nicaragua is blessed with two stunning coastlines and an interior strewn with volcanoes, pristine forests, colonial towns and crater lakes.



“Within Nicaragua’s diverse landscapes are a cache of luxe hotels, hidden among its islands, beaches, lakes and rural landscapes, ensuring a stylish stay while exploring the off-radar Central American country of Nicaragua.”

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Morgan's Rock, Nicaragua
Jicaro Lodge, Nicaragua

Coastal Bliss

"Explore the Pacific or Caribbean Coast or experiencing both is also easily doable on one trip – talk to us about crafting your perfect itinerary."

With both the Pacific Coastline and the Caribbean Coast at your disposal, Nicaragua has an abundance of beaches. The Caribbean Coast has a more laid-back feel with white sand and bendy palm trees, where you might encounter hawksbill turtles and marine life in the calm, clear waters. Caribbean culinary influence comes in the form of its creamy Creole-spiced cuisine and seafood.

By contrast, the wild Pacific beaches are very natural and untouched, with little development around them. Life has a slow pace here, discover sloths and monkeys on hikes through the forest and admire the organic farming and fishing methods of local residents. Explore one or both coasts on your exploration of Nicaragua – talk to us about crafting your perfect itinerary.

Granada, Nicaragua.

Colonial Charm

Nicaragua’s colonial character is best displayed in Granada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the edge of Lake Nicaragua. A town easily explored on foot or with one of our recommended guides, its network of cobbled streets and terracotta roofed houses reveal churches and cathedrals in sorbet hues, wide plazas, colourful markets, museums and convents. For a panorama of the city, climb the bell tower of the beautiful church, Iglesia La Merced, built in 1534, which also gives you a view over the cathedral, unmissable in its gaudy yellow and orange décor. Visit the chocolate museum to find out about Nicaragua’s history of chocolate making, from bean to bar including tasting locally made chocolate.

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Adventure in Nature

One of the best things about Nicaragua is the wide diversity of nature all around from crater lakes, magma-enclosed volcanoes, pristine forest and swathes of empty beaches. And without major tourist development, you can enjoy these natural wonders without the crowds. Suiting those that like to be active, Nicaragua has a huge variety of adventure from surfing the breaks of the Pacific Coast to climbing volcanoes, swimming in lakes, canoeing wetlands and hiking through rainforests to spot monkeys and sloths. When you stay at our recommended hotels (see our suggestions below) you can also indulge in cultural activities like cookery classes, organic farming, watching turtles hatch and stargazing the unpolluted night sky.

 

Calala Island, Nicaragua

Nicaragua's Property Spotlights

Morgan's Rock, Nicaragua
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MORGAN'S ROCK

Come to Morgan’s Rock on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast and be enveloped in a natural paradise – the hotel sits in a 4,000-acre reserve that includes beaches, forest, an organic farm and a working hacienda. Relish in your rural seclusion while enjoying the comfort of your ocean or forest view bungalow with private pool. Totally off the beaten track, coming to Morgan’s Rock feels like an adventure; staying here is a luxury.

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Getting out in nature is encouraged whether that’s tours into the forest to see the resident wildlife: sloths, monkeys and macaws to name a few or picking vegetables and collecting eggs at the organic farm. Entry points into local culture are plentiful through cookery classes, ceramic workshops and visits to colonial towns and markets.

Rancho Santana
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RANCHO SANTANA

Described as a ‘community’ on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast on the Pacific side, Rancho Santana is a collection of suites, residences and ocean-facing villas. Founded by six friends in the 90s, Rancho occupies a pristine stretch of beach and jungle with over 2,700-acres to play with, today it still retains a hippie-luxe vibe. Dining is a treat with gardens, orchards and a farm to gather produce from to eat at the open-air kitchen, beachside restaurant or in your own lodgings. The spa in the forest is the perfect place to connect with nature.

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Surfing is a big draw here whether you’re a beginner or expert, you can find a wave to suit you. Especially recommended is the ‘surf butler’ who will help with everything from selecting your board, the best time to surf, tips to help you improve and even a surf safari trip by boat. The hotel’s own turtle sanctuary is also wonderful to visit.

Jicaro Lodge, Nicaragua
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JICARO LODGE

An unique opportunity to stay on a private island on a lake, Jicaro Lodge is located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Made up of just seven casitas, access to Jicaro is by boat from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Grenada and the lodge overlooks the magnificent Mombacho volcano. Enclosed by tall palms and giant boulders the island feels very lush and private, relax in a hammock and enjoy a true natural paradise.

 

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Life is very relaxed here, start the day with yoga and a wholesome breakfast of tropical fruit overlooking lake views before taking out a canoe for tranquil paddle around Lake Nicaragua. Watch fisherman throw their nets and tropical birds flutter in the trees. For the active, trekking around Mount Mombacho reveals citrus and cacao plantations, coffee farms, even a revitalising hot spring.

Calala Island, Nicaragua
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CALALA ISLAND

A picture-perfect tropical island, Calala Island sits in the cerulean waters of the Pearl Cays in the Caribbean Sea, located off Nicaragua’s east coast, two hours by boat from the mainland. Populated by palm trees and tropical plants and ringed by baby soft sand, Calala is the ultimate castaway experience in barefoot-chic surroundings. With just four thatched suites, made from sustainable hardwoods, you can either come as a couple or take over the whole island for a gathering in paradise.

Must do

There is no set agenda here, aside from the goal of ultimate relaxation. Walk barefoot around the island at sunrise, jump in the pool, swim in warm, turquoise water, or paddle board over to a neighbouring island, even smaller and just as exquisite. Take a boat deep sea fishing or visit a local community, go scuba diving or simply relax with a massage in the spa palapa.

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