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“The Magical Rock ;)” 5 of 5 stars
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End of the road to Playa Popoyo, Las Salinas, Nicaragua   |  
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“The Magical Rock ;)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Was meant to spend 2 nights here and ended up staying a week.
If you are searching for an hidden corner of paradise with amazing surf , nature and a great vibe , this is an unmissable stop in your trip.
The location is just magnificent , you'll get through the dirt roads and reach up the top of the hill and you'll be enchanted.
There is also a yoga studio overlooking the ocean with classes running regularly.
The staff is really friendly and helpful with anything you need making your stay really comfortable.
The restaurant caters for all food requirements and having tried most of the menu I can say the food was pretty amazing too.
Enjoy it :)

  • Stayed February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Magnific Rock has far and away the best food on this part of the beautiful Pacific coast. They have the same ingredient "limitation" but have found a way to be amazingly creative with many items including a particularly light touch with fish. They serve Spaetzle (easy to make in these parts but never seen) as a side instead of the usual rice and potatoes. Food is creatively flavored without being overwhelming. And did I forget the best Margarita's in the country!!! Come before 5:30 for the "magnificent" view of the Pacific rock and the sunset and then stay for dinner.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tola nicaragua
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Certainly can not beat the location between popoyo and Santana. Unbelievable sunset views. Very relaxed atmosphere.
One night we were 12 for dinner (with reservations) EVERY dish was out on time and delicious.
Tonight we returned with a smaller group and the food and service was once again remarkable.
A bit pricey by Nica standards, but well worth it.Haven't found this quality and creativity any place else in Nicaland
Mag Rock, food is way better than Mukul.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

I traveled here with a friend in January just for a night, and it was one of the highlights of our 2 week trip. The location is absolutely stunning (and I mean *really* beautiful. We couldn't stop talking about it the whole trip), the rooms are spacious and clean, the food and drinks are wonderful, and the staff is super friendly and accommodating. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, and now have one more reason to go back to Nicaragua!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

So the place we thought we had a reservation at ended up not having us at all. It was the holidays and we were on the street. Bartender told us about Magnific Rock. They took us in, we got a room and the place made the trip. Great location, chill place, great bang for the buck, was beat up at the end of everyday and it was paradise to go back to and decompress! Will go back!! This place was stellar.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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salt lake city
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I've been here a couple different times, and it didn't disappoint either time. It's far from a luxury hotel, but it feels like luxury living if you've been traveling central america for a few weeks. It has great surf to the north and south, and sometimes right out front. The restaurant level is an incredible place to hang out, grab a drink, and wait until dinner to eat their amazing food. They recently put a pool in, although I cant say I ever made it down to it. Rooms are nothing special(nor are they subpar), but that's not whats important to me. I would suggest splurging and going with an apartment as they are noticeably more cared for (at least when I was there) and come with A/C. Not to say the dorms are dirty or unsafe, they just are dorm rooms (and are priced a little higher than most other dorms in Nica, but fairly so, as you're paying for the view, friendly service, safety, and experience). If you're planning on renting a board, and care what you get, a walk to the town of Popoyo might be worthwhile (Buena Onda Hotel near Santana also rents some okay boards).

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

Magnific rock is one if those rare and amazing places that can turn a once in a lifetime experience into a twice or hopefully multiple times in a lifetime experience. The staff are genuine, friendly and engaging to the extent you feel befriended by the end of your trip, the view is breathtaking and spectacular and the food puts the bleeding edge of Sydney's hip dining scene to shame with its freshness, generosity and ingenuity of the use of flavours. Yes you might get bitten a few times and it takes longer to get there than you might hope for but the fusion of quality food, incredible surf breaks and yoga sessions and completely compelling staff and guests means you are getting more than a hotel and spiritual retreats worth of value for hostel prices. It's an experience guaranteed to be unforgettable and potentially life changing. I'll be back. Next time with friends

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: End of the road to Playa Popoyo, Las Salinas, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > Las Salinas
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Ranked #3 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Las Salinas
Also Known As:
Magnific Rock Popoyo Nicaragua/Las Salinas

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