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“New Year's at Morgan's Rock - everything I hoped it would be” 5 of 5 stars
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Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Playa Ocotal, 12 kilometers north of San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur 505, Nicaragua   |  
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“New Year's at Morgan's Rock - everything I hoped it would be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I'd been dreaming about visiting Morgan's Rock for three years, ever since I read an article about it. We finally had our chance to visit over New Year's, and it was exactly what I hoped for.
The beach is gorgeous and practically isolated. We walked all the way to the left on the beach at low tide and found a hidden cave behind the rocks. We walked all the way to the right and took a path that led us to the top of the largest rock. Do NOT miss this walk - the scenery and view of the resort are breathtaking!
Sunsets over the beach are amazing - some of the best we've ever seen.
We usually chose the beach over the pool, but spent the last morning at the lovely pool. Very convenient and relaxing with lots of chairs.
Other than hiking, we also kayaked in the mangroves to see wildlife in the late afternoon with Rudolfo, a very knowledgeable guide. We also participated in the Breakfast on the Farm activity, where we milked cows, gathered eggs and ate a Nicaraguan breakfast in a tiny farmhouse. We loved this activity!
We stayed in rooms 1 and 2, which are actually considered less desirable because they don't have a beach view. I didn't mind because they were close to the restaurant and pool area, and we didn't have to use the suspension bridge every time we walked to and from our room.
The food was good, and the Nicaraguan specialties at breakfast and lunch were a real standout. Nicaraguan Tipico and the Nica Way were amazing, and I had them nearly every day. Dinner entries were nice, although I would have liked to have seen more Nicaraguan choices there too. (My picky eater, a teenager, ordered off the children's menu where she found lots to choose from. And she loved the smoothie of the day.)
I can't finish this review without talking about New Year's Eve. I'm not a fan of New Year's parties, but this one was great. The staff hosted a party on the beach, and at midnight they celebrated a Nicaraguan custom by burning an effigy that represented the old year. They also set off fireworks. They handed out party masks, and it was just a fun and sweet celebration all the way around.
Morgan's Rock is a wonderful resort, although keep in mind that life in a Central American country has its hiccups. From time to time the electricity would shut off for no more than five seconds, and the WiFi (which they're in the process of updating) was a bit hit and miss. But if you don't mind the occasional "inconvenience", don't hesitate to book Morgan's Rock. It is truly one of the most spectacular places we have stayed!

Room Tip: We stayed in rooms one and two. Although they lack the beach view, you don't need to use the su...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

A long drive to the unexpected and beauriful place. Casual and underatated only 15 well kept bungalow tree houses. Food very good and well balanced. Many activities or just enjoy your own private beach under you palappa while relaxing in your hammok.Lots of stairs from beach and dining area. Bring ear plugs to sleep rhe sound of the ovean can be loud.This is not a negative. Overall great Ecolodge. A very special place to get away. Highly recomended.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

This place is as good as all the reviews report! We arrived for 3 days after a week long mission trip.and It was amazing. We were able to relax and enjoy the property.The views are spectacular and you have the beach to yourself. There are plenty of activities for all ages and interests.The food is good and there are many choices available for all meals.

We enjoyed massages and the Farm Breakfast activity.Our son used the boogie boards for hours - great waves in the afternoon.The beach is unbelievable - clean and lots of room to take walks.

Bring your bug spray - lots of no see ums that will feast on your skin.

We definitely plan to return.

Room Tip: Avoid Rooms 1 and 2 they do not have ocean views and are noisy - close to kitchen and parking lot. N...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This place is even more beautiful than the website conveys. The natural setting is stunning. You may have the beach almost to yourself.

Delicious fresh food, but leave time for a very slow paced and leisurely meal.

The tree houses have a stunning view of the beach, but that's because they are high up so be prepared for a lot of stairs and stronger legs when you get home.

This is not for the pampered or demanding 5 star traveller.

You need an appreciation of the eco lodge concept and a sense of adventure.

But it is so worth it. I would go back in a second.

Room Tip: I think they are all lovely, but you can request a room that requires less walking and fewer stairs.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We arrived at Morgan's Rock after staying at a $20/night hostel on the beach about 3 hours north and so it felt super luxurious to land here for Christmas. Our room was a little casita - all open air with screens and tremendous private view of the ocean. Running hot water was exciting for us and the swinging bed on the patio was fantastic! The private beach was great if you really want to get away. Food good, coffee good. Activities: We hiked to the highest point of the property (its almost 1400 hectars) and saw monkeys, reforestation projects underway and fruit tree groves, went line finishing caught 2 mackerels and a jack fish - ate them for lunch, kayaking in the mangrove lagoon was cool too lots of incredible bird life. All in all it was great and secluded and very nice staff.

Room Tip: The rooms 1-9 are not as strenuous a hike. The rooms 9-15 are quite a hike up a significant hill.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Imagine a fully booked resort so private that a place on the beach, at the pool, or in the restaurant never feels crowded. That was our Christmas week experience at Morgan's Rock. A physically beautiful resort created within a rain forest filled with howler monkeys, birds and wildlife, built with complete respect of the land. The sleeping cabin was completely open on one side with a day bed and chairs overlooking the ocean; the sleeping side was screened in perfectly. No A/C, and none needed. No significant pest issues either. There are steps to get to the cabin, and throughout the property; some are higher than others. That said, it was never an issue for my 55 year old body. The restaurant food was excellent and healthy as well. More fresh than fried. Wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. And never crowded despite a full house. No bar scene at all. Beautiful pool area with vanishing edge overlooking ocean, ample seating under cover or in sun. Never crowded, never loud. The beach was pristine. My favorite part of the beach were the separate cabanas; large, covered open air shelters complete with hammock, lounges, rope chair. Heavenly. We did two excursions, a private hike to the highest point at Morgan's Rock, and the breakfast at the farm, which I highly recommend. Both with the same excellent guide. Management and support staff were always available and accessible, again attentive without being intrusive. While not inexpensive, we feel the value received was well worth it. My conclusion: We've done many beach resorts, and Morgan's Rock is the best we've experienced. Highly recommended.

Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

We arrived at MR after leaving Aqua Wellness Resort because of a destination wedding there that we were uninformed about. Aqua, to their credit, refunded us for the night we spent there, and we moved on to MR at the last minute. We were the only ones staying there and had this amazing beach and park like setting all to ourselves. The food was fresh, delicious, and service was excellent (but then again, there was no competition for resources). The rooms are incredibly spacious, and the designer did an excellent job incorporating the indoors/outdoor feel. It was hard to decide whether to stay in the room or go down to the beach. Usually when we stay at a beach resort, I am eager to get on the beach, but the room is so lovely and incorporates the outdoors so well, it is hard to leave the room. It's a rustic setting, but it feels luxurious, in a natural kind of way.

Room Tip: There are many stairs down to the beach from the casitas, so be prepared for that. I didn't min...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Playa Ocotal, 12 kilometers north of San Juan del Sur, San Juan del Sur 505, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Rivas Department > San Juan del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#3 Romantic Hotel in San Juan del Sur
#4 On the Beach Hotel in San Juan del Sur
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our exotic rain forest surroundings, private sandy beach and bay, secluded location and large open spaces makes Morgan's Rock an exceptional place that brings our guests peace, harmony and relaxation of the body and mind. Those wishing to relax in one of our bungalows can also discover nature, wildlife and aquatic activities through the option of a variety of tours. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hacienda And Ecolodge Morgan`s Rock
Hacienda & Ecolodge Morgan`s Rock Hotel San Juan Del Sur
Morgan's Rock Hacienda And Ecolodge Nicaragua/San Juan Del Sur

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