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Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo Eco Spa
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Masatepe
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Philadelphia
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70 reviews
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“A blissful getaway”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

We spent a few days being pampered at the Hacienda Puerta del Cielo during the "green season". Nicaragua is a fascinating country, but it does not seem to be established among Americans the way its southern sister, Costa Rica, is. The Hacienda is located outside the town of Masatepe in the vicinity of the Masaya volcano and town. The location is rustic at the end of a dirt road. But once you arrive, the place is very welcoming. The casitas are private and very practical. They are spotless and generous in size. There is air-conditioning to combat the humidity and heat, but there are also some wonderful breezes that "take the edge" off the tropical humidity. The service at the resort is fantastic. Although it would have been enough to loll in the pool and read in the privacy of a wonderful resort, it was made even more lovely by the outstanding care that was lavished on us. Food was fresh and interesting and beautifully prepared. The variety was great and we got a chance to sample new fruits and vegetables indigenous to the area. One of us is a vegetarian and the other a meat lover and both got excellent cuisine. There are walking trails in the rainforest, and there are some nearby attractions that make this a tempting destination. It would also be easy to combine this hotel with a trip to Granada that is less than an hour away. Finally the pool is extremely comfortable and sited so that it has a great view of the mountains and lake. You can even see smoke emerge from the volcano from your comfortable poolside perch.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 30, 2011

The romantic vision of two brothers from Nicaragua, the hotel's stunning location is breathtaking. From the elegantly rustic open air dining rooms, lounges and pool, you look straight across to the volcano and lake with a expansive vista. Don't be intimidated by the adventurous road leading to the hotel--it is passable. Once you are there, the hospitality is wonderful--warm and personal, very eager to please with detailed help on trips to take and what you would like to eat. The hosts are extremely personable and delightful to spend time talking to and very generous. Luis' special chicken was extraordinary and breakfast a feast of fruit and yogurt and local egg specialty.The casitas have very comfortable beds, lovely simple furnishings and pretty individualized murals.You can open the screened french doors and run the fan and the breeze makes the sleeping tropical but very comfortable. This is just a heavenly, nature friendly and elegant retreat from the world.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

I stayed here 1 week in August.

Wake up, literally, at this “gateway to heaven” (the meaning of “Puerta Del Cielo”) in this paradisiacal place in communion with nature. Let the staff pamper you all day long; have three (or more) glorious meals a day and have any cocktail or drink you crave prepared by skilled hands. Or take a day trip to a location full of history or natural beauty in this recently discovered international tourist destination: Nicaragua, the safest country in Central America. Come before in overrun by the tourist avalanche.

Admire this creative rustic architecture of the giant huts designed by famous award-winning naval architect Juan Carlos Espinosa ( www.espinosainc.com) dotted by dozens of colorful murals adorning the facilities and depicting scenes from local folklore and legends. Have a massage, or sauna, or manicure or pedicure anytime you crave.

The rooms are large and exquisitely furnitured with local woods and materials, its walls adorned by the signature murals by the same remarkable painter. You can relax in the hammocks in your room private deck while the sun sets by the fuming volcano among a concert of singing birds.

The location is breathtaking: Green everywhere…the Masaya Lagoon (a lake in fact) is at your feet 200 meters down a cliff. Above, to your left, the impressive Santiago Volcano expelles smoke from its enormous caldera. In between you have dozens of square miles of secondary forest encompassing the Parque Nacional Volcan Masaya created 35 years ago, and populated by numerous animals including large cats, mammals and hundred of bird species.

In addition to visiting this National Park, you can have an easy stroll down to the shores of the Masaya lagoon; you can also trek in the forest. Recently a canopy and rappel adventure opened nearby (1 mile away) for the adrenaline junkies with drops down to 100 meters. You can also get daily trips to the major tourist cities of Masaya and colonial Granada, founded by Spaniard conquistador Francisco Hernandez de Cordoba in 1524. Here you can see colonial architecture in churches, mansions, museums.

Granada is at the shores of the huge 8,000 sq. kms sweet water Lake Cocibolca. Don’t miss taking THE ULTIMATE boat tour and admire the lush vegetation covering hundreds of tiny, paradisiacal islands. This lake is so big that the Spaniard Conquistadors thought it was the ocean. They only realized their mistake when they saw one of their horses drink its water.

You can also go to one of the many tropical beaches less than 1 hour away from the hotel and spend your day swimming, sun tanning and enjoying glorious seafood. All for a fraction of what you’d pay at home.

Luis Alberto, the manager will be more than happy to take you anywhere you want to go in the hotels new, air conditioned van.

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy this boutique hotel, a once in a lifetime experience, like no other.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 6, 2011

I stayed at the Hacienda Puerta del Cielo for 3 days. The hotel is surround by beautiful mountains and the views are exquisite! Mother nature at it's best!
I enjoyed the peace and tranquility!
The"casitas" (the rooms) are very comfortable and clean! And very private! Food was delicious!
I plan to stay again next year, and for more than 3 days!
Thanks to the staff and the Espinosa family!
Amazing place, amazing people!

  • Stayed July 2011
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed September 1, 2011

My husband and I booked 6 nights at this splendid place and every single day of our stay there was just perfect! The staff working at this delightful place was so caring, sweet, efficient, they made us feel so welcome! It is an all inclusive resort and every meal was so delicious and beautifully presented. The resort is superbly decorated.The rooms/casitas so comfortable and romantic! Views, views, views everywhere views soooo incredibly beautiful!!! We truly had the best vacation and would love to thank Louse, Linda and the rest of their wonderful staff for making our stay in Puerta del Cielo such a memorable one!
When in Nicaragua please do make sure to visit this enchanting place!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Lorenzo
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Our adventure started by getting there in the evening hours, little did we know that one of the owners, Luis, was waiting for us in town .... to guide us to the location.

I called and got a hold of Luis right away and not only did he wait for me for but also took us out to dinner to the best Nicaragua restaurant in town!

We spent two wonderful days being pampered by Luis, Oscar and Mauricio. We spent hours playing cards, dominoes and Jenga with the Staff ... food was delicious!!! service Extraordinary, I have told all of my friends about it and we can't wait to go back soon!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Managua, Nicaragua
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Reviewed July 13, 2011

Being with Don Luis is enjoying:
The breathtaking view on Masaya Volcano
The food is absolutely delicious!
The rooms are original and unique in Nicaragua and the world!
The swimming pool (lazy river) takes away all your stress
The sauna renews your body!
Being here is a relaxing, returning a must!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo Eco Spa
Address: Camino de los Bueyes, Nimboja #2 | Masaya, Masatepe 42600, Nicaragua
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Location: Nicaragua > Masaya Department > Masatepe
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Masatepe
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo Eco Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Discover a green mountainside paradise in beautiful, sun-kissed Nicaragua. "Hacienda Puerta del Cielo Ecolodge & Spa" borders a protected national rainforest, teeming with colorful flora and fauna. Imagine yourself relaxing in a tropical pool overlooking a peaceful lagoon or meditating in a breezy hammock on your own private veranda. Explore the natural environment of our exclusive -adults only- boutique hotel and enjoy Ecotourism in luxury! ... more   less 
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