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Morgan's Rock in Playa Ocotal, Nicaragua

A suspension bridge cuts 150 feet through thick rainforest vegetation filled with howler monkeys and three-toed sloths to connect Morgan's Rock to the outside world. Built on cliffs overlooking a private cove, bungalows in this nature-centric conclave are spacious and rustically sumptuous. Managua-based Simplemente Madera constructed certified-sustainable furniture from local hardwood, and native artist Augusto Silva honors Tunu culture in his colorful paintings. Relish an early morning yoga session at a beachfront pavilion and a solar-powered hot shower to end the day.

Sip a cup of coffee on your balcony surrounded by the creature calls of the rainforest. Spot a florescent parakeet darting through the canopy. Go for a quiet hike or raise your adrenaline by kayaking the estuary. Visit the organic farm and help harvest your dinner's ingredients. Learn to make tortillas with the resident cook. Watch a stunning sunset from a cliffside vantage point.

Location of Morgan's Rock

Morgan's Rock
San Juan del Sur 505
Playa Ocotal, Nicaragua

Nearest Airport: MGA

Amenities for Morgan's Rock

  • General Information
  • 15 Bungalows
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Dining
  • Restaurant
  • Bar & Lounge
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Laundry Service
  • Private Beach
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Outdoor Showers
  • Private Decks
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Scuba Diving
  • Nature Walks
  • Yachting
  • Surfing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Bird Watching
  • Zip-Lining
  • Horseback Riding
  • Nearby
  • Beach
  • National Park
  • Nature Reserve
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • Beach
  • Lodges & Ranches

Reviews for Morgan's Rock

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

Morgans' Rock is out of the way, but once you get there, you are in paradise. Our ocean view rooms was simply spectacular. The rooms have canopy air conditioning units. The rooms are spacious, private, and have that WOW factor.

Denis R - Panajachel, Guatemala

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 days ago

Our recent stay at Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur Nicaragua was everything we hoped for and more! While the 4000 acre property is gorgeous, the rooms fantastic, the food delicious and the spa relaxing, it is the Morgan’s Rock staff that we were most impressed with during our recent stay. To a person, the staff were professional, friendly, hard working and accommodating. I know we will leave someone out, but we cannot thank Felix, Harvey, Janley, Pedro, Aldo, Rigo, Ivar, Carmen, Maya and the rest of the staff enough for their efforts to make our stay both relaxing and memorable. The Morgan’s Rock property and amenities are spectacular, but the staff are what make it special! In every area, reception, housekeeping, bellmen, food service, beach service and the spa our every need was met and we were always greeted with a smile and helpful information and suggestions for activities as well as food and beverage options. We had no trouble communicating and while our Spanish needs some work, the staff’s english is much better. Our party of four stayed in Villa #1 which exceeded expectations and could not have been more comfortable. Separate suites, inviting patio, plunge pool and a breathtaking view of the beach and evening sunsets. From our porch we were able to watch a troop of howler monkeys feed and play, on the short walk from our room to the reception area we had the opportunity to watch a two toed sloth on his evening adventures. The wifi service at the property was excellent with very good service in our room, at dinner and even at the beach! The room was spacious, well appointed and the beds were extremely comfortable. Our room included a very complete minibar (with very reasonable pricing) and a full service coffee and tea station including fresh coffee from the property owner’s coffee plantation in the Nicaraguan highlands. The fans and the unique air conditioning system over the bed provide a very comfortable and relaxing atmosphere in the rooms. The view of the beach from the villas and bungalows along with the constant sound of the surf sets the mood for relaxation. We did not have any issues with bugs during our stay, the rooms, the grounds and the beach are very clean and well maintained, and didn’t even use bug spray after the first day. The villa and bungalows put you right in the middle of nature and we enjoyed watching the birds, iguanas, monkeys, raccoons, sloth, owls and wildlife on our walks to breakfast, dinner, the beach and spa. Our package at Morgan’s Rock included breakfast which we enjoyed each morning. With a different breakfast, lunch and dinner menu each day, everyone in our party had the chance to sample a wide variety of dishes. The breakfasts were filling and delicious, included fresh fruits, fresh juices and fresh baked breads and muffins. In addition to a typical Nicaraguan breakfast (El Nica) we enjoyed omelets, breakfast burritos, yogurt and granola with fresh fruit, a breakfast casserole among other choices. A different coffee is served with each meal and the breakfast coffee is delicious (we bought a bag to take home with us). With a full breakfast service daily, we only had lunch one day, but we did enjoy several afternoon snacks by the pool including nachos and guacamole. The guacamole was outstanding and includes red onions and lime. Yum. We chose to have dinner at Morgan’s Rock each evening and while the prices are similar to nice restaurants in the United States, we could not be happier with our dining experience. Meal service is relaxed, professional and courteous. Our servers were able to answer all of our questions about the menu options and made recommendations regarding the nightly choices. Each dinner menu includes a meat, fish and vegetarian option. The meal presentations were creative, but not pretentious and the variety of sauces and side dishes complimented the mains very well. The breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are very well thought out and provide an interesting variety with an emphasis on freshness, quality and local ingredients. The local meats (steaks, tenderloin and barbacoa) were very good, the fish and chicken are fresh and well presented. If there is a Shrimp Night when you are there, you have to try the Shrimp Risotto (our favorite dish). Each meal includes fresh breads and a special chef’s tasting each evening. These little appetizers were creative, interesting and a nice surprise with each meal. The dinners were memorable and the open air dining room at night sets a perfect mood to relax and recap the day’s adventures. If you have room, try the dessert menu that includes flan, coconut cheesecake and a delicious chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream. Our party took advantage of the yoga classes offered at Morgan’s Rock and enjoyed getting to know Maya their instructor. We relaxed at the beach in the well appointed beach palapas. We enjoyed long walks on the very private beach, exploring the rocks and shell hunting. We used the complimentary boogie boards to play in the surf and took full advantage of the beachside bar service. We also enjoyed relaxing and cooling off in the infinity pool with a great view of the beach. We could not be happier with our stay at Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge which is a near perfect mix of both nature and nurture and we hope to return in the future.

maziarzk - Tampa

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved our stay at MR...beautiful/spacious bungalows, plenty of places to relax, and friendly staff. I like that you don't have to wake up early to compete for a cabana on the beach, there's more than enough space and amenities to go around.

Leah M

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We just wrapped up a four night stay here and wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed in one of the two bedroom villas with private pool overlooking the ocean. It was amazing. Each of our two rooms (Villa 2) were open air and nicely appointed with outdoor and indoor showers, minifridge, sitting areas and king size beds overlooking the ocean. The rooms were connected by a beautiful courtyard sitting area and private plunge pool. The resort's private beach is also spectacular with ample palapas for shade, hammocks, lounge chairs, towels and bar and drink service. Other beach amenities include boogie boards, paddle boards, kayaks, and beach toys. There is a spa on the beach and yoga three days per week. The community pool is right next to the restaurant which has sweeping views of the bay. The service and the food at the onsite restaurant are amazing and every member of the staff is kind and helpful. The menu changes each day, and if you can't find something you like, the chef will make you something that works for you. Things to note, the bungalows and villas are built on the side of a hill overlooking the ocean. The views of the ocean are beautiful, but you have to work for those views. Expect to climb 100+ stairs to your room. The stairs are made of concrete and are very even and sturdy and the pathway and stairs are well lit and easy to navigate even at night. We love to walk and enjoyed the climb but it could be a detriment to some. Also, the hotel is about a 20 minute drive down a dirt road from the nearest town - San Juan del Sur. We enjoyed the secluded environment, but if you are looking for city nightlife scene, this isn't the place for you unless you don't mind the drive. We went into town one day for lunch and shopping and it was a perfect balance for us. Our children (15, 12, 9) had a fantastic time here and were sad to leave. They aren't picky eaters and could order off the menu most nights, but they always had chicken fingers and burgers and pancakes! They loved the beach and went every day to swim and boogie board. We brought our own skim boards and the beach was perfect for it. The resort offers day trips and tours. We didn't take advantage of any of them as we were enjoying the property. We highly recommend Morgan's Rock!

CMini74 - Liberia, Costa Rica

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Having just returned from a 4 night stay at Morgan's Rock. I can say with certainty that we hope to return someday. Multiple times throughout our stay, we remarked to each other something to the effect of "how do more people not know about this place?" We stayed in an Ocean View Bungalow w/out plunge pool (Bungalow 5) and absolutely loved our room. We had planned to move to an ocean view bungalow WITH plunge pool halfway through our stay but upon seeing our view we asked to stay. The bungalows w/out plunge pool are literally directly above the ocean - you could play catch with someone on the beach from your balcony - with far fewer steps down to the beach or to the pool/restaurant. Sunsets from the swinging bed on our balcony were truly unforgettable. The construction of the bungalows is very unique and the combination of ocean breeze with the ingenious "AC unit" above the bed made for a very comfortable sleep. It was truly one of the most comfortable beds we've ever slept in, and waking up to waves crashing just below you felt like a dream. We spent most of our time on the beach, in the water or in one of the beach huts (as the sun was incredibly strong.) The water was a comfortable temperature and the waves were big enough to bodysurf in. Some afternoons we would stay in the ocean for hours on end! Not a great break for surfing, but the staff can arrange transport to Playa Maderas if you are looking to surf. The beach bar was always staffed and cocktails/drinks were reasonably priced. As noted, the food was pricey but breakfast was included and was substantial enough to keep us full until dinner time. A few points of improvement would be on the menu - it did change constantly while we were there, but with four entree options a night, if you hit it on a night where nothing appeals to you, you're a little stuck with some of the options. That being said, the waitstaff (and really all of the staff) were truly a high point at MR and I am sure if asked would provide an alternative to a menu item. Another area of improvement would be the variety of activities offered. The boat was out of service so a lot of the activities we had planned to do were off the table. We ran on the beach most mornings and planned to walk around the property (which you can do without a guide, I believe) but ended up getting sidetracked at the beach bar. We did arrange for a transfer into SJDS one day and hiked up to the statue of Christ overlooking the town before grabbing lunch and some beers on the beach. SJDS was a cool town but the beach was pretty dirty (which we were prepared for) and no one was swimming so we were thrilled to return to our pristine private beach when our excursion came to a close. One thing to note - we were traveling as a couple (mid 20s) and nearly all of the other guests were families with kids. It wasn't necessarily a negative as it was cute to see kids running around and having a blast in the ocean but just be aware. We usually timed our dinners a little later and usually most of the families with young kids had headed to bed by the time we sat down. Overall, our 4 nights at MR were nothing short of magical. Yes, the food is a little expensive. Yes, there's quite a bit of bumpy dirt road to get you out there. But being there feels like a once in a lifetime experience that makes those "negatives" just melt away. On a final note, it says a lot about a property when you spend some time talking to the staff about their experience working there. A member of the activities team, Franklin, was driving us back from San Juan del Sur, and we asked him how long he had been with Morgan's Rock. His enthusiastic answer: "five years, and I hope for many more!"

gb415 - New York City, New York

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