I just returned from a 4 night trip to Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo (my first trip alone), and let me tell you, it was amazing! First off, planning the trip was a breeze because Linda and JC were so helpful over email, they replied back quickly to all my questions and were so detailed in their responses that I knew they would be just as detail-oriented during my stay. I booked a round-trip airport transfer and I was picked up immediately at the airport by Adrian without any hitches. As a warning, I really don't recommend renting a car because its an 1hr+ drive and nearly impossible in the dark, the last 20 min by car is extremely rough and not on paved roads so I doubt your car will handle that well.
I arrived at the hotel at 10pm so couldn't see much of the hotel once I arrived, but when I took the first step out of my casita the next morning, it was breathtaking! The view is amazing, and having your meal out on the terrace with the view is a huge treat. It appeared that the last guests were leaving that morning... and I had the entire resort to myself for my entire trip! Turns out JC had upgraded me to the honeymoon suite since I was the only guest (Score!), and it has its own patio with hammocks and direct access to the pool. The meals were great and the staff was amazing. Even though there was only one guest, they were always working and very attentive. I had the most interaction with Adrian, Oscar, and the owner JC - they were all very sweet. JC is extremely personable and friendly, and his recommendations are never off! He always checked in on me to see how I was doing, and always worried that I might feel bored or lonely since I was the only one there (but I assured him I was having an amazing time).
I decided to do 2 excursions, the Masaya Volcano at night and the tour of Granada. I highly recommend both! Adrian was my ride and my guide for both and he was very nice and accommodating, always smiling, and a safe driver. The Masaya volcano is super cool, you get to peer down the rim to see the flow of lava below. The tour of Granada included the boat tour of the islands and it was my favorite! Don't expect the islands to be 'beachy' islands. They're small lush green islands owned separately as a private home/restaurant. But you get to make pit stops at islands with monkeys that you can feed!
I spent one day relaxing at the resort, where I literally did nothing but laze around reading in the sun by the pool with a beer at hand. And eat great food!
So I can go on and on. But overall, my trip was amazing. The service was great. The views were phenomenal. I wish I had more time there. What more can you ask for! I truly recommend Hacienda Puerta del Cielo!
- 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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- Hacienda Puerta Del Cielo Eco Hotel Masatepe