Very secluded, pleasantly intimate and effortlessly indulgent – with only 17 rooms, The Inn at Rancho Santana takes a journey of 45-minute through a winding dirt road to reach, perfect for those looking for a secluded escape in a beautiful vicinity.
Opened in March on 2,700 acres of tropical dry forest and Pacific coastline in southwestern Nicaragua, the hotel sits about 85 miles from Managua Airport and 50 miles from the colonial city of Granada, which is the country’s cultural capital. This part of the world has been a long favorite of professional surfers and those who enjoys the sun. There are 5 beaches around the property, including one with pink sand and another with veins of black volcanic sand.
There is an immense Albizia saman tree that grows in the center of the open air lobby, and as you go through, there will be found a tastefully appointed interior filled with details like Spanish boveda brick ceilings, hand-painted tiled staircases and original artworks. Yes, while today’s travelers live in a world of peek-a-boo showers and moody lobby music, Rancho Santana is conceived as a stylish hideaway within the larger ranch, it is rustic but elegant. It is rugged but romantic. It is sophisticated but cool. Simply put by Rancho Santana CEO Matt Turner, “If a boutique hotel is a weekend fling—this is true and lasting love. The real thing.”
Each of its spacious, yet inviting 17 guestrooms and suites handsomely appointed with sizes ranging from 250-850 square feet. Decidedly down-to-earth, and yet overwhelmingly beautiful – the rooms are much like the ranch itself. The interiors were imagined as a collection of four schemes that reflect distinctive natural elements of earth, water, air, and fire. And though no two suites are the same, together they make a seamless and thoughtful portrait of life through the soulful eyes of Rancho Santana.
The visitors who are drawn to Nicaragua are mostly outdoor enthusiasts, the hotel has a range of activities to accommodate them. To fulfill your playtime, you could do horseback riding, surf lessons, rent a bike, play tennis on the courts, hike miles of the trails, and even go to the spa among others. If you want to explore, a car rental is ready for day tours. Then, when you get hungry, the hotel’s La Finca y El Mar restaurant presents elegant farm-to-table meals, which you can feast to your heart’s content. Well, the verdict is in. The Inn at Rancho Santana is indeed the perfect balance of chilled-out luxury.
Source: NY Times, Photos courtesy of Rancho Santana