Luxury meets sustainability pristine beach, natural splendor, and endless adventure along the stunning Emerald Coast

Set on Nicaragua’s unspoiled Emerald Coast beside a world-class surf break, a beautiful eucalyptus forest, one of the country’s most pristine beaches, and Hacienda Iguana Golf & Beach Club, Aurea draws adventurers, families, surfers, and golfers alike—indeed, anyone seeking solace and a stunning off-the-beaten path luxury/eco stay.

This 11-room, open and breezy retreat combines high-end amenities and nature with a laid-back vibe, while also immersing guests in the local culture. In fact, if you have young kids in tow, a Montessori school here will welcome and include them during your stay. To enter Aurea is to feel as if you are walking into a rich forest with expansive views. The hotel itself is a contemporary reinterpretation of a colonial house, characterized by an interior patio layout and a ground-level-only dwelling under a canopy of trees.


Perfect year-round weather and close proximity to an international airport allows one to quickly jump into a wealth of activities that, in addition to golf and surfing, include horseback riding through the local villages and along the beaches; yoga under the trees; a variety of wellness treatments; fishing for pacific tuna, mackerel, mahi-mahi, and sailfish; sailing on a luxurious catamaran; cultural tours to local communities, and much, much more.

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With a strong focus on minimal environmental impact, the architect chose to design around the ancient trees on the plot that are home to diverse species of birds and animals. This green canopy also serves to provide shade from the heat while animating the property with its play of shadows all day. The wide range of common spaces, covered or uncovered, acclimatized or outdoor, paved or natural, ground level or rooftop; they all have in common this direct interaction with the existing forest. 

Openness and connectivity. The common areas were the most important for the project: full integration of living space, pools, gardens and golf course is aurea's statement to it's local neighborhood. We encourage the hybrid concept of living and working everywhere. The experience of inspiring our guests into being creative, conscious and present consists of allowing work to take place in every corner of our buildings.

As with the structure itself, the furniture at Aurea was crafted with sustainability in mind. Here, the steel and framing materials were fashioned out of leftovers from the construction process. Locally sourced laurel—naturally dried and treated—defines many of the seating and dining pieces available throughout the common areas, while also relating to the preserved trees that exist in all interior gardens.


Aurea creates a one-of-a-kind guest experience defined by personalized service and fantastic amenities.

Free Wifi
Daily Housekeeping
On-site Concierge