January 1, 2018 for 3 nights for 2 adults.

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Jicaro Island Ecolodge in Isletas de Granada, Nicaragua

Londoner Karen Emanuel bought the land that became Jicaro Island Ecolodge on an impulse, after walking into a Granada restaurant and spying a sign proclaiming, “Island for Sale!” Twenty-five years later, her little piece of paradise is one of the world’s most renowned eco-retreats, a collection of elevated casitas made by local craftsmen from Rainforest Alliance-certified wood, where romantic interludes, spiritual epiphanies, and unforgettable interactions with nature happen against a backdrop of Lake Nicaragua and the Mombacho volcano.

Enveloped by the sounds of the forest, start the day with a few minutes of meditation. Snack on fresh avocado toast. Hop a boat to Granada, the oldest – and arguably the prettiest – city in Latin America. Wander through streets of colonial architecture. Listen to haunting Spanish hymns lilt across the square from La Merced church. Back on the island, order a CaipiNica sundowner made from local rum and delivered to your porch hammock. Shower with biodegradable aromatherapy soap and water heated by solar panels.

Location of Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Lake Nicaragua
Isletas de Granada, Nicaragua

Nearest Airport: MGA

Amenities for Jicaro Island Ecolodge

  • General Information
  • 9 Casitas
  • Ecologically Sustainable Practices
  • Only 16+ Years Permitted
  • Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining
  • Restaurant
  • On-Site Amenities
  • Wellness Center
  • Outdoor Pool
  • In-Room Amenities
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hammocks
  • Private Decks
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Yoga
  • Boat Excursions
  • Bird Watching
  • City Tours
  • Zip-Lining
  • Nearby
  • Nature Reserve
  • Interests
  • Active & Adventure
  • All Inclusive
  • Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations

Reviews for Jicaro Island Ecolodge

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 days ago

Slowly as you approach this beautiful Island, you see someone waiting with a nice fruit drink and a smile. And then you walk around this magical place that is eco-friendly and pleasant to all the senses. The staff is great, always smiling and helpful. The food is excellent with many choices. The rooms are beautiful and the woodwork remarkable. I hated to leave.

SkyTurtle777 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 week ago

I absolutely loved this place from the location, food, service, property and staff. You have to take a boat to get there (about 15 minutes or so) and you get to this little oasis. The food is fantastic and the staff are even more fantastic. Make sure you get around the islands and explore. Spend at least a day in Granada city.The hotel will guide where to go and what to visit. I love Nicaraguans. They're so kind and warm!

PersianG48 - Boston, Massachusetts

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I celebrated my 40th birthday at Jicaro Island Ecolodge and had the most amazing time. I was traveling solo and they made me feel so welcomed and special from the time of my booking to my arrival. They set up transportation for me from Managua, which was seamless, then on my arrival a boat was waiting to take me to the island. When I got off of the boat they had a welcome drink for me right at the dock. Someone then took me on a tour of the island and told me about all the amenities available. Check in was very smooth as well and they booked a massage for me right away. The food is fantastic and I really appreciate that the accommodate for all dietary preferences. I'm a vegetarian and gluten free and I didn't have any problems finding something to eat. For my birthday dinner, they even brought out a gluten free chocolate cake with a candle and the staff sang happy birthday to me. They have free water activities such as paddle boarding and kayaking, daily yoga (which I loved), complimentary mini bar in each room (LOVE this!), and sunscreen and bug spray that you can use. I also took a cocktail making class that was a free activity. I would highly recommend this place for solo travelers or couples. I had a great time and look forward to returning soon!

KBNY_212 - New York City, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You know a place is flawless when your only complaint is having to leave. Our room overlooked the water and not a single detail was missed from the local rum to sample, to the coffee scrub by the sink. Paddle boarding, hiking and chilling by the pool were the daily routine. Oh, and eating! Overall the food, which was included, was delicious. A few things missed the mark but they felt like poor ordering choices on our part rather than a quality issue. I can see why Jicaro is part of the National Geographic collection of hotels. Tips: 1) There are only fans in the rooms, no AC, so plan your visit accordingly if you don’t do well with hot weather. 2) If you are only staying a day or two, don’t take a long day tour off island. You want time to just relax and enjoy the amenities of Jicaro. 3) You’re on an island in a warm climate, bring mosquito repellent. They sell it on site but it only has 25% deet (Flies love me so I need 99%).

lurasf - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you've ever dreamed of a tropical island paradise, Jicaro will be a dream come true! Nestled in the beautiful Isletas de Granada, just a short magical boat ride skimming across the agua dulce of Lake Nicaragua, this place blew us away from the moment we arrived. Our warm welcome with refreshing towels, fruit juice a shot of Flor de Cana rum for those so inclined (yes please!) set the tone for the care and attention we'd be given throughout our stay. The Jicaro team managed to pull off an incredible feat: they kept us utterly pampered in the lap of luxury while also making us feel totally comfy, relaxed and at home with our new friends. All the amazing staff remembered us by name and seemed genuinely happy to make sure we were enjoying everything this little island has to offer. And boy, does it offer a lot! When we managed to tear ourselves away from birdwatching and absorbing the beauty of the lake from the comfort of the most relaxing hammock ever (right on our front porch!), we packed a lot of activities in: from watching spectacular sunsets up the mirador, to kayaking the serenity of the lake; free early morning yoga classes (a lovely touch) and plenty of bobbing around in the beautiful infinity pool, swimming up to the bar to try the latest cocktail inventions by the fabulous bar staff. We also loved the off-island excursions: they were great fun and great value, particularly given the amazing knowledge of our incredible guide, Eduardo. He looked after us so well and was an encyclopaedia of information about the beautiful wildlife, volcanoes and geography of this stunning region. The hike up Mombacho, zip-lining, lava-watching at Masaya and horse riding with the Painted Pony stables (specially arranged by the staff - huge thanks!) were all particular highlights. The romantic casitas are absolutely stunning, with every creature comfort - the beds are especially and the pillows are absolutely dreamy. If you're a light sleeper, you may want to take an eye-mask or ear-plugs, as it gets light very early and the sounds of nature waking up all around you are magical but start early in the morning. Another highlight was the absolutely excellent food: easily the best quality of our trip across central America with lots of variety. I was particularly impressed with the veggie dishes - they were all delicious and my only regret is that I didn't quite manage to work my way through the whole veggie menu during our stay. A return trip must be in order..! To get all this anywhere would be simply amazing - what raises this place to a whole new level is the team's commitment to eco-friendliness, sustainability and championing of the local community. Having the kids from the local school that Jicaro supports come and show us traditional Nicaraguan dancing was so lovely and a great opportunity to see the social benefits that Jicaro continues to generate - it was quite an emotional experience to see the big impact this little paradise has achieved. To Karen, Howard, Eduardo and all the amazing team at Jicaro, a HUGE "gracias y deacachimba!" from us - we'll be back!

Bee_Squared10 - London, United Kingdom

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