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
Nearest Airport: MGA
Amenities for Jicaro Island Ecolodge
- General Information
- 9 Casitas
- Ecologically Sustainable Practices
- Only 16+ Years Permitted
- Outdoor Dining
- Private Dining
- On-Site Amenities
- Wellness Center
- Outdoor Pool
- In-Room Amenities
- Ceiling Fans
- Private Decks
- Boat Excursions
- Bird Watching
- City Tours
- Nature Reserve
- Active & Adventure
- All Inclusive
- Eco Friendly Luxury Vacations
Reviews for Jicaro Island Ecolodge
I am writing simply to confirm that Jicaro is still as wonderful and luxurious and special as all the reviews, and to add a note on the rainy season. We had a fantastic, relaxing time. The rooms really ARE glamorous tree houses, the service IS more than service --it is hospitality, the food really IS completely delicious with a range of excellent choices, the coffee delivered to your private deck every morning IS magical and the sunsets ARE just as beautiful as any pictures you have seen, and the spa IS great. So there you have it, not a lot new to add. I was a little concerned about traveling in the rainy season but it was the only time we could get away. It rained two of the four days on the island. Morning were always gorgeous, the storms arrived in the afternoon and ended relatively quickly. One storm was quick to clear and one left the island very cloudy and gray. Overall, I would happily go back during early August. While some have complained about the price of trips off island, I thought the cost of the tour of Granada was worth every penny. Our guide was full of knowledge and insight and a lot of fun. I've seen a few questions about bugs and just want to add that the bugs were not a bother. I used the natural bug spray by Skincando (comes in travel size) called "Combat" and it worked great. Everyone else seemed to be using Off with no real problems. The island is super small and if you happen to be stuck with a neighbor who does not realize you can hear the video they are watching in their casita, it is a bummer. I would just bring earplugs, which you should have for the birds anyway. The island was crowded for two days and it was a small hassle with deck chairs, etc but not a deal breaker. It was lovely with less people but that is obviously the case everywhere.
CapCityTravelers - Washington DC, District of Columbia
The hotel is made by 9 individual houses all located at the waterfront on this beautifull iseland. The service is quiete and efficient and you feel you dont need anything more in this life. Food and serving 3 times a day with interest and well tasting dishes is superbe. Most of all nature and wildlife amaze. A lot of different birds. Turtles right in front of you in the water is the dot of the experience
Niels Peter P
We loved every aspect of this quite resort. the food was excellent, the staff very helpful and super nice. the rooms were beautiful, yoga was a plus right next to the lake. the pool so refreshing, the spa provided an amazing massage for myself and my daughter. We loved Jicaro and would definately love to go back.
Super location, the island stay is cosy, luxurious, private and amazing. The staff is wonderful and take care of all your needs. the sunrise and the sunsets are out of this world with views of the volcanoes.. We hope to be back here again some day!
Joe C - Windermere, Florida, United States
The perfect getaway for couples. Very romantic location on the Nicaragua lake. The casitas are very clean and well ventilated, the shower is amazing. There's a cooler in every room for your beers and favorite drinks. They bring you coffee and delicious bread every morning to your casita. The restaurant is really good. They offer the best of the Nicaraguan cuisine and drinks. Customer service is excellent.