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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

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TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 day ago

A quiet and peaceful small resort which is embedded in the natural world. The small houses are beautifully designed and comfortable, almost like treehouses over the lake. There are ceiling fans upstairs and down if the air is humid or hot. Guests can choose to be by themselves in their casitas, or join other guests near the pool, spa. or lake. the food is first rate and a mix of local ingredients and dishes with other cuisines. Morning yoga classes are excellent. The island has its own water filtration system that is excellent. I had no concerns about food or water contamination. Wifi is excellent. We were awakened by an avian symphony in the morning and serenaded in the late afternoon by many species of birds. Lake Nicaragua is wonderful for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. Guests were a mix of retirees, people on vacation, and younger couples. the resort's capacity is 18. The staff is just plain lovely and anticipates needs and accommodates any request. Guests need to be able to climb stairs in the casitas and navigate uneven ground on the island pathways.

rickie57 - dobbs ferry, NY

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

This Ecolodge on a lush private island is a small paradise for its lucky guests. There are nine 2-story casitas, build from native materials and very attractive and comfortable. This is an all-inclusive resort, with a mouth-watering menu and an open kitchen. The staff is outstanding and the manager, Howard, is on top of every detail, large and small. We booked our stay for 16 days, and we have not been here even one second too long. Free yoga in the morning with Mercedes is a lovely extra service. The lodge offers various tours, including bird watching (we saw about 30 species on our tour). Our tour guide and boat driver were very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. This unusual place is a winner!

TheBostonTravelers - Newton, Massachusetts

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 days ago

We stayed for 3 nights and enjoyed it immensely. The island is tiny but the rooms are spacious, clean and located right on the water with the bedroom on the 2nd floor. The shower is wonderful! Each meal was incredible with lots of choices. All the wait staff are friendly and sincere. Izzy and Erika both give a great massage, yoga was good and Eduardo was a great guide! Can see why it's a Nat Geo recognized lodge.

Happy415 - Coatesville, Pennsylvania

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a ten-minute boat ride, we felt completely isolated from the world -- except for the amazing (all-inclusive) food, by far the best we had in Nicaragua. The only issue was resisting three courses at lunch and dinner! Everything was delicious, but especially the fish soup, the ceviche, the bean soup (honest), the flan, and the "local buffet". Every aspect of the service is lovely, with staff that seem genuinely happy to be there. The pool is tiny but lovely, the kayaking is fun and very freeing. If you need to be on the beach (there is no sand here), shopping, watching TV, or jogging (not sure where you'd do that), then this may not be the place for you. But given you can jump in a kayak or take a day trip (and be in Granada in about 15 minutes), that shouldn't stop you. Since there was no TV, we sat in the bar, drank Flor de Cana rum, talked to the other guests, and played Backgammon. Awesome. My only "complaint" is that the very noisy birds wake you up at dawn. Best to go to bed early, as the locals do.

aliceg59 - Brooklyn, New York

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everything positive you read in other reviews is 100% accurate. The location is a 10 min boat ride from Granada, into a remote pristine area off to the side of Lake Nicaragua. If you did not know better, you'd think you were in South East Asia by the surroundings. The lodge is on a small private island, 9 villas all which are private and 2 story. There is no A/C, but rather fully screened and have ceiling fans to aid in air circulation. Furnishings inside are beautifully done; I'd call it chic island-rustic. There were so many positives, from the 5 star service to the incredible meals; we really had difficulty finding any fault in the way this eco lodge is constructed or managed. I've highlighted some special touches we thought were worth mentioning below: -birdwatching is phenomenal; they are everywhere in all shapes, colors and sizes. -every morning you can request coffee/tea service at sunrise, which is brought to your villa and left on the patio table -kayaks and paddleboards are available at all times. The lake is calm all the time, and there is no need for prior experience. -you can swim in the fresh water lake and although not crystal clear it's clean and refreshing. You do not need to worry about any lake creatures either! -the lodge faces directly to the volcano...with the mist surrounding it's top every day. Pure magic! -all meals are included; alcoholic drinks are extra -Spa: I had a massage from Isis and it was a fantastic deep tissue massage. She is very good and it's worth the cost -the staff all remember your names, which is a nice touch -you sign one bill at the end which is a nice convenience -all day room service is available -in your room you are provided a beautiful little tray of fresh cookies {or other snack} daily, plus some complimentary rum -natural, from the island, flower arrangements in your villa -laundry prices are incredibly inexpensive {like $1-2 for cleaning a piece} -personal hammock put out on your patio daily, and removed at end of day and replaced with a patio table and chair for your breakfast coffee/tea enjoyment -complimentary coffee and coconut oil scrub in the shower -mosquito netting put around your bed nightly {bugs were not a problem} -pretty handcarved jewelry boxes in the room, along with a safe -indoor/outdoor unique two story shower -beautiful inside daybed directly adjacent to patio, and when patio doors are opened it's one big living room I live in Florida and this was the perfect long weekend getaway. 2 1/2 hour early morning flight from Miami and then we were sitting on the deck enjoying lunch before noon. Could not be easier! We will definately be back! We spent 2 days here, and then 3 days in Granada for a cultural experience. 5 days was perfect, although we agreed we could have spent double the time in both areas!

LaciLou - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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