February 7, 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 weeks ago

Ok...where to begin? I will first need to pull out my thesaurus so I can use different superlatives throughout my review. I will start with the details of our stay. My husband, son, and I stayed here for seven nights after Christmas through the new year holiday. The island is idyllic. The location is about a five minute boat ride from the Granada port. The nine two-story casitas are luxurious and beautiful, while still maintaining an eco-lodge feel. From the moment you step on the island, you feel relaxed. There were many highlights of our stay, but the staff was probably the most noteworthy. They are amazing. Warm, friendly people that are incredibly helpful. A special shout out and extra thank you to the wonderful and talented chef, and James, Marcela, Abner, Arge, Jezer, and Rubi. The tour guide, Eduardo was exceptional: extremely knowledgeable, and very fun to hang out with throughout the tours. I wasn’t sure what to expect of the food since it’s a tiny island, however, we were all blown away. The menu has a ton of variety (vegan, gluten-free options galore), and the food is really, really good. It’s fresh and creative and we never tired of it during our stay. As for activities, the morning yoga was great. We ordered coffee for our room in the morning and then made our way to yoga on the deck afterwards each day. We kayaked, swam in the pool (water is a great temperature) and paddle boarded around the lake. We did a ton of tours—volcano surfing on Cerro Negro (awesome!!!), fishing with a local fisherman, Masaya Volcano at night, boat tour of the islands, sustainability tour, and a city tour of Granada. All tours were private and all were excellent. I could go on and on. This is a Don’t-Miss-Place in my book of life. Tips: if you’re a light sleeper, you may want earplugs and an eye mask because the birds begin signing on cue at 5:55 AM. It’s quite nice, but I did like it a bit muted with my ear plugs. All rooms are great, but I liked our because it had a full lake view. Pack a bandana and old shoes if you are going volcano surfing. It’s a very casual atmosphere, so no need to pack any fancy clothes. Make sure to make time for a massage—they are fantastic and reasonably priced. And—the best part is that they support a local elementary school. If you have time ask to tour the school with Marcela. What Jicaro is doing to support the children of the school is remarkable. That was definitely a noteworthy highlight. Thank you Jicaro staff— we miss you already!

TravellerCali - San Francisco, California

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our son and his bride celebrated their wedding with their friends and families here and it was incredible. The staff are so great, the place kept immaculately, and food options we’re outstanding. Highly recommend

58joe58 - Georgetown, South Carolina

TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 4 weeks ago

howard and the entire staff at jicaro hosted 18 of our closest friends and family for our wedding. they were meticulous to detail and made the entire trip complete magic. they are so friendly, accommodating & patient. the casiatas are so romantic and beautiful. it was our second trip to jicaro & we will absolutely be coming back.


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

Wow! From the moment we arrived at the dock and were greeted by staff with a fresh fruit juice till the moment we had to depart, we were charmed by this unique lodge set on a rocky island on Lake Nicaragua. The two story lodges are beautifully built with the second story bedroom providing privacy and the first story living area providing comfortable space plus a balcony with secluded views of the lake. The food is fresh and always very tasty. And, Jicaro is committed to eco sustainability including not only energy and resource conservation but local community support. Best of all, the service is extraordinary. Everyone was wonderful but we have to mention Regina, Ruby, Argo and Eynar - Deacachimba!!!


TripAdvisor Traveler Review Rating Reviewed 1 month ago

We spent 4 nights at this resort in November as part of a trip around Nicaragua, and it was the best place we stayed in the country. The resort itself is very nicely designed with lovely casitas and a nice pool area and restaurant. The resort is small enough that it never feels packed. The main highlights for us were the food and the service, which were both world class. The location on the lake is beautiful and I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the tours they offer (see volcanoes, go hiking, take out kayaks etc.). The added plus here is the resort's focus on being environmentally sustainable which is a real feat (the tour they give showing how this works is very interesting) and on top of this their support the local community (with clean water and support for the local school). The only issue I would raise is that the casitas are quite open which is great for the access to nature, but means that noise travels very easily between the casitas (we had a couple next to us one night that were very loud). For us this wasn't an issue (used ear plugs), but it might be a consideration for some people. Overall we loved Jicaro and will definitely return.

bfhk - London

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