February 10, 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
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
We stayed 6 nights at Jicaro Ecolodge and I must say, it was a trip we'll never forget in the best way possible. We hiked Mombacho volcano (100$ USD p/person), visited the Masaya volcano at night (130$ USD p/person) and spent the rest of the time on island. The island has a very quaint, boutique feel to it. It's warm and inviting, and our casita was not only beautifully designed but fully functional. Every morning at breakfast, the staff goes over the dinner menu with you, and you can select your meals at this time; this minimizes food waste, which we really appreciated. We found the food to be very fresh and well prepared, I also couldn't get enough of the hot sauce :) Every night, the staff takes your order for morning coffee or tea so that it is sent to your room upon awakening. And every night, they have a turn down service, where your hammock is taken down and mosquito net is drawn over the bed. Even though the resort does not have any AC, we found the fans to do the trick, we slept comfortably every night. I took advantage of the morning yoga sessions and had a great workout session with Hope. Every time we would return to the island from an excursion, there were cold refreshing drinks waiting for us upon arrival, we truly felt like royalty. We also opted for dinner on the dock, which was truly romantic (65$ USD), you can see the stars so clearly at night, it's mesmerizing. Abner, Rubi, James, Eduardo, really know how to make you feel spoiled but really, all the staff are so helpful and polite. We also opted for the spa service and got "jicaro massages" ($65 USD each) and my husband said it was the best massage ever. In addition, We kept ourselves entertained with the board games at night, but entertainment was provided every night as well e.g. quizzing games, Spanish lessons and singing from the local kids (who also sing a birthday rendition along with the other staff for my husbands birthday). We felt like we didn't lift a finger the whole trip, and anytime we were on resort grounds without a drink, someone would come by and hand us a glass of cold water and check in on us. If you're truly looking for a peaceful, gorgeous resort with amazing treatment, this is the place to go without a doubt.
Everything about Jicaro Ecolodge was perfect. The rooms were beautiful and we especially enjoyed sitting on the deck in the early morning with the coffee they brought us, and just watching the birds and scenery. Most days we had excursions from the island, but we did spend one wonderfully relaxing day just sitting by the pool and doing nothing productive! The meals were outstanding. My husband rarely raves about meals, but he was very outspoken about how much he loved the food and couldn't stop complementing the chef (who deserved the compliments!) Finally, each member of the staff we had contact with were so kind and accommodating. I really can't say enough good things about Jicaro and would absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting Nicaragua. We are very happy we stayed here!
safarisandy2017 - Katy, Texas
We arrived at the island and was greeted by the staff, the island was small with not much to do, There is a pool you can relax at, The staff was great, The food was very good, my only issue was we were there with a large family, we placed our order after them and had to wait 40 mins to receive our breakfast. Drinks are not included and they are a bit expensive. They do have a cooler in the room and recommend picking up some drinks at the local market and bring them out to the island, Get place to relax, they offer a yoga class in the mornings, and the do have a couple of kayaks you can use, they are old and they should be replaced. They do offer tours, we did several tours and had a great time. if you are gone during lunch they will pack a lunch and send it out with you. Boat transportation is provided with the tours but if you want to go into town on your own the boat ride will coast you $25.00, and you need to take a taxi out into town, its to far to walk. We did some tours and after they were done we asked to be dropped off into town, they had no problems with this, your driver will wait for you and take you back to the marina when you are done and they will have a boat ready to take you back. (recommended). Overall it was a nice stay, we enjoyed ourselves because we added included tours. Cabins are tiny house living, small sitting area down stairs, shower and toilet are together with a sink just outside the door. We were only 2 had found ourselves getting in each others way when getting ready. When we check out they had the boat ready for us, My only comment is we were greeted when we arrived and it would of been a nice touch to for the staff to send you off and tell you thanks for staying with them. We just got on the boat and left with no good byes from the staff.
Tony S - San Diego, California
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 wasnâ€™t sure what to expect of the food since itâ€™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. Itâ€™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 toursâ€”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 Donâ€™t-Miss-Place in my book of life. Tips: if youâ€™re a light sleeper, you may want earplugs and an eye mask because the birds begin signing on cue at 5:55 AM. Itâ€™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. Itâ€™s a very casual atmosphere, so no need to pack any fancy clothes. Make sure to make time for a massageâ€”they are fantastic and reasonably priced. Andâ€”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 staffâ€” we miss you already!
TravellerCali - San Francisco, California
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 weâ€™re outstanding. Highly recommend
58joe58 - Georgetown, South Carolina