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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 spent two nights at Jicaro in Feb 2018 - what a nice, relaxing time. The food was amazing and we can't say enough about the staff. They were extremely personable and really cared about making your stay enjoyable. (As an added bonus, we had some nice chats at the bar where they helped us pick up a little Spanish.) The island is small but walking around it feels much bigger than it is and the casitas are very private. Sitting on our deck watching the birds go by (and were there tons of all sorts of different birds), we felt like we were the only ones at the place. The rooms / bungalows themselves are beautiful and finding a few complimentary beers / soda / water in the room was a nice touch. Sitting at breakfast or lunch, the view of Mombacho and across the lake was spectacular. I could have sat there all day - can't wait to go back.
Joe E - Wayne, New Jersey
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
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
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
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