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Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Granada, Nicaragua

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Hotel Report

Why Stay At Jicaro Island Ecolodge

The private island hideaway sits on a volcanic islet smack in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

The Scoop

English businesswoman Karen Emanuel bought the island on a whim with a vision of a stylish environmentally sustainable escape. Comprised of nine split-level casitas, the intimate auberge bears the most favorable attributes of a luxurious eco-lodge: guest quarters are simply yet elegantly designed. Sliding walls are made using local cedar wood, and from your walk-in shower you have unobstructed views of the rainforest. Fostering tranquility is the strongly discouraged use of Wi-Fi Internet access and the blissful absence of TV sets. Pass the time peacefully sipping passion-fruit and banana cocktails by the infinity pool while gazing at the 4,400 volcano across the lake or reserve one of the open-air treatment rooms at the lakeside spa. Naturally, cuisine at the lodge is organic and locally sourced. Try the famed huevos nicaraguenses for breakfast on your private deck or go all out and have staff set a romantic table on the floating platform just off the main dining area. A three-course dinner is served by rowboat.

Insider Tips

Savor the sunrise with an invigorating al fresco Yoga session on the floating dock.

Consider spending an afternoon on a guided paddling tour around the archipelago. Keep your eyes open for howler monkeys and dozens of bird species.

Awards and Recognitions

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Travel + Leisure - Winner Global Vision Award for Environmental Leadership

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) airport, which is approximately 35 miles away from the lodge. Anticipate about 60 minutes of travel time.

Grand Isletas, Lake Nicaragua, Granada, Granada, Nicaragua

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Lake Access
  • Wellness Center
  • Massage Treatments
  • Yoga Classes
  • Tours + Activities available
  • Eco-sustainable Practices
In-Room Amenities
  • Private Casitas
  • Furnished Private Decks
  • Private Hammocks
  • Lake Views
  • Mosquito Netting
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cross-Ventilation
  • Bio Bath Amenities
  • Organic Cotton Linens + Towels
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor Dining
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Rates Include:
  • Welcome drink
  • Three daily multi-course meals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • One round trip lake transfer from Granada´s Asese Port to Jicaro Island
Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Granada

Remarkably well-preserved colonial architecture (considering its tumultuous pirate-riddled past) surrounded by life-filled jungles, the beautiful Central American town is a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Nicaragua.

Don't Miss

Where to Eat: Locals and Nicaraguans from as far as Managua flock to Restaurante Las Colinas. An ugly but deliciously succulent lake bass named Cocibolca Guapote is the humble eatery's trump card. A distinct Nicaraguan specialty it is deep-fried, dipped in tomato and onion sauce, and then served with lemon and lime. Dinner for two NIO 700 (about $25).
Barrio Las Sabanetas, Granada.

Where to Drink: Imagine Bar & Restaurant is located in a typical colonial-style townhouse. Inside, however, it is hopping when owner Kevin Cohen jams with live bands on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pair you Ginger Daiquiri with the signature warm Brie served with roasted garlic.
Calle La Libertad de Parque Central, Granada.
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Best day trip: Don't miss a history tour of Granada. Founded in 1524 it is one of the oldest European outposts in the Americas. Mosey through picturesque alleys lined with meticulously kept colonial buildings and browse the stalls at the buzzing downtown market square.

Outdoor Excursion: Are you up for an adrenaline-kick? Hike up scenic Mombacho Volcano with ¡Vapues Tours! (or have a 4x4 do the work) - and once you are done admiring the view from the top strap yourself into a harness and zip down 2,200 feet high above the lush tropical cloud forest canopy.
Near the Cathedral, Central Park, Granada.
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Pristine coastlines of Nicaragua.

Pristine coastlines of Nicaragua.

Why Go Now

August 1 + 2, 2014
Equestrians of Managua
This equestrian-centered festival is held over two days. Horses march through the streets with their riders while the city rejoices.

September 20, 2014
Fiestas Patronales de San Jerónimo
A highly anticipated annual event, the lively parties of the Fiesta Patronales honor its Patron Saint Jeróme.
Masaya, Nicaragua.

October 25, 2014
Fiesta de los Agüisotes
The event is traditionally held on the last Friday of October, and is a cross between costume carnival and dance party. Locals dress up as characters from Nicaraguan fairy tales.
Masaya, Nicaragua.

Jicaro Island Ecolodge

Granada, Nicaragua

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