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Set on a private island in Lake Nicaragua just 20 minutes by speedboat from colonial Granada
There are nine identical casitas, each with ocean view and private terrace
A superb destination to relax and enjoy some pampering after exploring the colonial charms of Granada
A canopy tower in the centre of the property offers incredible 360 degree views of the lake and the impressive Mombacho Volcano
The focus at Jicaro is on wellbeing - there is a wellness centre, swimming pool and daily yoga classes
Off the beaten track rustic lodge with an intimate atmosphere
The tourist season runs from December to April. Nicaragua has a topical climate with two seasons, the dry season (December-April) and rainy (May-November). Though the temperature is fairly consistent throughout the year, the rainy season can see torrential downpours.
In nearly all Nicaragua, April and May are the hottest, driest months. December and January are the coolest months and easily comprise the most refreshing and greenest time to visit Nicaragua. September and October are Hurricane Season in the Caribbean and the rainiest months in Nicaragua.
A romantically secluded eco-resort on a forested island on Lake Nicaragua with spellbinding views of Mombacho Volcano, Jicaro Island Ecolodge is perfect for relaxing and immersing yourself in the nature and culture of Nicaragua.
Accessed by a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, this environmentally sensitive, small boutique lodge is a rare gem that offers understated comfort, natural charm, warm service and wonderful food.
Nine spacious two-storey casitas peep out from the jungle, each constructed from hardwood and elegantly finished with an outside deck that invites tranquil contemplation of the lake. An organic ethos pervades the resort, from delicious and healthy local fish, fruits and vegetables to the use of biodegradable detergents and solar water heating.
Fill your days here exploring the local archipelago in a kayak, relaxing in the wellness centre or by the pool, taking part in a yoga class, heading into beautiful Granada to experience the colourful markets and colonial architecture, wandering through the forest filled with chattering birds and monkeys, fishing with the native islanders, soaking in volcanic hot springs or, if you are feeling adventurous, a summit attempt on Mombacho, before returning for a well-deserved cocktail as the sun goes down.
Casitas on the island all have lake views and are within a short walk from the pool, restaurant, and wellness centre. The casitas are two stories, with a private bedroom and a king size bed on the second floor; and on the first floor, a spacious living area that connects to an outside deck overlooking the lake. The casitas and the furniture are made locally from Rainforest Alliance certified wood. Most notably, the oversized hammock and comfy furniture of the deck will invite you to relax and feel the peace of this magical lake. Early morning coffee and late afternoon ¨sundowner¨ delivery service is available upon request.
Each casita is equipped with:
Children aged 12 years and above are welcome at Jicaro Island Ecolodge although there are no formal children's activities or facilities. Although the lodge is great for relaxing older children will probably love the adventurous activities on offer.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge has an outdoor swimming pool, bar, wellness centre and restaurant. The restaurant uses as much local produce as possible including fresh fish from the lake and nearby ocean, locally farmed chicken and beef and local fruit and vegetables.
Guests at Jicaro Island Ecolodge may wish to simply relax with a book by the lake, indulge in a massage or join in a yoga class. Or for something more active there is the chance to go kayaking round the Granada Isletas, hike in the rainforest or take a boat ride to the hot springs at the base of Mombacho volcano. There is a resident nature guide who is available to lead excursions into the surrounding area.
A ten-minute speedboat ride drops you on the dock of this tranquil private island retreat in the Granada Isletas, the first luxury lodge in the area. There are just nine two-story lakefront casitas of spare, treehouse-chic design, which bring the outdoors in via huge windows, abundant use of (Rainforest Alliance-certified) hardwoods, and soft, earth-toned fabrics, most made from bamboo or organic cotton. The talented San Francisco-trained chef will customize menus of locally sourced ingredients according to your preferences; the service throughout the resort errs on the side of fawning. You might wish there were a larger beach than the postage stamp-size one at the landing, but compensation comes in the form of a lakeside yoga deck and a sunset-facing infinity pool—or the hammock on your casita's private balcony. Don't pass up the off-island excursions, which include kayaking trips through the surrounding islands or tours of the Spanish colonial town of Granada and the nearby Mombacho nature preserve.
Peer down into the crater of active Masaya volcano, an awesome sight, before experiencing the arts and crafts of Nicaragua at a local market, and finish with beautiful views into the crater lake of Apoyo.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua. The lodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake.
14-hour flight to Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, Managua followed by an hour by road and 30-minute boat ride.
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