"Explore the untouched Nicaragua and have your own little house on an island, many tropical dreams out there are exactly this!"
Situated on its own private island in Lake Nicaragua's Isletas de Granada, Jicaro Island Ecolodge is the country’s top nature resort. Located just a short boat trip away from the old colonial town of Granada, the lodge consists of nine luxurious casitas, each boasting stunning lake views and providing the perfect setting for romantic retreats, wellness weekends, or adventurous breaks. The casitas are two-storey treehouse-like structures, raised above the ground and with a spacious living area that connects to outdoor decking overlooking the lake. Each casita offers guests plenty of privacy: relax as you swing yourself in a hammock, sip on a late afternoon ‘sundowner’, and enjoy a good night’s rest in a luxurious king-size bed.
Jicaro Ecolodge provides the perfect platform from which to discover the Isletas de Granada and the Lake itself, as well as some of Nicaragua’s other attractions. Take a leisurely boat ride around the islets to discover their abundant wildlife, or venture into colonial Granada to get a taste of the city’s history and culture. Admire traditional Nicaraguan crafts at the outdoor market of Mayasa, indulge in some excellent birdwatching with a forest canopy tour, or enjoy a variety of adrenaline-pumping activities including kayaking, zip-lining through the treetops, or trekking through cloud forests as you ascend Mombacho volcano!
When developing Jicaro Island Ecolodge, two key elements were considered: the local community, and creating a sense of harmony with nature. In line with these priorities, the hotel was built with minimum impact on the island, with water supply, waste-water treatment and electricity usage all carefully planned for. The lodge’s nine unique casitas were built using local and natural materials (including ‘Rainforest Alliance’-certified wood), to ensure that they blend seamlessly into the island environment. Guests at the lodge are provided with filtered drinking water, reducing the need for plastic bottles, and there is also a robust recycling programme in place.
Jicaro’s casitas are kept cool using cross-ventilation and ceiling fans (as well as natural shade from the trees) minimising Jicaro’s carbon footprint. Energy-efficient lighting is used throughout the island, and water is heated using solar energy. The lodge strives to support local communities, hiring local staff and buying local produce to ‘spread the wealth’ that ecotourism brings to Nicaragua. Finally, education is an important part of Jicaro’s ethos – local communities are educated in sustainability practices, and the lodge’s guests are invited to take a ‘sustainability tour’ of the island to gain a great understanding of what goes on ‘behind the scenes’ at an eco-lodge.