Jicaro Island Ecolodge
Luxury ecolodge hotel and resort near the colonial town of Granada in Nicaragua
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Concept: Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua's top nature eco resort, located on a small private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. One of Nicaragua's best hotels, the ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. Nine private luxury casitas provide the perfect setting for romantic escapes, honeymoons, tours and activities as well as wellness and yoga retreats.
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Location: Near the colonial town of Granada. From there, it is a 10 minute ride to the Asese port where you take a 15 minute boat ride to Jicaro Island.
Accommodations: At Jicaro ecolodge hotel you stay in one of nine luxury two story houses, a 'casita', raised up above the ground like a tree house. All casitas on the island all have lake views and are only a short walk from the pool, restaurant, and wellness center. There is a private bedroom with a king size bed on the second floor. On the first floor, a spacious living area connects to an outside deck, overlooking the lake, appointed with an oversized hammock and comfy furniture . The casitas and the furniture are made locally from Rainforest Alliance certified wood. Early morning coffee and late afternoon 'sundowner' delivery service is available upon request..
Dining: Breakfast and lunch are served a la carte and dinner is a choice of fresh daily specials created by the chef. Jicaro has an open kitchen right next to the restaurant, so it is a real treat to watch the chef prepare your dinner. The menu has plenty of options and prides itself on the selection of fresh fish from the lake and nearby pacific ocean, locally produced vegetables and fruit, and locally farmed chicken and beef. The restaurant and bar are at the center of the Jicaro experience with fabulous views across Nicaragua Lake. All of your meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the room rate.
Activities: The resort encompasses the tiny isleta. There is a small infinity pool and poolside bar. You can enjoy the views of Lake Nicaragua and the volcanoes from your private deck, poolside, or from the observation tower. The Jicaro wellness center offers a range of massage and spa treatments from two open air treatment rooms overlooking Lake Nicaragua.
Did you ever wonder what’s going on behind the curtains of an eco-lodge? How is the water from the lake processed into a drinkable freshwater resource? What happens to the grey water; where does it go to? And where do the leftovers from our meals end up? If you are interested in these kind of questions, please join the sustainability tour, where you will get exclusive insights into everything that’s happening in the background. For further insights into sustainability efforts, we can also arrange trips for you to neighboring islands where Jicaro is involved in projects, such as the generation of biogas and the support of an impoverished, local elementary school.
Explore the wonderful ecosystem that surrounds Jicaro Island isletas by kayak, paddle board or motor boat. This activity can be as challenging or relaxing as you would like it to be. You might find interesting birds like Montezuma’s Oropendula, Ringed Kingfisher, Purple Gallinule, and Northern Jacana amongst many others. The resident guide can help you to identify the birds.
During your stay at Jicaro you will notice fishermen in their wooden boats using fishing lines or nets to catch fish. You can learn diverse techniques used in the artisanal fishing as you float around the beautiful “isletas” in search of the perfect fish and learning from your captain about life on these little islands. If you catch a good fish like tilapia, snook or rainbow bass, you can bring it back home to the lodge and Chef will be glad to prepare it for you.
Tours are available to colonial Granada, the oldest colonial city on mainland America and considered one of the prettiest cities in Latin America. Also nearby, you can trek, horseback ride or dive up the slopes of Mombacho Volcano. Half way up, there is a coffee farm where you can enjoy lunch and a cup of coffee cup of coffee. Once at the top of the volcano, visit the biological station to gather information about the surrounding cloud forest. Fumarolic fields are found alongside trails near the summit.
A popular side trip is to Nicaragua's most popular open-air handcraft market located in Masaya. Stop at scenic Masaya Volcano National Park, and the beautiful crystal clear waters of Apoya Lagoon natural reserve.
Packages are available that include tours and extras.
Pricing: Rates include 3 daily multi course a la carte meals, non alcoholic beverages and one round trip lake transfer from Granada´s Asese Port to Jicaro Island. All rates are in US Dollars per room, per night and do not include local tax of 17%.
May 1- Oct 31, 2015 and 2016 $400 GREEN SEASON DEAL - Stay three nights, only pay for two and get a 30 minute massage per person.
Nov - Dec 19, 2015 $560
Dec 20 - Jan 5, 2016 $850
Jan 6 - April 20, 2016 $560
The Jicaro Island Ecolodge experience is only available to adults and children aged twelve and above; children 8 years old and up are welcome at the lodge from March 10 - April 10 and from June 15 -July 30.
Sustainability: Harmony with nature and the local community were a key consideration in the development of Jicaro Island Ecolodge. The hotel was built with minimum impact to the island and with very careful planning in terms of water supply, waste water treatment and electricity usage. Built entirely from timber reclaimed from trees blown down by hurricane Felix, the buildings and furniture are made of tropical hardwoods which provide a solid and beautiful environment in harmony with the natural setting.
- Water is filtered for drinking, so no plastic bottles going to landfill.
- Water is heated with solar panels for guest and kitchen use.
- No air conditioning is installed on the island. Cross ventilation and ceiling fans create enough of a cooling effect to ensure guest comfort.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. While there is a strong recycling program installed, the focus due to the island location is on reducing. Bring as little trash to the island as possible.
- Wastewater is treated on the island with a treatment plant complying not only with Nicaraguan but internationally accepted standards.
- Hiring of a local staff is essential to the success of the lodge.
- Use of organic and biodegradable soaps, cleaning detergents and spa products.
- Chlorine free systems to clean water in the pool.
- Energy efficient lighting and illumination throughout the island.
- Underground electricity system that does not interfere with the surrounding wildlife.
- Low energy bulbs
- Education of local communities in sustainable practices
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is a member of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels