The fantastic location and dedicated approach to eco tourism has lead to a lot of positive press across a wide range of publications online and in print. This is a far from exhaustive selection.
Isolated in the middle of Lake Nicaragua, the nine-villa retreat sits just a short boat ride from the UNESCO World Heritage City of Granada, with mind-blowing views of the Mombacho volcano on the shores. Most couples just hole up in their rooms all day, swinging in their hammocks and listening to the call of the wild. But should you venture out, there's a spa where you can indulge in a couples massage and daily morning yoga sessions to keep that wedding-day figure in check.
In our recent look at Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a part of the Cayuga Collection, we explored the phenomenal job they do of keeping Lake Nicaragua clean and conserving their water usage. But this progressive hotel doesn’t stop there. They incorporate an amazing outreach program that works with and utilizes the local residents in multiple sustainability efforts.
The Jicaro Island Ecolodge, part of the Cayuga Collection, occupies a picturesque setting on a private island in Granada, Nicaragua. Beautiful, yes - but despite the magnificent sightlines, being located in the middle of Lake Nicaragua presents some extraordinary challenges.
Looking to do something a little different with your beach and jungle vacation this year? Nicaragua, a relatively undiscovered tropical country of active volcanoes and lakes, supports age-old cultures and boasts wildlife wonders like monkeys, macaws...
Caption: Upper photo: Horse and carriage in the main square of the colonial city of Granada. Top and left: hammocks and exotic drinks are suitable for tropical atmosphere and relaxed. Opposite page: eco-resort on one of the many islets in Lake Nicaragua Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Photo: Adi Weinberger.
Nicaragua is one of those countries that has it all, lush rainforests framed by jolting volcanic mountains, vibrant colonial villages filled with docile locals, and a now-stable political situation, it's an enticing destination in Central America. The Jicaro Island Ecolodge, located on a speck of an island in Lake Nicaragua, is an incredible choice to experience the country Condé Nast listed as one of the ten destinations to watch in 2014.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Lake Nicaragua (2558 7702; jicarolodge.com). Opened in 2010 on a small islet 15 minutes by boat from Granada’s marina, these nine “shanty chic” duplexes designed by a British architect are made from rough stone bricks and recycled materials left behind by Hurricane Felix in 2007. Food, drinks, setting and service (including massages and yoga lessons) are top-notch. No children under 12. Doubles from £275, including food and transfers.
Another eco-friendly hotel is located in the colonial town of Granada (about an hour away from the airport). One can take a short boat ride to reach the Jicaro Island Ecolodge on Lake Nicaragua. The hotel is on its own private island with nine private casitas and a view of the Mombacho Volcano. Prices start at $300.
I'm talking to my daughter. Even better, she doesn't have that annoyed don't-nag-me-mom tone in her voice. It's one of those vacation afternoons I wish would last forever -- sunny skies, no place to be, no arguing and best of all, my youngest daughter all to myself.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge should be on everyone’s travel wish list if they are searching for the perfect tranquil getaway. Hidden on a private island on Lake Nicaragua, you reach Jicaro on a short boat ride from Granada, Nicaragua, and quickly leave the real world behind and settle into your own little pocket of paradise. Jicaro is part of the Cayuga Collection, which means their focus on sustainability and luxury service guarantees a memorable experience.
For eco-conscious couples, Jicaro Island Ecolodge on Lake Nicaragua will satisfy their nuptial needs. This sustainable haven built from salvaged hardwoods occupies its own tiny private island, which can be fully taken over for a destination wedding celebration (just leave the younger relatives at home – guests must be age 12 or above).
Karen Emanuel, a successful London executive, had come to Nicaragua in 2006 on the advice of friends who shared her passion for exploring new places, well before the largest country in Central America was on everyone’s bucket list of “must see” places. Emanuel, pushing 40, fell in love — not with a guy (she met her husband later), but a country and an opportunity.
Lago Cocibolca, aka Lake Nicaragua, is a sea of superlatives. The immensity of this freshwater body, which Spanish discoverers called “La Mar Dulce” (The Sweet Sea), puts it just after Titicaca as the biggest in Latin America. Its island, Ometepe, is said to be the largest volcanic freshwater island in the world. The isletas, in contrast, are remarkable for their tiny size. For some time now they have been enjoying a real-estate boom, with single islands fetching up to $1m per hectare and leading Nicaraguan families competing to build ever-more exclusive and well-appointed hideaways on them. Karen Emanuel, English owner of Jícaro Island, got in there before the boom. Sitting in a Granada restaurant in 2007, she saw a sign saying “island for sale” and figured it was cheaper than a garage in London. Inspired by Morgan’s Rock, an existing Nicaraguan eco‑lodge with a leaning towards luxury, Karen set about creating a heavenly hideaway of her own.
Jicaro sits serenely on a tiny islet in the freshwater “ocean” of Lake Nicaragua, a short boat ride from Granada, the oldest colonial city in Central America. Constructed from salvaged hardwoods felled by a hurricane in 2007, the nine casitas cater to romantic escapes (sorry, no kids under 12).
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