Jicaro Island Ecolodge - Granada Isletas, Nicaragua

New Jicaro Island Ecolodge will Help Showcase the Amazing and Sustainable Experiences Awaiting Tourists to Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua, November, 2009 - Jicaro Island Ecolodge will not only open its doors January 1st, 2010, it will also open up a wealth of new experiences for tourists to Nicaragua looking =or a soft adventure and wellness retreat, built around the principles of sustainable tourism.

An experience at Jicaro Island Lodge includes transfers to and from Fst1:City wst="on"Granada’s Asese Port, all meals prepared on the open kitchen using local, fresh ingredients, and accommodation in one of =he nine, beautifully designed and private two storey casitas. Rates start at US$380.00, based on =ouble occupancy, and until January 31, 2010, people who book three nights only day for two, a savings of over 30 per cent.   

Managed by the team at Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, (the company also behind the management of award winning eco-luxury Resorts like Lapa Rios Ecolodge, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort, Harmony Hotel and Latitude 10 Resort in Costa Rica), Jicaro Island Ecolodge is set on a private island just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, Nicaragua’s top tourist town. Along with the nine casitas, Jicaro Island Ecolodge includes an open kitchen and restaurant, =large patios, pool and lounge area, and large yoga decks, all offering spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across Lake Nicaragua.

The vision behind creating a sustainable resort comes from a successful London based entrepreneur, Karen Emanuel. A world traveler =ll her life, her adventurous spirit often took her to remote, yet-to-be discovered destinations. It all began in 2007, when a chance sighting of a =mall note tacked to a restaurant notice board in Granada saying “island for sale” =ropelled Emanuel into creating the wellness retreat she had long dreamed of building, which she could share with friends and family, and like minded =uests.

A self described “foodie”, Emanuel is committed to ensuring outstanding food and beverage experiences will be at the heart of a stay at the lodge, which' s also being created around the four “P’s” of sustainability Planet, People, Profit and Place. For example, the resort was built with minimum impact to the island and with very careful planning in terms of water supply, wastewater treatment and electricity usage. Local community members will be hired to provide the warm, authentic hospitality for which Nicaragua is becoming known, and tours will celebrate the =ocal culture, nature and wildlife of the area.  

A signature tour of the ecolodge includes a short boat ride across the lake to the foot of the Mombacho Volcano where guests can hike up to hidden hot Springs, the Mombacho cloud forests and be immersed in the areas abundant wildlife. Other ecolodge activities include yoga, extensive wellness treatments, kayaking and swimming. Day and half day tours to explore the nearby attractions such as Canopy Tours (zip-lining), Horseback Riding, Colonial Granada City, Masaya Artisan Market and the Masaya Volcano, boat tours to Ometepe or Zapatera Island, are also available.

Travel to Jicaro Island Ecolodge is straightforward as it is strategically located so close to Nicaragua’s most important tourism destination Granada and just North of the Costa Rican boarder. Guests may choose an international flight into Nicaragua’s capital Managua, Costa Rica’s capital San Jose or the northern Costa Rican city of Liberia.

For more information people are invited to explore www.jicarolodge.com where they can make reservations or send their questions online. For more information, please contact Hans Pfister (hans@cayugaonline.com) or Maria Jose Castro (mariajose@cayugaonline.com).

Email. info@jicarolodge.com
Phone. (505) 2558-7702
(505) 2552-6353
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