Jicaro Island Ecolodge is one of the newest members of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and currently the only lodge in Nicaragua.
Harmony with nature and the local community were a key consideration in the development of Jicaro Island Ecolodge.
This intimate luxury property is set on a private island on Lake Nicaragua and a short boat ride away from the colonial town of Granada. Jicaro Island Ecolodge offers nine large, two-level accommodations, each featuring large master bedrooms, living areas, decks, and sweeping views of the Mombacho Volcano and Lake Nicaragua. Guest amenities include a large open kitchen and restaurant, a pool with lounge area, a yoga deck, a floating deck, and a private massage and wellness centre.
As a world traveller, founder and owner Karen Emanuel’s journey to create a sustainable resort began in 2007 when she was visiting Granada and happened to see an “Island for Sale” notice. Fulfilling her dream of creating a wellness retreat, Jicaro Island Ecolodge – designed by architect Matthew Falkiner – first opened its doors to guests in 2010.
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.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge joins its Cayuga Collection sister property Lapa Rios Ecolodge in Costa Rica – one of the founding members of the Unique Lodges of the World.
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World is more than a selection of world-class hotels, it is a collection of rare experiences, offering guests intimate encounters with parts of the world not many get to know—and the chance to slow down and truly discover them. Each lodge is deeply rooted in its community and dedicated to protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures—and harnessing their magic to safeguard them for the future.