The story of Jicaro Island Lodge

How a London business woman and entrepreneur came to build an ecolodge on the beautiful Lake Nicaragua.

Jicaro Seed Pod


If you are planning a trip to Nicaragua, a stay at Jicaro Island Lodge in Granada is a “must do”.

The Cenote at Jicaro Island Lodge

Island for sale !

Karen Emanuel has been running a successful company in London for more than 25 years. Whilst on holiday in Nicaragua in January of 2007, she walked into a restaurant and saw a notice proclaiming "Island for Sale". This rather interested her, partly as a fantasy, partly as she had recognized that Nicaragua was a developing Central American country with a lot to offer. A short boat ride later with the owners, followed by a relaxing week at an astounding eco lodge on the Nicaraguan coast, an idea had started developing in her head. After arriving back home to the bleak London winter, she got out the back of an envelope and scribbled down a few figures. Within a few weeks she had wired a deposit for the Island over to the owners.

With the help of architect Matthew Falkiner and team from Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality, a Costa Rica based hospitality management company that develops and manages lodges, sustainable resorts and green hotels in Latin American and the Caribbean, the dream has become a reality. Jicaro Island Lodge - a secluded island getaway. Has it been easy? Of course not, but it was the right thing to do.

To find out more about the process read Karen's blog, written during the building and opening of the ecolodge.