The tropical hardwoods of Nicaragua are breathtaking, and the craftsmanship is brilliant.
In September 2007, hurricane Felix landed on Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Coast. Instead of loosing strength on landfall Felix, gained strength and travelled west leaving in its trail more than one million hectares of devastated rainforest. There was little loss of human life and little was reported about Hurricane Felix in the international press, but the environmental impact on the Nicaraguan forest was huge.
Simplemente Madera, designers and builders of both furniture and buildings in Jicaro, was already supporting sustainable forestry with the indigenous communities in the hurricane affected areas before the devastation. After the hurricanr Felix, working with environmental organizations, local communities and government agencies, Simplemente Madera worked to recover fallen timber and transform it into furniture, buildings and crafts.
Jicaro Island Lodge is one of the results of these initiatives. Built entirely from timber reclaimed from trees blown down by hurricane Felix, the buildings and furniture are made of tropical hardwoods which have FSC / Rainforest Alliance wood certification.
Great care was taken whilst building the ecolodge to maintain the existing character of the island and the lush vegetation. When building they did not remove any of the large trees or boulders and so the land dictated the form of the resort.