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Luxury Ecolodge in the Granada Isletas on Lake Nicaragua

Jicarao Island Ecolodge on Lake Nicaraqua, in Nicaragua

Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua's top nature eco resort, located on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua.  One of Nicaragua's best hotels, the ecolodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake.  Nine private luxury casitas provide the perfect setting for romantic escapes, honeymoons, tours and activities as well as wellness and yoga retreats.  Immerse yourself in a magical island experience filled with peace and tranquility. 

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.  The team in charge of the management of Jicaro has a 12 year track record running ecolodges and sustainable hotels in Costa Rica and has brought this accumulated know how to Nicaragua.
 

Treehouse Casitas

Treehouse Casitas - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, NicaraguaTreehouse Casitas interior - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, NicaraguaTreehouse Casitas bedroom - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

At Jicaro ecolodge hotel you stay in your own luxury two storey house, a 'casita', raised up above the ground like a treehouse.  The nine casitas on the island all have lake views and are only a short walk from the pool, restaurant, and wellness center.  You can relax in the private space of your casita with its views of Lake Nicaragua or join other guests in the communal areas. 

There is a private bedroom with a king size bed on the second floor.  On the first floor, a spacious living area connects to an outside deck overlooking the lake.  The casitas and the furniture are made locally from Rainforest Alliance certified wood.  Most notably, the oversized hammock and comfy furniture of the deck will invite you to relax and feel the peace of this magical lake.  Early morning coffee and late afternoon 'sundowner' delivery service is available upon request. 
 

Tours

Tour - Jicaro Island, NicaraguaTour - Jicaro Island, Nicaragua

Island Tour

Jicaro Ecolodge is the perfect base from which to explore Lake Nicaragua, Granada Isletas and other attractions of Nicaragua. Whether you are looking to explore Nicaragua's nature and culture or enjoy other activities in beautiful settings.  Our tours offer varied activities ranging from easy to challenging, and are all accompanied by a private guide who will teach you about local flora and fauna, as well as Nicaraguan history, culture and day-to-day living.  We also like to show our guests around Jicaro Island itself to show what a sustainable ecolodge is all about. 
 

Jicaro Island sustainability tours

Did you ever wonder what’s going on behind the curtains of an eco-lodge?  How is the water from the lake processed into a drinkable freshwater resource?  What happens to the grey water; where does it go to?  And where do the leftovers from our meals end up? If you are interested in these kind of questions, please join our sustainability tour over the island, where you will get exclusive insights into everything that’s happening in the background.  You will be able to excess some of the staff only areas and will see and hear about processes that you probably did not even notice before. 

For further insights into our sustainability efforts, we can also arrange trips for you to our neighboring islands where we are involved in projects, such as the generation of biogas and the support of an impoverished, local elementary school. 

Option 1: Tour over the island 30 minutes (sustainability tour).
Option 2: Tour to the pig farm: 30 minutes.
Option 3: Tour to the school: 1 hour.
 

Wellness Spa and Massage on Lake Nicaragua

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The Jicaro wellness center offers a range of massage and spa treatments from two open air treatment rooms overlooking Lake Nicaragua.

Jicaro is the ideal location for people who want to reconnect with themselves and leave their hectic lives behind for a few days. 

The wellness center is located right on the lake and offers two spectacular open air treatment rooms with private showers. Massages range from Swedish to Shiatsu to Hot Stone treatments and are available on a daily basis for our guests. 

In addition to a variety of massage and wellness treatments, a visitor to the island will be enticed by the fresh and healthy local cuisine, the warmth of the local staff and the authenticity of the overall experience. 
 

Culinary Experience
Locally sourced, globally inspired.

Restaurant - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

Although secluded on an island we want to give our guests a memorable culinary experience. All of your meals and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the room rate. Breakfast and lunch are served a la carte and dinner is a choice of fresh daily specials created by our chef.  Jicaro has an open kitchen right next to the restaurant, so it is a real treat to watch the chef prepare your dinner.  The menu has plenty of options and prides itself on the selection of fresh fish from the lake and nearby pacific ocean, locally produced vegetables and fruit, and locally farmed chicken and beef. We believe that when you have fresh, tasty ingredients you can cook very simply and the food will be extraordinary. 
 

Cooks at work - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

Below are examples of menus.
 

Breakfast

  • Bananas Foster Pancakes with Flor de Cańa Rum.

  • Housemade Granola with Yogurt and Fruit Sliced to Order.

  • Huevos Nicaraguenses with Gallo Pinto, local cheese and plantains.

  • Avocado Toast served with eggs to order. 
     

Lunch

Culinary Experience - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

  • Fresh Fish of the day Ceviche

  • Market Vegetable Salad with seasonal vegetables, like roasted beets, avocado over greens with grapefruit citronette dressing.

  • Pulled Chicken Sandwich braised with tamarind, served with fresh coleslaw.

  • Jicaro Burger with caramelized onions and peppers.

  • Garlic Shrimp Fish Tacos.
     

Cocktails and Drinks

Bar - Jicaro Island Ecolodoge, Nicaragua

  • CaipiNica - local rum, soda, sugar and lime.

  • Jicaro Sangria - red wine, sugar syrup, tropical fruit, orange and soda.

  • Jicarito - Tequila, pinapple juice, organge juice and soda.

  • Locally brewed craft beers.

  • Chilean and Argentine Organic and Biodynamic Wines
     

Dinner

Culinary - Jicaro Island Ecolodge, Nicaragua

  • Fresh Watermelon Salad with Feta cheese and balsamic vinegar dressing.

  • Red Beans, Heart of Palm, Spinach Quesadilla.

  • Rum Caramel Chicken with rice and vegetables.

  • Grass-fed beef steak with Chimichurri Sauce.

  • Spicy Coconut Shrimp.

  • Baked Guapote or Tilapia fish, caught in Lake Nicaragua.

  • Frozen Banana coated in Nicaraguan chocolate and cashews.

  • Freshly prepared sorbets with Seasonal Fruits.
     

Giving Back

Jicaro Island Ecolodge was built on the premise of sustainability.  When translated into our daily work, sustainability means that we always try to minimize the environmental impact of our daily operations, while actively contributing to the local community.  Through our sustainability activities, we aim to improve the lives of our neighbors and help them realize a more vibrant future.  In order to insure the sustainability of our initiatives, We provide training and education to the communities who are charged with caring for the new infrastructure.  Further, we ensure that sufficient funds are maintained in a reserve account in order to provide the maintenance and repair of any new equipment.  Jicaro is currently focused on two main initiatives centered on education and sustainable food. 
 

Padre Nello School

Padre Nello School - Jicaro Ecolodge, NicaraguaIn collaboration with US-based 501c3 Earth Equilibrium, Jicaro has developed a community-based outreach program focused on the support and implementation of educational projects that encourage sustainable community development. 

Padre Nello School is located just a short boat ride away from Jicaro on the mainland shores of Lake Nicaragua.  Approximately 88 children attend Padre Nello School every day, Monday through Friday, from 7:00am until noon.  The school has just 4 classrooms: one which is used for kindergarten and the other three for elementary education.  Each classroom is used to instruct two different grade levels simultaneously by one teacher. 
 

Solar Panel Project

One of the primary challenges to providing clean water at Padre Nello is the fact that the school does not have access to any form of commercial energy service.  Therefore, the goal of our water filtration project is to introduce a clean technology which utilizes energy generated by solar panels. 

In addition to providing energy for the new water filtration system, the solar panels will also power a small network of lights and outlets the classrooms as well as the community health center!  Not only will this project facilitate classroom instruction, but also the ability for medical professionals to operate vital equipment needed during medical exams.  This project has been exclusively funded through the generous donations of our Jicaro guests! 
 

Water Filtration Project

The water filtration project was created out of necessity for safe drinking water for the children who attend Padre Nello School. There is currently no access to clean drinking water at the school, so children and teachers are forced to use lake water for all of their daily activities. 

Once installation is completed, the water filtration system will benefit not only the children and teachers at the school, but also the approximately 600 people living in the surrounding community! People in this community currently rely almost exclusively on expensive bottled water for their daily consumption, so this project will have significant broad-ranging impacts for Las Isletas. 

This project has been exclusively funded through the generous donations of our Jicaro guests! If you want to support with this community project you can do it by delivering your donation during your check out in Front Desk or alternatively online via the Earth Equilibrium website. The Community will thank you, your contribution will be part of the change in their lives. 
 

Local Produce and sustainable food projects

Local Produce - Jicaro Ecolodge, NicaraguaJicaro Ecolodge take great care to source local produce where ever possible for their restaurant. As part of that effort and in an effort to improve the nutrition of local people Jicaro is involved with projects that provide food for both the hotel and local people in a sustainable way. 
 

 

 

Sustainable food projects

Jicaro Island Ecolodge donates a percentage of its profits to support new ideas to implement healthy lifestyle alternatives for members of the surrounding community.  The primary goal of these projects is to provide sustainable solutions capable of improving the quality of life of our neighbors. 
 

Chicken Coop

In September of 2013, in cooperation with a local Granada family, Jicaro constructed a chicken coop to provide a new economic alternative for local families who now earn extra income through the sale of organic eggs. The chicken coop is managed by a local Granada family who supplies eggs to Jicaro for use in some of our meals! 
 

Edible Garden

In November 2013, Jicaro began constructing a small edible garden to grow herbs and vegetables. The herbs and produce generated by the garden are shared 50/50 by Jicaro and the families who care for the plants. 
 

Pig Farm

In October of 2012, Jicaro purchased a pair of pigs to begin a breeding program. The pigs serve several functions, from providing food for local families to disposing of Jicaro’s organic waste to even serving as a source of energy for cooking! 
 

Biodigester

Sign - Jicaro Ecolodge, NicaraguaAs part of our sustainable philosophy, the support of clean energy technologies is a key facet of our work.  In October of 2012, Jicaro introduced a biodigester to the pig farm which turns pig waste into a form of clean energy.  Prior to the biodigester project, the families in this area were cutting down trees and using them as biomass for cooking.  In order to minimize both the negative environmental and health aspects of biomass cooking, Jicaro introduced the biodigester! The biodigester is located on the same property as the pig farm and the two projects combined have been able to provide both sustainable food and as well as sustainable energy! 

The pig farm, bio-digester, and chicken coop are all located just 5 minutes from Jicaro by boat or kayak.  If you are interested in taking a complimentary tour to see these projects in action, please let us know! 
 

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