Luxury Ecolodge in the Granada
Isletas on Lake 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
The Jicaro wellness center offers a range of massage and spa
treatments from two open air treatment rooms overlooking Lake
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
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.
Locally sourced, globally inspired.
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.
Below are examples of menus.
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
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
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
Fresh Watermelon Salad with
Feta cheese and balsamic vinegar dressing.
Red Beans, Heart of Palm,
Rum Caramel Chicken with rice
Grass-fed beef steak with
Spicy Coconut Shrimp.
Baked Guapote or Tilapia fish,
caught in Lake Nicaragua.
Frozen Banana coated in
Nicaraguan chocolate and cashews.
Freshly prepared sorbets with
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
In 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
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
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
Jicaro 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
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!
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.
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!
As 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
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!