Chic, Eco-Friendly Casitas on Private Island in Lake Nicaragua
Jicaro Island Ecolodge aims to be in harmony with its setting, a private island in Lake Nicaragua. The resort was built from trees toppled by a hurricane, stocks only biodegradable soaps, and uses an underground electricity system to avoid disturbing local wildlife. The resort’s eco-friendly attitude and stunning scenery helped the island earn a spot on Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Secret Islands on Earth.
The lodge’s nine private casitas feature thatched roofs and slatted façades that give them the look of stylish treehouses. Each two-story unit has a deck outfitted with an oversize hammock, with gorgeous views of the lake, lush foliage, and Mombacho Volcano in the distance. Inside, they’re decorated with earth-toned fabrics made from bamboo or organic cotton.
When you want to get outside, there are plenty of ways to check the scenery. The staff can set up rainforest hikes and zipline tours, and onsite nature guides lead tours that shed light on local wildlife and the area's colonial past. To explore on your own, rent a kayak and paddle around the islets' canals.
Each day, chefs craft three meals using locally sourced produce and fish caught fresh from the lake. You can watch them work their magic thanks to the restaurant's open kitchen area. Feel free to then take your meal out on the floating deck. On the sample menu, you’ll find plates such as banana pancakes with Flor de Caña rum for breakfast and chili rellenos with pineapple for dinner.
Granada Isletas, Nicaragua: Volcanic Islands Off the Shores of an Old Colonial Town
Jicaro Island is one of the Granada Isletas, which are more than 300 small volcanic-rock islands in an archipelago just off the coast of Granada. Visitors arrive on the island by motorboat, and it’s easy to explore the rest of the islets by simply hopping in a kayak. One of the mainland's highlights is the nearby Mombacho Volcano, a stratovolcano that many climb for fantastic views of Lake Nicaragua. Mombacho has varied ecosystems, including both high-altitude cloud forests and low-altitude dry forests. The volcano is also home to a wide variety of animals, including howler monkeys and iguanas.
The closest city to Jicaro Island is Granada, founded in 1524 by Spanish colonists. Today, the city offers a glimpse of the old Spanish empire at the height of its powers: there are restored cathedrals, colorful squares, and glistening bell towers. Old-fashioned horse carriages still mosey through the city’s cobblestone streets, and vendors showcase hand-carved wood toys and jewelry in the central plaza.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the best way to travel to the hotel from the airport? Granada, Nicaragua is about 26 miles (43 km) from Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua (MGA); a round-trip transfer from Granada’s Asese Port to Jicaro Island is included in this Groupon.
2. Is there an additional occupancy fee, or do I have to purchase another Groupon? One additional guest 12 or older may be added for $160 per night; kids 11 or younger are not allowed to stay at the resort.
3. Will I be approached to attend a timeshare sales presentation? Groupon customers are never obligated to attend a sales presentation. If you are approached and decline a presentation, you will not lose the value of your Groupon or have to pay additional fees.
4. Which activities and amenities are included in the resort credits? Resort credits are not included in this Groupon.
5. Are dinner reservations required for restaurants? Is there a dress code? For information regarding your dining options, please click here or call (505)-2558-7702.