Last weekend, our good friend, Gladis, invited us to spend a weekend at Jicaro Island Ecolodge. As we both work in the hospitality business, it is helpful to explore how other hotels, inns, and resorts operate. It keeps us on our toes and constantly thinking about new ideas. Although, it was also just a wonderful weekend escape.
Jicaro Island Ecolodge is Nicaragua´s most upscale nature resort located on a private island in Lake Nicaragua. The lodge is located just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada with spectacular views of the Mombacho Volcano across the lake. The entire hotel consists of 9 private casitas, a restaurant, small spa and yoga deck, and numerous outdoor seating areas and lounges.
I cannot say enough positive things about this place! From exquisite service to fine details to gorgeous architecture, this place was heaven on an island. Some people may be familiar with the architect, Matthew Falkiner, who is also behind Morgan’s Rock and Balcones de Majagual. Even more impressive is their commitment to sustainability. Straws, bowls, placemats, and other utensils are made from jicaro. Water is heated with solar panels for guest and kitchen use, no air conditioning is installed on the island, and they use only organic and biodegradable soaps, cleaning detergents and spa products.
We went out on two kayak trips while at Jicaro – the first at sunset and the second at night, under a full moon. During the first trip, we must have seen over 30 species of birds and Fabian, our guide, said that he counted over 50 in a 24-hour time period. Both mornings, we woke to fresh coffee awaiting us on our private deck.
The photos are numerous, but it was just too difficult to narrow down the album, as the entire place was so beautiful: