Jicaro Island Lodge

From

$515/n

At Jicaro Lodge hotel you stay in your own luxury two storey house, a ‘casita’, raised up above the ground like a tree house. 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.

The casitas are two stories. 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.

The nine casitas distinctive charactor came about through the combination of the local materials used and the unique vision of architect Michael Falkner.  All the buildings at Jicaro blend into the natural environment helping to promote a sense of tranquility. Mature trees and natural forms of the island were preserved when building began so the casitas feel like part of the island.

Each casita is raised above the ground so as not to disturb the natural form of the island  so the feeling is like living in a treehouse suspended amongst the foliage of the islands many trees. Cross ventilation plus ceiling fans and shade from the trees keep the casitas cool without the need for air conditioning; keeping you cool without warming the planet.

At Jicaro they are passionate about serving great food produced from local ingredients. The restaurant and bar are at the center of the Jicaro experience with fabulous views across Nicaragua Lake. Locally sourced, globally inspired food in a fantastic setting.

Although secluded on an island, they promise their guests a memorable culinary experience.  Meals at Jicaro are gourmet and a la carte and are all included in the room rate along with non-alcoholic beverages.  Jicaro has an open kitchen next to the restaurant, and it’s a real treat to watch the Chef prepare your dinner. The menus are varied and delicious, and they pride theiselves on selecting only the freshest of fish from the lake and nearby Pacific Ocean, locally produced fruit and vegetables, and locally farmed organic chicken and beef. They believe that when you use fresh, tasty ingredients, even the simplest of dishes will be extraordinary.

Jicaro offers the perfect setting for yoga on its dedicated yoga deck on Lake Nicaragua. Daily yoga classes are offered and Jicaro also provide the setting for yoga retreats.

The purpose built Yoga deck looks out over the Lake Nicaragua and towards the Mombacho volcano. It is a spot that inspires serenity and tranquillity. Yoga classes are available for guests on a daily basis. Mats, blocks and straps are also available for private practice in the casitas or on the deck at any time. Whether it is Bikram, Vinyasa or Ashtanga yoga Jicaro provides the perfect environment to develop your practice.

As well as their in house yoga teacher, Jicaro offers an ideal location for retreats and has been chosen by Adrienne Ward, owner of Big World Small Planet as a venue. An added specialty of these retreats is that they combine exceptional yoga experiences with opportunities to also learn about the destination and its culture. Therefore, guests to Jicaro Island will also explore Nicaraguan culture and scenery as part of their retreat and even help teach yoga to local school children.

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