The centerpiece of Nicaraguan architecture, the 500-year-old city of Granada, is best known for its rows of Spanish colonial houses and hotels that line the busy streets. But there is another side of “The Great Sultana del Lago”, which has been for so many centuries sentinel on the shores of the brilliant expansion of Lake Nicaragua.
Just south of the quiet, gray beaches, bordering the lake of Granada, often overlooked, lush Asese peninsula is carried out for several kilometers in the waters of the massive lake, strewn with bells. This forest is bordered by 365 islands, known collectively as the Islets of Granada, created in a single explosive eruption of the majestic Mombacho Volcano, whenever it can be traced back to a crown toothed on its creations.
And at the end of the Asese peninsula, hidden in this serene seascape, El Jícaro is the island. In 2009, the 500-square-meter private island, bathed by the gentle waves, became the refuge of an elegant luxury hotel that easily eclipses even the best hotels in the city of Granada: El Jícaro Ecolodge
The adventure begins in Marina Cocibolca, where her personal driver will present uniformed personnel uniformly in the continental offices of El Jícaro. After a brief introduction, he or she will accompany you to your Speed Boat, one of the brightly colored pontoon boats that rent hikers for island trips.
Slipping through the breeze Isletas is a joy in itself. The hike to El Jícaro winds beyond small rocky promontories with enough space for a flower tree and a white heron, which contrasts with the huge islands of Zapatera and Ometepe, whose mysterious volcanic peaks blurred in the distance.
Other larger islands are home to small fishing cottages with tin and fabulous holiday homes, where Managua will gladly seize the city. And as it runs between the emerald islands, weeping howler monkeys mingle with distinctive melodies of a multitude of singing birds, eventually eclipsing the low sound of the Granada’s frog horns and car alarms melt into the symphony nature.
After completing the cool welcome drink, let yourself drink in the details of your design villa. On the ground floor, a relaxing space for meditation and relaxation, it can easily be converted into a second bedroom. From a walk to enjoy a thick cotton hammock that takes up most of the narrow wraparound porch, hanging just above the waves. That’s where rich organic coffee comes invisibly every morning, served alongside a plate of sugar from the peel of the fruit Jícaro thin and strong.
Or climb the stairs to soften the master bedroom, a view to the spotted golden light filtered through the canopy of the forest where you will sleep. The art is exquisite, with sliding windows and walls that allow you to balance the raw nature with privacy private to your own tastes, above water. The sun-warmed solar shower (bathed in the night, not the cool of the morning), with its slats smooth and polished, provides a sense of connection with the aquatic environment.
It is a true eco hostel, so we should know that there is no TV or air conditioning on site; The ever present breeze lakes and open architecture offers more than enough for the relief of most of the year. (There is no internet access, however, in a thatched bungalow with a view of all this beauty.)
People with mobility problems may have difficulty mountainous slab routes, but the island is small, relatively flat and autonomous; Most trips are by boat. The Zen spa and yoga platform, you will find some better fringe places in this life are also designed with wellness questions in mind, making it the perfect refuge of the world.