Lovers and friends looking for a unique island getaway.
Open water. Peace and beauty. Mango trees all around. Coffee from the local coffee farm. Waking up every morning to an amazing view of the Mombacho Volcano.
November to May.
Isleta El Espino is a boutique ecolodge, situated on a private island in the Granada Isletas of Lake Nicaragua. The hideaway is owned by a brother and sister team and has a total of five rooms, including a treehouse. Everything on the property has been built by local designers and artisans.
Wake up to the sounds of birds chirping and mangoes falling from the trees. Turn on island mode.
Take the Isleta Nature Tour and learn about Nicaragua's flora and fauna. Go fishing for your dinner with a local fisherman. Enjoy stand-up paddleboarding around the islands. Climb the Mombacho Volcano or take a horseback ride through cocoa and banana farms, following a dip in a natural spring.
Pomegranate welcome drink. Huevos Rancheros. Ceviche. Vigaron. (traditional Nicaraguan dish with curtido, boiled yuca, and chicharrones wrapped in banana leaf) Sopa Azteca. Fresh seafood. The chef sources most ingredients at the local markets, with many greens, herbs and fruits are grown onsite.
Arrange a pickup from the Managua International Airport to Marina Cocibolca, Granada. From the marina, it is about a beautiful 15 minute boat ride to lodge.
Isleta El Espino runs on solar power and practices sustainable lifestyle where possible. Almost everything from food to staff to building materials has been locally sourced.
*Images property of Isleta El Espino
Honeymooners. Beach bums. Yogies.
Turquoise greens of the Caribbean Sea. Snorkeling with octopus and squid. Lazy hammock naps. Black starry nights.
November to May.
Yemaya is a boutique beachfront hideaway on Little Corn Island, 50 miles east of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast. Enjoy the luxury suites, steps away from the ocean, the picture-perfect coconut palms and the cool island vibe.
Visit the hotel's wonderful spa, which stays authentic to the island's culture. Make sure to try the Chocolate Therapy Treatment or the Banana Sea Salt Scrub. Take part in one of the yoga or mindfulness retreats held at Yemaya. (Previous retreats have included hosts like Seane Corn, Meghan Currie, and Exhale Studio.)
Wake up with yoga in the jungle studio. Kayak, paddleboard, or snorkel in the turquoise waters. Go sailing along the Yemaya coastline. Take a deep sea fishing trip and have your catch of the day grilled later. Take a chocolate-making class.
House-made coconut milk. Coconut ceviche. Kingfish crudo. Grilled snapper. Poached lobster.
Fly from Granada to Managua, following a flight to Big Corn Island and a boat to Little Corn Island.
Yemaya grows majority of the fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices in their own garden and employs the island's locals.
*Images property of Yemaya Colibri Boutique Hotel