When you hear about Nicaragua, this is the first impression most people have about the Central American country: the Sandinista Socialist revolution that deposed the Somoza regime, the economic embargo imposed by the US, the Iran-Contra scandal and the devastating armed conflict that lasted for years. Almost 20 years later, the largest country in Central America, is finally on the threshold. Nestled between Honduras and Costa Rica, Nicaragua is one of the most beautiful countries in the Central American region, with hundreds of pristine beaches, active volcanoes, warm tropical climate and untouched coastlines. Add to the virgin rainforests, the only fresh water lakes in the world with sharks, picturesque colonial cities, a low crime rate and low cost of living; Nicaragua is posed to become the next great eco-destination.
If you are planning a visit to Nicaragua, we recommend to stay at these three top – eco friendly – resorts.
JICARO ISLAND ECOLODGE At this private island retreat, just a short boat ride from the colonial town of Granada, you can leave your hectic life behind and connect with nature. Yoga retreats are organised by world-renowned yoga expert Adrienne Ward, founder of BigWorldSmallPlanet. The furniture and the nine private casitas are made from Rainforest Alliance wood and the water is heated with solar paneels. Instead of conventional AC, cross ventilation and ceiling fans are used.
MORGAN’S ROCK HACIENDA & ECOLODGE Situated in the Nicaraguan Pacific Coast, the lodge boasts 15 deluxe cottages offering an intimate experience with Nature.While surrounded by over 800 hectares of tropical forest, connect with nature and enjoy a relaxing day in the 48-foot wooden yacht – the Argonauta – while spotting dolphins, whales, rays and turtles. Morgan’s Rock has planted over 1.5 million trees since 1998, and runs its own organic farm that supplies the produce for the resort’s restaurant.
AQUA WELLNESS RESORT Perched atop the trees to minimise the impact on the forest and with a bird’s eye view of the Pacific Ocean, Aqua Wellness Resort; an hour-and-a half from Granada offers private plunge pools, yoga, surfing, and cooking lessons. Besides Running a series of conversation and reforestation programs, AWR has an outstanding and one-of-a-kind turtle and monkey protection program.