Need to know
11am. Earliest check-in, 1.30pm. Guests can stash their luggage and use the facilities if they arrive early.
Double rooms from $440.00, excluding tax at 17 per cent.
Rates include all meals, roundtrip boat transfers and a ferry shuttle to and from Granada, yoga classes, kayak and paddle-board hire, a sustainability tour, daily morning-coffee delivery, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.
The property was built entirely from timber, reclaimed from trees blown down during Hurricane Felix. Wander through and you’ll see boulders eft as they were when owner Karen first arrived; the hotel’s low-impact, socially aware style earned it a place in National Geographic’s list of the top 25 ecolodges in the world.
Annually on 30 and 31 October for staff training.
At the hotel
Spa and wellness centre, floating yoga deck, mini private beach, free WiFi throughout, parking. In rooms: Bio Nature bath products.
Our favourite rooms
There’s no ‘fairest of them all’ here: each casita is designed for loved-up castaways. In leafy seclusion, you can get cosy in a gauzily veiled bed or watch the sunset hand in hand from your private deck. If you’re being particularly picky, request a slightly more tree-swathed stay, or one a little more lake surveying.
Hewn from natural stone, and decorated with plants and boulders, the small seawater pool masterfully apes the surroundings. Glide in from the wide stone steps and swim laps past mini outcrops. The infinity edge overlooks a peaceful terrace, and sunloungers at the side sit in plenty of shade. Hail a member of staff and ask for cocktails and snacks to be brought to your perch.
Therapists soothe aching joints with hot stones, massage and reflexology, in two treatment rooms, under the forest canopy. Free one-hour yoga classes are held in the open-air wellness pavilion, at 8am, Monday to Saturday. Private sessions are US$20 to $45, depending on the number of guests, and if you book in advance, they can be held on the incredible floating deck overlooking Ometepe’s volcanoes; when it’s not in use, guests can meditate over the view.
Your jungle kit bag should have ear plugs, mozzie spray and sun-tan lotion. Volcanic rock tears through dainty booties; max-strength hiking footwear is a must.
The lodge conserves electricity where possible, so there are few electronics in rooms. Arrive with a back-to-nature attitude. Scheduling a private boat trip to Granada is US$11.50 each way.
Over-12s welcome (over-8s are allowed from 10 March to 10 April, and 15 June to 30 July). Up to two kids can sleep on the sofa bed in each casita (US$180 a child, each night). There’s a family-friendly pool, watersports and wild excursions.
Absolutely. Waste water is filtered for drinking, littering is an absolute no-no, eco-friendly products are used, and the lodge’s casitas (made from recycled wood) were built with minimum disruption to the flora. Solar panels heat the lodge’s water, cross ventilation and fans replace air-conditioning, the pool’s chlorine-free, and the island’s electricity rigging has been installed underground so it doesn’t interfere with the wildlife. Locals are secured for subcontracted services and staff positions, and the hotel educates its team in sustainable practices. The solar panels also help to light the nearby school and health centre, too.