Nicaragua Private Island

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Granada for shops and restaurants: 20 mins by boat and taxi
    Mombacho Volcano: 40km (1h by car)
  • Managua Airport (MAG): 60km (1h by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Nicaragua Private Island

How would you describe Nicaragua Private Island in a nutshell?

The island is a paradise. It’s an oasis of calm and has an amazing, relaxed atmosphere. It’s secluded and private, without being isolated. Previous guests have thanked me for creating paradise and I think that says it all.

What was your inspiration to buy an island and rent out the villa to guests?

We visited Nicaragua around six years ago for my birthday. It had been a horrible winter in England and I wanted to go somewhere warm and unspoiled. I completely fell in love with the country. On a tour of the islands I asked our guide to show us the ones that were for sale, although it wasn’t a serious idea at the time. We returned a year later and the island was still for sale. Three months later we were back to sign on the dotted line!

I was particularly inspired by the topography of the island. There was already some construction completed that I didn’t like but I figured you can always change the buildings but not the landscape. So over the next 18 months, we worked with a local builder and an architect from Germany who was living in Nicaragua and designed the most lovely place.

The island now is a very elegant, stylish place and extremely relaxing. People have said that their stress just melts away within mins of arriving. It has a very calming effect on people.

The villa
Pool and lake views
Living area
Living area
Bedroom and bathroom
Outside living area
Pavilion with hanging bed
The island
The two pavilions

Nicaragua Private Island rooms & rates

The island has two buildings - the main house and the pavilion. The main house has two large, en-suite bedrooms with king-size beds, air-con and ceiling fans. There’s also a large and well-equipped kitchen with a storage pantry, fridge and water oasis for cooking and drinking. It also has a sitting area and a laundry room for the housekeeper.

The pavilion also has two large, en-suite bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and the other with two twin beds. It also features a covered seating area and what’s known locally as a rancho, with a hanging bed and large dining table overlooking the pool. It’s ideal for an afternoon nap or alfresco dining, with another rancho down on the dock for sunset cocktails.

There’s also a separate room for staff, with two managers on site 24 hours a day to provide assistance if guests need anything. There’s also a house tucked away where the island caretaker and his family live. But apart from that, guests have full run of the acre-and-a-half island.

  • Nicaragua Private Island for 8 people / 250 m²
    795 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 4 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Sea view
Included in the rates
Rates include taxes, daily housekeeping, bed linen and towels, toiletries, drinking water, boat transfers to and from Granada marina, 2 onsite managers and a concierge service.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome. There is a cot available free of charge.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00
Closed October

Facilities & services

  • Maid service
  • Children welcome
  • Concierge service
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • BBQ area
  • Laundry service
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer
  • Bicycles

Apart from relaxing in our hanging beds or at our beautiful 12m infinity pool, we can offer all kinds of services, depending on our guests’ interests - private massages, yoga and fishing trips. Guests can use our boat and driver to get to and from Granada and we can organise excursions to explore other islands or the surrounding volcanoes. There are two docks offering direct access to the freshwater lake for swimming and we have kayaks that guests can use to explore. We also have a couple of bicycles for those who want to cycle into Granada from the marina.

There are always staff members on site to assist guests in any way and all of the property managers have been trained in Red Cross First Aid and lifesaving due to the remote nature of the island. We offer a daily housekeeping and can arrange for a chef to come to the island. Otherwise, guests can shop themselves in Granada or they can provide us with a shopping list and have the groceries stocked away ready for their arrival.

Nicaragua Private Island is a great place for families with children, although it might be more difficult for those with toddlers due to the design of the property and lack of fences around the pool and the island in general. It’s also ideal for groups of friends or intimate wedding celebrations. It’s not really suitable for people with limited mobility, however, due to the steps leading up to the main house from the dock.

Things to do in Lake Nicaragua & Granada

  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Very often our guests have big plans to go out exploring and end up not wanting to leave the island. So you can easily spend your days relaxing, reading, swimming and kayaking, as well as taking afternoon siestas in the hammocks or the hanging beds. But if you want to be active, you can visit the surrounding volcanoes. They are all quite different, one has a beautiful cloud forest at the top while another has a lagoon crater lake with thermally-heated waters perfect for a swim. And another is best visited at night as you can see the red lava illuminated.

There’s also the small village San Juan where pottery is made and another called Catarina that’s home to a number of plant nurseries where you can see native tropical plants. We can organise horse-riding excursions or trips to go zip-lining down the side of the volcano. Rather than hiring a car, we always recommend going with a local taxi or tour agency as there are few road signs and most people will end up lost.

Nicaragua Private Island reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Mary K.
stayed at Nicaragua Private Island in January 2023

The location of Nicaragua Private Island

Granada is a UNESCO World Heritage city in the west of Nicaragua, overlooking the shores of Lake Nicaragua. It’s a very pretty and sleepy town, with lovely architecture and a good selection of places to eat, museums and a tower that offers magnificent views of the area. The marina is a 5-10 min. taxi ride from the centre of Granada and our island is 10 min. by boat from there. So it’s around 20 min. travel time from Granada, which itself is only 50 min. from the Managua Airport.

We have an elevated position on the island and beautiful views, but it’s also very private and nobody can see you. We have a boat that takes guests back and forth, with a driver and another staff onboard to assist guests and carry their luggage. Guests can also use the boat whenever they want to go to Granada. The Isletas de Granada are really unspoiled and beautiful, and although Nicaragua is one of the poorest countries in Central America, it’s also one of the safest and the people are super.

When is the best time to visit Lake Nicaragua?

Nicaragua is warm throughout the year, with the high season (dry season) extending from the end of November/beginning of December to around May. But the wet season is also lovely, with short afternoon showers that are dispersed with sunny patches. The only month I wouldn’t recommend visiting is October, which tends to be the wettest month, although the seasons are less predictable these days. December and January tend to be cooler and breezier and we’re lucky to get breezes throughout the year that keep the mosquitoes and other insects away.