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Nicaragua Private Island is managed by Nicky, the owner.
£570 - £1050/night
Suitable for up to 8 people

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The villa - Nicaragua Private Island, in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
— Nicky: “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...”
Interview By:

— How would you describe Nicaragua Private Island in a nutshell?

Nicky: “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.”
The villa - Nicaragua Private Island, in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
— The villa

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

Nicky: “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 minutes of arriving. It has a very calming effect on people.”
Pavilion with hanging bed - Nicaragua Private Island, in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
— Pavilion with hanging bed

— Please tell us about the layout of the property and the rooms.

Nicky: “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, in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua

— Please tell us about the facilities and services offered at the villa.

Nicky: “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.”
Pool and lake views - Nicaragua Private Island, in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
— Pool and lake views

— What is your policy on family/children or is it best for couples?

Nicky: “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.”
The island - Nicaragua Private Island, in Lake Nicaragua, Nicaragua
— The island
 
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