Villa in Granada

  • Location: Town / Village
    Shops and restaurants: In walking distance
    Lake Nicaragua, Central America’s largest lake: In walking distance
    Mombacho volcano: 18km (30 mins by car)
    Pacific coast: 75km (1h 20 mins by car)
  • Managua International Airport (MGA): 50 km (1h by car)
    Liberia International Airport in Costa Rica (LIR): 195 km (3hs by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Villa in Granada

How would you describe Villa in Granada in a nutshell?

Villa in Granada is a tropical oasis in the middle of the wildly colorful town of Granada. It’s somewhere beautiful where you can completely disconnect and relax, allowing the world outside to disappear, and when you want, venture back out into it.

What’s your background and what was your inspiration to open Villa in Granada?

My background is actually in archaeology... It’s a long, long story, but I went from wanting to dig around in the dirt to working for the Department of Homeland Security in International Affairs, to becoming a freelance writer and soon to be (fingers crossed) novelist and finally, now one of the owners of Villa in Granada.

I don’t think there was an inspired “moment”, but rather a winding through life. My wife and I had just sold all our things, including our home in Washington DC to move to Latin America for an indefinite amount of time. I was to pursue writing, and we knew that part of that adventure would be extending the superior hospitality that my wife’s company, El Camino Travel has become known for through an actual physical space. However, we wanted whatever we created to be more than a property. We wanted to transform a physical location into an experience.

Originally, we were scouting Colombia but then this incredible opportunity to purchase Villa in Granada came up, and we knew we had to seriously consider it. We know the designers of Villa in Granada, Yvan and Jean Marc, the owners of Tribal Hotel, well. We also knew that they have impeccable taste and high standards so anything that they had constructed and created was going to be eclectically designed to the highest quality. All the pieces fell in place over the next few months, including bringing on the insanely talented photographer Jen Chase as part owner. It moved from piquing our interest to maybe being too good to be true, to being true. We couldn’t pass it up. Yvan and Jean-Marc had laid the foundation for us to take what they beautifully built and add the El Camino touch through the actual experiences and hospitality.

Beyond that, we have been actively visiting since 2013, and we knew that it was perfectly located from stunning coastlines, a volcanically heated crater lake, and Nicaragua’s most bustling market. We felt it could be a perfect home base for the experiential traveler who is looking to explore all that Nicaragua has to offer both culturally and geographically.

How would you describe the atmosphere and the interior design of Villa in Granada?

To me, sometimes “luxury“ can seem opulent to the point of being ridiculous, or so modern to the point of being cold. However, Villa in Granada, while a maximalist design, still retains the warm charm that so many luxury properties simply lose. When I’m there, I don’t get hung up on what I can do, or touch. I sink into the couch cushions. I cook. I enjoy myself! It becomes a place I like living in as opposed to a place that follows my mother’s rule when we went somewhere nice of “Look, but don't touch“.

The blending of indoor and outdoor living space also adds an element of comfort and livability in a high-end atmosphere. At night, the space transforms again, just begging to be used by a small group of friends to enjoy the intimate setting for drinks and laughs through the night hours. The house, to me, is designed for full sensory exploration. Visually, it’s stunning, and I think the photos speak to that. But, hearing the wind rustle the giant banana leaves in your own living room while the water from the pool cools your skin, and you’re eating fresh fruit all combine into a complete, immersive experience for your senses.

To you personally, what is so special about Villa in Granada?

We love that the house is centered around communal spaces, meant to be shared. We also love that the bold custom-tiled pool is like a living piece of art for our guests where they can be together, surrounded by as much thought and detail as they give to each other. The technicolored sunsets that can be seen from the terrace are not to be missed. The sun’s rays peek out from behind Mombacho volcano, casting a direct light onto the canary yellow cathedral. It’s in those moments where I am completely in awe of nature; all my worries seem to completely escape me and I realize how incredibly lucky we are to be able to share this experience with others. In short, the house’s greatest quality is its ability to bring people together.

Please tell us about the food.

We offer a kitchen to be used how you see fit. The local municipal market is only a few blocks away so you can go there to pick up fresh dragon fruit, papaya, tortillas, and an assortment of additional fresh produce. However, we also have several recommendations in our house book with our favorite spots for everything from a delicious iced latte to the hole in the wall spot that serves our favorite local dish, Fritanga.

Is Villa in Granada best suited for couples, families, groups? What’s your policy on kids?

Villa in Granada is great for couples, families, and small groups of six or less. We do allow children, but we do not think this is the best house for infants under the age of two because of the floating staircase.

Lounge area
Pool area
Dining area
Lounge area
Lounge area
Courtyard and pool
Courtyard and pool

Villa in Granada rooms & rates

The first thing one notices, coming through the gate, is what we’ve now declared to be ‘banana leaf alley’. The stone side street and alley is where the front door resides, and it’s completely flanked on either side by giant banana and plantain plants. The leaves create a natural archway along the entirety of the alley.

Once you climb the first two steps to the front door and open it, the first impression is really something. Your field of vision, from left to right, is greeted by white-walled and Turkish kilim lined lounge which has a seating area full of beautifully designed fabrics and pillows. From there a row of columns separates the indoor from the outdoor. The columns rise high, covered in ornately, custom-designed tiles as white curtains flap in the breeze around them. Your eyes rise, then settle on the greenery of the courtyard which surrounds a crystal clear pool.

As you take a few steps into the property, the dining area becomes visible at the base of a black, floating staircase. As your eye follows the stairs up, you notice the stencil work in the ceilings. Continuing to walk in, and turning slightly to the left, the kitchen greets you, fully open to the entire space. It’s really the perfect place to cook – you don’t miss a thing in the kitchen.

Walking up the stairs, following its ninety-degree turn, you notice the basket-woven chandelier which hangs the entirety of the two-story house to the dining area below. As you reach the top, you can see the courtyard below. To the left is a bedroom with glass French doors. Inside, the walls are solid white, and antiques decorate the shelves. This room offers the most privacy. As you walk down the promenade toward the patio, flanked by two other rooms with matching French doors, you can catch a view of the canary-yellow cathedral in the center of town. The sitting area in the patio offers views to the south, looking at Mombacho Volcano. The room to the right is similar to the previous room, though it stays the coolest throughout the tropical days. The room to the left, has a gray and stencil lined wall, reminiscent of the ceilings on the first floor. It also has an extra window, offering more southern views.

  • Villa in Granada for 6 people / 345 m²
    300 / night
    • 3 Double bedrooms
    • 3 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • Air conditioning
Included in the rates
Rates include an in-country concierge service, private access entry, security, free parking (street) and a complimentary fruit basket.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 8 years old are welcome. There is no space for extra beds.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Babysitting on request
  • Garden
  • Music system
  • Courtyard
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Safe box
  • Hair dryer

Any guest at Villa in Granada receives full in-country concierge service from El Camino Travel, a boutique travel company that focuses on immersive, high-end travel experiences. We offer things such as walking tours of Granada, a fishing trip to the lake, visits to the bustling Masaya Market all with a top-notch guide that really brings the history and cultural details to life through incredible storytelling. We also offer a variety of services and experiences in-house such as massages, cooking classes, private chef services, and babysitters. There’s so much we can arrange, just reach out for more info.

We want you to know that we’re doing our part to help our guests' stay. Per U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, we are cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, remotes, etc.) before you check in, and maintain a 72 hour gap between guests.

Things to do in Granada

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Night life
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing / Kayaking
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

Granada is the centerfold of Nicaragua, from which one can find sheer staggering natural beauty where volcanoes and the lagoons of the Central Highlands meet tropical rain-forest and stunning coasts along the turquoise Caribbean and emerald Pacific (any surfer’s paradise).

We offer a number of activities and experiences. Some were previously mentioned, but we offer numerous activities via our El Camino Concierge service. One of our local favorites is visiting Laguna de Apoyo, a volcanic, crater lake that’s completely surrounded by nature. If you get there early enough, you can hear howler monkeys along its shores.

Here are just a few of the activities available:

The Real Massaya Market Tour: Massaya boasts Nicaragua’s best market for crafts and food. Let your eyes settle from stunning hand-crafted ceramics to vibrantly colored local fruits and produce.

Lake Nicaragua Fishing Tour: Lake Nicaragua is Central America’s largest lake. Fish like a local as you boat through the islands that dot the lake just off the shore from Granada like tropical fjords. The catch is yours to make fresh ceviche or grill up as you see fit.

Spa Services in the Cloud Forest: Looking for some serious self-care? We know a place nestled in a cloud forest an hour outside of Granada that offers more luxury spa therapies than we knew existed.

Night Tour of Mombacho Volcano: Care to hike to the top of an active volcano and peer down to Dante’s Inferno? Test your nerve and be rewarded with a stunning view of mother nature’s power as you admire glowing magma lighting the night sky.

The location of Villa in Granada

Villa in Granada is located in Granada, Nicaragua. It’s a town, adorned with colorful streets and Spanish, colonial architecture. The whole town centers around the “Parque Central” which features a towering canary-yellow cathedral. Tall palm trees sprout up through reddish tiled roofs from hidden courtyards, and sometimes it seems the number of horse-drawn carriages equals the number of cars on the road.

As far as getting here, the nearest airport is the Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (MGA) in Managua, Nicaragua which is roughly an hour's drive.

When is the best time to visit Granada?

Any time of year is a good time of year. The warmest months are April and August, but there’s always a pool to cool off in. October is the rainiest, but honestly, the rain comes at night, so your days are still perfect.