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A sleek wellness resort in Nicaragua

A tranquil new retreat opens on the shores of Lake Nicaragua

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A sleek wellness resort in Nicaragua

March 12 2010
Maria Shollenbarger

A holiday far from the world’s art capitals doesn’t equate to artless surroundings; proof lies at Jicaro Island Ecolodge (; doubles from $380) in Nicaragua. The sleek wellness retreat, constructed to the highest sustainability standards, is run by the team that created Costa Rica’s much-lauded Lapa Rios and Latitude 10 resorts; the nine two-storey casitas, open-air kitchen, treatment rooms and yoga-meditation deck are strung along the tranquil shores of Lake Nicaragua.

Should meditative inclinations give way to acquisitive ones, it’s just a scenic 20-minute boat ride to the boutique-filled colonial city of Granada on the far shore.