Ultra-private escapes in Nicaragua

Cazenove + Loyd’s new tailored journeys marry off-the-grid nature with village culture and characterful inns and villas

Calala is an idyllic four-room lodge on a private island off Nicaragua
Calala is an idyllic four-room lodge on a private island off Nicaragua

For a long time, spotty infrastructure kept Nicaragua’s awesome bicoastal beaches, pristine rainforest and active volcanoes off limits for many. But now the superior team at Cazenove + Loyd (cazloyd.com; from £5,000 per person, based on two sharing) is jumping in, with tailored journeys that marry off-the-grid nature with village culture via respites at a host of ultra-private inns and homestays rich in character: among these are Calala, a four-room, private-island idyll that opened last August on the country’s Caribbean side, staffed amply with, among others, a Michelin-trained British MasterChef finalist; and Jicaro Island Lodge, a gem on its own tiny island in the middle of Lake Nicaragua.

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