Isleta El Espino

Isleta El Espino is a private island ecolodge on Lake Nicaragua just off the coast of the colonial city of Granada. With five guest rooms, the lodge features a swimming pool, yoga platform, kayaks, spa services, an intimate bar and dining. This charming eco-boutique hotel is just minutes away from the center of Granada and an array of activities including hiking, dining, shopping, and exploration. Isleta El Espino is off-grid with the power courtesy of the sun.

Each of the 5 guest rooms feature a private deck with lake view, mosquito net over the bed, screened windows, ceiling fan, closet safe, and private bathroom with hot water shower. The Treetop Rancho rooms are elevated into the canopy of our mango grove and overlook the pool and lake. These two side by side rooms each feature queen beds. The Bungalow offers privacy with views of the lush landscape and the lake beyond. This room features a queen bed and built-in sofa. The Casitas offer more seclusion with views of the lake and Volcan Mombacho. Each of these two rooms feature king beds and built-in outdoor sofa.





Indulge with a massage or other spa treatment during your stay. All services are provided by highly qualified and experienced professionals either in your room or in the massage ranchito. We can provide massages featuring a range of techniques, mani-pedis, yoga (mornings only), and more.

Granada Walking Tour

This tour begins with some history at the old cemetery on the edge of town where ornate mausoleums are the final resting place of both the benevolent and notorious figures of Nicaragua. Next, take a 10 minute walk to the Fortaleza La Polvora, a 19th century fort at the edge of the old city where one can peer through the gates at the ruins set amid lush gardens.

You will then walk past colorful colonial homes and churches before stopping at a cigar workshop to watch master blenders at work and receive a short lesson where you can try your hand at rolling one of your own.

Stop for a refreshment at one of our favorite cafes (food and beverage not included).

Iglesia La Merced - Climb to the top of the bell tower to take in 360 degree views overlooking the cities' neighborhoods, Lake Nicaragua, and Volcan Mombacho
El Mercado - Stroll through the market where locals find everything they need and share a Vigoron, a traditional Granadino dish.
Enjoy the lively Parque Central where locals go to relax, for people watching and shopping at one of the colorful stalls selling local handicrafts. 

Wander over to Cathedral de Granada for another climb to the tower for views of the Parque Central, Lake Nicaragua and La Calzada

Visit nearby art galleries and a printmaking collective and workshop.

Then to Convento San Francisco with its formal gardens, the Granada history museum, and a collection of monumenal Pre-Colombian volcanic-rock sculptures.
End your tour on La Calzada walking street at about lunch time where many dining choices are available.

Islete Nature Boat Trip

Enjoy an in-depth nature tour of the isletas from a certified local guide. Learn about the local and migratory birds, monkeys, fish, plants and trees. (approx. 90 minutes), We are happy to schedule a car to pick you up anywhere in Granada and bring you back after you return to the marina.

Horseback Riding Tour

You will be picked up at Convento San Francisco in Granada and taken on a short drive to the stables just outside of Granada where you will be greeted by your guide for this enchanting journey to Laguna de Apoyo. Along the trail you will pass through pastures, farms and villages before arriving to the rim of this beautiful volcanic lake where you will have time to take in the stunning scenery while the horses rest and feed on the wild grasses.  

The 1.5 hour tour takes you past an organic farm, pastures and villages. 

Prior to the ride, we will introduce you to the horses that we will be using on the tour, tack-up and answer any questions that you may have. You will be able to tour the stables to see that we are dedicated to providing a caring and rewarding environment for our horses. If it is your first time on horseback, these well cared for horses will make you feel like a skillful rider. If you are an experienced rider, you will appreciate how well cared for, fit and responsive the horses are.

Mucho More to do:

Stand Up Paddle Boards & Kayaking the Isletas

Volcano hikes and zip lining

Ceramic and Cooking Classes

Sunset dinner on a private island

Traditional Net Fishing Experience

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