Hotel Review: Pacaya Lodge & Spa Overlooking Crater Lake


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Pacaya Lodge & Spa is a luxury ecolodge overlooking the clear waters of Nicaragua’s ionic crater lake. The only five-star resort in the Laguna de Apoyo nature reserve, the intimate property offers a boutique experience just 20 minutes from Granada and 45 minutes from Managua.


Located about halfway between the cities of Granada and Masaya, Pacaya Lodge & Spa is in the heart of Nicaragua’s picturesque Pueblos Blancos, villages known for their quality, authentic art and handicrafts. The hotel is a perfect hopping-off point to explore neighboring market villages, hike nearby volcanoes, spend the day at the beach, or enjoy an evening in Granada. Pacaya Lodge & Spa offers a variety of guided tours and excursions to help guest experience the Nicaraguan art and culture, nature and wildlife, and adventure.

Style & Character

Each of the hotel’s 26-guestrooms feature stunning views over the jungle canopy to Laguna de Apoyo below with the colonial city of Granada and Lake Nicaragua visible on the horizon. The lodge and casitas feature furniture, art, and décor created by local artisans blending an authentic Nicaraguan feel with the lodge’s warm, contemporary design.

Guests can unwind in the hammock on their private balcony, float in the infinity pool overlooking the crater lake, indulge in a signature spa treatment, or wander the trails through the reserve to the calls of howler monkeys and exotic birds. A trek down to the lake offers guests a chance to sunbathe, swim and paddle in the clear, thermal waters of Laguna de Apoyo.

Alleviating Poverty

A hotel “built for a purpose,” Pacaya Lodge & Spa is helping to alleviate poverty by supporting the education of students from surrounding communities. The lodge contributes a percentage of all revenues to La Emprendedora, a technical high school operated by Opportunity International Nicaragua. The school offers students technical education in tourism or agriculture, Nicaragua’s leading industries. In addition to contributing revenues directly to the school, Pacaya Lodge and Spa trains the students in customer service two days a week, sources produce from its organic farm, and offers internships and professional development opportunities for the students.

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