Experience

Nicaragua Private Island Retreat

  • Trip Type
  • Honeymoon
  • Length
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • When to Go
  • November - August

  • Discover a luxury island escape like no other, with eight days in an ultra-exclusive hideaway in one of Nicaragua’s most enchantingly beautiful locales – the Pearl Cays. This little visited corner of the country is remote and spectacular, with calm, turquoise and cobalt water, and powdery white beaches punctuated by palms, yet not another soul in sight. Indulge in some serious seaside downtime, and ease yourself into the island’s laid-back luxury vibe. Spend days with your toes in the sand, swim with endangered sea turtles, go lobster diving or set sail to discover nearby cays – or just relax. Paradise is calling.

    Trip Highlights

    lush jungle & deserted beaches • charming colonial Granada • private helicopter ride to Calala Island • cooking class • couples' massage • local rum & cigar tasting • deserted island hopping • snorkeling & swimming with turtles • kayaking & paddle boarding • beach time


    Full Package per person from:

    $8,500.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $11,900.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    Prices vary based on departure season.

    ROAM Light Package
    accommodations & transportation only
    per person from:

    $8,150.00 low season (May - Oct)
    $11,700.00 high season (Nov - Apr)
    Prices vary based on departure season.

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    • Day 1: Managua to Granada - Journey back in time to colonial Granada

      After your arrival to Managua’s Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, you’ll be met by your driver and whisked away half an hour's drive to the south to the colonial city of Granada. Check into your spacious, luxuriously-appointed room at Hotel Plaza Colón for the evening and then get out and explore! There is lots to take in in Granada – cobblestone streets, a thriving culinary scene, and a lively town center, lined with whimsical market stalls and colorful cafes.

    • Day 2: Granada to the Pearl Cays - Helicopter ride & exclusive island hideaway

      Today, you'll walk in the footsteps of Granada's colonial past, riding in a horse-drawn carriage, exploring the convent and church of San Francisco, which dates back to the 16th century, and climbing the bell tower of Merced for an awe-inspiring panoramic vista of the city, Lake Nicaragua, and the looming silhouette of Mombacho, ever present on the horizon.

      Then, take off in a private helicopter flight over expansive, rugged jungles and pristine blue waters. Arrive to the ultra-luxe Calala Island where warm, friendly staff will greet you with a tasty tropical cocktail and cool towel and lead you along a jungle-shrouded pathway to your private villa.

    • Day 3: the Pearl Cays - Beachfront rest, relaxation & a culinary exploration of Nicaragua

      Spend a day getting fully acquainted with the unrelenting beauty of this untouched Caribbean paradise, and discover Calala Island’s own brand of laid-back, secluded luxury – top-notch customer service, unparalleled dining, and no shortage of breathtaking views in every direction. Relax in a hammock beneath massive coconut palms as they sway in gentle tropical breezes, dancing along to the rhythm of the crashing surf, or spend the day soaking in the sun in the beachfront infinity pool, cocktail in hand.

      In the afternoon, take part in a culinary masterclass with the island’s resident chef and creative food genius, Lorne Emerson. Then, after dinner, enjoy a tasting of some of Nicaragua’s finest exports – cigars and rum. This is the life!

    • Day 4: the Pearl Cays - Kayaking & a romantic champagne picnic

      Today, set out and explore the island surrounds by kayak, and then, take a trip across to Little Calala Island for a romantic picnic spread - complete with champagne - as the sun dips toward the horizon, and begins to paint the sky in technicolor.

    • Day 5: the Pearl Cays - Deserted island hopping

      After a leisurely breakfast, make your way out to explore the rest of the dazzling string of tiny Caribbean islands in the Pearl Cays. These snow-white, palm-shaded, turquoise-fringed beaches are some of the best in all of Nicaragua, and certainly the most pristine. Stop along the way to don a snorkel and discover the undersea gems that hide below the waves - brightly colored tropical fish, lobsters, sea turtles and more.

    • Day 6: the Pearl Cays - A modern day Eden

      Today is yours to spend how you wish. Catch some rays poolside, paddle board around the island, or set off on a fishing trip to land a Caribbean catch of the day. The island is yours to do as you please.

    • Day 7: the Pearl Cays - Time to unwind

      Enjoy one final incredible day of relaxation - mimosas for breakfast, a hand-in-hand stroll down the beach, and a couples' massage in a private pavilion, surrounded by mangroves. Dinner tonight will be unforgettable. Dig your toes into the sand at a private beachfront table for two, and dine on a bespoke menu of fresh-off-the-line-seafood as night falls and the stars appear above you.

    • Day 8: the Pearl Cays - Farewall to paradise

      Set out from Calala Island on a short boat ride to Bluefields, where you will climb aboard a quick puddle-jumper flight back to Managua, and depart on your international flight home. Buen viaje!

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    What's Included?

    We'll give you everything you need, everything you want, and a few little surprises to make your trip extra special. We've got you covered, from start to finish. Unique, unforgettable destinations; private tours with local experts; authentic local cuisine; lessons, demonstrations and new cultural insights; more adventure than you can handle; perfect romantic touches; blissful relaxation; and a feeling of total freedom. We take care of everything so that you can enjoy an unparalleled, hassle-free journey without worrying about a thing.

    • Airport pickup

    • All hotel accommodation

    • Meals as indicated

    • Detailed maps and trip preparation guide

    • All special events and tours

    • All vehicle and regional air transportation from rendezvous to drop-off

    • All baggage transportation

    • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

    Stay Longer

    If our off-the-shelf itinerary is almost a perfect fit, but just doesn’t feel long enough, extend your stay to make it the best vacation possible. Spend a few days in the region before or after – we can customize any trip, and no ask is too big!

    Let us know what you have in mind using the contact form below, and we’ll get in touch to create your perfect travel experience.

    Know Before You Go

    • Itinerary prices are dependent on season of departure. Christmas, New Years and Easter (Semana Santa) are peak season, and prices during these periods are significantlky higher than other times of year. High season runs from November through April, and green season from May through September.

    • Arrival: hotel check-in times are at 3:00pm, but you may arrive at any time during the day. If you arrive prior to the scheduled check-in time, we will arrange for early check-in wherever possible.

    • Departure: hotel check-out times are at 9:00am. International flights on your departure day should be arranged to depart after 1:30pm.

    • All prices in USD.

    • For vaccination recommendations, please visit the CDC website.

    • For American, Canadian, and British citizens, a valid passport with 6+ months remaining is required for entry to Nicaragua.

    • Debit cards may not work in Central America, but most establishments accept major credit cards.

    • Please ensure you have immediate access to a minimum of USD $250 as an emergency fund to be used if circumstances outside our control (e.g. a natural disaster) require changes to your planned route.

    • All visitors are required to purchase a tourist card for USD $10, payable in US currently only.

    • All departure taxes are included in the cost of airfare.

    • It is customary to tip service providers (waiters) around 10% depending on service. Tipping taxi drivers is not required.

    • Gratuities for guides and drivers are deeply appreciated, and provide an important supplement to their income. If you are pleased with the tour services you've received, a guideline for tipping in Central America is USD $8-10 per person per day for multiple-day tours, or USD $5-10 per person for day tours.


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    Getting There

    From North America: several airlines offer direct and connecting flights to Nicaragua’s international airport: Augusto C. Sandino International Airport in Managua (airport code: MAN). Including connection time, flights from the USA typically range from 2.5-9 hours in duration, while most flights from Canada range from 9-15 hours in duration.

    From the UK: there are currently no direct flights to Managua from the UK, but there are several flight options connecting in the United States and/or Canada. Including connection time, flights from the UK typically range from 12-18 hours in duration.


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