by Courtney Elko
This luxury eco-lodge has a front-row view of an iconic volcanic crater lake, situated about 20 minutes outside of Granada. The 26 guestrooms overlook the rare, but beautiful waters of Lagoon de Apoyo, a natural reserve inside the crater of a volcano. Families are immersed into an authentic Nicaraguan experience at this luxury resort surrounded by sounds of howler monkeys and birds, along with modern amenities of an infinity pool, a delicious restaurant, free Wi-Fi and relaxing spa treatments.
Opened in 2016, Pacaya made sure to include the local community when developing the “built for a purpose” concept of this resort. Along with local artisans’ works being displayed throughout the resort through artwork and furniture, Pacaya works with the local technical high school to educate the students in tourism and agriculture, Nicaragua’s leading industries. Pacaya offers internships and professional training to the students who then work at the resort for on-the-job training. Many of these students decide to work or continue their education in the hospitality industry after completing high school, which in itself is not common in the area.
Pacaya gives families an authentic and local Nicaraguan experience with impeccable lagoon and volcano views and modern luxury amenities.
Our Editor Loves
- Overlooks volcano crater lagoon
- Outdoor pool
- Free shuttle to lagoon beach
- Water Sports
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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There are 26 guestrooms and suites at this resort, all featuring artwork and furniture created by local artisans. Cribs and rollway beds are available for an additional charge. Televisions can be found in some of the rooms so be sure to request a room with a television if that is important to you. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the resort.
The guestrooms feature one king or two double beds, air conditioning, numerous large windows overlooking the jungle and lagoon, a coffeemaker, complimentary bottled water and a large balcony with chairs and a hammock. The bathroom features a stand up shower and a mini-fridge is available upon request.
The suites feature a separate living room space with a futon couch that can convert to a bed. A few of the suites are bi-level with the bedroom area and king bed situated upstairs in a loft. The suites also feature a television, coffeemaker, complimentary bottled water, mini-fridge and a standup shower in the bathroom. The large balcony features chairs and a hammock.
This hotel is located in a very calm and beautiful place near a lagoon, and not far away from the capital city of Managua. The attention is excellent and the food is delicious. They have Sunday brunch with live music and it does not get too crowded.
My wife and I decided to go to Pacaya Lodge to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. We went on a promotion we found on Instagram, not really knowing what to expect, but hopeful.
The experience was amazing! We were compelled to book a second night. We were just having too much fun. I will go on to comment on each part of the stay.
We stayed in an upper floor king room. The scenes of Laguna de Apoyo were absolutely breathtaking. The room was neat and the overall natural theme was something that we could not get enough of. We rarely used the air conditioning because it was just so naturally fresh and cool in our room.
The meals at the Lodge were absolutely delicious. The chef cooked our steaks just as we requested an the 'Desayuno Tipico' was a highlight for us. A perfect introduction to Nicaraguan cuisine.
POOL & JACUZZI
Nice and intimate, with lovely music played at just the right volume to perfectly accentuate our pool times.
Overall it was a great stay. I am now planning to get one of the packages on their website so we can try the guided tours of the surrounding cities the next time we visit.
Thank you, Pacaya Lodge.You are a gem in Nicaragua.
The outdoor infinity pool sits in the center of the resort overlooking the lagoon. It is surrounded by lounge chairs, umbrellas and tables and chairs. Kids will have a blast splashing and swimming while adults enjoy the relaxation. The onsite restaurant is only a few steps away and poolside service is available. Restrooms are also situated nearby and pool towels are provided.
The vast volcano crater lagoon, Laguna de Apoyo, sits well below Pacaya Lodge. There are hiking trails to reach the bottom (which could take some time), but the resort also offers a complimentary shuttle to transport guests twice daily to and from the lagoon. The lagoon beach is a great place to spend the day swimming, lounging, kayaking or paddle boarding. Snorkeling is also great here as well.
There is a local restaurant situated at the beach and as of 2018, the hotel has plans to open its own Beach Club at the lagoon, complete with a restaurant and amenities for guests. The resort also aspires to build a zipline that will take guests from the resort to the lagoon!
The hotel is happy to coordinate guided tours and adventures for guests. Day trips to Granada, volcano sledding in Leon, shopping at the markets or touring the islands of Lake Nicaragua are a few of the options available for an additional cost.
The onsite, open-air restaurant offers a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner with an even more amazing view of the hotel's pool and lagoon below. The local Nicaraguan dishes take a modern twist with traditional flavors. A few of the menu items include sandwiches, hamburgers, salads, pasta, chicken, seafood, beef and more. The children's menu includes things like chicken fingers and grilled cheese.
Dress is casual and reservations are recommended. The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and live music is performed most days from about 1 to 4 p.m.
A continental breakfast of fruit, coffee and breads, is included in your hotel rate and can be delivered directly to your room each morning.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Dry cleaning and laundry service is available to guests.
There is free parking available.
The Best Time to Visit
Peak season for tourists on the Pacific coast is also dry season, which runs from about November through April. Low and rainy season runs from May through October on the Pacific coast. Pacaya Lodge is at its busiest with visitors between November and January. September and October are more of a shoulder season.
The international airport, Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport, is located in the capital city of Managua and is less than an hour from this hotel.
Guests can easily walk around the compact resort, however strollers may prove somewhat difficult on the stone pathways, and there are no elevators. A free shuttle runs twice daily to the lagoon so the guests can enjoy the water and beach. An airport shuttle is also available for an additional cost.
For Mom and Dad
The adults can enjoy ultimate relaxation with one of the many spa treatments available.
Start your vacation by relaxing and stretching on the yoga deck situated next to the pool and overlooking the lagoon.
The onsite bar is situated near the restaurant and offers live music and great happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.