Pacaya Lodge pool at night

Most of the luxury hotels in Nicaragua are concentrated in a triangle of three locations. We’re happy to see another change to that pattern with the opening of Pacaya Lodge and Spa on the edge of Apoyo Lagoon.

Pacaya Lodge suite Apoyo NicaraguaSituated between Managua and Granada, this resort offers terrific views of the water from a high vantage point. The main restaurant, pool, and all of the rooms take advantage of the location with panoramic vistas.

This location makes Pacaya a nice last stop before heading to the Managua airport, or a place to stay the first night or two in order to skip the capital altogether. It’s in a good location for exploring the handicrafts market and shops of Masaya 20 minutes away and visiting the volcanic caldera there where you can go right up to the rim.

Plenty of the handicrafts and workmanship of that area made it into the design here.

When designing and decorating, it’s clear Pacaya Lodge looked to its community for inspiration. Located in one of Nicaragua’s “pueblos blancos” villages known for art and handicrafts, Pacaya turned to locals to supply nearly everything. That decision is manifested in woodwork and furniture; pottery and lamps; even the dinnerware used in Restaurante Guardabarranco.

This is a boutique property with just 26 rooms, including several suites. So you can expect plenty of personal service and this property is actually runs an educational program for aspiring hotel workers.

The food in Nicaragua can be pretty hit and miss, but thankfully Restaurante Guardabarranco gets high marks for its local specialties and some crowd-pleasing international favorites, including on the children’s menu.

There’s a spa on site and daily yoga classes. Or just kick back on the deck and swim in the infinity pool with a panoramic view of the water and dramatic scenery.

See our full review of Pacaya Lodge and Spa perched above Laguna Apoyo in Nicaragua.