Rent your own paradise Caribbean island for yourself and a partner, or for up to eight guests in four bungalow suites. Baroque Villas finds out all the details
Calala Island is located in an undiscovered section of the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. This exclusive private island has been named one of “The 10 best Private islands in the world” by Harpers Bazaar. It’s an exceptional location, one of the best properties in the Caribbean and offers discreet luxury and charm. Designed in the traditional style by leading British-born architect Matthew Falkiner, this little slice of paradise offers guests fine dining from a Michelin-starred chef as well as a private retreat with its own beautiful beaches.
With a staff of 25 (they call themselves ‘Calala-lalas’!), this retreat is quite exceptional. The four beautifully appointed villas on this nine and a half-acre island are all located right on the beach, decorated with fine Nicaraguan furniture. Aside from complete privacy, guests here enjoy barefoot luxury in one of the most exquisite locations on earth with just the birds for company (and all the Calala-lalas of course).
Executive Chef, Tom Morrell, makes a stay here an unrivalled experience. Each meal is an adventure, something often not considered in the mix. Of course, the activities here are numerous and fun for those who love the outdoors. There are all sorts of water sports to try, including kayaking, paddle boarding, great fishing, snorkelling and much more. Or you can step onto a beach, your footsteps the first in the sand, and soak up the sun in seclusion for hours.
Accommodation includes one Master Suite and three junior suites, all sumptuous, with private veranda and secluded beach terraces. The Master Suite offers an ultra all-inclusive experience so if sharing isn’t an option, just rent the entire island and enjoy your own Caribbean island all to yourself. Whether you book the island for two or eight people, everything is included in the rates, and includes all your meals and snacks, beverages (except for some champagnes and fine wines, which are at an extra charge), and all the activities you can muster.
Facilities include a stunning outdoor infinity swimming pool, sun decks with loungers, a choice of beautiful beaches to explore, two kayaks, a stand-up paddle board, two boogie boards and pool volleyball. In addition, guests enjoy a variety of massage treatments in the outdoor spa treatment cabana, including Swedish massage and Shiatsu.
The best time to visit this exceptional island paradise is during the winter months (November to April). The closest international airport is Managua. You can take a 50-minute internal flight from there followed by a 90-minue boat right to Calala Island, or, at an additional cost you can fly by helicopter directly to Calala Island (this takes 85 minutes).