Outdoor and Grass The duo put their background in design, architecture, and project management to work to create Isleta El Espino. Although it took almost eight years to see the plan through to fruition, the result is picturesque beyond what they could have initially imagined. Every detail is carefully considered, making even the most mundane of daily tasks, like washing your hands, a treat, as they use local clay pottery to hold soap, shampoo and conditioner.  Photo 7 of 12 in Isleta El Espino: A Three-Room Eco Hotel on Lake Nicaragua
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"All the lighting, the sinks, the furniture, the ceramics, almost without exception are locally produced," Andrew says. The Isleta El Espino staff are also entirely from the isletas and Granada, with General Manager Martin Mayorga leading local operations. There’s even an island caretaker named Don Jose, who will turn 101 in May. Don Jose has lived on the island for over 30 years and still lives in the same home today. "When we first bought the property, Don Jose was worried we would want him to leave. But we said absolutely not, this is your home. You can stay as long as you want," Kristin says.  Photo 9 of 12 in Isleta El Espino: A Three-Room Eco Hotel on Lake Nicaragua
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