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“Best. Beach. Stay. Ever.”
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Sea Star Spa
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Big Corn Island
Houston, Texas
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“Best. Beach. Stay. Ever.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

On one side of the Sea Star are black rocks with a fern grotto forming seaside. On the other are nearly two miles of a pale, powder sand beach that can be three volleyball nets wide at low tide. That sand extends all the way out to the distant reef, as free of rocks as the beach. But there are no volleyball nets. The main beach entertainments during our stay were watching a young man scrub horses with sand in the surf and then seeing the horses roll in the surf, all four legs in the air, and then romp through the waves like puppies. At the far end of the beach is a palapa restaurant beside a large natural tide pool featuring 3’ sharks and some reef fish, all just for viewing -- not eating. A similar restaurant minus the tide pool but featuring chairs and a picnic table on the beach, is only about a quarter mile down the beach from the Sea Star.

Counting the Sea Star’s 4, there are only 6 rental rooms on the whole beach. Most days we had it all to ourselves.

The Sea Star’s four spacious rooms feature comfie king-size beds facing the sea and overstuffed chairs or a sofa at the foot of the bed that also face seaward. Yes, the wide glass doors open all the way and yes, the place is so safe and bug-free that you can leave those doors open to the sea breeze all night long, although the a/c is fully functional. The rooms also have a table, two dining chairs, and two sinks. One sink is in a very spacious counter between the w.c. and the shower. That faucet remains on only so long as you press on it. The faucet at the second sink is in the bar counter and works normally. The water is pleasantly warm, but not hot, and the plumbing all works. The only body products available during the Sea Star’s current construction phase are shower dispensers of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. There are plenty of plastic hangers with little hooks molded into them. The hangers remove so you can hang your wet stuff just about anywhere. The provided robes are so soft and fluffy you’ll want to pet them.

On each very large porch are two chairs, a table, and a stool. That’s where we enjoyed the Sea Star’s breakfast service. Press a button and within usually a minute someone will bring a fruit plate, a smoothie and, if you request it, a coconut. The staff member will hack open the coconut with a machete, insert a straw, and then take your breakfast order. The food will be delicious, cooked to your specifications, and arrive more than promptly.

On the beach are lounge chairs that easily accommodated my 37”-inseam legs and could accommodate even longer legs. (Talls, rejoice!)

If you’d prefer to do more than lounge or walk the beach, the Sea Star has plenty of boogie boards and float chairs. They’ll call a cab ($1 to anywhere on the island) to whisk you to excellent diving, snorkeling, or mirror-calm swimming on other beaches.

How could there be a “best” to save ‘til last? Try service. The place is staffed by congenial magicians who can and will do anything to enhance your delight. That includes cooking, bar tending, room service for nearly anything, providing island tours, and fetching and delivering to your room anything available on the island. Example: When we requested extra beach towels to pad the wooden chairs, they brought the towels immediately and a few hours later delivered twin bed size foam "mattresses" a few inches thick that made the chairs utter bliss. And they provide all such services with a grin and as much cheery chatting as you’d like in excellent yet liltingly creole-accented English.

For the less-than-sure-footed, there are two possible impediments to this unimaginable perfection: slippery tiles and stairs. Although the porches and walkways are non-slip, the room tiles are mirror slick. The second floor is a full flight up from the beach. There are several shorter flights, some with tall rises, from the second floor up to the office and cab stop. Railings are not yet installed. In all rooms there are two steps from the living area up to the bath area.

Room Tip: First floor rooms have more shade on their porches and easier beach access. Second floor rooms have...
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2014

The Sea Star Spa is just what the doctor ordered. It's as relaxing or as adventurous as you want it to be. For me it was a little of both. The beds were great. The Internet was fast. The food and drinks were delicious. The view from the bed and the balcony was amazing. I was able to fully relax and really enjoy myself.

When we arrived on Corn Island there was a taxi waiting for us. He took us to the Sea Star Spa after we had him stop briefly at the Nautilus scuba shop where we setup our dives for the following morning.

Once at the hotel they showed us to our rooms while the staff prepared a huge lobster dinner for us. The mini-fridge in our room was empty, but they had plenty of drinks at the main kitchen to stock it up. They explained that we had a red switch we could turn on anytime day or night and a staff member would be at our door to take our request. I started calling it the "bat signal" and it worked amazingly well. The usual response time was less than a minute. I almost felt guilty turning it on sometimes, knowing that a staff member would come running down to my room as soon as I did.

The staff members were amazing. They really go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure your stay is pleasant. The kitchen is great and Kessy will cook up anything you request, especially lobster, shrimp, and fish. Breakfast each morning was great and some days Michael even used a machete to cut open a young coconut for each of us to drink with breakfast... all while we overlooked the waves crashing on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.

We did a few days of scuba, a day of snorkeling, and we even rented scooters from the hotel and and cruised around the island a few times one day. The scuba was great, but didn't compare to places like Roatan (IMHO), but it is still worth doing.

The waves in front of the hotel were not small, but we still had a lot of fun playing in them most evenings. The walks on the beach were great, especially at sunrise and sunset.

We had a great time and will definitely stay here again the next time we make it to Corn Island. I can only imagine how great it will be when the pool and other resort-style amenities are complete.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

If the staff here was any more talented, they would be able to levitate. Seriously.

Your every wish is granted with a smile and a desire to make your stay wonderful.

Combine the can-do attitude of the staff with an amazing ocean front room where you fall asleep and awake to the sound of the waves.

Want to go to the beach? Walk out our front door for 20 seconds.

Thanks to all the staff for making our stay soooooo relaxing.

Room Tip: All four rooms face the beach. I am glad we took beach level rooms. The upstairs rooms are more...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2013

When coming to Big Corn, know that you are getting involved in an island that is remote and has little to offer in terms of entertainment. With that being said, this is exactly what we were looking for.

Do your research and understand that this place doesn't have a bar or restaurant. Other reviews seem to complain about this but I feel like this is their own fault. Do your research! I emailed about a week before and prepped the room.....water, beer and a dinner for the first night we were there. Everything was in place and fabulous.

Kessy and staff were ridiculous. After tons of travel everywhere around the Caribbean, I can say that we have never run into more inviting, nicer people than at this hotel. My husband had a tooth ache from the moment we landed on the island and Kessy wasted no time to take us to the clinic (which was a great experience), wait with us and take us back and STILL make dinner. Anything we wanted, Kessy and staff provided. About 10 minutes after we flipped the switch in our room, staff came to ask us what we needed. We never felt neglected! Please know that they work on tips and to really take care of them for their efforts.

Everyday consisted of whatever we wanted...snorkeling from a boat that pulled up to the beach, dinner reservations that Kessy made for us, lunch on the deck based on our preferences. It didn't matter. We were catered to and felt like these people were our friends. I will never forget the staff and the kindness they provided. I hope one day to return, shake Kessy's hand and start the trip all over again!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Whitefish, Montana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2013

This hotel is a beautiful tropical oasis. The location is at the end of a gorgeous, clean beach and very private. The staff are excellent - professional, informative, prompt, friendly and go way beyond expectation to make your stay comfortable. The rooms are the best you will find on the island. There is an amazing view from each room. Large sliding glass doors open out to a large balcony just above the sand and waves. The rooms are very nicely furnished with comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms with hot water and separate toilet and a kitchenette area with refrigerator. The hotel has a backup generator so when the island power goes down you will continue to have lights and AC. The breakfast is delicious with real maple syrup! As for the review about no food or drinks - they brought any drinks we wanted and kept our refrigerators stocked well. They were very prompt in answering our "red switch" requests - 5 min or less and breakfast came promptly every morning. They arranged an amazing vegetarian Italian dinner for us at a restaurant on the other side of the island and when I left my sweater there they picked it up for me the next day without me even asking. They called taxies to take us to several places/restaurants and we never had an issue finding great food to eat. Definitely think this is the best place to stay on Big Corn! The hotel is still under construction, but the area that is done is wonderful and you don't see the construction area at all from the rooms.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

We visited Sea Star and Spa a year ago, and since it was still under construction much might have changed since our visit. But the reason for why I enjoyed my stay was because of the beautiful, luxurious rooms and the impeccable and personal service (from both the guys in the staff and the owner). And that can not have changed because of the construction (on the contrary - the hotel is probably even more beautiful today).

The rooms have a wonderful view over the beach and ocean (even from the bed). In the morning we just hit a button and the attentive staff brought us breakfast to the room. It is very peaceful and calm since the hotel is the only hotel on the beach and it is on the less developed side of the Island. We usually prefer to stay near other hotels and restaurants, so for us it wasn't perfect. But if you're in search of tranquility, this is perfect for you. It took about 20-30 minutes to walk to the other side of the Island. Someone below wrote that they do not have drinks or food available, which is correct. We solved that "problem" by going to the local shop and buying everything we wanted, and then storing it in our fridge. We had problem with our water, but they did everything they could to solve that problem, and even the owner who was in Canada, made sure that everything was okey and that we got compensated. They truly did everything in their power to make our stay perfect! There are not many places who care or try that hard.

We visited both Little corn and Big corn - and I personally prefered Big corn because it had more to offer and see.. but both are lovely and worth a visit! Nicaragua is one of the most hospitable and welcoming countries I've been to (we never felt unsafe), and has much to offer. (DON'T miss the volcano island Ometepe!)

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2013

I have been to Sea Star every year since it has opened and have never had a bad experience. We have always been impressed with the personal service and the friendly staff. They go above and beyond to make sure you have and enjoyable stay. So I thought the last review was a little unfair. It is really only a 30 sec walk to go ask for help or information if you need anything and someone is always willing to help you out.
My husband and I enjoy the beautiful view from the deck and the almost private expanse of beach with its white sand and warm water. He usually takes his boogie board out first thing in the morning before I am up and catches a few waves. Then he comes in and we order something to eat. We never get tired of the view and the warm ocean breeze and the peacful feeling of seclusion.
I have never written a review before. Maybe because we didn't want it to change too fast, or maybe because we were waiting until it was completely finished. But the last review prompted me to speak up!
This is a place that makes you feel very comfortable and first world in a country that is not anywhere nearly as developed as our countries
If you like warm ocean water, snorkeling, or scuba diving. You will be amazed at what this island has to offer. There is also fishing available which the staff will help to organize for you . Catching a baseball game and cheering for the south end team is always a fun afternoons as well.
If you are looking for a clean comfortable place to stay while you are traveling through either Big Corn or Little Corn island you will not be disappointed with rooms available here. I think they are the nicest on the island!
She has come a long way in the past few years and has done a very good job of accommodating people while still in construction phase. People were asking to stay in these rooms before she was finished that is why she started renting. The construction is behind the building that you stay in and doesn't hinder your stay or view in any way.
I have enjoyed watching the progress and can't wait to see the finished product when the pool and the spa part are fully functional!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sea Star Spa
Address: Long Bay Beach, South End, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Big Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Big Corn Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tranquil stretch of white sand has four luxury cabanas facing the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. The cabanas are nestled in the lush tropical hillside, offering guests alluring hospitality. Welcome to ~Sea~Star~Spa~ Corn Island, Nicaragua.~Sea~Star~Spa~ property is located on a tropical paradise island that Nicaragua has done their best to keep as their special secret. No larger than ten square kilometers, Big Corn Island is lush with exotic fruit trees, coconut palms and surrounded by white sand beaches. The year-round 30 degree temperature makes this island the perfect place for swimming, snorkeling, diving, fishing and other water sports or just relaxing on the beach. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Sea Star Spa Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island

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