I traveled with my wife and ten-year-old to Little Corn Island two years ago, well before Yemaya was open. We stayed at Casa Iguana, which was in bad need of repairs then and hasn’t yet received them. Yemaya is entirely different from anything else on the island. Many of the places on LCI offer stunning views. None offer the stunning views of Yemaya while also offering luxury accommodations. AC would be out of place, and I am glad that Yemaya doesn’t offer any. Instead you have two powerful ceiling fans at your disposal; we were always comfortable at night.
To a person, everyone on the staff was uber-helpful and friendly. They all speak excellent English, though you can continue practicing your Spanish if you’d prefer. The smoothies are amazing and run between $6-$8 with all sorts of tropical fruits/flavors available.
If you are looking for quiet, this is the place to choose. Little Corn Beach and Bungalow with the Turned Turtle Restaurant is a great place, but centered amongst other lodging choices. Yemaya sits by itself. It is absolutely stunningly quiet here. As just one example, if you choose to go snorkeling here, you are likely to have it to yourselves, whereas the other places use the same service to take you out to the reefs where you are likely to share it with others on the same boat. That isn’t a big deal, but snorkeling with my wife and son by ourselves was amazing.
After two trips to LCI, I simply bypass Big Corn, and I think it a mistake to do otherwise. You’ll want to spend as much time as possible on LCI. The panga has proven very reliable for us, with no problems two years ago or this year. When you arrive at Yemaya after being quickly taxied there by boat (you are greeted at the dock with your name on a card), you will immediately feel any stress you are carrying ooze out of you. Our only mistake was only booking four nights. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid!
The food in the restaurant is very tasty with very generous portions. We ended up splitting an entre on several occasions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yemaya, Island Hideaway and Spa is a new boutique, eco-luxury hotel on mystical Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. The island is 70 miles off the east coast of Nicaragua, surrounded by pristine Caribbean waters and beautiful fringe reefs teeming with colorful tropical fish. All of our 16 luxury cabanas face directly onto the sea, a few steps away from some of the best snorkeling you will ever see. Our restaurant and bar features a fusion of local island cuisine with Asian flavors, featuring produce grown in our own organic garden, and seafood straight from the sea that surrounds us. We have a beautiful yoga pavilion and spa rooms nestled back in the lush jungle, ready to help wash away the stresses and strains of everyday life. Sway to the rhythm of the coco palms in a big comfy hammock, head out in one of our sea kayaks to explore the reef, or step off you private terrace into the reefs for some amazing snorkeling. Whatever you choose to do, your time at Yemaya will be unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa Little Corn Island, Corn Islands, Nicaragua