I've travelled a lot and realize one has to be flexible but our stay at Yemaya tested us. To start, the rooms and property are beautiful. We were there at a slow time and were a group of five; there were two other couples and a group of three men, so the place wasn't busy at all. Most times when we would go to any meal, we were the only ones there. It was the service that we couldn't believe: 20 minutes (literally) of watching the bartender go through each step to make one smoothie. At least 30 minutes to have a meal delivered. When we would ask if it would be much longer on the drink order or whatever we'd been waiting for, the kitchen/restaurant manager would come over and apologize for the delay, and then we'd wait some more. After a while, apologies don't matter when nothing is ever done to fix the problem. And it actually got to be funny because it became so surreal to ask for more milk because the pitcher was empty and it would be 10 minutes before it arrived and we'd see our server doing something other thank filling the milk, as if she forgot our request. Beware of any compassion or help from Julia, the manager. I only ate Yemaya food and stayed away from salads but still got the dreaded stomach bug we are all warned about. When I went to Julia to ask advice, remedies, anything, she shook her head and said she didn't know any because she hadn't ever had it. She said I might "try" ginger tea. I didn't know what it was or how to drink it and she said she'd send some over but instead she continued to write the daily menu up on the white board while I watched. After about 10 minutes, she began to talk with guests and clearly wasn't going to get me the tea, I went to the bar and asked for myself. Later, my husband asked for some coconut water for me and waited about 20 minutes. He went to Julia to ask why the delay and her response was: "It's not like we have a grocery store here." Wow! I get it that it's an island and I love "Island Time" but this woman could not have care less for our comfort or satisfaction until we were leaving. Then she arrives at our door to wish us a "safe send off". Maybe she remembered that word of mouth and guest reviews exist and she thought she was making a last ditch effort? Either way, I can't recommend this place because there are others just as nice with a competent staff and management who cares and realizes there's a lot more than just filling rooms with warm bodies. Good luck to anyone who expects a positive experience.
- 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