I will preface this review by saying this was my husband's favorite place that we stayed out of a total of 4 while in Nicaragua. The setting is picture perfect and the bungalows are artistically constructed with lots of island craft touches. There are many wonderful spots around the grounds to enjoy the ocean and lounging. A few details that are good to know, prior to arriving at Dereks may make your stay easier. Derek and Anna are not particularly service oriented and are brief or vague with answers to questions. You can enjoy the space by eliminating expectations or dependence on them. My first recommendation to anyone traveling to the Corn Islands and even Nicaragua as a whole-bring a flashlight or headlamp. We used ours nightly here as well as during power outages along the Pacific coast. Derek"s serves dinner 5 nights a week, not on Friday or Saturday night, and only at the time Derek's family wants to eat. So other times, if you have not prepared with food in your bungalow (no refrigeration-don't ask) you will need to take a walk down a dark jungle path to have food and drinks in the evening. This is completely doable if you prepare by familiarizing yourself with the trail during the day and have a light. One of our favorite places for meals and the closest is Little Corn B&B and Bungalows. They are open throughout the day from breakfast until 8:30. Every meal there was excellent. You can also head the other direction around the end of the island and come to the Yemaya resort. Much of this walk can be done on the beach so it's a little easier to see, once you clear the coconut grove. We had a couple of meals at Dereks and both were healthy and tasty.
We rented snorkel equipment from the dive shop at Derek's. I made the mistake of only trying on one of my flippers for fit before we left the area. Just an fyi-check both and make sure snorkels are working before you get too far away.
We enjoyed our "shower" outside our bungalow which was a large barrel of water and a small bowl. Might not be for everyone, but definitely in the spirit of the location. Not sure if there are other forms of "showers" at Dereks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Friendly eco-oriented hotel. Solar panels and windmills. Right on the beach, 15 minute walk through the beautiful tropical foliage. For those seeking quiet and tranquility at an affordable price. Welcome, one and all! Snorkeling, restaurant with wood-fire oven baked food, and nearby horse-back riding. Have a good day and a wonderful stay! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Derek`s Place Hotel Little Corn Island
- Derek's Place Little Corn Island, Corn Islands, Nicaragua