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Paradise in Little Corn: Yemaya Island Hideaway Review

Little Corn Island is a special place, unlike any other place I’ve been to before. On a tiny island of fewer than 2,000 people, it doesn’t take long to start feeling at home. Nearly 50 miles from the Nicaraguan mainland, without a single car, you’ll breathe air so fresh and see water so blue the world feels like a dream you’re lucky to have. And that dream gets taken up a notch at the most luxurious lodging on Little Corn – Yemaya Island Hideaway.

Rooms

My cabana at Yemaya was spacious and airy, with a gorgeous seafront view. The decor was peaceful yet understated – with that sea view, there’s no need for flashiness! Each cabana has a terrace with amazing views of the blue, blue sea. I couldn’t help but spend hours relaxing there and reading eBooks each day.

As someone who tries to travel more sustainably, I really appreciated the steps Yemaya is making to reducing waste. Hotels are often big offenders when it comes to single-use plastic waste — but not Yemaya. Rather than offering plastic water bottles, they had reusable glass bottles of ice cold filtered water available in the mini-fridge. There were no plastic bottles for the complimentary toiletries, either – they came in refillable ceramic containers.

And we need to talk about this bathroom! The shower had the perfect water pressure and actually having reliable hot water again was a revelation. Maybe those sound like they should be a given at such a nice hotel, but after weeks of cold trickles masquerading as showers, I was in absolute heaven. The plants and the skylight streaming in natural light were lovely touches as well.

Grounds

Yemaya has an on-site spa offering a variety of facials, massages, and other treatments. I didn’t partake, but I’m sure it’d be a heavenly experience if your budget affords it. I did, however, take full advantage of their jungle yoga studio! They have mats, blankets, blocks, and other yoga accessories available for free use. You can also request classes taught by certified yoga teachers if you’d rather practice with an instructor’s guidance.

The restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, and the beach bar is available for lunch. The breakfasts I ate at Yemaya were some of the best I’ve had in Nicaragua, and reasonably priced at about $8-10. They offer a much better value than the dinner, which was delicious but on the expensive side, with limited options.

The beach bar, on the other hand… now I could (and did) eat those lobster tacos every day!

Activities

Yemaya offers complimentary stand-up paddleboard rental and kayaks for rent from the beach bar, and snorkel gear is available to borrow from the reception. I tried to paddleboard for the first time, but the waves were a bit much that day so it ended up being more of a sit-down paddleboard than stand-up. Still quite fun, though! The snorkeling, on the other hand, was much more successful. Just off the beach, there are some amazing coral reefs with colorful fish swimming everywhere!

If you’re looking for a more adventurous day out, Yemaya also offers snorkeling trips further out from the beach on their sailboat, deep sea fishing, and trips to the Pearl Keys. They can also arrange diving with one of the local dive shops.

Final Thoughts

What impressed me most of all about Yemaya was not just their beautiful grounds or the comfortable rooms, but the staff’s helpfulness and generosity. When I spilled a drink on my laptop and it shut down completely, the staff brought me a container with what must have been ten pounds of rice to save it (and save it they did!). They also prepared me some ginger tea in advance of my boat trip back to Big Corn as I get seasick, which was a huge help.

Yemaya is definitely not a budget stay, but it offers excellent value to those who want a unique luxury experience. However, the value gets better if you take advantage of their promotional offers available now through June – pay 3, stay 4 or pay 5, stay 7!

In short, there’s really no place quite like Little Corn, and Yemaya’s beaches are the best on the island. For those who’d like a taste of luxury but can’t afford the cost of renting a cabana, I highly recommend making a day trip to Yemaya and eating breakfast or lunch there to have a taste of their hospitality and their delicious food!

 

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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua is a Caribbean paradise, and Yemaya is by far the best place to enjoy all it has to offer.

Note: I was provided with two nights of accommodations at Yemaya Island Hideaway in order to review it. All opinions shared are honest and sincere.

 

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20 Comments

  • Reply
    Ian
    February 15, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    This place sounds heavenly! Those lobster tacos… I’m going to be dreaming about them tonight 🙂 I will definitely be planning a trip here the next time I’m in Nicaragua!

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      Allison Green
      February 16, 2017 at 12:32 am

      I’ve been dreaming about them nonstop since leaving! Soooo delicious. I hope you get a chance to visit one day soon!!

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    ELAINE ABELLO
    February 16, 2017 at 12:50 am

    This is the exact solo trip I need right now. I’m far from Nicaragua but hoping to find a blissful spot like this hidden somewhere here in South East Asia. Lovely post! <3

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      Allison Green
      February 17, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      When I was on Little Corn it definitely reminded me of Gili Air! So check that out while in SE Asia and then make sure you get your butt over to Little Corn at some point. It’s a great place for solo travelers – people are really social and because the town is so small, you’ll see the same people over and over again. Plus it’s so paradisical that people end up staying for way longer than expected!

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    Annick - ourworldheritage
    February 16, 2017 at 9:54 am

    What a great spot this is! Nicaragua is a place that we might go to – it has great wildlife spotting options, so I’m pinning this to see if it fits our budget when we get there. Seems like the ultimate place to relax after a roadtrip through the country.

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      Allison Green
      February 17, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Yes definitely! I think that the wildlife is best in the North – visit Estelí and look into tours in Miraflor Nature Reserve, they can organize home stays and treks. And Little Corn has some absolutely amazing snorkeling and diving. I got my open water certification here for just over $300 USD, which is pretty cheap 🙂

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    Gemma
    February 16, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Ginger tea! Mmm. Looks like a dream Allison. Definitely a reason for us to head back to Nicaragua.

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      February 17, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      Yes definitely! You two would love Little Corn – honestly, it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, no question.

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    Manjulika Pramod
    February 17, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    This looks lovely and there is so much peacefulness around. I am sure you had a great time here.
    I loved the yoga setup, you on the swing and the food pics.

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      February 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, and yes, I really had an amazing time there 🙂

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    Amanda Keeley-Thurman
    February 17, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    Very beautiful. I am actually looking to travel to Nicaragua soon and I didn’t know about Little Corn before this.

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      February 18, 2017 at 4:44 am

      Glad I could fill you in! Little Corn is amazing, you need to go if you’re in Nicaragua – you won’t regret it!

  • Reply
    Mikkel
    February 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Looks relaxing (especially that chair on the patio!) and I love the sustainability aspect.

    • Reply
      Allison Green
      February 18, 2017 at 4:44 am

      It really is a great spot to relax 😀 I spent so much time on that patio!

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    Sarah
    February 17, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    I definitely want to visit Little Corn Island one day. This looks like the place to stay when I do.

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      Allison Green
      February 18, 2017 at 4:43 am

      I hope you get a chance to visit soon! Yemaya is definitely the best place on the island 🙂

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    Maria Jesus
    February 18, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Amazing place, and lovely pictures! I really love this post!

    Keep it up 🙂

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    Jen Ambrose
    February 21, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Oh wow! I’ve heard such great things about Little Corn and wanted to visit for ages, and this place looks stunning! I love that it has a yoga studio 🙂

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      Allison Green
      March 1, 2017 at 10:58 pm

      Little Corn is amazing and Yemaya is just the icing on the cake. The yoga studio was one of my favorite parts too — after the sea and lobster tacos, of course!

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