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.
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. Any guide to the Corn Islands will mention this famous strip of beach — it’s the place to be during the day on Little Corn.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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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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.
Allison Green is a former educator turned travel blogger. She holds a Masters in Teaching and a B.A. in English and Creative Writing. Her blog posts merge her educational background and her experience traveling to 60+ countries to encourage thoughtful travel experiences that both educate and entertain. She has been a speaker at the World Travel Writers Conference and her writing, photography, and podcasting work has appeared in National Geographic, CNN Arabic, CBC Canada, and Forbes, amongst others. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area where she grew up, she has also lived in Prague, Sofia, and New York City.
22 thoughts on “Paradise in Little Corn: Yemaya Island Hideaway Review”
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!
I’ve been dreaming about them nonstop since leaving! Soooo delicious. I hope you get a chance to visit one day soon!!
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
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!
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.
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 🙂
Ginger tea! Mmm. Looks like a dream Allison. Definitely a reason for us to head back to Nicaragua.
Yes definitely! You two would love Little Corn – honestly, it’s one of my favorite places I’ve ever been, no question.
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.
Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos, and yes, I really had an amazing time there 🙂
Very beautiful. I am actually looking to travel to Nicaragua soon and I didn’t know about Little Corn before this.
Glad I could fill you in! Little Corn is amazing, you need to go if you’re in Nicaragua – you won’t regret it!
Looks relaxing (especially that chair on the patio!) and I love the sustainability aspect.
It really is a great spot to relax 😀 I spent so much time on that patio!
I definitely want to visit Little Corn Island one day. This looks like the place to stay when I do.
I hope you get a chance to visit soon! Yemaya is definitely the best place on the island 🙂
Amazing place, and lovely pictures! I really love this post!
Keep it up 🙂
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 🙂
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!
We were there last year and loved it. Your pictures are exactly as I remembered it. And similar to the pictures we took. We loved the place so much that we are going back this year.
That’s so great to hear — glad it could bring back some good memories. I want to go back so badly as well!!