My vacation travel in Nicaragua was conducted August, 2010, so I am writing this review a bit after the fact. We booked reservations for La Omaja online and found it exactly as advertised, air conditioned rooms in private cabanas, beautiful grounds, and overall very comfortable. There is a patio bar/restaurant with a fantastic view overlooking the lake. I saw the most beautiful sunset ever from the lake at the bottom of La Omaja's driveway (see pict), absolutely stunning. As a nature enthusiast, from the hotel I took a walk and saw tons of fabulous moths and butterflies, went on an early morning canoe-birdwatching trip with a Spanish speaking guide, and hiked up to a waterfall. The canoe tour was in Spanish but the guide might have spoke English. Fireflies were active at night, always a lovely sight. When it was time to depart Isla de Ometepe, proprietors Jamie and his family drove us to the ferry-boat launch -- during our travels he offered to stop at a beautiful semi-developed pool (named "the eye" or something like that). Well worth the stop. I think my total bill at La Omaja was about $45 for a three day, two night stay, including food, drink (frankly, I drank a lot, it was a much needed vacation), transport to waterfall hike, transport to ferry launch. The hotel cost $55/night. My food/booze expenditure was extravagant, you can do this for much, much less. For Nicaraguan travelers my advice would be to get a cell-phone so you can call proprietors/taxis for rides when you want them, it is just easier that way. Other notes include: I always felt safe in Nicaragua and the people we met were very kind. The Country of Nicaragua seemed to have exceptionally good natural resource management practices. Only certain wood can be harvested and there are large regions of uncut forests. The Citizens we spoke to about conservation were knowledgeable and proud of their country's practices, with good reason. Also, the country was exceptionally clean, save one area I encountered around a bus-station in a large city (on the mainland). The juxtaposition of horse-drawn carts and semi-trucks on the highways was quite interesting. To proprietors of La Omaja, I still think fondly of my visit there and wish you all my best, I had a great stay and hope to return someday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the La Omaja Hotel and Restaurant on Ometepe. Situated in the foothills of the Volcano Maderas on the majestic island of Ometepe, La Omaja offers breathtaking views of Lake Nicaragua and the volcanoes Concepción and Maderas. Strategically located in the middle of the Maderas Nature Reserve, La Omaja enjoys easy access to the most intriguing attractions on this hidden Nicaraguan treasure. La Omaja´s cabañas and full service bar and restaurant provide a comfortable, secure, and above all else, friendly environment from which to headquarter your stay on Ometepe. Whether you come to relax and enjoy a quiet, romantic getaway or are looking for more adventurous opportunities to hike, kayak, bike or horseback through the Maderas Nature Reserve, La Omaja provides the perfect setting for a memorable vacation.La Omaja is family operated and an active stakeholder in the local island community. Our specially trained staff and guides provide professional and friendly service. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Omaja Hotel
- La Omaja Resort