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“Little Piece of Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Little Piece of Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2011

We were on Little Corn Island over Christmas. Casa Iguana is a hidden little gem. The rooms were clean and the staff was really nice. The view from the Grand Casita was so beautiful. It is very quiet and chill. This is a great place if you are looking for relaxation with an incredible view. We loved this place and would recommend it.

Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

One of the more chill locations, I have experienced in Central America. The staff was very accomodating and the view from Casita Grande is pretty special. A welcomed treat if you arrive to Casa Iguana after a rough panga ride from Big Corn Island.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2011 via mobile

We had a great time during our stay at Casa Iguana on Little Corn Island. The casita was neat, clean and was what we hope we would get. The breakfasts and dinners were good and all the staff were most helpful. If all goes as planned, we will return to Casa Iguana in August.

  • Stayed December 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2010

I've spent over a week on Little Corn Island, but only two nights in Casa Iguana. I admit that this place is beautiful and food is good, but staff is unbelievably rude. They approach you with a fake smile and whenever you ask them for something, drink or a menu, they looked annoyed like you were disturbing them. They make you feel like an intruder rather than a guest and they are not at your service at all. It's like some kind of a sect - they look down on you and you can sense that they wish you never came. They treat this place like it’s their home and any guest are unwelcome. It was an absolutely terrible experience. I was supposed to stay there for the whole week, but lasted two days only. If the owner find some normal, nice people who know how to feel guest welcome, this place can become really nice.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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jlefke, General Manager at Casa Iguana, responded to this review, January 14, 2011
\We take our guest comments/reviews seriously at Casa Iguana and would like to apologize to Gapula for a less than satisfactory vacation.

The owner is committed to providing each guest with an exceptional experience during their stay with us and has hired a new staff of Hospitality professionals to ensure that our guests' expectations are exceeded.

You will be amazed at all of the changes and the level of service awaiting you at Casa Iguana.

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Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2010

Just got back from a trip through Central America and the best place we staid was on a small island called "Little Corn Island": Casa Iguana. This is the place if you ant to get away from all the hassle, all problems and all worries - just hang out and relax. It is a very balanced place, even with renewable energy (they say they were the first eco-lodge in Nicaragua) and they use own fruits, vegetable, herbs, reuse water and have waste control. Very nice people, very attentive service and great food.
The chef is from the American Culinary Institute and he does absolutely great food at very reasonable rates. A 3-course dinner each night below 20 US$ that's the best value we had on pur trip.
We really recommend the "good vibrations" of this place.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

Wow, wow, wow! What a fantastic resort on a fantastic little island. Despite the fact it was raining when we arrived, staff was at the pier to greet us and take our luggage to our casita. As we took our stroll through the jungle they gave us some great info on the island. The staff was great…from the guys cleaning the grounds, to the bartenders (Kendal, Brandon, Kate – you guys rock), to the managers (Mark and Kelley – we loved you guys) everyone was soooo nice. Dinner was phenomenal (you have to tell them you are coming to dinner before 2pm). Everything Mark made was delicious…the salads, the main course, the deserts…he really paid attention in cooking school, because the food was delicious.

Read the “Top 10 Reasons We Might Not Want You to Visit Casa Iguana” they are spot on…this isn’t the Ritz...it’s better. These are cozy little casitas…very basic, but clean and exactly what you would expect if you read their website. We went for the upgrade and had a casita with our own bathroom...made the midnight run to the bathroom much easier J The hammocks were great to hang out in, the beaches were clean, the flowers were beautiful, the dogs on the property were friendly, the geckos were adorable, the iguanas in the trees were HUGE! The mosquitoes should be well fed after feasting on us for a week, but I guess that was our little contribution to the island gods (just wear mosquito spray and you should be fine).

The dive shop (Dive Little Corn) is connected with Casa Iguana and they were also fantastic. Very professional…you feel completely comfortable going in with them…if you are an experienced diver, just relax and let them go through their pre-dive briefing, they are quick about it and you might even learn something.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the picture. As long as you know what you are getting you will love it.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2010

I've been a frequent visitor to Little Corn Island for about a decade now, and have witnessed what passes for "explosive" growth on the island over the years. Through it all, Casa Iguana, and the associated Dive Little Corn, remain the gold standard for the island. The dining options on the island continue to multiply, but the reservation-only, single seating dinners prepared by the Chefs at Iguana are consistently the best on the island. The view and grounds at Iguana are spectacular, and the house reef has been frequently described as the best walk-out snorkeling in the Carib. The cliffs at Iguana are the breeziest on the island, and the eclectic clientele guarantees interesting conversations--if you feel like having them. Whether you choose to have a Casita with your own (refreshingly outdoor) shower, or save a few bucks and share the loo, the staff always goes the extra mile to make sure you have what you need. Breakfasts, with real coffee, are the best on the island, and the Iguana dogs will keep you company on the beach or hiking through the jungle.
Diving on Little Corn is shallow and gentle, but it's variety is impressive. Nurse sharks abound, Hammerheads are seen regularly, turtles are coming back, Southern Rays and Spotted Eagle Rays are regularly seen, and the caves and swim-throughs can be surreal.
Still Little Corn is a remote, fairly primitive island, and won't appeal to everyone. If you value a view, a natural setting, great food and drink, and interesting conversations with people from all walks of life, Casa Iguana is the place for you.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Iguana

Address: East Side, Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Little Corn Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Caribbean as it used to be: An island, a culture, and a way of life that hasn't yet felt the impact of the 20th century. Opening its doors in 1994, CI became Nicaragua's first eco-lodge. Relax on its 40 acre reserve and explore its secret coves, jungle and farm. Whether or not you are a guest at Casa Iguana, we invite you to join us for our famous breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy cocktails and lounging in our lodge to take in the best view on the island and meet interesting people! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Casa Iguana Hotel Little Corn Island
Casa Iguana Little Corn Island, Nicaragua - Corn Islands

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