Derek's Place was recommended to us by a friend. As far as location it is a lovely, rustic place. The grounds and huts were very pretty. While we were there it was fairly breezy (end of Feb) so the huts were cool and shady and we didn't miss a fan.
There were a couple of issues however. First of all, without a kitchen and a good 20 minute walk from the restaurants you don't have much freedom for food. The food Derek and his wife prepared was good but you had to eat it at the times they served it, you also had to share it with several other hungry guests. There was a VERY LONG stretch in between breakfast lunch and dinner. I was always starving. Also the food was just way way too expensive for people staying there relying on it. There was nowhere for guests to store food and drinks (unless you want to pay to use their fridge which is ridiculous) so you had to BUY everything from Derek and Ana and it is NOT cheap including glasses and lemons! Furthermore the owners and the staff all seemed annoyed any time you asked them for anything even things you were buying! I did not feel welcome there at all. I dreaded asking for anything. I felt like my whole vacation had to revolve around the life the owners, if they were busy and no around tough luck! The SCUBA instructor seemed nice though.
Also be prepared if you want to pay your balance while there that they demanded cash as there is not an ATM on the island and it was more convenient for them. This was a problem as we had to spend an entire day of our vacation taking a crappy panga ride to and from Big Corn Island to get them $100s of dollars in cash because they didn't want to go themselves.
All in all we spent as much time away from where we were staying as possible as the rest of the island was far friendlier. There is not a very nice beach in front of the place as it's very rocky. Walking down the beach a bit further places like Peace and Ensuenos looked much nicer and were flanking the nicer bits of beach with reefs right out front.
- 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, Nicaragua - Corn Islands