When we had a bad experience at another resort on Corn Island, we bailed out and got lucky that there was vacancy here. Even though we checked in late in the morning, they still made breakfast for us. Yippee! We were saved. At least, that's how we felt upon arriving. Our cabana was very spacious, clean and simple. If you're looking for for 5-star luxury, this is not the place, but for us it was perfect and all we needed and the price was great.
The property consists of individual cabanas with as many as three attached rooms, but I saw others with fewer spread over a large grassy lot with tons of beautiful tropical foliage throughout. In the center is the restaurant which is a very large cabana and is open air like most everything in Corn Island. To the side is a small sitting area with lots of books and games. The main dining area is centered around the bar. In the front of the property is the main office with a snorkeling rental shop where you can arrange for various tours and trips, or you can simply take the snorkeling gear to Shipwreck beach right in front and snorkel. As the name suggests, there are two wrecked boats off shore that attract fish. the water was very calm during our visit and mostly shallow and safe for swimming. Just watch out for the rocks on the bottom in places. Next to the main office is a residence where Tom and his wife-the owners, live.
The property is within a short bicycle ride or manageable walk from the downtown area, but is far enough away to not have too much traffic.Still, it is in a residential community so there are opportunities to meet and talk to the locals. In fact, the beach area is used more by the residents than by visitors which I found refreshing.
The food was plentiful and great. In fact, we never felt the need to venture off to eat anywhere else during our stay. Breakfast consisted of traditional Nica fair of gallopinto with tostones or eggs and french toast. The coffee was plentiful and good. Lunch and dinner consisted of some great seafood dishes, broquettes, or steak. One local dish that I had never tried was rondon - a seafood stew made with coconut milk. Deneska had mentioned that we should try it, but it was not made in their restaurant, so she ordered it and picked it up and brought it to us!
During our stay, Deneska helped us arrange a snorkeling tour to Little corn Island. I highly recommend it as the coral reef is in great shape and sea life is abundant and varied. We saw large manta rays and countless nurse sharks. Sadly, the reef around Big Corn Island has sustained much damage from a hurricane a few years back and is not in good shape.
Overall we found the service to be warm, friendly and accommodating. Deneska was always cheerful and helpful and we really enjoyed getting to know Tom and listening to his story about how he came to own and run this resort. His story is one of leaving the fast-paced city and high-pressure career to slow way down to enjoy life more. I mention this because Paraiso Beach hotel and all of the staff exude this spirit of slowing down to enjoy life and embodies the concept of "chilling out". We certainly did and can't wait to come back for our next visit.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paraiso offers great service in a fantastic setting right on the beach. Your private cabana is well equipped and close to restaurant and bar. Paraiso is located right on the beach and close to the village and shops. We welcome you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Paraiso Club Hotel Big Corn Island
- Paraiso Hotel Big Corn Island
- Paraiso Resort Big Corn Island
- Paraiso Beach Hotel Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island