We were very happy to have enjoyed the hospitality of our wonderful Italian hosts - Alessandro and Costanza on the Corn Islands. Grazie mille! They were truly wonderful and very gracious every time we needed to call yet another cab. I regret that my Italian was so rusty as I miss speaking Italian - and would have enjoyed talking with them more. Our first introduction was my husband asking desperately if there was a place to watch the all important 49'er game. Alessandro and his father in law - moved aside and let my husband watch the game in their house on their television until my husband felt bad for intruding on their home and the soccer game they were watching (Italy lost.) He watched 1/2 of the game in their home then tried to find some place on the island that would be showing the football game. (He had no luck in this endeavor.)
Costanza's father always wanted to live on an island and moved out to Big Corn many years ago. The family followed from Rome and made their lives there. They have a very pretty spot at the edge of the water - which you could hear at night. (I might recommend a ceiling fan to minimize the noise from the floor fan so we could better hear the waves!)
We ate dinner there the first night - and I was so happy to have a bit of Italian food. We both had really enjoyed the Nicaraguan food - but this was a taste of home for me - so it was so welcome. The best tiramisu I ever ate was at the Princesa on Big Corn. Coming from Napa - I do prefer California wines - but it was nice to have some wine at all - and I cannot imagine how difficult it is for them to bring the wine and the spices and herbs back to this remote island every year from Rome. The food and wine was costly - but when you think of the difficulty of transporting it all - it makes sense.
The most lovely surprise came when Costanza's father greeted us on the early morning of our departure with a beautiful tray of coffee for the road and kisses on the cheek. It melted my heart and made me miss my grandfather, who would have done something just like this.
The only suggestions I have would be to have"honor bar" for filling water so we could write down how much water we took instead of having to bother the hosts to ask them to fill it up all the time It would also be preferable to have a bar of soap in the shower rather than liquid antibacterial soap. Other than this - the Princesa de la Isla was wonderful!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Princesa de la Isla is located in one of the most picturesque point of the Big Corn island and it includes wooden bungalows and three rooms made with coral, stones and wood.All the accommodations have private bathroom, matrimonial bed (queen size)with its mosquito net, fan and porch with chairs (bungalows have a private porch).They are just ten steps to the shore and they are all ocean view and they overlook on a garden with palms and hammocks.The restaurant serves authentic italian cuisine with a list of italianwines and in the bar you can enjoy real italian coffee and cappuccino. People who are not guests of the hotel can enjoy our restaurant and barreserving a lunch or a dinner just in front of the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Princesa De La Isla Corn Islands, Nicaragua - Big Corn Island