Anna, the kind hearted woman from Barcelona, and her vibrant young daughter, Lola, greet us as we hop off the panga onto the beautiful shores of Little Corn Island. We are grateful to hand off our packs to a hired local with a wheel barrow as we set off down a trail through the small village following our delightfully shoeless hosts. We pass by people listening to miskito music, living simply, and waving hello. Before long the trail narrows as the trees fold in around us. We are in the jungle. Lola smiles as she plucks a perfectly ripe mango from the ground, grinning, "Here, have some... this one is perfect." Following suit, my boyfriend and I take a small bite off the end of our mangos, sucking the juice, enjoying it's absolute sweetness. Eventually the trail opens up as we approach the grounds of Derek's Place. I am awestruck. Soft green grass under my feet dotted with swaying palms. Cool breeze on my face, Ahhh... The Caribbean Sea. A few thatched roof cabanas on stilts encircle the space along with a fantastic fire pit, and hammocks swinging to and fro over the water. The best is yet to come as Anna takes us on a tour of our home for the next five nights.
We choose the Cabana Casita closest to the water. Removing our shoes, we explore the peaceful little structure. The quaint cabana provides a comfortable bed with soft sheets, plenty of groovy shelf space, shells and rocks as decor, a homemade shag rug, a glass lamp inside and a funky outdoor light, windows that stay propped open with bamboo shoots, and hammocks on the front porch. I couldn't have designed it better myself. I can't stop grinning. We move on to explore the magical outdoor shower and the candlelit bathroom. Wow. This place is unlike anything we've ever seen. I instantly feel at peace. As we settle in, Anna informs us dinner is in the main building around 8 o'clock. We sit on the reclined rock/driftwood seats near the fire, chatting with other guests and sipping Tonas as we anticipate our meal.
We feast on delicious peel and eat shrimp, fresh salad, homemade bread, and coconut rice. An absolute treat. Both the friendly conversation of the family style dinner and the amazing food made for a wonderful first night at Derek's Place. After dinner we see the moon coming up from the horizon like a giant peach. Where are we? I smile at my Miguel, "We've found Paradise."
In the morning we wake up slowly - sipping Coffee and reading on our quaint little porch. Derek let's us borrow some snorkeling equipment before we set out toward Farm Peace and Love where the water is nice and calm. We are excited to explore the reefs. Brightly colored fish and coral, sting rays, starfish and a small shark fill the turquoise waters. What an adventure. Making our way back to Derek's, we decide to do some yoga on the soft grass overlooking the water. Palm trees create shade for us as we move through one of the best yoga series' of our lives. The cool breeze brings strength and peace to our bodies. Ahhh. So wonderful. The remaining days continued like this. Beautifully simple and incredibly happy.
I can hardly express how glad I am to have found Derek's place. My highest recommendation to anyone who wants to treat themselves to a truly remarkable island experience. Enjoy!
- 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