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“The BEST place to stay, hands down, on Little Corn Island.”
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Ensuenos
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Reviewed March 3, 2009

If you take the time to walk north (which everyone will tell you NOT to do), you will be able to escape the backpacker crowd as well as all the crime on the island (which concentrates itself on the south side where all the backpackers stay), the noise (reggaeton blasting into the wee hours), and enjoy a total paradise at Ensueno's--great food and clean, safe accommodations.

Ensueno's was PARADISE. Staying in the north means you have about a 20-30m walk to town, and there is no electricity at night, but it also means you have most of the beach to yourself, not much seaweed in the water, can sleep with the windows open (totally safe), and can totally relax. At Ensuenos, the owners are super friendly. The shower and toilet are outdoors, but totally private. There is a propane stove if you'd like to cook, though they serve breakfast and dinner every day. The cook (Alan) is fantastic and makes yummy meals. (Lunch is on your own.)

If I were ever to stay there again, I would bring plenty of supplies, including candles, flashlight/headlamp, waterproof matches, sheets and bath towels, and snorkel gear (because you can snorkel right off the beach on the north side of the island). Ensueno's provide sheets, though they are not very comfortable, and they didn't really have bath towels -- just found some small towels lying around. The candles are important because the jungle (spiders) come inside the cabin at night. If we had more candles and could light up the cabin at night, I think the spiders would have stayed outside. We did not get bit, but it takes some getting used to to have huge hairy spiders on the walls at night. They also liked to settle on the door to get to the bathroom, so we would crawl into the net after dinner and hold it until the sun came up. If you're not bug averse, they really don't bite unless provoked. We just didn't want to try.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 11, 2009

A great location, great idea of eco living and a great chef. The huts, for what you get are expensive, at $50 per night...beach huts are a 200m walk to the outdoor unprivate loo and the outdoor shower requires you to wind a wheel to get your water, which all adds to the quirkiness, however you would think this would make it a cheaper place to stay.

The food while great was served to us with no choice of what to eat or what time we ate. As paying guests we wanted a choice as its not as if you can really walk to an alternative eatery in the pitch black at night when the tropical rain is pounding down as its muddy and slippery. Also we were with 3 hungry males whos portions needed to be larger. Because if this $14 is expensive when compared to other eateries on the island.

Despite saying we were going to stay 4 night after one night we all agreed it wasn't the place for us. We told Ramon, the owner, who sadly became very angry and screamed loudly at us and use threatening language. He stormed off and left us to settle the bill with the chef. $290 for 5 people for one night! I am sure this place suits some people from other reviews - however, there is a reality to the eco front of this place. Not value for money and unfriendly proprietor. Even Dereks based on same principles gives a powered hut!

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 9, 2008

Fantastic, simple place with a rustic appeal. We spent over a week in one of the casitas and fell in love with the entire island. The kitchen in the cabin was equipped so you can easily cook your own food. It was the perfect way to start our Christmas vacation. They also have a very nice, sophisticated website.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 9, 2007

Ramon has built a very special place, and we will be back again. A bit funky, but with love and care.

Stayed: April 2007
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Reviewed November 23, 2007

Away from the "hub" of the island, it provides for a great walk (about 20 min) to and from the "downtown core" We stayed in the orange clay hut and it was super. $25/night the most expensive place for us in Nicaragua, but well worth it...

Stayed: April 2007
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Reviewed November 5, 2007

before I die, I wish I can get back there. ... and also after. It is just a place to relax within nature... just in front f the clearest blue waters I had ever imagine. The cabanas and casitas are fantastic creations, conforable and clean. The new little restaurant is very cool and the people warm and gentle. Just SUPER.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ensuenos

Address: Nicaragua
Location: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 11 Specialty Lodging in Little Corn Island
Price Range: $164 - $170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ensueños is a familiar place with nine different lodgings that go from 25 to 90$. We are located at the nicest beach in the island, right in front the coral reefs. We are artistic and natural. Our food is fresh and best quality. ... more   less 
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Ensuenos Little Corn Island, Nicaragua - Corn Islands

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