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Derek's Place
Reviewed 22 November 2011

the island "little corn" is just amazing and dereck place is really THE PLACE to stay. the location is great, the cabins are very clean and nicely decorated. it's a little paradise. the best is Ana and Dereck, they are very friendly and the food is just amazing. Go there you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

When walking on the beach we came across this incredable place and met this wonderful man named Derek and his bird perched on his shoulder. What a treat to be shown around and to see this place of adventure and a place a person could zen out. Had we not booked at another place Derek would have been the place to be. Just 3 woman from Montana we felt safe and a place we could expect to just relax. Bought some wonderful jam to die for. I would recomend this to anyone that just wants piece and quiet in there lives. Thanks for the tour Derek. Maybe our paths will cross again . Chyral from Montana

Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 June 2011

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!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Molly1227
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

Imagine a paradise island ,sandy beaches, laid back lifestyle , the outdoor life, getting away form it all. Want a taste on your summer holidays? We did too. We selected Derek's place knowing it would be simple, accepting that it seemed a little pricey for what looked like a hut in a tree, and even resigning ourselves to paying for the whole of our three day booking ahead of time with out reservation as you can't put a price on the beautiful simplicity of island warmness...right? WRONG

To sum up in a sentence everything is 'for a price' ,(Ana's phrase as she 'offered' us leftovers from the food she dished up for her child's birthday party). For the princely sum you get:
A novelty treehouse - not as appealing after half an hour without sleep
inadequate protection from mosquitoes
No security (save for a flimsy safe)
Communal toilets about 50 metres from said tree which is tricky to traverse at night
bathing in the form of an empty liquid drum half filled with water plus a scoop to pour cold water over you.
To watch Derek and Ana livin the
dream.
if you want to be a paying spectator of Derek's unique family idyll it's the place for you.
For us at the end of our stay a visit to the ancient aircon and fragrant atmosphere of the sunshine hotel was heaven.

Ps I don't know where trip advisor has sourced the intel on the average price from but add a nought and times 2 minus any chance of cancelling and you have a better idea of the true cost

  • Stayed: July 2010
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2  Thank twiceasright
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Reviewed 15 May 2011

Stayed at Derek's for four nights in the Bottle House.

Incredible setting, just a few metres from beach and surrounded by coconut trees and crazy 'tellytubbyish' grass. Cabanas are basic but charming good sea breeze.

Bit of a walk into town but great food cooked in Derek's wood-fired oven.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank lucy_witham
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Additional Information about Derek's Place

Address: 54214, Nicaragua
Region: Nicaragua > Southern Atlantic Autonomous Region > Corn Islands > Little Corn Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Little Corn Island
Price Range: AU$13 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Derek`s Place Hotel Little Corn Island
Derek's Place Little Corn Island, Corn Islands, Nicaragua

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