Derek's place is nice and quiet, but it has some serious flaws.
Don't expect to pay with credit card, they may tell you its okay, but if you try and settle your bill with a card, you will be angrily yelled at by the owner. What an unpleasant way to end our trip.
Derek's is pretty far away. This can be a blessing for quiet and the consistent wind on that side of the island kept it cool at night, but if you want to go anywhere its a long walk.
The diving from their dive shop is affordable, and the guide and boat captain are both nice guys. Safety probably isn't their #1 priority and they seemed disinterested when complaints of leaking regulators resulted in much seawater intake during a dive. The whole staff seemed to support and encourage the touching of marine life of all kinds, saying the animals "liked it", even teaching these ideas to new divers. This is not really acceptable diving behavior.
The food is family style, and quite good, if lacking in imagination. The problem is meals are quite spendy and served very late (1:30 PM, 8:30 PM). Owners seemed a tad annoyed that we didn't eat their more often.
The rooms look amazing, have great bathrooms, and had comfy beds. The only problem is there are no bug nets, and being located next to a swamp meant there were a lot of mosquitos (and sand flies, though In not sure the nets would have helped with those).
In all, there are better places to stay on Corn Island.
- 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, Corn Islands, Nicaragua