| Nicaragua Offers Travelers Two New Resorts
Nicaragua, named one of the top three destinations to visit in 2013 by the New York Times and included in the top destinations to visit in 2013 by the “Today Show,” welcomes two new and exciting properties – one in the capital city of Managua and one off the Caribbean Coast on Little Corn Island.
Nature and Tranquility at Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa
Yemaya is located on the tranquil northern tip of one of the most remote and pristine travel destinations on the planet: Little Corn Island, which has a tiny footprint of less than 3 square km and is found off the eastern coast of Nicaragua in the Caribbean Sea. The resort is straddled by two gorgeous white sand beaches, Mr. Otto’s Beach on the west and Sunrise Beach on the east, with Sophia’s Point in between where you can see both sunrise and sunset. The resort’s 16 oceanfront cabanas each sleep four adults comfortably and rates run $300 U.S. for two people in a cabana per night, including continental breakfast with fresh fruit, homemade granola, the island’s traditional coconut bread, toast, fresh juice and coffee. Additional adults are $35 each per night and children under 16 years are free.
The restaurant, also situated on the northern tip of the island, serves a menu that is “sea- and farm-to-table” – simple cuisine based on what is fished from the sea and picked from Yemaya’s organic garden. Meals are a fusion of influences that include hints of island, Thai and vegetarian cooking.
In addition to health-conscious cuisine, Yemaya maintains a wellness-forward approach with its focus on yoga retreats, s treatments, and in-room and in-jungle treatments.
Travelers at Yemaya can step out from their spacious cabanas into the water and swim in a natural aquarium teeming with life, take a kayak out for an hour or two exploring the reefs, go beach combing for shells and driftwood, or simply lay back in a hammock and count all the different shades of blue between the beach and the horizon. Guests can walk on the beach from the resort all the way to the sound end of the island in one hour. Few places offer as much untouched beauty in the Caribbean as Yemaya.
About the Corn Islands
Located approximately 50 miles northeast of Bluefields, the Corn Islands – composed of Big Corn and Little Corn – offer travelers an exotic and tranquil escape. The beaches are fringed with swaying coconut palms, backed by vibrant jungle and offer sweeping vistas across the fringe reefs and colorful Caribbean waters.
The culture of Little Corn Island, which has 800 permanent residents, is a Creole mix of African, from the days of pirates, slavery, Spanish and coastal indigenous people. The islands reflect a culture blessed by the bounty of the sea and the jungle that has developed over the centuries. The island elders do not permit anything motorized on the island, so transport is by foot, bicycle or horse. A Creole English is spoken more than Spanish.
To reach Little Corn Island, guests fly one hour from Managua International Airport (MGA) on La Costeña Airlines, a local Nicaraguan airline, to Big Corn Island (flights are twice each day). Then they take a 30-minute boat ride (in a small panga) to Little Corn. If travelers take the morning flight, they can be on Little Corn by 9am.
City and Charm with Elements Hotel Boutique
Nicaragua’s capital city of Managua has welcomed a new hotel: Elements, an environmentally friendly and design-oriented boutique hotel, which dedicates itself to personalized attention for every hotel guest. Each modern hotel room – double, single and executive rooms – has its own personality and is designed to make guests enjoy an unforgettable experience.
The hotel’s Papiro multipurpose event room offers groups of visitors a space for celebrating professional and social events. Its Oxigeno Bar & Lounge located on the terrace is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal while overlooking the pool and garden.
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