Little Corn Island shows signs of growth

Little Corn Island shows signs of growth.Little Corn Island shows signs of growth

This quiet and rustic Caribbean escape is starting to see a new type of tourism development. But will progress change Little Corn Island’s chilled-out vibe?

By David Hutt / special to The Nicaragua Dispatch February 19, 2013

LITTLE CORN ISLAND—On the northern coast of Little Corn Island, a new boutique resort is expected to open within the next few months. The Yemaya Island Retreat will feature 16 luxury cabins, each equipped with hot running water, 24-hour electricity, verandas that overlook the beach, Jacuzzis and an “organic spa.” The resort will also boast fine dining in its restaurant and bar.

Yemaya will be in a class of its own on Little Corn; no other accommodation is as modern or luxurious. Set just meters away from a pristine, secluded beach lined by swaying palm trees, the cabins are a typical postcard image of the luxury Caribbean getaways advertised on TV.

Under Construction: Yemaya resort and spa (photo/ David Hutt)

But Little Corn Island has never had a rich-and-famous tourism vibe. Its ethos is chill. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the island. And even if they were, there would be no where to drive them; most roads on the island are tramped-dirt footpaths. Tourists on the island come to relax on empty beaches, dive and snorkel. They are what you might describe as “hippies,” “beach bums,” divers, or young couples hiding from civilization for a week-long affordable and romantic getaway.

We hosted the young couple who will be leading this resort’s kitchen and as chefs. They are very excited at the prospect of working at a brand-new upscale resort, but they really had no idea as to what they would find at Yemaya. We’ll find out in a month or so when we get a first-person report of the local situation on lovely Little Corn Island.

I am interested to find out if this will work. The logistics alone on getting goods to Little Corn makes the prospect of a very demanding clientele and little to no leeway in having on-hand just what the jetsetter guest is demanding at any given moment gives me pause to think that it will be interesting to see how this plays out, that is for certain!

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