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REVIEW Sea Star Spa Resort. Corn Island, Nicaragua

REVIEW Sea Star Spa Resort. Corn Island, Nicaragua

REVIEW Sea Star Spa Resort.

Sea Star Spa is a luxury resort located at Long Bay on the southern tip of Corn Island, Nicaragua. Corn Island sits 70kms to the east of the Nicaraguan Caribbean coast and is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, not for long though!

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Our stay coincided with the end of the low season when most hotels and tourism services on the Corn Islands are either just re-opening or starting to get ready for the upcoming season after staying open through the slow period.


ARRIVAL

A taxi was waiting for us when we arrived at Corn Island Airport. At the hotel we received a very warm and happy island style welcome, “Welcome to paradise” – they were right. Taken directly to our room with out any messing about with check in procedures, the staff introduced themselves, showed us all the amenities of the room and explained the services available.

They offered to stock our fridge with any drinks we would like and explained that if we required anything, just press the red room service button in our room and they would be there directly. Check in was very easy and very welcoming. We were already feeling spoilt.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

ROOMS

The rooms are gorgeous. Large, bright and airy with a spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea. We were on the top level, so had a large balcony overlooking the beach.  Big glass sliding doors gave the room a lovely open air feel.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

The room was designed so you didn’t actually have to go onto the balcony to enjoy the view as happens with some hotels. Large comfortable armchairs sit at the end of the bed so you can enjoy the view in comfort without feeling stuck inside.Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

The room had a small, well equipped kitchenette so you could make coffee or even prepare a meal. They offer rental of cooking kits and there is a BBQ area adjacent to the rooms.  But why bother cooking when you can have a very reasonably priced meal delivered to your room. We had a lobster dinner for two (2 small lobsters each) for around $35 USD.  This is more expensive than a local restaurant but still very cheap for a private lobster dinner on your own beach front balcony.

The room has a small dining area and plenty of storage space.  The large bathroom is above and behind the bed so as to not detract from the spacious feel of the room.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

These suites are very comfortable and have all the facilities you require for a lazy beach holiday. Air conditioning, a very comfortable bed, cosy bathrobes and cable TV, all right on a spectacular beach!

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

FACILITIES

While we were there the hotel was undergoing expansion and renovations. At the moment you will find 4 large suites and a small bar area (that never really seemed to be open but drinks could be bought to your room any time you required).

As well as some additional rooms earmarked for the future, current improvements being made are a pool/spa area, a fitness room and we think possibly modifications to the bar area. There are also some aesthetic improvements being made with water features and an open fire pit. It is already a lovely location with fantastic rooms and is only on the improve.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

There are plenty of areas for lounging in the sun aside from your balcony, including a lovely roof top deck and sun lounges on the front lawn and the beach. The BBQ area also overlooks the beach.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

A trio of lovely cabanas up on the lawn overlooking the water, are dedicated to massage and spa treatments, although we don’t think they were functioning while we were there.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

The rooms are advertised with free WIFI, although we had issues with this during our stay. While one could probably do without WIFI on an island holiday it has become something some people just cannot do without. While the WIFI was running it was fine, especially by the Nicaraguan standards we had experienced in various places, but it went down one morning, apparently due to the credit expiring, which the staff did not get around to fixing until later that evening. So while WIFI is advertised, we would not rely on it for any important communications you might have while on holiday. Note:  we would say this about most hotels outside of the city areas in Nicaragua.

The rooms have safes, they are actually very safe as we got our valuables stuck in the safe when the batteries ran out and it could not be opened! Eventually, the master key was located and disaster averted.

The staff can arrange for pretty much anything you would like to do. We organised an afternoon tour of the island in a taxi with one of the hotel staff and a snorkel off a local beach. Around 3 hours for $25USD.

As mentioned above, room service meals can be arranged for dinner and your bar fridge stocked with anything you require.

LOCATION 

Situated on the southern end of Long Beach it almost feels like the end of the road. This is great because you feel like you have an entire beautiful stretch of sand and crystal blue water all to yourself. Everything on the island is fairly spread out so you will require taxis to get around. You can hire a car or the hotel will arrange scooters for you. We found taxis to be just fine and not expensive.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

Facts

A suite will cost around $750 USD per week.  As of November 2014 Sea Star Spa will only accept weekly bookings Sunday to Sunday.

The price includes breakfast- Press your room service button and someone will be at your door, anytime from 6.30am on with a fresh fruit plate ready to take your order. A selection of eggs or omelettes, served with fresh coconut bread, pancakes or french toast are included and will be brought to your room with fresh juice. For an additional $4 you can order the Nicaraguan breakfast (you need to order this the night before). The breakfasts were very good.

Taxis seem to cost around 20 cordoba pp per trip (or around $1USD) no matter where you are going on the island.

There are a number of restaurants on the island (don’t expect anything too fancy).  A very good, substantial meal for two of fresh seafood with drinks will cost around $30-$40USD.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

WOULD WE STAY HERE AGAIN?

Yes, absolutely! Corn Island is not the commercial tourist mecca people have come to expect of Caribbean islands, so has very limited options for any type of middle to higher end accommodation. While there are a few good hotels do not expect to find an abundance of choices, this is the charm and appeal of Corn Island. The rooms at Sea Star were fantastic, you just have to adjust your service expectations a little to “Island Time” and we think you will find this anywhere on the island. After all, “Island Time” is what we go on holidays for!

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

THE VERDICT


Sea Star Spa is a great place to stay, if you want to relax and get away from it all with the right mix of deserted island and creature comforts. We feel this is already a fantastic resort, possibly one of the best on the island and once the additional modifications are complete, this is a resort that will only continue to get better. The staff were very friendly and genuinely want to do whatever they can to make your stay great.

Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

The Corn Islands are not fancy, and that’s why people come. If you require the facilities of high end 5 star resorts with loads of activities and 5 star services 24 hours a day, perhaps the Corn Islands are not for you. If you want a nice laid back island holiday with amazing beaches, personal service, a welcoming smile and a little bit of pampering then Corn Island and Sea Star Spa will suit you to a T.

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Corn Island Nicaragua, Sea Star Spa Resort

 


  Disclaimer: Whilst we received a media rate for our 2 nights at Sea Star Spa, all opinions expressed in this review are our own and have not been influenced in any way.

20 comments

  • I stayed one day on Big Corn and 4 on Little Corn. Lovely places indeed! I truly hope they can still stay so unspoilt for a while!!

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  • The resort looks amazing! Going to quaint places does have the down side of having prompt service but all in all, it does make for a fabulous experience. 😀

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  • Wow! This place looks amazing! I for one would definitely stay here, laid back not touristy islands are the best kind 🙂

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  • Nicaragua has been the next place on my travel list, and I think you just confirmed it even more with that beach!! Wow! and a beach front stay? Im In!

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  • The Corn Islands are one of the few places in Central America I really wanted to visit but didn’t have the time/money to do when I was down there! How was the snorkeling/diving!?

    Sea Star Spa looks like a pretty sweet place to relax after a long day on the beach 🙂

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    • We did some snorkelling on big Corn which was great, but had pretty bad weather for most of the time we were on Little Corn so didnt bother. Such amazing and laid back islands, if you get another chance make sure you visit.

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  • I am really sorry I was not here to meet you! I still have to be in Canada to work from June through November; perhaps when I finish the construction on the pool, I can cut it back to only 4 months away. OH MY GOODNESS…I am sorry you had to go and look for staff, that should never happen! I wish you would have emailed me immediately, I would have corrected that instantly! Each of us are trained to watch for the red “attendant” light and I will bring it up at the staff meeting. I also believe I have solved the issue of my absence. I have made arrangements through International House sitters and a lovely couple from Australia will be living in my house on the premises and caring for my fur-babies. The internet is an issue here (remote island, 3rd world country). I am installing a new system as we speak that does not not limit our usage, fingers crossed. I am very open to correcting any issues that come up. Hope to see you here sometime in the future.

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    • Darcie, We were also sorry to have missed you, maybe next time! The very small issues we highlighted pale in the scheme of things when you look at what a marvellous property you have there, we loved every minute of our stay. And as we mentioned, it is probably the best resort on the island and only getting better. So glad you have found a great couple to help out (fellow Aussies!) and we would love to come back again, we can’t sing the praises of Corn Island enough.
      Keep us in mind if you are ever short on house sitters, we would love to help out, after all it is what we do! Best of luck with the remaining renovations and for the upcoming season, Sea Star is a fantastic resort. Stay in touch Mark & Kate

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  • Corn Island. I will remember that name. country #1 on my bucket list is Nicaragua so i believe that is gonna be pretty soon! And I might contact the owner for a house sitting opportunity. But without a doubt the place looks amazing!

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  • This seems like the perfect resort to stay at for a relaxing Caribbean holiday! Have never been to Nicaragua, but this definitely made me want to go! What a lovely place, and amazing beach!

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  • I’m an islander so “island time” is something I understand very well. Doesn’t mean I’m always patient about it though… It does seem like a great place to stay and I like the fact that it’s still “secret”. I’d visit in the low season for sure and have private lobster dinners everyday looking out that window 🙂

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  • nice article. thanks! i hope to visit nicaragua in 2015 and this would be a nice little retreat for a weekend or something. i agree about the timing issue…seems to be that way everywhere i go in central or south america. much different from the standards i have grown accustomed to living in the states. glad you enjoyed. 😉

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  • It seems a bit expensive, but I guess that’s what you have to pay to have a beautiful and safe place in Nicaragua. It does look gorgeous and those empty beaches – wow!

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  • Wow this place sounds amazing and is exactly the type of place I am hoping to visit next year – pity about the wifi being flakey but otherwise sounds like it was really great and I love your photos

    Laura x

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  • This place looks lovely and definitely a place to unwind for a few nights. We will have to seek this place out, if and when, we travel to Nicaragua!

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  • This place looks amazing! I love it when hotels design the rooms so you can enjoy the views without having to be on the balcony.

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