Apoyo Lodge's general manager, high-vibe plant food chef and meal plan creator Sasha Friess has been exposing guests to her absolute favourite spot in Nicaragua over the past two years. That spot is Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa located on Little Corn, a breathtaking Caribbean island still very much unexplored by the rest of the world. Chances are you may have never heard of it. This remote island paradise is included as one of two locations visited during Friess' Intimate Tropical Radiance Retreat in Nicaragua.
What to Expect
The first two nights of the retreat are spent at Apoyo Lodge decompressing in a secluded area of a lush nature reserve and soaking up tropical rays on the shores of a mineral-rich thermally vented crater lake. Apoyo Lodge is located just 45 minutes away from the Managuan airport. The lodge serves as the perfect halfway point before setting sail for Nicaragua's Caribbean coast.
Envision gazing out at the laguna and beyond to the rising sun each morning from the two story lakefront yoga space during daily meditations and asana. Bathe in the gloriously crystal clear warm waters of the lago and nourish the mind and body from the minute you awake until the sun goes down with outstanding tropical plant-based seasonal, local whole food creations infused with love and mantra.
Planes, Trains (Boats) & Automobiles
On the second day, the retreat group travels a mere 45 minutes back to Managua to board a small plane which travels another 45 minutes across the Caribbean Sea to reach Big Corn Island. After a short two minute taxi to Big Corns' harbour, Yemaya's private water taxi awaits retreat guests to boat them the final 30 minute distance it takes to travel across open sea between Big Corn and Little Corn. From the boat, guests will make out their first glimpse of Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, 16 eco-chic luxury cabanas perched a top white sandy translucent shores dotted with coconut palms and lush jungle backdrop to boot.
What the world is saying about this little island paradise
Forbe's highlights Yemaya as "A Laid Back New Nirvana in Nicaragua" where they comment "guests are more likely to be sipping detox fruit smoothies at lunch than the local Tona beer."
Forbes also considers Yemaya as "One of the World's Most Luxury Lodges," "1 of 10 Most Romantic Exotic Island Hideaways" and "One of Nine Resorts for Having it Both Ways - Adventurous and Indulgent."
Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveller both include Yemaya and Little Corn as one of the best places to watch and travel to in 2014 while Kathryn Budig international yoga teacher includes Yemaya in her top 5 list of "Retreats Every Yoga Lover MUST Visit in Her (or his) Lifetime."
Coastal Living describes how they "Got Happy on Little Corn Island. " "Wake up super early, drink amazing smoothie, take private yoga class, get facial, do more yoga, swim, laze in hammock, eat some sublime Thai food, fall into bed and sleep more soundly than I can remember." Also add to that list but do not limit yourself to; deep sea snorkelling, SUP boarding, scuba diving, setting sail with the Miskito people, massage, barefoot beach walks, sun bathing, possibly a jaunt into town and ending the day with epic beach sunset gazing.
Whats new in 2016?
Sasha has stepped down from her role as yoga and meditation guide and instead will handle all logistics during the Tropical Radiance Retreat. She has instead opened up the retreat format to other inspiring and qualified teachers from around the world who are interested in transmitting and guiding their students with this similar arrangement.
In previous years only three nights have been spent on the island but in 2016 for the first time, four unforgettable nights will be spent at Yemaya twice at the end of February and end of March.
Only two spaces remain during the Tropical Radiance Retreat with Chelsea Winters scheduled for February 25th - March 3rd.
The second Tropical Radiance Retreat scheduled in early 2016 is from March 21st - 28th and is hosted by Dawn Hanson and DJ Ilko. Yoga classes will be accompanied by congo drums in the open-air yoga space overlooking Laguna de Apoyo nature reserve at Apoyo Lodge while evening flows in the jungle shala at Yemaya will be guided by the DJ's uplifting and transient beats. Early bird offer available until December 1st.
Contact Apoyo Lodge to register today.