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Popa Paradise Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isla Popa
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 July 2013

The grounds and the ocean view are beautiful eye candy. Although we went in the rainy season, we had plenty of good weather days. We met lots of interesting people, including the staff. We all loved the food and, of course, the service. Our rooms were amazing! They were beautifully decorated, airy and luxurious. We are all divers and went diving most days. The diving was a bit disappointing, as the visibility wasn't as expected, because of the weather, but the worst day diving ... We would all love to go back, anytime!

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms at the far northern end of the resort are the ones to get. We had the best breeze...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Many thanks for your wonderful review. We are so pleased you had a good vacation with us, the diving is usually spectacular but the visibility can be influenced by the weather. Summer is the best time to get the flat glassy seas for the best dives.

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

My husband and I recently spent 4 nights at the glorious Popa Paradise and loved every minute of it! It is an all inclusive resort, and from the moment we stepped off the boat our every need was met. Dyllan and Darrion (the co-proprietors) along with Ty, who manages most of the day-to-day operations were the most amazing hosts in an environment that is called 'paradise' for a reason. Dyllan and Darrion hand selected the gorgeous furniture and furnishings creating breathtaking surroundings. Glorious grounds where you can explore the jungle for miles (guided or on your own), clean, accessible beach areas, a stunning pool with a swim up bar where staff are on stand by to bring you beverage, food, towels, ANYTHING you may need. Want to take a day trip to a neighboring island? No problem- they'll arrange the boat and pack a lunch cooler too. Need to make arrangements for your next stop? Change your flight? Arrange for transportation? Recommendations for other parts of Panama? They do it all and with a smile. And get a massage from Darrion- OMG- he's incredible. He is also a master chef and our dinners at Popa were fresh and fabulous (see the picture of the lobster dinner we had- one of the best meals we had in Panama). The customer service ethic at Popa Paradise is exceptional--all the personnel at Popa to a person were phenomenal. The rooms were extremely clean, with air conditioning, hot shower, refrigerator for beverages, etc. We traveled throughout the country for 3 weeks (Contadora Island, Bocas del Toro, Casco Viejo, Panama City) but our stay at Popa was a definite highlight of the trip. Popa Paradise is a truly amazing destination!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Many thanks for your kind words and your great review! We take great pride in our personal service and facilities and are so pleased you enjoyed your time here. Hope you can make it back here real soon!

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Reviewed 29 July 2013

We couldn't have been happier with our visit to Popa Paradise. It was so fantastic to be so remotely located from the mainland. We could do nothing, or anything, on any given day. The pool and beach were equally great options for us on the "nothing" days. We took two excursions on the catamaran - a snorkeling trip and a visit to a very secluded beach on a neck of land solely inhabited by the indigenous peoples. We would highly recommend taking the day trips - we felt like these were among the more special experiences of our honeymoon.

The casita was clean and comfortable and very private. The only fault we had with it was the shower, but as you can see from the 5 star review, it isn't enough to alter our overall opinion. It was VERY difficult to navigate between freezing cold and scalding hot, and the pressure was non-existent. But we really didn't care - the ocean was the best way to rinse off!

The food is excellent there - Darrion really is a talented, inventive, self-taught chef. We ate fish every day, twice a day, and never tired of it. His soups and chowders are absolutely unbelievable - you'd think hot soup would be the last thing you'd want there in April, with temperatures in the 90s, but it was too good to pass up.

The staff (Dyllan, Darrion, and Ty, among others!) are so friendly, sweet, and very laid back - welcoming without being overbearing. We adored the quirky vibe they imbue to the resort and missed them the second we left the island!

Transfers to and from the resort are made simple with their help.

One caveat - we arrived the day after Easter, which apparently concluded a very busy week for the resort. When we arrived, there were only a small handful of guests. For our last two days, we were the ONLY guests there. This made the experience extra special for us - but others may want more social activity! We got to hang out with the owners & staff, and dined with the boat's captain, his wife, and their friends a couple of nights - they were a lot of fun!

It does rain/ get cloudy quite often in Bocas, so be sure to bring plenty to read. There is wifi in the clubhouse but we think the most special thing about the resort is the ability to disconnect from the world. Leave your laptop and iPad at home!

Overall, this is a very, very special place - and we couldn't be happier with our decision to honeymoon there!

Room Tip: I think we were in Casita 10 - farthest out from the others, right on top of the beach. The ocean c...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2013

Many thanks for your great review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your honeymoon here with us and hope to see you back here for many anniversaries to come. The yacht excursion you took is an exclusive to Popa Paradise, taking you to special remote places no other tourists go to for an unforgettable experience!

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Call me old fashion, but 5 star service is not about how expensive the sheets in the casita are. It's not about the materials used to trim the walkway around the infinity pool. It's not even about how far one can remove themselves from civilization. Don't get me wrong, the decor and design absolutely help to set the stage, but what separates Popa from other all-inclusives is the way the people and the resort can enrich your life.

5 star is about Ty going to town and getting the best bottle of bourbon he could find because I mentioned liking manhattans. It's about Darion welcoming my wife into the kitchen as if we were family visiting for the weekend. It's about the way you feel after talking to Dyllan about anything. It's about a staff that puts connection first and let's the natural beauty take it from there. And just because I don't want to leave it understated, THE PLACE IS GORGEOUS.

Popa Paradise is absolutely worth the adventure. Try the Yoga. Take the boat out for a day. Go step outside yourself for a bit. We did and loved every minute of it. Thanks to everyone!

Katie and I will certainly be back! ..."FASHION SHOW!!!"

Collin and Katie
Chicago, IL

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2013

Thank so much for your outstanding review. It was such a pleasure to meet you, for us here meeting wonderful people from all over the world and making good friends is was makes our job such an amazing experience. We look forward to seeing you back here real soon!

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Reviewed 10 July 2013

Had a good time. Nice people managing and working at the place. Ty, Darrion and Dyllan were all great and made our stay very enjoyable. Darrion is a very talented cook, so every night we had some amazing dinners. The rooms were very clean and all of the other staff were very nice.

It was a cool location. I'd recommend this place for anyone looking to get away or looking to stay off the grid. I was here with my fiance and she loved it as well. It was nice to get away for a few days and we will go back if we're around bocas/popa again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2013

Many thanks for your great review and kind words, hope you see you back here for the destination wedding!

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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Although we didn't really know what we were getting into when we first booked our trip to Popa, we wound up finding the perfect vacation destination for us and hope to return as soon as possible. We arrived at Popa by boat and were immediately taken with our beautiful surroundings and the warmth and ease of Dyllan, Darion & Ty, who truly helped make our experience so unique. From beginning to end of our Popa experience, we had nothing but pure enjoyment. The resort was so relaxing, our casita was perfect, all of the staff was incredible and we had a great time on all of our excursions -- snorkeling, fishing and visiting the indigenous island of Papa Dos. Of course, there was also Darion's fantastic cooking which was nothing we could have anticipated - every meal was prepared with our taste in mind, with multiple lavish courses and gorgeous presentation each time. And of course, all of the drinks we could have wanted the entire time we were there! We became friendly with one of the other couples staying at the resort and had a great time hanging out in the evening as well as just being on our own. All in all, we have never had such a great time at a resort!! Thank you so much!

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2013

Many thanks for your great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your vacation with us and the many excursions we offer. Hope you see you back here soon!

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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I've never EVER written a review online for anything but these guys have changed all the rules. Dyllan and Darion, along with Ty, have created a paradise that is so wonderfully off the grid that I am 100% returning. My new bride Megan and I stayed for 5 nights in this island paradise and have been having horrible withdrawls. THIS PLACE IS HEAVEN ON EARTH. Dyllan oversees the daily running of the hotel while Darion is the sort of emotional backbone of the place. They make you feel so welcome and you just get the feeling that any problem they can't handle will be handled by Tyler. Everything from the gourmet meals to the bar you swim right up to at the pool was incredible. It is an island so that means there will be some bug bites and not everything might be available on a moment to moment basis but you still feel totally taken care of. I would prefer this over any of the Hawaiian islands in a heartbeat. I want to feel like I'm off the grid but not fending for myself. These guys see to every detail from greeting us with fresh coconuts to allowing me to mooch cigarettes the whole time. We took a kickboxing class, got a massage, took multiple yoga classes, and Darion even brought us in for an impromptu cooking class. We were lucky that half the time there we were the only couple but I have to say that I love that they don't allow children there any longer. Sorry. I want tranquility on my getaways. The all inclusive element makes it so easy to just keep your bathing suit on for several days with no wallet, watch or cell phone needed. I give this place my strongest recommendation possible. Look no further. You've found it.

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 4 June 2013

Wow what a great first review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your honeymoon here with us. By being all inclusive and adults only we aim at giving you the most relaxing vacation ever. It was a great pleasure meeting you and hope to see you back here every year for you many anniversaries

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Address: Punta Laurel | Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Popa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isla Popa
Price Range: £105 - £230 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Popa Paradise Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Popa Paradise is an Adults-Only (18+) beach hotel located on a stunning island called Isla Popa in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, off the Panamanian coast in the Caribbean Sea. We are located about 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro by boat. Stay with us for an unforgettable vacation where you can relax, snorkel in beautiful clear water and visit the amazing outer islands. Our chef creates a spectacular, tasty, unique and healthy menu and can cater to vegetarians and vegans, which is all included in our all inclusive rate. We have a large range of activities and excursions from diving, fishing, zip lines to the spectacular Zapatilla islands marine park or simply relax by our swimming pool and enjoy a Popa Paradise cocktail at our swim up bar, enjoy a massage in the spa or take a walk on one of our stunning beaches. Our new beach bar and restaurant "Rosie's" is great for cool drinks on the beach all day and at night beach BBQs, bonfires, and occasionally live music under the stars. Our dedicated team of professionals will take care of your every need and ensure you have a memorable stay at our boutique resort. We look forward to meeting you at Popa Paradise - barefoot luxury! ... more   less 
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