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“Honeymoon from Heaven” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Popa Paradise Beach Resort

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Popa Paradise Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isla Popa
Certificate of Excellence
Sacramento, California
1 review
“Honeymoon from Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

This review is long long overdue. It is also the one and only review I have ever done!

My husband and I spent the second week of our honeymoon at Popa, December 2013. It was wonderful! It was a perfect mix of the luxury of an all inclusive resort without the "luxury" of sterile cookie cutter all inclusive resort worlds. You are pampered while feeling like you have a tropical, pristine island all to yourself (and the other guests of course). We went during a slow time of year and almost had the place to ourselves which was perfect for us. I can imagine that it's a blast full as well, just a different experience. Even when full though, we are talking small on the scale of resorts. You will see/meet everyone.

We also celebrated my birthday when there and it was unbelievably special from sunup to sundown. We chartered the yacht for a private tour and it was beyond words. We returned at sunset to a beach feast with the other guests and partied down, complete with fireworks! My favorite :)

I could go on and on but really the bottom line is that this resort leaves you feeling relaxed and pampered with a personal homey touch that is never there in the bigger resort strips of Cancun and the such. The staff and managers are as much a part of your stay as you wish and that is great because they are stars in this shining gem.

We would be going back this year if it wasn't for baby on the way!! As soon as the kiddos are birthed and weaned, Popa will be our reward.

4 months later and I still dream about it.

Room Tip: Honeymoon Suite is amazing. Right above the beach, ocean sounds all night if you only have the scree...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 30 March 2014
Many thanks for your great review and your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your honeymoon and birthday we us, we had great fun celebrating with you too!
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Charlotte
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55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

Only the little things keep this resort from being excellent. Their boat from/to Isla Colon to the resort is a little on the shabby side. Converted fishing boat with a canopy that almost blew off on the way back, we had to hold it down. The hut we stayed in needed a little maintenance on the edges, screen door was hard to open/close, one desk lite came apart on last day. The start of Dinner was late every night. Understand island time but 730 dinner should start at least closer to 8 than 9 o'clock. Other than this minor issues the resort was great. Staff was friendly and helpful. Food was excellent (Spiny lobster one night, beef fillets the next, tuna the last). Enjoyed all the excursions to watch dolphins, snorkel, and sail to Bluefields Lagoon

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 29 March 2014
Many thanks for your review. We strive at all times to create the best vacation experience for all our guests. We have taken note of your comments.
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Skokie, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

This was a surprise trip for my wife. She did not know where we are going or what to expect and complained about it all the way from Chicago that was at that time -20F degrees. From the moment we landed in Bocas Del Toro everything went smoothly of course the weather added a lot to it too 85F degrees. We were picked up from the airport and taken to a designated pick up restaurant from there we were picked up with a boat. The boat ride was about 40 minute to the island when approaching the resort i was able to see my wife’s curiosity levels go up. Once Dyllan greeted us at the dock and took us to the resort main lobby area i was able to see my wife starting to relax. The resort sits on an amazing ground including a wonderfull pool and a front strip of white sandy beach with coconut trees all around. We have taken advantage of the excursions that the resort had to offer like Red Frog Zip line, the Zapatillas island charter boat and Canoeing around the island. The resort team made sure all things were to the upmost expectations and more.
My wife and I would like to thank all the Popa paradise resort Team Dyllan, Captain Handre, Darion and the two Argentinean Bartenders for the amazing time we had. My wife does not stop talking about it since we came back to our friends.

Thank you.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Many thanks for your great review. We are so pleased the surprise for you wife worked out so well and that you both had a great time here!
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2014

It's been over a week and I am still dreaming of it. We stayed for the suggested 3 nights and it definitely wasn't enough so I recommend starting with four nights and keeping your fingers crossed that you can extend your stay..you are going to want too. The staff is so friendly, number of guests staying at any one time not too high, and food/drink exceptional. Perfect place to relax but also have a little fun.

While there you need to take the yaght snorkel trip with Handre. The views alone are worth it but once you add in the snorkeling, on board lunch, and friendly spirit of Handre you will not regret a single penny spent.

All in all I 100% recommend it. Definitely going back.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Many thanks for your kind words and your great review! I know we will see you back in paradise real soon!
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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2014

We stayed 4 days in November at Popa PBR and we had a perfect stay.

We were greeted by Bernice and Craig the hotel owners. They are very nice people and we enjoyed a lot their company!
Service was good – we heard a lot about Dyllan but at that time he was on vacations.

The place itself (location, landscape…) is just amazing. After an hour ride by boat from Bocas Town you reach out the paradise!
The beach is just as remarkable as the one you see on postcards. You have the possibility to take a canoe by the beach and go for some great snorkeling time not far from the beach. Just be aware that you can cross path with some jellyfishes.

Near the hotel lobby you can chill by the pool which is just perfect. And last but not least there is a pool bar (so you don’t have to get out the pool to get your cocktail!). And I highly recommend ordering a Pina Colada!

We wanted to have a relaxful time and we did- we had the chance to be only 2 couples staying at the hotel so we almost had the hotel for ourselves.

The room was ok, nothing special but it was quite big. I heard it’s better to book a casita rather than a room.

The only (little) disappointment for us was the food. We read on many reviews that the food was amazing. I expected the food to be more local (more seafood) and sophisticated. I found it to be more North American food. But this is my point of view as a European gourmet… And as reading some reviews I think the chef was on vacations as well at this time of the year. We found it ok but nothing special. But the dishes were well served (even if the quantity was a bit too much for our European stomach). Breakfast was very great thus!

Overall we had a great stay and every day at work I wish I could be at popa paradise beach resort… We definitely recommend this hotel!
Too bad we are living too far from this little of paradise!
A must go!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 21 March 2014
Many thanks for your review. We are so pleased you had a good vacation with us and look forward to welcoming you back to Paradise sometime.
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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Muchas Gracias por todos Popa Paradise!!! Our stay at your resort was truly an unforgettable experience. Thank you so much for the hospitality and making us feel so special on our honeymoon :) Everyone from the manager Dyllan, Chef, Manuel from Argentina, to Mr. Electrician from Dallas truly made us feel so welcome. Dyllan prepared such a beautiful room for us along with so many extra touches such as Champagne surprise, heart towels decoration, welcome coconut drinks:) So far the food made by our funny fantastic Chef has been the best we've had in Panama. We are foodies and traveled all over the world in search of food and the fusion style meals from Chef creation blew us away. Manuel was so friendly helpful and created amazing cocktails and Mr. Dallas even walked us to our other Hotel on Isla Colon after we checked out. Bocas del Toro itself was a unique wonderful experience with a different vibe on each island but Isla Popa was like a vacation from a vacation. For those who truly want to escape from it all and being on an island with population of like 10..Popa Paradise is it!! Move over Gilligan island, be prepared for Popas ;) Thank you for being a memorable part of our adventures in Panama.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 6 March 2014
Many thanks for your great review and your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us, we look forward to welcoming you back to Popa Paradise.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014 via mobile

This is a long due review. Popa Paradise, is an actual paradise. It is quiet and a boat ride away from the main touristic island. It's a place you go to truly relax. Beautiful beaches and decor. Hosts play huge part in your stay. It could determined your overall experience regardless to how beautiful your scenery is. The great hosts made our stay a delight. They took care of everything we wanted, and made us feel as if we were the only people on that island. We scheduled many trips throughout our stay to see what's around, including a ride to watch dolphins in their natural environment. (Fantastic!) Every day was both exciting and relaxing. The cabanas are great and clean, the food is very decent.
We spent new year's eve there which was so much fun as it was an intimate yet crazy celebration. We went to town to buy fireworks and by midnight, we set the sky on fire:-)
Overall: Truly great experience!

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, 2 March 2014
Many thanks for your great review. We are so pleased you enjoyed New Years eve with us and had a great vacation on Isla Popa!
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Property: Popa Paradise Beach Resort
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Isla Popa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Popa Paradise Beach Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Popa Paradise is the only Adults Only (18+) All-Inclusive hotel in Panama. Popa Paradise Beach Resort is 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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