We just returned from an 8 day trip to Panama and our 3 days at Bocas Del Mar were by far the most enjoyable of entire trip. The property and views and gardens are beautiful. We booked the Deluxe Garden Room and it was worth the extra $$ but not one person we talked to had anything bad to say about the other rooms. The service from hotel management and staff was amazing and the ratio of staff to guests much higher than one would expect. In the restaurant, Jose and Alex made our meals enjoyable, they were attentive and fun to talk to. In management, Neil, Alberto and Lara attended to our every wish, arranging and rearranging excursions. Every meal we had in the restaurant was delicious, the seafood, veggies and fruits were fresh and the menu dependent on local availability.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for R & R in a tropical environment and we will certainly return to enjoy again.
This is a very remote area of Panama, the local town is tiny but there is a small Mercado in Boca Chica. It is hot in January but the ocean breezes and the beautiful pools with shaded areas kept us cool. As for AC in our room, it was totally comfortable although it did take maybe 2 hours to cool down on arrival.
For excursions, we rented a Panga boat with local captain for one day and had a great day of partial fishing, partial snorkeling and just viewing this beautiful area of islands in the Pacific. Trip even included a viewing of Howler Monkeys in the trees on the shore of Boca Brava. The cost of this trip was just $60 per hour, very reasonable. Day two, having enjoyed the time on the water so, we did it again but rented the hotel boat and captain along with another couple we met and had just as good a day, again at a very reasonable price. The kitchen cleaned and cooked our catch for us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Bocas Del Mar, in Boca Chica, is a boutique hotel with modern, luxury features. In a privileged oceanside location on the mainland, it is perfectly positioned for a completely relaxing vacation. We were TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award Winners in 2016 for the Top Hotel for Service in Panama. Our focus is on quality customer service and attention to detail. We have 20 large contemporary-style guest bungalows that are set in tropical gardens right alongside the glistening blue water of the Gulf of Chiriqui. Open your drapes each morning and the Pacific Ocean is there to greet you! Choose from several room types; from our spacious king or queen bed bungalows through to the exceptional Premier Suite. There's a gourmet restaurant & bar on site and we have not one but TWO stunning infinity-style pools to bathe in. There is also a small beach, except at high tide, and we have our own dock to head to more local beaches via water taxi or excursion boat - we are opposite the beautiful islands of the Gulf of Chiriqui and have a full ocean and land trip program. Plus a massage studio (advance reservation required). Just 5 minutes by car or watertaxi from Boca Chica village. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Bocas Del Mar Panama/Boca Chica