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Hotel Bocas del Mar
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Certificate of Excellence
Richmond, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
58 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Perfect Panama Vacation”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

After researching all of Panama to find the perfect place to celebrate our anniversary, we found it here! I can't imagine there is a prettier hotel anywhere in the country and the service was fantastic. We stayed in the most private room on the property, deluxe water edge bungalow 12. It was completely private and a distance from the main building with a view to die for. It is well furnished and includes a nice patio table and spectacular vista view of the surrounding water from the point. We could hear howler monkees on the island across the water and watch boats pass.
The resort had a nice mix of couples, families and fisherman who rotated in and out throughout our 5 day stay. Everyone got together in the second infinity pool above our unit to review their day. Everyone was doing different things and all had happiness in common. There were guests from all over the world but more from the US than other places we stayed and the resort staff all speaks English well which was a great change for us from the other areas we had visited.
We spent half our time inshore fishing and half taking trips to the beautiful white sand beaches on the islands. The resort made all the arrangements for us with water taxis and local fisherman.
We had a car and it was really easy to access the resort from David, about an hour. From the Pan American Highway about 20 mins. Boca Chica is a cute tiny town with a small grocery for supplies. We also took an hour drive one afternoon to the beach at Las Lajas, which is a huge beach with surfing size waves.
The restaurant food was very good and reasonably priced, we ate all of our meals there. Every day had special and different side dishes. I had great local lobster twice. The wait staff were all incredible and took special care of us. They made our anniversary celebration one we will never forget.
I highly recommend Bocas Del Mar. It is one of the best places we have ever stayed and the best room we have ever had.

Room Tip: Deluxe suite 12 is the most private room on the property if you are seeking romance.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
The whole team would like to thank you for your review and positive comments, which are much appreciated.

We’re glad you found the mix of guests interesting and that you enjoyed our marvelous new upper infinity pool. We were also very pleased to share your anniversary with you. Hope to see you again soon.

Best Wishes,

Hotel Bocas del Mar
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights and wouldn't change a thing! The location is beautiful, the bungalows are immaculate and gorgeous and the food is great. The managers Lara and Alberto are FABULOUS! They are so friendly, know each guest, and do whatever they can to to help you enjoy your stay whether it's arranging excursions or just letting you relax in peace. We also really enjoyed speaking with Carlos and Diana (sp?) in the restaurant, learning more about the area and the country. There are only 16 bungalows so the pools/restaurant were never crowded and we got to know several of the other guests.

We took 3 excursions: sunset mangrove cruise, discovery tour and a trip to Isla Secas...all were great. We especially liked the trips to postcard perfect beaches with great snorkeling and very few other people. We also kayaked to a nearby island and saw howler monkeys in the trees.

We flew into David and then drove back to Panama City; both were relatively easy options (once we found the unmarked domestic airport in Panama City!).

Hotel Bocas del Mar is a perfect place to explore the beauty of the Panamania coast. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: All rooms are great but the higher the number, the higher the view, though also the longer the walk...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Dear Janelle,

Hello from Panama and our little Paradise!!

Thank you for your 5-star review. It was a pleasure having you and your husband at Bocas del Mar Hotel and to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and the beautiful and unique surroundings of the Gulf of Chiriquí. We all send you a huge hello!!

Best Wishes,

Hotel Bocas del Mar Team
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Leuven, Belgium
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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Reviewed 19 March 2014

We had a terrific stay in Bocas Del Mar. The location is truly unique, the staff and management are really helpful and friendly, the food is excellent and the rooms and setting are absolutely wonderful! In spite of an earlier review, the airconditioning functioned perfectly. We stayed in lodge 17, and although it is located on the hill, it's quite worth the hike. We had an amazing view over the bay, a beautiful infinity-pool and a personal hot-tub at our disposal.
We took the sunset cruise which was absolutely a tremendous little trip, with lots of exotic birds in a breathtaking and romantic setting.
We would definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
We are all glad to hear that you enjoyed our facilities, our staff and our unique evening sunset trip!!

It was a pleasure to had you in our little piece of Paradise and tranquility. Many thanks, and see you soon!!

Kind Regards,

Hotel Bocas del Mar Team
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Albuquerque
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2014

Forget the rest stay at the best in Boca Chica Panama. Rooms wonderful, food excellent and the staff friendly, helpful and attentive. Room 16 is at the top end of the property but is well worth the walk up the hill.

Room Tip: Room #16 has a great ocean view.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Thank you for your 5 star review!

We enjoyed having you to stay and hope you can repeat this time next year!?

Best wishes

The Hotel Bocas del Mar Team
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Beaumont, Texas, Usa
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Had the pleasure of 5 nights at this wonderful and beautiful property. Spent a month in Panama, and stayed at several properties throughout the country. NONE came close to the overall experience of Bocas del Mar. Beautiful landscaping, great food and service, and nice and quiet. Loved the pool and my room was very nice and modern, Can't wait to return, Drue from Texas.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank Thomas_M195
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Dear Drune,

We’re glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for taking the time to review the hotel. We’re pleased you discovered our little corner of Paradise and that you enjoyed it as much as we do!

Kind regards,

The Hotel Bocas del Mar Team
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San Francisco
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2014

What an amazingly beautiful place to discover!! We stayed here for 4 nights during our vacation to Panama. The moment we arrived, we were welcomed to the hot tropics with a glass of freshly squeezed juice. And then we quickly settled into our room before leaving and exploring the gorgeous pools and gardens. We had informed the staff - in this case, Neil - of our interest in doing activities - boating and community visits - so they were already on top of that to ensure we took advantage of all that the local area has to offer.

We travelled with our 3-year daughter so were interested in doing both morning and afternoon activities, but with a break in between for napping. On the first day, we took a water taxi to a nearby island - we pretty much had the entire beach to ourselves! That afternoon, we went with the Bocas del Mar boat to an island further away to do snorkeling. It wasn't the best that afternoon, but we ventured out again the next morning and were rewarded with an abundance of sea life - sea turtle, starfish, colorful large and small fish ... and an amazing white sand beach. This outing was part of the Discovery Tour and I think it's worth it for everyone to check out. The following day, we visited one of the indigenous communities - the Ngobe-Bugle. This community was only an hour-plus away, but it felt like a totally different world and we were so appreciative for the experience. Our guide took us on horseback to see different parts of the community and answered any and all questions that we had about their way of life. This community is not 'built for tourism' in the way that some tourists might expect, but it is well worth the visit to learn more about the daily life, celebrations and struggles of an indigenous people. Upon returning from our activities each day, we always found time for the pool - beautiful and perfect for us and our daughter!

For our meals, we had all of them at Bocas del Mar. We found them to be tasty - especially the juices and anything that came from the sea. The staff was always friendly, even when super busy such as Valentine's Day evening when we were there! Dining with a 3-year old can sometimes be an adventure, but they were always kind to her - above and beyond. For lunches, we ended up preferring the Bar Menu - you must try the Diablo Yuca fries!

Finally, the room ... well, does it get any better than this?! We upgraded to the suite, but from my understanding, all of the rooms are wonderful. From our place, we had an amazing view of the sea ... listening to the howler monkeys always made my mornings as I sipped on the coffee that you can make in the room. The rooms are simple and tastefully done - hardwood floors, comfortable bed/sheets, amazing views of the ocean ... even though we spent most of our days out and about, it was always a pleasure to retreat to our room. I have no doubt that this hotel will continue to impress in years to come.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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1 Thank ShaunaJ
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
All the team is very grateful for your gracious comments and thorough review of your stay, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences with the TripAdvisor community.

We’re glad that you were able to take advantage of the different trip options available and the restaurant team specifically thanks you for your feedback on your dining experiences..:yes, Devil’s Yucca is a popular snack! It was a pleasure to have your family to stay.

With best regards,

Hotel Bocas del Mar.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed 24 February 2014

The big picture here is beautiful. The view of the ocean and small islands from the infinity pools and some of the rooms is breathtaking. The rooms are modern, clean and comfortable. Some units are still being built and landscaping is an ongoing process. When completed it will be visually awesome.
What this resort lacks is attention to detail. The kitchen and bar service are uneven and expensive. Each bartender seemed to have their own personal idea of what a mojito should be and the dinner meals ranged from inedible to average. The breakfasts included were less than we would have hoped for. The staff is friendly and eager but poorly trained.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a room with a "full" ocean view. Many of the rooms offer only a part...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank YoHT3
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HotelBocasdelMar, Manager at Hotel Bocas del Mar, responded to this review, 10 March 2014
Our customers’ happiness is priority to us so it makes us sad that you did not enjoy your stay with us as much as other guests have done. Feedback is also important, as is attention to detail, and we shall certainly do a revision of the mojitos.

We are surprised by your restaurant comments; if there is anything not to a guest’s satisfaction our restaurant team are only too happy to correct matters where possible at the time and unfortunately cannot make amends if we are informed a long time after the event.

For clarification for future guests; no new units are being built. We have 16 bungalow-style guest rooms. This reviewer we believe is refering to our new waterside massage & beauty treatment room that has just been completed as an extra facility in reaction to our previous guests’ suggestions. It opens shortly.

Kind Regards,

The Hotel Bocas del Mar Team
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Property: Hotel Bocas del Mar
Address: | Gulf of Chiriqui, Boca Chica, Panama
Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boca Chica
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Bocas del Mar 4*
Number of rooms: 20
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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