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Seagull Cove Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Certificate of Excellence
Prattville, Alabama
1 review
“I love SeaGullCove!”
Reviewed 7 August 2010

We have travelled to Panama many times and my FAVORITE place in all of Panama is Sea Gull Cove Lodge. We stayed there under the past ownership and it was very nice, but it is great under the new ownership. The chef and staff are the same, the atmosphere is welcoming and relaxed, the food is delicious, the bungalows are perfect, and the views are magnificent! It is the quintessential boutique tropical retreat. We are planning to go again and take friends. For us, Sea Gull Cove Lodge is the only place to stay in Panama.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2010

When Flavio and Pilar owned this place the service was great. The meals were good and the price reasonable.
Now with the American owner, the service is poor and all is overpriced. It is clear that these people do not have
a clue what tourism and service all about.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
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Belmar, NJ
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 May 2010

My wife and I stayed here during our honeymoon. The drive to the resort was rugged (4x4 Pickup HIGHLY recommended), however, once there this place a truly a hidden gem. The grounds are spectacular, the view is terrific, service is impeccable, the rooms are spacious and the food is absolutely top notch. Pilar and Flavio are the terrific hosts, and Marcello is accomadating, friendly and totally service orientated.
Please understand this place is not for everyone. If you are looking for a large, generic Sandals-type resort, go elsewhere. If you are looking for a romantic, adventurous vacation, visit Seagull Cove Lodge. This small inn is about quality, the natural beauty of the area, and service.
Also, be sure to take a boat trip with Elvis and go to Isla Bolanos, bring a camera and a snorkeling gear and expect the time of your life.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Maryville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 April 2010

We have been to Panama numerous times and stayed in many places, but we see no need to continue exploring. In March we found heaven on earth. Seagull Cove Lodge is hands down the ultimate location. Stunningly beautiful, designed, built , and landscaped to beauty beyond description, owners Flavio and Pilar have created something you simply have to see too actually comprehend. We spent a week and by the end of the first day, we felt like we had known them both as though we had known them for years. You won't find innkeepers like this elsewhere.
The entire lodge is absolutely squeaky clean, the food Flavio prepares is better than any we've had in Tuscany and each of the accommodations ( only five all together ) is quite private from the others.
Their photos on the web site are exactly what you see.
Each night there we swam off the dock and were astounded by the massive phosphorescent plankton bloom. That is a sight never to be forgotten.
I read all the reviews I could find before making the reservations, and the only negative comments I could find concerned the prices. Ignore them! Private accommodations equal to this ( if you could even find them ) in the States or Europe would go for 300 to 500 dollars a night. A dinner of this caliber would cost three times as much.
I can't say enough good about it, so I'll just stop here.

We'll be back and many times.

William and Elizabeth
USA

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 March 2010

You gotta do this! Owners Pilar & Flavio have created a seaside getaway in this Panama Paradise.

Their European heritage shines through in their attentiveness, stylings, cuisine and their bright and cheery personal charm.

But wait, there's more - a lot more:
* There are only 5 warm and comfy cabañas ensuring peace and tranquility. No party monsters, screaming children or blaring boom boxes. Just Zen-like peace.
* Flavio is a world class chef! No kidding... Every item on the menu is "To Die For"!
* The Mojitos ans Smoothies are DIVINE or DIVINO as Pilar says.
* They have wireless Internet and satellite TV.
* If fishing floats your boat, they'll arrange a day on the cool Pacific waters where you may snag one of the legendary blue marlins.
* Or you can just chill poolside and strike up a conversation with the other guests who come from all parts of the globe.

You will want for nothing (except for a longer stay).

Place SeaGullCove Lodge on your "Bucket List" and don't forget I told you so...

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled solo
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Vancouver Island
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2010

Well, I am not a chef unlike another reviewer claims, but whatever Flavio served up is about as good as we have seen in similar establishments around the world....

Flavio & Pilar have truly created a gem in a beautiful part of Chiriqui that was until recently difficult to access. The road these days is asphalted and a breeze.

Seagullcove is a magic place for those precious days of R&R and the setting is as beautiful as gets on the Panamanian Pacific Coast. The grounds are lush, impeccably maintained, the infrastructure is like new, clean, comfortable. Pilar is great to help in whichever way she can.

No, the beach is not sprawling, yes there are 100 something steps to the water, yes there can be be bugs as much as anywhere in tropics, but we had a fabulous week. Probably not suited for kids or handicapped people. Certainly not suited for travelers who can't leave their myopic attitudes in the cities of the developed world.

Professionally run, comfortable, clean, excellent & lots of water, reliable power, hi-speed internet, fabulous rooms.

Thank you, we'll be back.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled on business
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Indiana and West Virginia, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2010

I knew before we arrived that this place would be something special. We were not disappointed. I wish to just add my voice to those who wrote comments and about this delightful place. They have said it better than I possibly could. Warm ,hospitalble hosts, great food, luxurious accomodatiions, and a view that is truly not done justice by the photos on the website. I felt that the cost of stying here was very fair given the quality of the experience. The best endorsement comes down to one question-would you wish to return? My traveling companions and myself all agree that we definitely want to repeat this experience and stay more than two days here next time!

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Property: Seagull Cove Resort
Address: | Boca Chica,San Lorenzo, Boca Chica 507, Panama
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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 Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Boca Chica
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Seagull Cove Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seagull Cove is a small and intimate boutique hotel with five oceanfront bungalows nestled among swaying palms and tropical gardens of Boca Chica, in Chiriquí Province. ... more   less 
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