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Hostel Villa Vento Surf Morrillo
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San Diego, California
1 review
“The perfect escape”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

After having traveled to the main tourist spots in Panama, coming to this beautiful secluded hostel was an awesome breath of fresh air! A gorgeous, isolated beach, brand new buildings, super friendly staff, and an excuse to disconnect from the world for a bit…couldn't ask for better. The waves may be the main attraction for most, but I don't surf and still had such a great time walking on the beach, swimming in the warm water, and chilling in the hammocks in front of a crazy beautiful view. Staying here was by far the best decision and my favorite memory in Panama.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 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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Montreal, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

I went to playa morrillo with the hope to find a quiet place in front of the ocean with good waves. Villa vento surf hostel was a hidden gem. In the middle of nowhere, without any other life around, it is the perfect place to surf, relax and be surrounded by the nature. It gives you a feeling of complete disconnection. Truly a great place to stay if you want to meet cool interesting people, surf all day and just relax and disconnect from the noise and craziness you can get tired of in other party towns. Another huge plus is that this hostel is brand new and impressively clean and organized. It is even solar powered and eco friendly. Surf and popcorn movies in big projector screen at nights, space to do yoga and workouts during the day, and warm and friendly ambiance! I love this place and can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Exeter, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

In short - this hostel rocks. It has been the highlight of my time in Panama and I would encourage anyone to go and enjoy an unforgettable experience.

Long version...

Playa Morrillo is about a mile long stretch of light brown, soft, sandy beach lined with coconut trees and jungle and surrounded by distant mountains on either side (the type that look blue on the horizon and give a humbling sense of perspective). At the Western end of the beach lies a rocky headland with several natural pools and a powerful blowhole all of which sit at the base of an untouched jungle outcrop complete with howler monkey's and other noise making wonders. Sitting in the pools watching the sun setting over the distant mountains is a truly spiritual and awe inspiring experience... it's beautiful!

The beach is set back about 500m from the road and without prior knowledge you wouldn't know it was there. The track leading to the hostel was, as far as I could tell, the only road leading to the beach and the very reason Playa Morrillo truly feels like paradise. There are no car parks, no caravans, no shops and no people! If you are ever lucky enough to go be sure to take supplies, it's a half hour drive to the nearest shop so you need to stock up on food and water before you get there. Like an idiot I hadn't realised this and rocked up with a bag of rice, a garlic bulb and some porridge! Fortunately Leo very kindly sorted me out with some chicken and leftovers which kept me going for the week. Thanks man!

The Remorini brothers, Daniel and Leo, own the only development on the beach and what they have done is awesome... the hostel sits on a 2,000Sqm plot with two purpose built concrete & timber framed buildings no more than 30m from the beach. One is a communal kitchen and chillout area and the other is made up of two, 8 bed dorms and 4 private rooms. The whole site is totally offgrid, powered primarily by a 3kW Solar PV system with charge controller, battery bank and a backup generator. Water is pumped from a borehole via an automated solar pump to a large storage tank on top of a 15ft tower which feeds all the showers, bathrooms and kitchen. The whole setup is fantastic and the guys have thought of everything, on top of the incredible location the hostel is the cleanest, most comfortable and by far the best hostel I visited in all of Panama. Massive credit to the guys, they are legends!

I haven't even mentioned the surf! Morillo is like a warm, empty version of low tide Croyde (one of the best surfing beaches in England). It pumps here!!!

Thanks Leo and Daniel for sharing paradise!



  • Stayed July 2014
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

after long hours traveling from the caribbean to pacific, i found this place infront of a perfect wave with just cows walking around, i asked in the little town for accomodations....surprise, villa vento surf hostel made me enjoy my surf trip much much better, faced to this incredible beach break, sorrounded of mountains and whales on the horizont...a really good experience...and including the great staff, who made you feel at home, good vibes, amazing hammocks facing at the sunsets, the commun area looking at the beach...you never want to go sleep...i´m happy to see that they use solar energy and very helpful to the conservation of nature around...the restaurant was not open yet, but you can do a supermarket before arriving at the hostel and so will have no reason not to enjoy this great place ... thanks to all the staff at Villa vento morrilo ... you made ​​my trip much much better ...

Room Tip: the privates are infront of the beach...excellent.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Panama City, Panama
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Stayed at this place at the very beginning, this was definitely the best experience I had in Panama. Great staff and stunning location. One of those unique places where wilderness and jungle meets the ocean, great set-up. If the waves are down there are plenty of cool things to do: fishing or doing a trip to waterfalls nearby. The nearby town of Torio is an awesome place for people looking for a get-a-way from the City and 21st century problems; very relaxed country vibe, like going back in time. Have a beer for 0,60$ and say hi to Serena (the queen of Torio).

cheers

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Panama City Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

AMAZING!! Great hostel, Great staff!! everythings was so perfect..My couple and I have traveled for days and finally we find the spot to relax and forget all! Chill atmosphere, in front of a beautiful beach WITH AMAZING WAVES FOR SURF!!

Room Tip: Get the rooms WIth the beach view
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

The staff at the Hostel Villa Vento Surf Morrillo are so friendly and helpful. Our private room faced the beautiful Playa Morrillo with barreling waves and lucious coconut trees. Thanks again Villa Vento for the wonderful hospitality. We look forward to visiting everyone again soon!

  • Stayed July 2014
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Property: Hostel Villa Vento Surf Morrillo
Address: Morrillo Beach, Torio, Panama
Region: Panama > Veraguas Province > Torio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Torio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
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