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“A slice of Panamanian heaven” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Guest Suites at Manana Madera Coffee Estate

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The Guest Suites at Manana Madera Coffee Estate
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11 reviews
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“A slice of Panamanian heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2012

What else is left that can possibly be said about Manana Madera? And how can one do this place and its serene surroundings justice? How can words describe owner Randy Pigott’s stunning hospitality? How to explain the amazing aroma and smell of the estate’s gourmet coffee in the morning, one of the finest and smoothest we have enjoyed in a long time? The list goes on and on, and I almost find myself at a loss of words – which does not happen easily.

On the other hand, let’s not ignore the downsides either: As “LiMitravelbugs” so aptly observed, only shampoo for curly hair types was provided; mon Dieu - a major blow to my travel experience! I’m sure if I had more hair left, I would be equally outraged, however, I’m gonna let that one slide...

On a more serious note, the two guest casitas are elegantly and tastefully appointed, inspiring and pure, yet not pretentious. The view of the adjacent mountains is marvelous, unobstructed through huge windows, and after ten days of sleeping in humid, damp bed linens in other parts of Panama, these here are crisp and fresh – what a joy! The same goes for being in bed at night when you get to count shooting stars through those enormous, panoramic windows.

If you ever have the privilege of staying here, consider yourself very, very lucky. It is a unique find, exuding an unparalleled sense of tranquility and being. Staying at Manana Madera is an experience in beauty.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2012

One of our best memories in Panama trip, thank you Randy and the most beautiful place... We spent 5 nights at Manana Madera Coffee Estate in the beginning of Oct, Randy helped us to experience the best in the Boquete area. We hiked the pipeline trail to an incredible waterfall, spotted quetzal...water rafting in Chiriqui rivier via BOA, horseback riding in Caldera with our host Franklin Rovetto who loves writing and wishes to publish his first book " The Final Perspective". Amazing tree zipline, 14 platforms one of the best in central america... We highly recommend Manana Madera in Boquete to everyone. BTW, while there, go to Big Daddy's and try their fish tacos. Manana Madera is a beautiful place, peaceful, clean and the host Randy is one of the sweetest guys you'll ever meet.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

This place is breathtakingly beautiful, set up high above Boquete in a coffee plantation with amazing views, flora and fauna. Randy is an incredible host, he really makes you feel welcome from the moment you arrive, and is truly accommodating in every sense. Chubbs the dog is also very welcoming and possibly even more entertaining!
The entrance to the estate is certainly rustic, but well worth it - while a car is not essential, I would highly recommend one since you are well out of the town (10 min drive). Delicious coffee, modern, clean accommodation and peace and tranquility are all in abundance here, just wonderful.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2012

everything was perfect, Randy is one of the greatest host i've seen, he opened his house, his heart and his soul to us, gave us everything we could imagine and beyond.
no need to explain, just go there, especially if you love good coffee, not to mantion his lovely dog chubbs
thank you Randy, its been a delight

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2012

Manana Madera lived up to and actually surpassed the extremely high standard of tripadvisor reviews that we'd read before staying here. It's so difficult to explain how genuine, generous and wonderful Randy is as a host and how beautiful and serene his property is. We're a couple in our 30s who were just looking to explore what Boquete had to offer for a few days. We'd planned on renting a car so we could be mobile and get around the town and surrounding area, but Randy suggested we hold off until he picked us up and got settled in. After our first day there, it was obvious that Randy was so generous with his offers to drop us off and pick us up from wherever we wanted to go that he was saving us the need (and cost!) of the rental car. On top of that, his suggestions on where to go, his help in booking activities and recommending excursions (we went on 2 lovely hikes, ziplining and rafting while we were there) and the use of his guesthouse cell phone made our stay so easy and comfortable that we had a lot of trouble leaving. We planned to stay 4 nights before arriving, but ended up staying 6 and considered staying longer because we loved it that much. It's an incredibly special place.

The guest suites are so beautiful and really well designed. Randy has thought of everything! The bed is heavenly and the views from the window are incredible. The bathroom has everything you could need (lush towels, hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner & soap, wonderful shower pressure & heat). The living room has a coffee maker (of course, to have Randy's delicious brew whenever you want it), radio with ipod dock, tv, dvd player with fun selection of movies, playing cards, wine glasses & corkscrew and I'm sure more that I can't remember! His breakfasts are fantastic (french toast, sausage, oatmeal, fruit, toast, juice...) and you just really feel like you're at home.

We really feel so lucky to have had the pleasure of meeting Randy and experiencing his hospitality. He's built such a beautiful coffee estate and has taken the concept of "service" to new heights. On top of that, we fell in love with Chubbs (the dog) and truly miss our mornings with him on the porch and in the Ranchito on our hammocks. We could not have asked for more from our stay at Manana Madera. It was relaxing, beautiful, comfortable and so very memorable...all because of Randy.

Don't even bother considering staying anywhere else to stay if you're going to Boquete. It doesn't get any better than this.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2012 via mobile

From the moment Randy greeted us, we were blown away! He is the ulimate host. It shows in his smile & his genuine personality. Everything was perfect, clean & nicely appointed. We were there only two nights & I was having anxiety knowing we had to leave after our short stay! Would have loved to have stayed longer!! The estate is peaceful, simply beautiful & relaxing. The ranchito was my favorite. Surreal is the only word to describe it. The birds, the flowers, & the fresh air all add to the ambience (not to mention the delicious coffee!!!). Mañana Madera coffee estate was the highlight of our trip to Panama, and one is our top 3 places to stay, world wide!!! Chubbs is a wonderful dog!! He is so good, playful and loving!! Don't change a thing Randy!!! Hope to come back again! If you have the opportunity to visit Panama, the Mañana Madera coffee estate is a MUST, period!

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2012

Mañana Madera is located on a beautiful piece of property. Getting there involves a bit of a steep and bumpy ride, but it is certainly worth it.

Randy, whose kindness was apparent in his first e-mail response, is a warm, attentive and helpful host who, in many ways, is the very definition of hospitality.
Attention was certainly there when considering what guests might possibly need; I discovered items such as a hairdryer, an ironing board, extra towels, cloths for makeup removal - those little things that could come in handy for some. The small fridge was also good to have for any leftovers or things to store, and there were bottles of water for us which were appreciated.
Randy will provide you with a cell phone if needed, umbrellas, etc.

The suite was clean, bright, roomy, and modern. Surprisingly, the modern aspect was one that made me hesitate when booking, simply because the exterior seemed so special and I worried that the interior might feel a bit cold in contrast (though it is in fact very nicely decorated). Little touches like the plants in the bathroom made it feel warmer to me.

The breakfast area was nice and offered a lovely view. I very much enjoyed seeing Chubbs the dog on the stoop in the morning and in the evenings. He was a loving dog and his greeting, along with Randy's smile and the property, were some of the highlights for me. It was nice to have a private breakfast delivered to us. The actual breakfast selection was modest and although it was fine, it was perhaps the one aspect we both felt could have been a little bit better in terms of choice.

The bed was comfortable and the roomy shower and showerhead (which was removable) were nice. Large bottles of Aveda shampoo and conditioner were available and although they were for curly hair types and I almost didn't use them for this reason, the shampoo seemed to work fine on my straight hair. We were made to feel that the amenities were ours to use and that we could take as long a shower as we wanted. After trying to be more economical with water during my time in Boquete (prior to staying here) and having to adjust to colder showers, I have to admit I lingered a bit...

A few points to consider when booking:
-Location: Mañana Madera is somewhat secluded as some others have mentioned. If you plan to be in town a lot and to stay out later, it is not terribly inconvenient if you have a bit of extra time and money to spare but some planning could be helpful. After being used to paying at most .75 cents for a taxi ride, paying $8 to $12+ one way depending on how late it was made a difference. That said, Randy was kind in driving us into town a couple of times and always made himself available to find a driver for us when needed.
-Room Cleaning: the room was freshened up while we were out. This was nice and appreciated, however I think I might have felt more comfortable knowing about this in advance.
-Pets: there is a dog and cat on the property. The pets are not allowed in the guest suites. I personally loved having the animals around but of course this is subjective.
-Privacy: although the property in itself is quite private, I have to admit I felt a little bit exposed at night whilst in the lounging area due to the sheer curtains over the windows. I grew a bit more comfortable with this after a while but it would have been nice to have the option to make it more private. There is also a bit of an echo, perhaps due to the high ceilings and open space.
-Temperature: due to the higher altitude, it can feel cooler. A blanket is provided for cozying up on the couch, and the blanket on the bed felt warm enough.

A few minor things that could potentially enhance a future guest's stay:
-A larger selection of movies. There is no cable, therefore if you enjoy this type of entertainment, the DVDs are great to have but it is a small collection. I think having a larger movie library for guests would be nice.
-An alarm clock. I didn't seem to see one and fortunately we had a phone alarm to use for early morning tours, but perhaps a small understated alarm clock could be helpful for some.
-Another mirror outside of the bathroom. If one person is using the bathroom and the other is getting ready in the bedroom, an extra mirror is always helpful.

Unfortunately, I feel that once we started to settle in (after a more relaxing evening and quieter morning), it was already time to leave. I am happy we chose Mañana Madera and only wish we had more time to enjoy the property, including the Ranchito. We missed the place after we left.

If I could offer a suggestion, it would be to make time to simply enjoy the property, the hammocks, the hummingbirds, etc. There is a lot to do in Boquete and in surrounding areas, but if you can afford to spend a morning or afternoon at the estate, try to do so. I wish we could have. Also be sure to check out the photo album containing pictures of the construction of the suites.

Overall great service and value. Thank you Randy for making our stay a pleasant one.

*On another note, if you are interested in visiting a nearby city, I would recommend a day tour of Cerro Punta. This can be done with a man named Oscar from Mucho Gusto Panama (who is also a driver for Randy's property).

Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Guest Suites at Manana Madera Coffee Estate
Address: 1 Manana Madera Coffee Estate Drive, Boquete 0413-00157, Panama
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Region: Panama > Chiriqui Province > Boquete
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites
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Ranked #2 of 48 Speciality Lodging in Boquete
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
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