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Sapibenega The Kuna Lodge
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

The hotel is situated on a sm,all island, there are few rooms and you really feel home when there. Rooms have no windows and small electricity/lights. We did not have many problems with bugs or other animals. Experience is fantastic, place wonderful. the food was very good and every day different. Every day they bring you to a different island to rest or you can go fishing or go to the town that is litteraly 5 mins away with boat. Do not take boat to go there from panama as very long and rough. There are cheap flights 40 minutes that land just in front of the sapibenega island.

Stayed: December 2012, travelled with friends
Thank Nicolaus L
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

I grew up in the former Canal Zone and spent a lot of time diving in the San Blas islands. Had not been there (SanBlas) in over 35+ years and decided to take my family to the San Blas Islands on their first vist to Panama. Based on recommendations from a cousin - I booked three nights on Sapibenega Kuna Lodge and booked air travel from Pananama (Albrook) to Playon Chico on Air Panama several months in advance (required for air travel due to limited flights and small aircraft).

Alicio met us on arrival at Playon Chico and motored us out to Sapibenega Kuna Lodge (about 10 minutes). We were greeted by the small but wonderful staff and were taken to our lodge before breakfast.

Lodge was one of several all over the water, basic reed/wood construction with balcony over the water with hammock. Comfortable beds 3 doubles for two adults and my 13 year old twins.

Breakast, lunch, and dinner is included as well as regular daily tours to the Kuna Cemetey (recommended), tour of Kuna town (Playon Chico), and trips to secluded islands to snorkel.

We were the ONLY guests until a newly married couple from the U.K. Arrived day before we left. The only other lodge available from Playon Chico - Yandup had many many more guests. Being the only guests on Sapibenega was great - staff treated us wonderfully, we ate Lobsters, crab, fish daily and were well attended by Alicio and the small staff.

Great quiet simple side trip from the hectic Panama City. Good snorkeling too.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for coconut water and the coconut meat! All lodges are over the water so selection goes by number of beds. Electricity is limited, no wifi (yeah), but great quiet break.
  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Oscar R
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

We had a fantastic stay for 3 days there. We were 8 persons and we were the only guests on this tiny island. We did the activities offered to us, including participating in some local dancing (without great success, I'm afraid). The charming cabins on stilts were very simple and basic, yet comfortable and including shower and wc. You sleep to the sound of waves and can watch the sea through the floor. What really made a difference was the fantastic staff. They very much exceeded our expectations. In a natural way they were extraordinary caring and attentive. Please note that it helps to speak some Spanish, as their English is very basic. The food was excellent, simple and uncomplicated but very well prepared. The price for a stay there may be high, but in our opinion this is almost priceless. We made our booking including flight, which was very good because Air Panama is not easy to deal with on your own.

Room Tip: Please note that electricity is not regularly available and there is no cell phone coverage.
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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3  Thank Teld187438
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

We spent an unforgettable time with the staff at Sapibenega. A magical place for those who wants to forget about everything and have the most relaxing time of your life, while getting to know this beautiful people.

Room Tip: Bring a small flashlight. You may need it.
  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Adrian B
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We had an amazing time staying with the staff at Sapibenega. We were treated to the most unbelievable experience the 3 days there; snorkeling, fishing, a village tour with local children showing us how to play some local games, a river excursion, a visit to the local cemetary with historical recount, and a visit to the resorts plantation. I feel I lived the life of a local Kuna for 3 days and got a glimpse of what local life really is. Thank you to everyone at Sapibenega for making my Panama trip so memorable!

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank magic4l
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