We booked two nights at the Yandup Lodge after reading the glowing reviews and were not disappointed. If you are planning on visiting San Blas, this is the place to go! Disclaimers though that this is not an exclusive lounge around beach resort with a party nightlife. Yandup is an experience for those who want to disconnect and experience some culture and beautiful scenery while traveling. From the beginning, the flight in is an experience. We were on a 6 seater plane through Air Panama with other Kuna villagers, and while I love flying, my wife is a little more apprehensive and it may be "interesting" to some. I took it as an adventure and all went well and does on a regular basis. The planes are how these people get around to their isolated area and the isolation is part of the experience. The lodge staff was more than friendly, attentive, and warm throughout our stay. The setting is idyllic with palm trees on small islands and well appointed bungalows. You have to remember where you are in that there is no cell, wi-fi, internet, and intermittent electric, but you are here to get away and experience culture which we found lovely. We stayed in an over-water bungalow with our 1 year old which we were concerned before arriving, but the island and services are safe and the staff loved him! The bungalow itself was clean, comfortable, and provided a true island experience with open bamboo walls, comfy bed, flush toilet, fan and electric lights. The food provided was exquisite with adequate portions of the freshest fish we had ever eaten and other tasty dishes. The two provided tours a day were fascinating and well worth the excursion as well as being included. Free time is also spent in the beautiful surrounds on your private deck and hammocks or on the beach with some pretty good snorkeling (which are available for rent at $5 for a full setup on the island). The staff is lovely and you truly feel like a welcomed guest. They were great with our son and all wanted to hold him during meals. On the village visit, be prepared for some fascinating culture shock, but remember that this is their home that you're visiting and we found everyone to be extremely friendly and welcoming. We did not encounter any sort of tourist trap, pushy sales or money grabs from tourists. We were also never asked for money for photos, but remember to be respectful since you're the visitor. Bottom line, if you want a great island and cultural experience at an incredible location and for an incredible value in an over-water bungalow, this is what an island paradise looks like!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yandup Island Lodge is the perfect getaway in the Caribbean of the Kuna Indians, in the San Blas Archipelago. Perfect place to relax in a hammock, enjoy the sea breeze and the sound of the waves and birds. In this private island with coconut palms, surrounded by coral reefs and a small beach you will be treated as kings and queens in one of our six lovely and comfortable cabins in front of the sea. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yandup Island Hotel San Blas Islands