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Cabanas Turisticas Estefany
Franconia, Germany
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“Most beautiful place with awesome Hosts!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and me planned on staying a few days in Boca del Drago and ended up being there for 2 weeks!
This is such an amazing place, either for singles, couples or families! Its directly on the most beautiful beach in Central America. It is perfect to relax (there are some hamocks), to get to know other people and to "take a break from live", as you can just enjoy the carribean atmosphere!
The Italian Restaurant was also just perfect! There was italian Pasta(!), fresh fish, Chicken, vegetarian dinners (e. g. Quiche), Languste and sandwiches. I had everything and everytime it was better than the day before!
The rooms are very nice and quite big. Everything, including the shared schowers and toilets, are clean.
The time we spent in Cabañas Estefany was the absolutely best we had in our whole 7 month trip!

Thank you Elena & Daniele for an unforgettable experience!
Jonas

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Hettlingen
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

After 6 weeks travelling with our Kids (6 & 8 years) it was our first disappointing stay. Everything costs extra. Small portion of dinner and breakfast, we were still hungry afterwards. Very poor room standard, electricity only from 7pm to midnight, shower didn't work properly, kitchen corner not to use because there is nothing, we found a Skorpion in the room, etc ... We wanted to leave earlier because of our frustration, but the italian woman insisted on the booking, so we had to stay one night more. We had much higher standard before for that price. Especially for families we wouldn't recommend.

Stayed March 2014
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Cologne, Germany
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014

We were really disappointed from this so called hostel: 60 $ a night for a private room, no electricity (only 3 hours a day), 5 $ each towel (!!!), 5 $ p.p. for breakfast. Meals (pasta) at night 10 - 12 $.

The italian couple was nice, but seems to try maximising profits due to the exclusive location (no other hotel in this area). We did not stay but moved back to Bocas. It's a lot wothier to stay there and catch a bus in the morning to playa estrella.

Our forecast: If they don't lower prices, they won't succeed. Even with fake-ratings as my four or five antecessors...

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Barcelona, Spain
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

So relaxing, beautiful and secluded. Very close to the Playa de Estrellas where you can see lots and lots of huge red sea stars - a humbling experience! The Italian staff is super friendly and very helpful!!!! It has a very familiar and genuine atmosphere. We loved it! Thank you for everything guys!!! Wishing you good luck for the future! Anne & Irakli

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Santa Margherita di Pula, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014 via mobile

I went to Cabanas Estefany during my last trip in Panama!!I had the most relaxing holiday ever!!! You wake up in the morning and the first thing you hear is the sound of the sea. When you go to the reception you find a very friendly staff (Elena, Daniele, Marta, Nick and "La mamma")ready to suggest you the best things to do (fantastic excursions, amazing jungle and coastal walks)! 10 minutes far from the cabanas you find the Playa Estrella where you can easily find the Sea stars!! The food was always fresh, healthy and very italian! I would strongly recomend to all my friends!!

Stayed January 2014, travelled solo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

A perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Cozy, essential and peaceful, out of the crowd. The owners, Elena and Danielle are special persons, smiling and helpful. You can enjoy authentic italian food while swinging on a hommock under your private palm. A real carribean atmosphere, I can guarantee!!!

Stayed January 2014
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San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014

I was traveling alone, and my gole was just to find THE place to think and rehab from stress. I spent one week at the Cabanas Estefany and I keep on thinking was the most chilled week I've ever had in all my life.

The spot is AWESOME ! You're staying at 5 steps to the sea (super-clean sea, not as it's in Bocas town), out from every caos/noises of the main town, with really nice beaches all around you: like Playa Estrella which is really beautiful with all his seastars, but even if you wake up and don't want to walk 15 min, you can just walk 30 meters on the right (watching the sea) and you have an intimate beach, normally with nobody in, with no rocks and perfect for laying down in the water and appreciate the weather or having a long walk by.

Then you met Daniel and Elena which are every time there smiling ready for getting you the right solution, and making you comfortable, I felt like at home.
Even the food was great: there's every time a nice "pure Italian taste" pasta at the Cabanas' restaurant, or if you want to have the mythical caribbean fried-fish dish (a bit more expensive but really tasty,but just during the day because they close at 8pm) you can go either to the restaurant at the end of the road(Yarisnori) or choosing one chiringuito at Playa Estrella.
By the way they have dinners too at the Cabanas' restaurant, normally with fresh fish (I've tried twice and all was really delicious and genuine).

Surly It's a bit isolated, on the other side of the "Isla" from Bocas town, (20 min 15$ run by taxy, 30+ min 2$ run by shuttle-bus), but this is the trick of the place: It's just you, a jungle on the backyard, the sand on the front and the sound of the ocean. Than if you want to party hard just go to town!
So obviously you have to take in count you're a bit in an adventure, so there may be issues like: no hot water, electricity running just from 6pm to midnight, wifi service discontinued during the day if there is no sun (wifi works with solar panels during the day); personally I've found this limitations as a key to step out from what was my normal routine, and has worked really fine!

Can't belive I'm already home, can't wait to pass by another time.:D

Room Tip: Ask for the Cabana solution if you're like 5-8 people, for sure Daniel will do you a nice fair p...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Cabanas Turisticas Estefany

Property: Cabanas Turisticas Estefany
Address: Boca del Drago, Isla Colon 00000, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 49 Speciality Lodging in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cabanas Turistica Estefany is a delightful place unfolding around a large patio for the guests to relax in, it has private rooms with bathrooms, dorms with shared facilities and two small Caribbean style wooden houses, all fitted with ceiling fans and mosquito nets on doors, windows and beds.Our friendly restaurant offers creative Italian and Mediterranean food. ... more   less 
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