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“It felt like home”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Koko Resort

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Koko Resort
Ranked #4 of 21 Hotels in Isla Colon
Certificate of Excellence
New York, NY
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70 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“It felt like home”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

We stayed in the Gecko cabin for 5 nights. It was quiet and peaceful. Other reviewers complained about the locals, but we had no problems with noise. The locals were all very friendly and we loved that all of the kids were playing outside, either soccer or fishing in the boats or playing in the water.

The cabin was really cute and had everything we needed. The breakfasts were all yummy. We used the kitchen quite a bit, and we went to Tony's (a small grocery store) to buy lunch and dinner every day.

Jack and Lee are incredibly nice and helpful. When I sprained my ankle Jack made some phone calls to find me some crutches (crutches are notoriously hard to find as the clinic doesn't loan them out any more). They both checked on me regularly to make sure I was ok and offered to bring some dinner to me. They definitely went out of their way.

I'll have to come back to Bocas in order to see the sights (doctor's orders: stay off my feet) and when I come back, I'll definitely be staying here!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

My husband and I enjoyed a 4 night stay at Koko just a couple weeks ago. We read a lot of reviews on trip advisor before choosing Koko and were very happy with our choice. The cottages built out over the bay are unique and provide more than most places on the island... Coffee maker, full fridge, air conditioning, nice deck for relaxing, etc. We liked being just far enough away from Bocas Town to have some peace but an easy walk or bike ride if you want to avoid the 5 min taxi ride to town. You're definitely in a neighborhood in a developing country (yes there is a lot of trash) but we felt safe and welcomed. We got into the habit of stopping by the nearby Tony's Market for beer, coffee, water and snacks. Jack was traveling during our visit, but Lee was a gracious hostess and her breakfasts were wonderful. We really enjoyed meeting at breakfast with other guests from Australia, Argentina, USA and talking about what our plans were for the day. Lee arranged boat tours, advised on bike rentals and beaches, and recommended restaurants and was fun to talk to about the islands. Only complaint is the music into the wee hours on weekends from a local bar around the corner, but it is all part of the experience. We would definitely go back to Koko.

Room Tip: Pick the cottages on the very end of Koko for the best views and most privacy.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2013

We stayed at Koko Resort in April in the Starfish Cabin for my husband’s 60th birthday. We loved almost everything. The location was great – not in town, but in a residential area, an easy walk or cab ride to wherever we wanted to go. It is rustic and not 5 star (as the website will tell you) but worth the effort to experience Jack and Lee’s warm and earthy personalities and something a little different. Jack and Lee have blended into the local community, not tried to make it North American and clearly care about their neighbour’s well-being. We loved this.

Good sense of humour, great breakfasts, arranged boat/snorkelling trips, taxis, anything we wanted/needed. We had a few great days/outings with others who were staying there – snorkeling, dinners. Good recommendations on places to eat. Try the fish taco stand just down the road and El Pecado for dinner. Do the Oreba chocolate tour if you have time. We loved it! Only thing we disliked was the locals played their boombox on the beach the first two (weekend) nights until the morning (4:30 am one day). Other than that, we wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Jack and Lee were there to help you have the best experience – through their local connections and knowledge:

• If we needed transportation, they would call their favourite (reliable) taxi drivers
• If we needed a suggestion for dinner, they came up with them, arranged the land and/or water taxi and the reservation.
• The first day there, we wanted to go snorkeling, so they arranged with others staying there, called someone they knew and a boat arrived at their dock (almost in their kitchen) and we were off
• When we wanted to go on the Oreba chocolate tour, they helped with the water taxi and the booking.

If you’re looking to be pampered, don’t come here; if you’re looking to stay in a laid back funky place – we thought of it as an adult hostel – hooking up with like minded travellers while there – stay here!

Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Curacao
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We stayed 10 days in Panama, Couple of days in Panama City, and a couple of days in Koko Resort. We did read reviews of Koko so we kind of knew what to expect. Apartments are fair, nothing fancy, but not pretending either and everything is there. So far so good. BUT, to have a lumber shop right next to you, which start working at about 9 and closes at 9 in the evening. Off course I appreciate 4 families LIVE from this shop, but to have this noise all day long next to my vacation address??? Sorry, NOT acceptable. We only came "home" to sleep: Surfing is great (Bibi's on the Beach) - ATV tour is FANTASTIC - Red Frog Beach FANTASTIC.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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bosstone, Owner at Koko Resort, responded to this review, 1 June 2013
The very small woodshop that supports many families in the local community where we live is open during normal business hours like every other business. They are not loud, obnoxious or a problem for us or anyone else.

Sorry but we are a property located in a community, the people in our community do not stop working because tourists decided that their island was a beautiful place to visit.

Talk to the local people, watch their work, embrace the area.. If you can not do that then as we have said before simply do not book with us and go stay at a normal hotel. Do not book with us and then complain that the entire local community that we live in did not stop dead in their tracks when you arrived and accommodate to your personal schedule.
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Vermont
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2013

The cottages and boardwalk are a beautiful design and the accommodations are clean and efficient. Lee was terrific in the morning and breakfast was delicious. It was very quiet and we were glad of it after seeing the bustle of Bocas Town. In the evenings, we'd sip cocktails on our deck or go out to the big end deck and peer down into the ocean with the deck's lights, to watch the jacks feeding on minnows, the occasional eagle rays cruising and the gigantic bats swoop by!

The value here is unparallelled. Clean, safe, warm, quiet. It is a neighborhood rougher than most of us are used to, but I never felt unsafe and once greeted, locals return a smile warmly, every last one.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Juno Isles, FL
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 April 2013

Koko Resort is unlike any place I have ever stayed and made my honeymoon a wonderful and unique experience. The owners, Lee and Jack, treat guests and neighbors in the surrounding neighborhood like family. We stayed in the Dolphin, a two-story overwater bungalow. It had an equipped kitchen, sitting room and sleeping area downstairs, as well as a full bedroom with porch upstairs. As other reviews have stated, this is not a traditional luxury resort, but more of a B&B set within the community that allows guests to see and hear what life is like for locals in Bocas. Everyone was incredibly friendly. All staff was very helpful--and Jack and Lee went out of their way to help me be able to feast on local food despite my food allergies and gluten intolerance. The breakfast that was included with the stay changed every day and was quite substantial, featuring hearty dishes and local fruit. The air conditioning was not as robust as we, as Floridians, are used to, but there was a nice breeze, so opening the windows worked to keep us cool. We followed the directions regarding using the storm screen during the rainshowers that sometimes took place and had no problems. The bungalows were very bright and colorful, as was everything in Isla Colon and the surrounding islands. Jack and Lee help guide visitors to the best local attractions, yet we also took time to just relax on the main porch, equipped with hammock.

Room Tip: The rooms on the end of the walkway have unobstructed views, so those are most prized. We were happy...
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Adrian, OR
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2013

My girlfriend and I recently stayed in the Pink House (about 200 yards from the main complex) It was isolated from the rest of the resort as far as distance but not in accommodation. I read a previous review below that seems to have very negative things to say about Jack, which in the short time we were there seemed very untrue to me. Koko resort seems to be part of the neighborhood Jack had fun joking with the kids around the Pink House when we checked in and seemed to really enjoy the local youth. I also saw that someone thought the neighborhood was unsafe which I believe is totally unfounded and an extreme rush to judgement. We felt very at ease with being in the midst of a neighborhood and the locals would always greet you with a Buena or Hola and a smile. We were only able to have breakfast once with Jack and it was outstanding, and I personally really enjoyed his sense of humor! After missing breakfast two days in a row Jack took it upon himself to come check on us in the Pink House to make sure everything was okay which we really appreciated. I felt totally safe in Bocas and very comfortable at KoKo. We did not get to stay at one of the main cabins but highly enjoyed the Pink House with it's great view, space, and very cozy patio! We loved it! Thanks again to Jack and Leigh!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Koko Resort

Property: Koko Resort
Address: Las Cabanas, Isla Colon, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Isla Colon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Like a picture postcard. Cabins built over the water of a beautiful bay. Various size houses. Steps from the beach. 5 Minutes to town. Fantastic sunsets from the dock and lit up fish viewing at night. Full kitchens, AC, fans, maid and laundry service. Full time security, Safety boxes in rooms. Wireless Internet. Kayaks, bikes, snorkel masks free. Grocery delivery. We speak English and Spanish and will help you with arrangements for a perfect vacation. ... more   less 
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