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“KoKo did not disappoint....” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Koko Resort
Ranked #4 of 22 Hotels in Isla Colon
Certificate of Excellence
Tucson
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“KoKo did not disappoint....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2010

I spent much time looking at not only 'islands' in Panama but places to stay on those islands. I chose Bocas and KoKo. Many places don't look nearly as 'nice' in person as in the pictures and KoKo was not one of them. The cabins are as beautiful in reality as they are in these pictures. Jack and Lee are wonderful and Jack's breakfasts are varied and tasty. Although not on our balcony, we enjoyed talking with Lee and Jack each morning while we eateat, I think, the Bahia. My 19-year-old daughter spent hours jumping off the dock right in front of our cabin - She might as well have been 10. Great trip.

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2010

Watch the marine life in the bay and relax in the hammock. Started the day right, every day with the great breakfasts. Great comfortable home base to explore the many beaches of the Bocas area. Hope to return!

  • Stayed May 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2010

The KoKo resort, just a few minutes walk from 'downtown' Bocas, consists of six very well-maintained cabins over the water in Saigon Bay. It's a very laid-back and friendly part of town, where the local community goes about its business but never fails to greet you with a friendly hello. Just a couple of factors that add to a slightly alternative Bocas experience - ie you won't necessarily feel like a tourist when you stay here. I initially planned to spend a week in Bocas but was enjoying myself so much I ended up staying 10 days. If you're planning a longer stay then a cabin at KoKo resorts is well worth considering.

The cabins are very comfortable, split-level with bathroom and fully-equipped kitchen downstairs (plenty of fridge space for cold beer!), and a sleeping area upstairs. There's air conditioning, but you're directly over the water so no problem opening up all the windows to get that cool sea breeze. You've also got balconies both upstairs and down, with hammocks on which to enjoy those cold beers. There's also a sun deck - a prime spot for enjoying the sunsets or just settling down with a good book.

The cabins are now under the management of Jack and Lee from the nearby Bahia del Sol, which means you get the best of both worlds - your own, self-sufficient private cabin, combined with a place for great conversation and Jack's 'legendary' breakfast just a couple of doors away.

I really enjoyed my time at the KoKo resort and strongly recommend it as a great value option when staying in Bocas. It's only a few minutes on foot to the main part of town (or a 50 cent cab ride) and is a great base from which to explore the island and beyond. Jack and Lee are on hand to advise on places to go and how to get there; they've beer and cold drinks in the fridge, the odd ball game on the TV, and an extensive selection of books and magazines to dip in to. What else does anyone need?!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Toronto, Ontario
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2010

You're home away with from home with a million dollar view. We spent 3 nights at the newly acquired Koko Resort. It's managed by Jack and Lee of Bahia Del Sol just next door. Incredibly maintained 2 story cabins situated directly over the water. We stayed in the orchid unit which was splendid. Full kitchen and living area on the main floor and quaint bedroom upstairs. By far, the highlight of the units are the spacious decks directly over the water. We saw numerous fish, eels, and stingrays right off our deck.
Jack and Lee really make you feel at home and we enjoyed spending evenings chatting away at the Bahia Del Sol. They truly care about your stay and provide valuable tips in helping you plan your days. Jack even organized a boat/snorkel tours to the nearby islands for us and best of all we were picked up directly from the dock of bahia del sol. Don't let the location deter your stay here. Literally a 2-3 minute $0.50 cab ride to town and cabs are always around, even in the late evening. Breakfasts were great and plentiful and were included in the nightly rate. Definately stay at Koko Resort or Bahia del Sol when you're in Bocas, you won't regret it.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ogilad
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Panamá
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2010

We are very happy to stayed there. Cabins are beautiful and our hosts the best. The atmosphere there in the heart of Koko, Jack´s kitchen, was really nice ´cause you can meet diferent people and exchange recommendations. I hope to stayed more time next time, we just stayed a couple of days.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gitana_Leo
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Ottawa
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11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2010

My husband and I spent 5 great nights at the KoKo Resort. The location for us was perfect as we wanted to be able to easily get to the town for restaurants and supplies but didn't want to hear anything but the water at night and that is exactly what we got. The cabins are spotless and a really cute design. They have recently been taken over by Jack and Lee from Bahia Del Sol and I think the amenities will be quickly improved under their loving care. We enjoyed 5 great breakfasts personally cooked by Jack and were coached and aided by he and Lee in finding great things to do in the islands - never a dull moment.
The other highlight for us was meeting so many other laid back guests who were enjoying the peace and quite of Saigon Bay.
In the future I would like to see the addition of queen size beds or two singles that could be put together.
I won't soon forget lying in the hammock on the porch with a rum punch or cruising the bay in the kayaks...
Thanks Jack and Lee!

Stayed March 2010, 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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