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Great area for group conversations and readings pre sunset
The Yellow house
The Blue House
Privacy and tranquility
Over the water veranda, calm waters
Equiped veranda
Open and ventilated house
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Wake up in this amazing view.
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Private suite veranda
Glass bottom floor - Blue house
Blue house
Bottom glass floor amazing sea life
Over the water hammock
Living room, TV/DVD, books, games, WiFi
Complete kitchen
Bathroom
Barbecue area
Sunshine
Moonlight
Fishing trip with incredible mountain views
Local reef - steps from the house
Rich sea life at local reef
Bottlenose Dolphin visiting us - in front of the house
Peace, relaxing
Close to beautiful spots
Choose a place in the sun - Isla Colon
Empty beach - Isla Colon
Star Fish beach - Isla Colon
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro Province

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Davidgato
Charleston, SC
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Outstanding Vacation”
Reviewed 24 October 2016 for a stay in October 2016
3
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I was looking for a relaxing vacation that I could spend with my partner, far away from telephones, emails, and the slings and arrows of day to day life. This house was recommended to me by a fellow coworker who had stayed in the yellow house for her honeymoon about a year or so ago.
I was a little skeptical at first (Panama??) but I love the Caribbean and looked forward to the opportunity to explore more of that area.
The blue house was more than I expected and we found we had an exceptional time for our stay. We were off the grid, living with solar energy, rainwater and propane hot water, but in a well appointed house that was set up beautifully. The beds, furniture and hammocks were extremely comfortable and welcoming. The windows were set up in such a way that they can be left open 24/7 and allow for the breezes to blow through the house, especially at night. Very very comfortable.
The owners, Poli and Lyo, were incredibly responsive and answered our questions within minutes by text or email. We were well taken care of by the staff living nearby (Ariel then Ricardo) and were provided with restaurant information, excursion information and other info by Poli and Lyo, and they were spot on with their recommendations.
And the water was crystal clear, with constant and varied ocean life. We saw sergeant majors, snapper, trumpet fish,doctor fish, eagle rays, fish nurseries, sea urchins and tons and tons of beautiful and fat red and gold star fish, all within feet of the blue house.
The water was warm but refreshing and we spent a lot of time swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. At night we were able to watch the stars without any lights on and in near total darkness. Beautiful!
In the morning we woke up with the sun and listened to the birds and monkeys in the forest behind the house. Very peaceful.
I cannot say enough about Poli and Lyo. They love to show off their houses and for good reason; they've done an excellent job and were always available when needed. I am happy to call them my friends after the vacation.
MJ and I look forward to a return at some point in the future.

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Liked best: The water and the calm
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
19 Mar 2017
Thank you very much for your review and for staying with us.
It was a pleasure to receive you both here and see how happy you were enjoying the house and the area.
Guests like you give us the joy of continuing to do what we do and to have the house as confortable, clean and good for our guests. When we arrived in this area we felt in love for its nature, peace and how privileged the area is comparing to all of the islands and other places of Bocas. Hope to see you in our lives onde day. Poli & Lyo
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LuvRacin
Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed 30 June 2016 for a stay in March 2015
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person found this review helpful

Yes there is no AC and its hot at night, and yes, maybe they don't have EVERYTHING in the kitchen, but this was an AMAZING experience! (There is a great breeze and we got inventive cooking which was all part of it)

You are staying on the ocean!! It is so amazing to look out the window and see nothing but gorgeous water. Snorkel right off the porch. Heck you don't have to get in the water and perhaps some dolphins. We sat for hours on the back dock watching more sea life than I've ever seen before. We saw a huge beautiful ray from there. And some kind of squid. I'm really missing it now as I type.

The owners were great. Boat guy was great!! (Been too long and the names have faded :( Paid for an extra trip on the boat and he took us to starfish beach. Had a great afternoon and our best meal of the trip from a shack on the beach.

It really felt like our own piece of paradise.

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Management Response
1 Oct 2016
Hello, thank you for staying with us and for your review.
Its right, there is no AC neither electrical coffee maker, toaster. We do have a blender, just need to ask. The good solar system keep the refrigerator on 24 hours, also the ceiling fans, lights, wifi work perfectly, off course we always remind our guests to be conscious and turn off the fans and any other device as phone, PC after being used.
The breeze and being over the water keep the house fresh and very different from the heat in town.
Its much easier and fair price take a extra boat, for a fee, with us departing directly from the house to the Star Fish instead of going with a 20/30 people boat from town, its a pleasure to us be able to offer other services like this boat to the beach and extra transfer to town, just please ask in advance so we can plan it :)
Hope to see you again here.
Best wishes,
Poli & Lyo
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zena1023
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It doesn't get any better than this.”
Reviewed 28 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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My husband and I stayed here 2 years ago and returned in March with 2 other couples. The location is serene with next to perfect snorkeling and swimming. The coral and fish life that you view while snorkeling is extremely diverse. The description of the houses (we rented both) and amenities was accurate.
But what makes these houses stand out are the owners, Poli and Lyo! They are walking encyclopedias for local information; are excellent cooks for hire; and work to provide their guests with the best vacation ever. I plan to return.

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Liked best: the quietness over the water
Liked least: there is nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
29 Apr 2016
Hi Ann and all! :)
Thank you very much for staying with us again and bringing so wonderful guests.
It was a wonderful time when you were here and we are very happy you all enjoyed it. That makes us keeping doing what we do and make guests enjoy Bocas.
Hope to see you soon :)
Poli & Lyo
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Eric S
Beaufort, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Be prepared for a relaxing, awe inspiring, and breathtaking stay”
Reviewed 24 January 2016 for a stay in January 2016

We spent 10 days in the "Yellow" house. The owners, Lyo & Poli could not have been more responsive and genuinely interested in making our stay comfortable, interesting and relaxing. The home is simple, clean, and comfortable. You must realize you are "off the grid" here so there are concessions to be made. No hair dryers, no A/C, no coffee maker, no kitchen aid mixers in the kitchen. If you need to have these creature comforts this is not the place for you. If you want to get away and be able to snorkel in beautiful coral right off your front porch, enjoy an absolutely stunning view from the comfort of your home, be able to travel to town every day for good food and activities (after a few days we found just being at the house gave us plenty of options), then this is the place for you. We had local fisherman come up to the house in dug out canoe and offer lobster to us ($1 each). We rented kayaks and were able to kayak through mangroves in absolutely pristine conditions. We had terrific neighbors(I suspect this was not by chance because these homes attract people who appreciate the beauty this spot has to offer). Twice we had small glitches-propane ran out and hot water stopped. Both times the on-site caretaker had them fixed in a matter of minutes. People mention the no-see-ums. They are there twice a day like clock work...about 20-30 minutes at dawn and dusk. They are not bad compared to what we are used to in South Carolina. We gladly accepted this minor "inconvenience" for what we got in return by being there. We are already plotting ways to take more time next year to rent this home and be back in Paraiso Escondido (Hidden Paradise) again.

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Liked best: Location and owners
Liked least: Kitchen utensils (but I am a chef)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
12 Oct 2016
Hola! Thank you very much for staying with us and for your good review.
Yeah, its really amazing be able to get the fresh lobster or fish right from the house :) We are happy the fisherman was there!
We priorize the good attention and are always ready to help and fix if necessary asap. The good news, we got a couple of kayacks so now its easier and more pratical to rent them right here.
Hope you keep great photos and memories :) and are able to visit us again.
Best wishes,
Poli & Lyo
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Nan W
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Most Disappointing”
Reviewed 14 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015
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I have never posted a less than favorable review but feel compelled to do so. This was our second trip to Bocas and we specifically chose this property because it was unique. The location of the house and the exterior space were wonderful. What I didn’t realize was that this house lacked amenities that I think are expected even in a two star hotel. Poli, the owner, was very kind and I hope that this review might help her manage her property in a different way. We were handed 3 pages of rules and regulations within the first hour of our arrival to sign. I have never had to sign a ‘rules and regulations’ form before, no matter where I have traveled and stayed. Most was concerning with the dollar amount you would be ‘fined’ if you lost a towel, got sun tan lotion on a bath towel etc. I can understand if the towels were of high quality – but they were cardboard and old as were all of the linens that were in less than perfect condition. Another issue is that there are NO fans in the house. The first night the house was so hot and we suggested to Poli that she might want to consider room fans so that there could be some relief from the oppressive heat. Poli offers free taxi service to and from Bocas Town during certain hours. If you want to go at other times there is a very high fee for the service. At the end of 3 days we were told that we owed an additional $150.00. The house is sparsely decorated and some of the outdoor chairs were taped with duct tape where they must be damaged or broken. Unfortunately, we would not return.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: The rules and regulations - very insulting
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
17 Sep 2015
Hello reader,
We are very disappointed and sad with this review, and the way this guest feels about our house and service, which has very good reviews. This guest with 3 more guests stayed for 3 nights, and during this time no word/complain was said, It was just the opposite, they were very happy, with smiley faces and satisfied with the house, service and attention received, Poli saw them during the stay and they kept saying good things about the house and their stay. Unfortunately, some people are using reviews in a totally diferent goal which they are supposed to be used, describing unreal facts and complaining only after leaving the property.
The document of rules/regulation mentioned, is a contract between two parts and it exists in many rentals, hotels and rental websites. Our document consideres the reality of our property and its enviroment: most sentences refer to security items like access/exit from the sea, not use of flammable materials in a house made of wood, use of life jackets during boat rides, person to contact in case of emergency 24 hours (very important in a place like Bocas), where to waste toilet paper and garbage being a house on the water, schedule of check in/out, silence time for the welfare of guests, better use of solar and water equipment and damage police. This document is sent to the guest at the time of booking and he/she has a copy of it and sign the printed copy on site. These guests who booked with us agreed to the contract before and during the stay. We do not see a problem in it and the fact one guest is displeased is unfortunate, but we have it so future guests know what to expect in a different place like ours and above all because we value the safety.
We have good bath towels bought in other cities as its not found at Bocas town and in case someone lose or stain it, its normal to pay for it, as well as wine glasses broken or any utensil included in the damage police. All this said, a contract agreed between two parts is something very good and fair.
The bedrooms have ceiling fans, so the information the guest sent is not true, the pictures are available to show the rooms of the house and the beautiful ocean style deco. This guest left the fans on all day, even when leaving the house, which is not good as we waste energy from batteries in vain.
We do not understand how a person uses this review channel to try to ruin the hard work we do in this house, on the water and with constant maintenance. We have excellent reviews, and guests were happy during their stay and most of them told us will keep memories for life. The owners personally manage the house with joy and being always available for guests who desire to communicate with them.
We offer with the daily a free/sheduled transfer. Also we have as extra service for a fee, transfer to our dock in Bocas town during the day and for dinner, we do not make profit from this service, but we sure know it can be very comfortable not having to look for this service in town. These guests asked for few extra transfers during the 3 days they were here, they agreed with the fee (lower or the same than other sevices in Bocas town) and after having been informed of the amount by Poli in person and by email, and agreed to it, unfortunately the guests did not pay the full amount. It seemed extremely unkind and unfair, but we did not want to create a case by contacting a local authority, as the guests had a flight to take early in the morning. One thing this review is right, it helps us to visualize some new situations we may face in the future and gives us more experience about how to manage extra services we have for guests confort.
We honestly dont know what some people expect from a small, simple and rustic island with great nature like Bocas del Toro and from a property in the environment like ours, if people look for 4/5 stars place they will not find in Bocas, even in the local resorts.
We are available to questions in order to help future guests to choose the best and most suitable option for them.
Gracias,
Poli, Lyo and staff
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Hermine H
Panama City, Panama
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed 12 August 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We spend 3 nights in this amazing house and are planning to go again. The location is beautiful, the service excellent. Very clean and spacious house with good wifi and we could even take our dog.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
17 Sep 2015
Hola,
Thank you for your review.
Hope you return soon :)
Poli & Lyo
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elam_paul
Carmichael, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An Unbelievable Experience”
Reviewed 16 June 2015 for a stay in June 2015
1
person found this review helpful

My wife and I just returned from an 11 night stay in the Blue House, and my only regret is that it wasn't a longer visit. The over the water views were breathtaking - sunsets to beautiful to describe, dolphin swimming in the distance, towering thunderstorms over the horizon - truly an amazing location. The house itself was very nice, with a great kitchen, and nice amenities. And for those concerned with no air-conditioning - just enjoy and live the tropical life. My advice - lots of bug spray and sunblock - a small price to pay for such an incredible experience.

So here are some highlights that stand out as I reflect back:

The ocean - Just from the deck of the house we could see rays, fish of every size and color, chorals, so many types of sponges. But the true jewel was being in the 85 degree water. Snorkeling in back of the house rivaled any diving I did in the region. Not only the above mentioned ocean live, but we also saw lobster, huge crabs, squid, and believe it or not - Sea Horses - right behind the house in the choral - UNREAL! At night the ocean came alive with bioluminescence - to the point that it seemed there were candles on the water. It was unbelievable.

The down time - hand line fishing off the deck. Other than the beans, rice and fresh fruit we bought in town, our diet consisted of the fish we caught from the deck. We went native and lived off the land/sea. It was amazing. I even snorkeled down the coast a bit and picked lobster from less than 25 feet of water several days and grilled them up fresh. Delicious.

The owner - although Polli was on holiday during our stay, she stayed in contact to make sure we were doing well, which was a very nice touch. Who we did get to know well was Lyo, who is just an amazing man. He was helpful, courteous, absolutely determined to make sure we felt at home. We ended up spending quite a bit of time with him, which turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip. I am proud to say that I consider him a friend.

Overall - Just an amazing stay in a beautiful home. My suggestion is to do trips with Be Nice, snorkel as much as you can, bring a dive light because nighttime underwater is amazing, lots of bug spray. Go to town for short stays, but spend as much time in this paradise as you can. We can't wait to go back.

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Liked best: The best snorkeling on the island was feet away.
Liked least: The bugs were a bother, but it is the jungle afterall.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
17 Jun 2015
Hello!
Gracias por tus comentarios!
We are very happy you enjoyed a lot your staying with your wife. You have done a lot of things and have seen all the amazing things we have in our piece of paradise. The sea horses were an incredible surprise and will be always remembered :) :)
Poli is sorry she couldnt meet you, but hopes you return soon.
Good job with your fishing!!! you did as a local, eat sea food caught by yourself is a great feeling, isnt it?
The weather in Bocas is similar all around the year, there is more breeze in an over the water house than in town and for those hours when the sun is hotter, you will have the option to just jump into the clear, clean and refreshing water.
Lyo already misses you and hope to see you soon manta ray friend.
Lyo & Poli
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