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“Miserable owners” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bahia Del Sol

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Bahia Del Sol
Ranked #3 of 30 Bocas Town B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Miserable owners”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

We stayed here for a couple of nights in January 2013. Our experience was soured by the owners who, we can safely say, are the least friendly hotel owners we have ever met who went out of their way to make us feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. Jack repeatedly made snide comments about vegetarianism (I am one) and took this as a personal insult. His wife, whose name we forget, was just cranky and moody. The room was not cleaned once in 3 days and the bed was too small and uncomfortable.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank Zedward
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bosstone, Owner at Bahia Del Sol, responded to this review, 22 March 2013
How sad you think we are miserable. Most guests love us and love Jacks humor and the experience we offer here. Lee Jacks wife is a wonderful person as well who lives to help out her guests. We clean the rooms daily but because of water shortage on the island sometimes do not wash sheets daily unless requested. Its a conservation issue. Sorry Jacks joke offended you its all in good fun here at Bahia Del Sol.
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013 via mobile

My husband and I had a wonderful experience staying at Bahia del Sol in the Bahia Sol Master. With a completely unabstructed view of Saigon Bay, this room is a great place to relax after a long day on the island. Lee and Jack are wonderful hosts!! Lee was really helpful in helping us make plans as soon as we arrived so we didn't have to waste time. And DO NOT MISS Jack's breakfast in the morning. They are a great time to get to know your hosts as well as chatting it up with the other's staying at the BnB. It's a decent walk (maybe a mile?) to the main part of town, but Lee or Jack can call a cab for about $1 per person to get you there. If you like to walk its really a lovely stroll and you really get a sense of the great community they have on the island. The people are extremely friendly and don't be surprised is a local one bike swings by to ask if you need help finding your way.

Will we stay here again if we come back?! Without a doubt!!

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank jesslyons
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Minnesota
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107 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

My husband and I just spent four nights at Koko Resort in Bocas Town which is run by Bahia del Sol. We had a great little cabin built on stilts over the bay of Saigon. It is right next to Bahia del Sol. Jack and Lee were wonderful hosts. We enjoyed Jacks breakfasts and really appreciated all of their knowledge and the effort they put into scheduling our daily excursions and taxis.

I would recommend this as a great place to stay but you I have to understand that this is Bocas Town and this is not the Westin. Our cabin was very comfortable and we had everything that we needed but it is not the Westin. We had star fish and even a stingray swimming under our deck. We could just off of our deck and swim or go kayaking. We enjoyed the owners, the staff and the other guests.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank LMNMN
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Tucson, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

I had a great time at Bahia Del Sol and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a true Panamanian experience. This B & B is literally ON THE WATER!! The sounds and sensations of the Caribbean, like the rainbow over the ocean I witnessed one morning, were outstanding. The hosts were fantastic and the food was absolutely delicious!! Breakfast is made with fresh daily by Jack, who makes creative culinary dishes to delight even the most discerning tastes. The American owners have a relationship with the community, which makes the experience terrific; taxis and access to resources are easy and affordable! I took an all day snorkeling excursion that Jack arranged, which picked us up on the BDS dock! The boat captain was knowledgeable, bilingual, and friendly; he took us to some exquisite snorkeling spots with the best biodiversity I’ve seen in a long time! The owners take pride in their B&B and the customer service is outstanding. My room was large, comfortable, clean, affordable, and the shower was hot. Loved it!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled solo
    • 5 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 Kelly M
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Level Contributor
30 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013 via mobile

We had a great time at Bahia del Sol. The location, while a 15 minute walk from the main part of Bocas Town, was really lovely and a great spot to enjoy a morning coffee or a lazy afternoon. The breakfasts cooked by Jack were amazing - each day was something different, from waffles to breakfast burritos. The only downside to our stay were the rooms. We stayed in two different rooms on our trip, and both had their own issues. First the good - the beds were extremely comfortable and the rooms were nicely decorated and both had AC. The negatives -- in the standard room upstairs in the main house, you WILL be woken up every morning at 7 am or so by the eager tourists chattering loudly in the kitchen/lounge, which is where breakfast is served and is right below the room. You will also hear everything said/done in the room next door, since the walls dont go all the way up to the ceiling. In the Casa Rosada Room II, which is in the house next door to the main house, the only downside was the shower, which was in need of some renovations and cannot be used while someone else in the house was showering. Overall, we would recommend, although we felt without the amazing breakfasts we would have felt we paid to much for the rooms we stayed in.

Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
Helpful?
Thank Rebecca S
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

Breakfasts are great (although heavy if you're used to a bowl of cornflakes) and Jack and Lee are very helpful with things to do in the area. They're always around so if you need something or have a question, there's someone to answer it. We booked late so ended up shifting between two rooms at Bahia del Sol and one of the cabins next door at Koko's resort they also own. The rooms were nice and had a little deck area out front with a table and hammock. While basic rooms, they were comfortable and there was always enough warm water.I recommend staying here, read their FAQs first though. It's a short walk to town and a 60c taxi ride - much better than being near the noise of the town.

Good day trips in the vicinity but **** WARNING**** if you are planning on going to Isla Bastimentos, I advise you NOT to go to Wizard Beach. It is a walk to get to and very isolated. We were there and there were a few other couples spread out on the beach, Two masked men came, one with a machete and one with a piece of wood to rob everyone. They wanted cash and noone was hurt but it's a scary experience. Reported it to the police but they didn't seem interested. I'm sure Jack and Lee will warn you not to go there, but if not, here's the warning,

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EliAms
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bosstone, Owner at Bahia Del Sol, responded to this review, 4 March 2013
Thanks for the kind review. The beach that this reviewer mentioned that they had a problem at is on a completely different island then where we are located. This is a day trip that some people take but I just wanted to be clear that this is not on the same island or no where near where our properties are located.
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Austin, Texas
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2013

One of our highlights of the trip. Bahia del sol is a place has a great vibe vibe and the owners Jack and Lee went out of their way to help us out and make our trip enjoyable. The views from the rooms are amazing. If you are Traveler not a Tourist you will cherish this gem and all it has to offer.

Room Tip: We stayed in the master suite with the bathtub overlooking the water. Amazing view, but tends to be...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank smhillin
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Additional Information about Bahia Del Sol

Property: Bahia Del Sol
Address: Saigon Bay, Bocas Town, Isla Colon, Panama
Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Colon > Bocas Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Airport Transportation
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Ranked #3 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Bocas Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bahia Del Sol 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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