Where can I start in sharing the beautiful memories at Eclypse de Mar in August 2013? Maybe at the end of a 2-night stay where none of our family group (12 people) wanted to leave. Even the twenty-something year olds tried to cling on to soak in the last minutes of heaven on earth here.
We chose this place due to the high ratings on TripAdvisor and were not disappointed. Here are the reasons why we loved the place:
The bungalows are right on the water with so rich marine life of various species of fish, star fish, live corals and kelp.
The water is simply one step away from the stairs off the deck. It was a snorkler's dream as the water is calm, clear and away from the taxi boats.
The lodge has a nature area that is quite large and nice to explore. We saw big birds, lots of butterlies, crabs, and flowers.
The rooms are beautifully designed with honeymooner's bed surrounded by windows and patio doors, all of which can be opened for an almost 360-degree view.
The living room area if nicely furnished and comes with windows into the bay which resembles a giant TV with a nature show on. Simply splendid!
From this window, we could see the kids on kayak, body boards, stand-up boards against a gorgeous background of the open water. These equipment are free to use.
We used the deck extensively to get in and out of the water during the day. But in the evening and at night, we would lie on the wooden lounge chair and admire the serene water glittering
against the islands in the background. At dusk, the blue sky turns into a tapestry of reddish hue, bright orange with white clouds above the navy blue water.
When the sky turns dark, the stars come on in force and the colorful lights from the faraway Bocas town seem to start pulsating. Now and then a shooting star streak across the starry sky.
More frequently, water taxis with their red marine light streak across the dark ocean, creating their own shooting stars in Bocas.
Then the sound of ocean waves lapping right below us is so soothing. Sitting on this deck, I wish my own backyard could be like this. And that I could stay here forever. And I could feel my blood pressure lowering ...
Malena and her staff are wonderful hostesses. They treated us for delicious juices the first day at no charge and gave us ideas as well as contacts for activities. Our kids were at times very nosy playing in the water and got a reprimands now and then. The staff were always warm and welcoming.
Another big bonus is that the water here is potable, which doesn't exist anywhere else in Bocas that we know of. We stopped having to haul in gallons of water for drinking. And not even the kids got sick.
About the loud music reported by other reviewers, we did not have this problem. It was not that loud and none of us had problem sleeping because of it. The previous nights we stayed at
Agua Acuario which faces Bocas town and there the music was much louder. We are travelers and appreciate local culture as it is, not how we prefer it to be. Actually we enjoyed having
this background music at Eclypse de Mar. It added to the exoticness of the experience. I would never hesitate to come back here again.
Warning: Outside of the lodge, we also walked to Bastimentos town but do not recommend it.
It requires stepping on precarious wooden planks on the mangrove root system where a misstep would land you in the water below. Crocodiles are not known to live here permanently, I believe,
but they do roam here especially when certain water condition is favorable. There are trash and broken glass bottles everywhere. After that, the path lead us through a dilapilated, depressing shantytown before the bars appear.
Regret: We should have stayed here longer than just 2 nights.
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- Also Known As:
- Eclypse De Mar Hotel Isla Bastimentos
- Eclypse De Mar Panama/Isla Bastimentos, Bocas Del Toro