This is not the place for everyone, but it was absolutely wonderful for us.The location, the views and the fact that it is away from everything. Complete relaxation. We had the "Blue Lagoon" beach to ourselves 99% of the time, the resort was not full. We could watch our kids (9 and 12) from our balcony. The kids could roam freely. There is no TV in rooms, but TV in an air-conditioned lounge (that also had pool and games) and wi-fi by pool, in restaurant and lounge. We had no problem with bugs, just wore bug spray in evenings. You have to ask the manager to arrange excursions, which are not cheap, but they were fun. The manager when we were there was named Bernard and he laid low, but if you approached him he'd answer your questions etc. I prefer that to the annoying cruise director type. No wet t-shirt contests, hula dancing or steel drums here, just gorgeous views and beach. We went to bed early every night after dinner in the open-air restaurant. If you are just there for a few days you may not need more than beach, pool and a good book. The pool freaked some posters out because it looked greenish, but it is fed by the river and then the water flows out. We liked the cabanas, air-conditioned and roomy, we had 2 adults and 2 kids in cabin 12, was perfect. Our flight was delayed on the way out, which was very frustrating, but we were able to leave later on our last day which was made up for it a little bit. The lobster was delicious but very expensive, make sure you ask what "market price" price is before you order, I thought it might be 30 or 40 bucks but it was more. Just confirm price before lobsters or excursions, and even laundry. We brought some granola bars etc, there, because you are limited to the restaurant, but the food was fine. Wine and beer reasonably priced and food typical "hotel" prices. We loved the birds, and did some snorkeling right around the cliffs, saw some ok fish, a big sting ray etc. We travel a lot and love places that are "different", this fits that bill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hacienda del Mar offers the most stylish adventure in the Pearl Islands of Panama. Our hotel's unique and spacious air conditioned accommodations blend island charm and modern comfort, all just steps from our majestic white sand beaches. The vacation resort consists of 17 cabanas, each with its own balcony, offering breathtaking panoramic views to the beach, the sea, and the triple canopy forest of the island. Activities include kayaking, snorkeling, ATV tours, Night Safari's, Incredible Inshore and Offshore Fishing......Or relax at the beach or poolside with your favorite drink while watching the Toucan's and Maccaws fly by freely...A Private Island Paradise. Call us!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hacienda Del Mar Hotel San Jose Island
- Hacienda Del Mar Panama/San Jose Island