Marissa was wonderful in helping to arrange a last minute one day round trip visit to Hacienda del Mar. John Maynard greeted us at the plane in the air-conditioned van and taught us some interesting facts about the island on the way to the resort. They had a boat waiting for us with captain Hiro to take us on a fishing excursion. My husband and I are not experienced fishermen but had the most perfect day out on the Pacific. We caught 35 spanish mackerel and tuna (and a 4 foot needlefish) with ease due to Hiro's expertise. The water was perfectly calm, we saw manta rays breaching, big balls of sardines, and swarms of red snapper. The boat was stocked with water, soda, and beers. We brought the fish back to the hotel and while we had cocktails and hung out in the hammocks by the infinity pool, the chef prepared our fish 3 different ways (melt in your mouth tuna sashimi, "mackerel fingers" with the yummiest sauce and fried plantains, and grilled mackerel with 2 sauces). We ate and swam for a couple of hours with the macaws and toucans flying overhead. Honestly, it was one of the most fun and perfect days my husband and I have ever had. John escorted us back to the plane that evening and entertained us with great stories while we waited (plane was a little delayed). We passed out in our Panama City hotel tired, full, and happy. So the actual time there was 5 plus stars wonderful. The bummer was the next day when we were itching like CRAZY from sand flea bites everywhere (despite the use of regular bug spray and being at the resort for only about 2-3 hours). My husband and I are not squeamish, but we both have 100+ bites that itch insanely (i.e. waking us from sleep despite benadryl and ibuprofen) and are finally starting to disappear a week later. I could not endorse our visit enough, but just make certain that you inquire about the best way to protect yourselves from the cruel little bugs!
- 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