We were looking to experience a region of Panama which was more remote & showcased the ocean and beautiful beaches and escape from a busy life - HDM definitely fit the bill. We found it on Trip Advisor and after a lot of back and forth with Marissa, we decided that this was the place for us. She was very helpful and quick to respond to our questions & concerns. She was even so kind as to have a birthday cake flown in for my wife's birthday while we were there, which they put away for us to enjoy over 2 nights.
Quick flight from Panama City. We spent 3 nights here in the Admiral Suite and were very pleased that we made the effort to get there. Our accommodation was as advertised thanks so the virtual tour and the huge balcony exceeded our expectations - the view of the beach and forest was a beautiful setting to wake up to. It is difficult to do anything other than relax here and it is a great escape from big city life - rooms have no phones, clocks or TV which was just fine for us. Beach is beautiful and we had it to ourselves a lot of the time. Pool area is a nice place to relax when your done with the beach and view is amazing.
Food at the restaurant was excellent. Pasta was amazing as was the catch of the day, but make sure you get the paella which needs to be preordered. Definitely a top notch dish. Included breakfast is pretty basic but does the trick. The view from the restaurant patio is spectacular.
Noseeums were a big concern for us because of previous reviews so we came prepared with high DEET repellent. There were a lot of people who were covered in welts but we were left alone. Highly recommend bringing your own spray. Also if you avoid being outside at dusk and where pants /sleeves at dinner then you will be OK.
If you are looking for a 5 star luxury resort, then HDM is probably not for you. If you want a beautiful escape from your busy life and be close to nature, then I would recommend for sure. We were actually very surprised to see how many of our fellow guests were constantly on their phones, iPads and computers - even during meals. To each their own I guess but sort of takes away from the experience of being disconnected from the world when the people around you are watching you tube videos and texting.
Diving wasn't an option when we got there which I was disappointed about. The resort could definitely improve on the promotion of the activities as its not actually clear who to book it through if you wanted to book something. We probably would have done the ATV trip or night hike if it was easier to co-ordinate. Also there isn't a gym so that's a little misleading.
- 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