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“An aptly named paradise!”
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Garden of Eden Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Isla Solarte B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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211 reviews
74 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 532 helpful votes
“An aptly named paradise!”
Reviewed 22 September 2008

5 days of bliss in September on our honeymoon. Picture perfect views. Well-designed. Excellent hosts and staff that anticipate and meet your needs. So many wonderful little things: perfect mood music, clean, exotic gardens, interesting decor. A luxurious place to relax. I agree with all the complimentary reviews.

Best memories: a night of giggling with the owners and staff; skinny dipping in the pool by moonlight (yes, you can wear clothes and we did except for this swim). Worst part: leaving!

  • Liked — The feeliing of bliss
  • Disliked — Leaving the island
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Arizona
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Reviewed 20 September 2008

We had a three night stay. Originally booked the wrong weekend, Helena had no problem changing our reservations at the last minute.

Traveled all over Panama staying in resorts for 10 days before coming here and this is the lap of luxury.

Private atmosphere, good company, excellent drink, great food.

Warm lightning rains, phosphorescent activity at night in the cove, gorgeous gardens everywhere were just a few of our private highlights during our stay at the island.

Fillet and lobster fresh from the area.

Take a boat tour to the Zapatillos, you won't regret seeing this protected island home to more conch shells than I've seen.

I'm making plans to come back already.

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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New Jersey
1 review
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Reviewed 5 September 2008

Ok, the title of the review is cheesy, but hopefully it got your attention. If I ever get back to Bocas del Toro, i will definitely be staying at Garden of Eden again. Bob and Helena are excelent hosts, really laid back, great cooks and have great taste in music! Bocas town is a little hectic for me, Garden of Eden gives you the private island feel, quiet nites, but access to everything. Take the boat tour to Zapatilla, totally worth the $10 fee, the snorkling and white sand beaches were incredible. If you make it to Garden of Eden, bring a dog bone for Mr. Malo, what a cool dog!

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Hermosa Beach
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27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2008

The Garden of Eden is one of those places one feels you will look back on and realize what a special experience staying there was.

Everything on the island (including some of the shape of the island itself) was crafted by Bob. I'm a very well travelled geek and engineer, and was facinated by the detail to which Bob constructed and maintains everything at the resort from silence (extra batteries and inverters so the generator doesn't run at night disturbing the quiet) to ants (seeks and destroys ant hills every day) to the little moon he carved in a new bathroom door when we were there. He mentioned the importance to him of "doing things right"...that philosophy shows in every inch of the property!

Helena was warm and gracious and attentive to anything and everything we needed. Her food was fresh and reasonably priced, as was our entire stay at Garden of Eden.

Regarding assertions in other reviews that there was "pressure", we felt no "pressure" toward anything...I think if we wanted to paint ourselves green and claim a shillelagh fettish, Bob and Helena would have rolled with it as long as other guests weren't offended. In the end we kept our clothes on and simply enjoied a great few days of tropical paradise.

Thanks Bob and Helena for a great stay.

John & Janet

  • Liked — Humming birds just off our deck
  • Disliked — Everything was great
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
1 review
Reviewed 11 August 2008

My husband and I booked a stay at "The Garden of Eden" for a week. We live in a busy city and needed the R and R. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience Bob's vision and the work of art that is "The Garden of Eden". At every turn you find yourself surrounded by nature and beauty. On sunny days the island is surrounded by peace and tranquility, an excellent outlet to catch up with your inner-self. Elena's southern hospitality is unbeatable, her warmth makes you feel right at home on your stay away from home. When it comes to the food the reviews are right on, even though there ARE some good places in town "The Garden of Eden" provides you with no excuse to have to venture out. Boca's del Toro is a place for those with an adventurous spirit, you will not be disappointed with your stay at "The Garden of Eden"! Thank you again Elena and Bob.
Carlos and Jacky.
ps. stick to Jampan for your traveling needs they are the best! no need to take chances with street services but do not purchace jewlery from the "One Love" jewlery store across the street from Jampan because it is a major rip off!

  • Liked — THE FOOD and THE VIEW and of course the hospitality
  • Disliked — having to leave :(
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank BarefootnBocas
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Costa Rica
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 August 2008

My wife and I spent a long weekend in July at the Garden of Eden to take a break from our businesses and to celebrate my birthday and we were so glad that we choose this resort. There isn't much to say that hasn't already been written in the previous reviews, which by the way was the reason I chose the place. The atmoshpere is definitel tropical and laid back. However, I found the attention to detail and service to be far better than most places that I have been to in Central america. I live in Costa Rica and have been to most of the all include resorts here, even a couple of the high end ones and Bob and Helena do it better. I never found myself wanting or waiting for anything. I also must say that I found the prices of the rooms, drinks and food very resonable. I only have one negative that I can think of and that is that too many people may discover this place and I won't be able to get a room the next time I need to go to an island paradise.

  • Liked — The laid back atmospere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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London, England
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56 reviews
46 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2008

We spent the second week of our honeymoon in Panama at the Garden of Eden. After a week spent in the exciting bustle of Panama City arriving at the resort was a huge and welcome contrast. This idyllic island resort is peaceful, tranquil and stunning beautiful.
The owners Bob & Helena Myers gave us a very warm welcome and advised us that we were their only guests that week - we were delighted to have the place to ourselves - our own private honeymoon island!
Our room was the suite, seperate to the main buildings with its own terrace looking out through the lush gardens to sea.
We spent our days lazing by the pool. There are hammocks in the shade if you need a break from the sun.
We spent some great evenings eating Helena's delicious food and drinking Bob's powerful cocktails. Other nights we took a water taxi into town and found some good restaurants in the laid back town of Bocas del Toro.
My husband enjoyed himself one afternoon going out big game fishing with Bob. The fish weren't biting that day so the anticipated fresh fish for supper didn't materialise - but he had a great time all the same.
We would recommend the Garden of Eden without hesitation - if you are looking to relax on a stunning and laid back island in paradise - this is the place to head for!

  • Liked — Free & easy nature of the resorts owners
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Garden of Eden Inn
Address: Private island near Isla Solarte in Bocas del Toro Panama | Private Island, in Bahia Honda, Isla Solarte, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Solarte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Isla Solarte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a small private island Bed and Breakfast located in a tropical setting of Bocas Del Toro, Panama. The resort offers a swimming pool, kayaks, snorkeling, game room with pool table, restaurant and bar. Don't go to the Caribbean to just rent a room, come here where you can rent an island. We can accommodate up to 10 adults comfortably. Sorry no guests under 18 yrs of age. Close enough to Bocas to shop yet far enough to be as private as you want to be. ... more   less 
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