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All reviews eco lodge private beach the owner my girlfriend waves crash get away from it all an amazing place taking care the main house solar power monique teatro dogs cabin surf nature taxi
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Overall this lodge seemed to be good value for money and close to a very nice beach. There are pro's & con's of staying here:

- the place is 15 USD taxi ride away from Bocas town, where all the tours/ busses/ planes leave from - if you plan on going there every night, maybe not the best option for you
- it's very basic - comparable to a medium-quality hostel...not too clean, very hippie property, dogs staying there, mainly couples/ young people staying there
- the food is not good. We had 2x breakfast and apart from scrambled eggs they couldn't really cook. Out of my 3 pancakes 1 was completely black and the others were as well quite burned
- the common kitchen is very dirty - we had to clean the pots and plates before using them, there were several big cockroaches in the kitchen..
- It's quite expensive, we payed 178 USD for 2 nights & 2 breakfasts for 3 people... (Breakfast is extra)

- it's far off from everything, therefore very quiet. We just had noise from people coming back from partying on Sat night, otherwise no cars/ dogs etc
- it's close to the beautiful Bluff Beach - but there are nicer resorts there that also have good food (eg. Oasis Bluff Beach Resort or The Terrace at Island Plantation).
- We had hot water and electricity- wifi was not the best, but it worked
- nice view on the water from the common area
- lots of green near the lodge, many animals (like colibris) nearby in the evening
- small private beach right next to the lodge

Would recommend staying in another place, unless you are looking for hippie vibes, cooking your own food and being away from everything else.

Date of stay: November 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with family
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Thank VirginiaB1
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

First of all why two stars? One star because of the sloth in the tree on the property and a second star because the location is nice. Which means that the Lodge is located perfect for experienced surfers between bluff beach and paunch. Both good surfing spots. And they also serve tasty breakfast. We booked the smallest and cheapest room located on the southwest corner. In the first two mornings we got woken up by the managers barking dog. And it started raining for the whole week.
Water started to drip from the ceiling and in to the electric plugs and wiring. This was solved by covering the floor over our room with a tarp. As it didn’t stop raining the power was supplied by a diesel generator which ran in the garage close to our room. Not only the noise was disturbing but also the fumes ruined the air in our room. This lead to our first room change. The manager put us in tortuga cabin with own kitchen and ocean view on own porch. No extra charge except somebody makes a reservation, then we would have to change the room. The storm picked up and created massive waves breaking underneath us. It was impossible to sleep. Next day we changed the room for the second time. This time on the top floor of the main house. As we entered the room we noticed stinky poo in our room. In that night we woke up by a screaming animal in the roof of our room. The next morning we claimed and wanted it to be removed. After 1,5 hours somebody came and removed some wood planks close to the poo (picture). Three bats were living there and got finally killed. The poo was mostly cleaned. My girlfriend waited downstairs in the breakfast area. Nobody offered her a coffee or breakfast, so no good service. The next day there was poo again on the same place. So obviously there were more bats. We asked the manager to have a look but she never came. This was on our last day so she basically didn’t care and waited for us to check out. Since there were only five guests but six volunteers during our stay there are absolutely no excuses for the managers behavior. Also this bathroom was stinking because after flushing some of the yellow pee water came back. During our stay we often didn’t have power and water. It’s not even worth to comment the WiFi. A dinner with meat costs 13,50$ without tax!? For meals that don’t satisfy in my opinion. I have seen cleaner kitchens in hostels.
The local couple were the only people hard working and taking care of the property. The owner wasn’t there the whole time. This place propably was nice five years ago. It is just not given the proper amount of care. Problems aren’t solved properly. For example instead of repairing roofs, they put tarps over. Pura Vida, Island life and “off the grid” seems to be the explanation. Ecolodge (Dieselgenerator) and 2,5 stars are a joke. After arguing with the manager about the price we got one night for free. Her lack of compassion made us angry and she doesn’t care about reviews, she said.

Date of stay: December 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank oliverkF190UY
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

The location of this guesthouse is fantastic. Stunning ocean views from the large 2nd floor 2 bedroom apartment.
The huge balcony is a great place to relax and enjoy the ocean view and nature.
The accommodation is rustic and simple. Very spacious with unique decor.
The 2nd floor apartment is very quiet and private.
Nadia and Salvatore are fabulous hosts and will cook meals if required. The pasta is great.
There are cooking facilities in the apartment should you want to cook. The lack of fridge due to the location only having solar power did not pose a problem. A large cooler is provided and blocks of ice purchased from town last for 3 to 4 days.
The location of this guesthouse is perfect for exploring unspoilt beaches, restaurants close by. (We rented an ATV which was great to get around, we felt perfectly safe driving at night). It is about 20 minutes from town so having our own transportation was a definite plus but there is a shuttle to and from town several times per day.
You will not find a better view.

Room tip: Upper level in the guesthouse is the most private and lots of sun with stunning views. Rooms are clean and comfortable.
Date of stay: October 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Pauline B
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

The property is in a lovely, though difficult to reach, location with amazing views. The shuttle stops running at 4:30 PM to and from town. This means that if you want to go out for the evening you are looking at $15 taxi rides in both directions, or having to eat dinner at the Lodge, which I do not recommend. I don't know who told this hippie she could cook, but the food was a well-intentioned terrible. Everything was starchy and pasty. I could not tell the chicken from the yucca. When I mentioned the carb-heavy menu, the manager just told me "This is Panama." This was the same response I got when I wished for a drawer to put my clothes in and a pot with a handle to boil water.
It seems the hippy ethos of "Whatever, man" is perfectly at home in the dysfunctionality of the world of "manana." Add to this 5 dogs barking, and you've got the picture.

Room tip: Ask if it has drawers or hangers, unless you like living out of your backpack.
Date of stay: October 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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Thank Whroberts1
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I can't believe this place is a 4-5 star, no one on here must have stayed in Room #1 under the kitchen!

We got ZERO sleep, cause the kitchen staff is up at 5am prepping for breakfast. It was awful. My husband and I slept on separate single beds in an L shape. The room was ugly, dirty & uncomfortable. And to top that off we found cockroaches in the clothing drawers.

The owner lady was less than hospital, there were no "thank yous" or niceties from her at all. Not even when we spent $1000 Canadian there between 2 couples on food & drinks in 2 days, because there's nothing around and no transportation so you have to buy whatever they sell for drinks and food from their kitchen. We tried to call a taxi to town the first night night so we could go have some fun, but they won't come out that way in the evening.

The place shuts down at 9pm, there's no music or drinks or anything to do so make sure to bring your own drinks ..but there's also no fridge so they'll be warm.

There's no AC, which would have been fine but the fan in our room was 4'' in diameter, it was pathetic. Also you can't swim at the beach there because of rocks & rip currents (which isn't made known on their website).

The second night we had pork tacos and all got violently sick which ruined 2 days out for our one week trip!!

The only nice thing I have to say was the kitchen staff was lovely. They were much nicer than the owners. They were so nice that I didn't even want to tell them how sick the pork tacos made us, so we just paid and left

Date of stay: February 2017
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
4  Thank kirsten l
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