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Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa
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Reviewed 1 June 2011

For the first leg of our honeymoon trip to Panama, we were looking for a place that was luxurious and in a beautiful place, but not an all-inclusive or package deal. We didn't want it to be overwhelmed with tourists, which is why we chose to go in May and take our chances with the weather. Well, we definitely found the right place with Red Frog Beach Resort. We got married in Brooklyn New York, and three days later found ourselves in another world, being greeted on the docks of Red Frog Beach Resort and shown the way to our villa at the top of the hill. It felt brand new, and a two-bedroom with two decks and a private pool for under $200 / night? Crazy. Coming from Brooklyn, we're not used to half that much space, or the dishwasher, central air, pool, etc. We did rent a golf cart to get around which helped a lot in the end - the walking would have been a bit much. They gave us a discounted day rate for the cart, probably because we were basically the only people there staying in the villas.

Over the course of 5 days we had to wonder who the target audience is for this place. It seems that they want to attract a somewhat elite clientele to stay in the villas, ride horses, and hit up the spa. Not to mention the gorgeous landscape and beaches. And to pay the big overheads that hostel-dwellers simply never will. But the hostel and lodge, and the daily influx of Bocas Town tourists heading for the beach there, are decidedly not upscale. But hey, we were happy to get our little bit of bohemian, drinking Panamas and eating tasty plates of local food at the Kayukos lodge, with Bob Marley never far down the iPod list (for better or worse) and also some deluxe quiet time, staying in an isolated private villa with its own pool and cruising around on a golf cart. Having been there at a very low tourist point, it's hard to guess exactly who comes to the resort during peak times.

I'm really not sure what the resort will look like in 5 years or what the owners have in their minds' eyes. That said, we would totally go back, maybe with friends next time. If you're going to Bocas del Toro, don't stay in Bocas Town - spend the extra bit and stay at Red Frog Beach Resort. The staff was all super friendly, it's easy to find your way around, and the accommodations are hard to argue with. Recommend!

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

Red Frog Beach Resort has everything you could want Excellant views,Beaches that are
quiet,nice surf, good fishing,Punta Lava beach Bar is great,Golf carts made it easy to get around.Must do the zip line("Fly the Sky")Activity center has all the stuff for a day at the beach.They have Wi Fi,And satellite tv too.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 April 2011

Having been around and 'bout Central America, including multiple trips to multiple locations in Costa Rica, I must say that this trip exceeded all my expectations in every respect. While evidence of ongoing construction was very apparent, it did not impact any aspect of our stay. The villa (#54) sits aside a hill overlooking Red Frog and Turtle Beaches. It was wonderfully equiped and fabulously furnished. Nothing more, aside from food and drink to dilute the monotony of excellent restaurants (in Bocas Town and Old Bank/Bastimentos), is required for your stay. The staff are wonderfully attentive and go to great lengths to ensure your stay is perfect. (Shout out to the folks at Kayukos and Punta Lava!) Using boats for getting around, even late at night and at high speeds, is a great change from cars and never-ending traffic. (Shout out to Elio and Tino!) I can't get the place out of my head....and have spent the last two days since my return plotting a means of return. Incredible. Fantastic.

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  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

The rooms were clean and comfortable. The views from the deck are spectacular. Beach towels and blow dryers were thankfully provided and the fully functioning kitchen was a plus. The spa was an unexpected treat. There are a variety of spa treatments including all natural skin care products. The yoga classes are a must for any level of experience. The beach was secluded but had everything we needed including a restaurant with excellent food. The beach was so relaxing and peaceful I spent hours on end just enjoying the serenity.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

I consider the Bocas del Toro area the most pure and undefiled cultural area I have ever visited. People are visting from all over the world. The restaurants are fantastic and unique. I would highly recommend staying at the Red Frog Beach resort and spend your days on the Bostimentos Island and take a water taxi into Bocas del Toro once a day to eat or plan days trips through out the Colon Archipelago.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa

Address: Bocas del Toro, Isla Bastimentos, Panama
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Region: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Bastimentos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Isla Bastimentos
Price Range: ₹ 12,803 - ₹ 26,242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Red Frog Beach Island Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 50
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Red Frog Beach offers upscale villas, rooms and Jungle Lodges to rent with private pools and so much adventure to enjoy on Isla Bastimentos. If you like nice beaches and exploring jungle. Awarded at Panama's most beautiful beach and resort. ... more   less 
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