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Popa Paradise Beach Resort

Punta Laurel | Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa, Panama
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It would be easy to just say, "ditto", to the posts from MSherbs and the many others who rave about Popa Paradise Beach Resort. My wife and I spent 5 amazing "honeymoon" days there in early November 2014. Manager Ziggy and Brendan exceeded our expectations in every way. Nica and Bernardino acted like "family" in their attentiveness. Surrounded by spectacular... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Pierce, thank you so much for your kind words. Brendan and I are so happy to have you met you and your amazing cow girl. We look forward to seeing you very soon! More

San Francisco
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The second we got off the boat, Popa felt like home. Before I go any further, I’d like to help clear up any hesitations you have after reading the recent one-star review. If you’re looking for a pristine, bugless, luxurious resort experience where you can treat the staff like dirt, plan on paying well over five figures. Popa isn’t a... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you for your amazing review! Sometimes we do wish the mermaids could do the shopping but that is the price you pay for living in Paradise. We can't wait for you to come back and celebrate anniversaries with us! More

Houston, Texas, United States
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We do not typically choose remote locations but took a chance & thank God we did. Ziggy was absolutely fantastic, a true professional with an ability to read her clientele. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left Zig, Rosie & Vince made us feel like we were the only guests there. This is the culture of the... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Hi Kaci, Thank you so much for your amazing review. It was so great meeting you and Matt and I cannot wait for May when we get to celebrate a BIG 40 and the fishing session of 2015 that will bring you both back here! More

Tampa, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first review I have ever written. With managers like Ziggy and Brendan you cannot go wrong. We are either coming back or following Zigdan where ever they go! This resort is off the grid so there are some challenges. The challenges are as easily forgotten as the real world when you step into this paradise. Befriending Nica... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

We most definitely will never forget you and Lauren. Please come visit us again in January like you mentioned! It was great meeting both of you. Don't forget to send us some pictures and keep an eye out for the moon rise. More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hotel with amazing staff who made the entire experience memorable. I would definitely recommend to anyone who is thinking of visiting Bocas Del Toro. Hotel Managers Ziggy and Brendan were incredible. They do a great job making sure guests feel welcomed and are well taken care of. The bartender Nica was also very sweet and superb in making sure... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

We were so happy to celebrate Adrian's birthday with both of you both. Thank you so much for the kind words, we hope that you will visit us again! More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This resort is far from the city and the perfect nest for lovers. It is far from a Four Seasons standard, but the best quality for Bocas. The place is clean and quiet ; the food is good but not a gourmet. The service is very friendly (especially from the cocktail barman). Price is a little bit high, but that... More

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow. The few negative reviews really shock me. I feel that some people are impossible to please (referring to the reviewer who said that the beach was "too shelly to walk barefoot on"... Really???). I spent my honeymoon at Popas in October 2014. My husband & I had an absolute blast. Ziggy, Craig, Nico & the other hard-working staff members... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

HI Erin, Thank you so much for the kind words. We hope you come back to celebrate other occasions in your life with us and for more romantic star gazing. It was such a treat meeting you and Jason and I will most definitely be taking you up on your offer of a tour if I am ever in Portland. More

New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I have traveled across the world together, and we have never encountered such a terrible experience like our time at Popa Paradise. The food was terrible. It was not tasty, and it was not gourmet. Chicken was undercooked and pink, and shrimp tasted fishy. I saw inside the kitchen. It was DISGUSTING. There was dirty laundry in... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Dear Lindsay, I am so sorry to hear about your disappointing experience at Popa Paradise. I can't help but feel somewhat responsible as Vince proposed cancelling reservations until my arrival, but I told him that to cancel someone's honeymoon would also be very inconvenient for our guests. Clearly, you had high expectations that we failed to live up to, as... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good location and worth visiting. During our stay the facilities were upgraded. They seem to have suffered last year due to incapable local management. I seems the new management is bringing the hotel back to a good level. Location and opportunities are promising. Food is good as well as service. We were treated with great attention. Thanks to the local... More

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Ziggy F, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Hi Markus, Thank you for noticing all the hard work that everyone has been doing around the resort. We are happy to announce that for the first time since the lodge was built we have removed all our old waste (including the very cement mixer used to build the resort via a barge-off to recycling at Bocas town and get... More

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166 reviews 166 reviews
50 hotel reviews
1,200 helpful votes 1,200 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I recently stayed here for four nights. We had a great time and found the resort to be a very good value. The place ran very smoothly - any transition issues related to new management seem to be in the past. We also had great weather - it only rained one evening during our stay. The pictures... More

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ziggyFrancisco, Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Hi Jeff, I am so glad to hear that you and Lisa enjoyed your stay and noticed all the hard work that has been happening at the resort. Thank you for the kind words and we hope to welcome you back again. More

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Address: Punta Laurel | Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Popa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 16
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