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Popa Paradise Beach Resort

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Punta Laurel | Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa, Panama
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lebanon, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our room was BEAUTIFUL! It looked just like the photos from their website. With an amazing view and porch... right off the beach! We enjoyed the swim up bar very much and loved spending time with Eric, Max and Omar! Eric never let us go thirsty! They have such a friendly staff :) Bernardo was AMAZING... Totally awesome chef and... More 

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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a 45-minute boat-trip you will arrive at the paradise of Popa Island. This Eco-Resort offers all the luxury we need. It is located in a tropical vegetation with a large area. Our Ocean-View Casita was right above the beach and prepared very lovely. The living-/bedroom ist very spacious with fine furnitures. The entire beachfront is equipped with sliding windows... More 

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San Jose, California
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The stay at Popa Paradise was a truly unforgettable experience. The rating is based on the overall experience and is a not your typical star rating. If you are looking for a four seasons type resort, frankly Bocas in general is not for you. I am confident that this is the best place to stay in Bocas. The resort caters... More 

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Max R, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your insightful review and kind words! We're very glad that you enjoyed your time with us and hope that you can return again soon. We're currently working on extending our wifi coverage throughout the resort, as well as getting the cable TV service up and running again, hopefully making Popa feel that much more like... More 

New Jersey, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We had a great stay at Popa Paradise, the staff are very attentive and friendly and made us feel right at home. Ziggy, the manager was so warm and ingratiating. On arrival we had one small mishap where a pipe outside our room broke forcing the water to be turned off. However this was fixed fast and proffesionally while we... More 

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Max R, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! Hope you can visit again soon. Max- G.M. More 

Allison Park, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

A thirty minute boat ride on the Caribbean from shore to Popa Paradise is paradise mixed with magical! We were met with a drink in a coconut with a staff eager to learn about any special requests. Then, an incredible “casita”, little house, in the middle of the jungle with the Caribbean Sea either right outside your door or off... More 

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Max R, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! It was a pleasure to have you, and I'm glad we were able to make your stay a memorable one. Oh, I got that guitar fixed up--get down here soon so we can have a proper jam session! Max - G.M. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

After spending a couple of days in Panama City, my wife and I flew to Bocas Town where were were promptly picked up at the airport, taken to a water taxi and then a scenic 40 minute ride to the island. We were initially greeted by Ziggy and given the of the land and shown to our Casita. Our Casita... More 

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Max R, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review and kind words - it is very gratifying when our efforts are appreciated. Please come see us again real soon. I hope to take you up on that offer! Max - G.M. More 

Laurel, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We had a wonderful time at Popa but as other reviews show, it is a matter of expectations. We went with several friends and all of us felt when we left that we had a lovely time and greatly appreciated the wonderful customer service by Omar, Silas, Ziggy, Trottman, and Brendan. It is an eco-resort, run on propane, rain water... More 

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

Thank you so much for your insightful review! We have many exciting improvements planned for the resort, one of which is a dedicated activities co ordinator. We are so happy your group had a wonderful time, we certainly enjoyed having you all here and hope that you consider visiting us again! More 

Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This trip was exactly what we were looking for. All transfers from the airport went off without a hitch. We found the arranged taxi transfer to the Albrook airport very easily and the boat transfer to the island ran smoothly. I really do not know what other people have complained about regarding the boat transfer. It is safe and a... More 

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

I cannot thank you enough for your kind words and amazing review. We are all so happy that we were able to help make your vacation a memorable experience and that you truly got to enjoy the resort and appreciate all its natural beauty. More 

Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

I read many of the Tripadvisor reviews prior to booking and was a bit puzzled because of the huge mix of very good and very bad reviews. Well: our experience was just great. Pickup by Omar at the airport went smooth (despite our delay in getting in) and we got a lot of information during the trip. Our friends arrived... More 

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

Thank you so much of your great and insightful review More 

Memphis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Popa Paradise should not be thought of as the Four Seasons Panama. If the traveler knows what to expect, they will be very pleased with the hotel. It is not, however, a five-star luxury resort. It is a very comfortable eco-resort. Except for a neighboring small native village, the hotel is the only facility on the island. As such the... More 

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vroes, Owner at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review

Thanks you for your thoughtful review and suggestions. We have restarted restocking the mini-fridges on a daily basis - this was previously the norm, but somehow it was missed during your stay. Regarding an activities assistant / guide, this is something we have wanted to do for quite awhile, and will put in place for our next high season. In... More 

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