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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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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131 reviews 131 reviews
20 hotel reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Memphis
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34 reviews 34 reviews
26 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful staff, and delightful guests, but cheap linens, bedding, furniture combined with barely adequate meals makes this the worst all-inclusive beach resort ever. Do not get fooled by the pretty pictures, everyone was scratching away at their various bug bites.

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

You will find most Caribbean islands are affected with sandflys and even though we fumigate regularly we advise guests to use an oil that we provide for free to protect themselves while at the pool and beach. All guests that heed our advice do not experience bites, some guests arrive use nothing and still do not get bitten, it is... More 

Oisterwijk, The Netherlands
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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Food, beverages and services are good but the resort itself is outdated, also the casita's and the suites. The staf helped as much as they coupe but thee have not the possibilities to do more. Therefor we would not recommand this resort.

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Modesto, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the resort from February 15-18 in the honeymoon suite (#10). We really enjoyed the resort and LOVED the food. Staff was very friendly and were constantly checking on us to see if we needed anything. We loved this place. It rained the first day and then we had sun the last 3 days. Ziggy was very accommodating... More 

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

Thank you so much for your great and in depth review! Those dreaded sand fleas have their days numbered. We have been in touch with an American company who provide an organic sand flea eradication programme, we are currently in negotiations with bringing them out to Popa Paradise. Most guests do not realize they are getting bitten because they are... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Perfect Honeymoon!! The place is amazing! We stayed in a "casita" for 10 days. In the middle of nature, natural beach and beautiful island! But the most amazing thing was the staff at Popa Paradise. Starting with Ziggy and Brendan, Silas and we can not forget Niko and your super carisma! Thank you guys for making this trip so special!!!... More 

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

Thank you so much for your amazing review! Was it really 10 days?! Wow time goes fast when you are having fun. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your honeymoon and return to celebrate your anniversary with us! More 

Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Extremely Beautiful. Totally Relaxing. All Around Friendly. Very Peaceful. Absolutely Amazing Food. Really A True Paradise. Hoping for a Return Trip in the Near Future. Can't explain why we ever came home! -Kevin & Lori :)

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

We hope you guys come back! It was such a blast getting to know both of you. Thank you so much for your review More 

Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I booked our January 2015 stay (1/25 - 1/30) at Popa Paradise in July of 2014. I booked two casitas and relied on tripadvisor tips for my casita requests. When I made reservations I requested casitas 5 and 10 and my request was confirmed. Upon arrival I was told I would stay in casita 6 instead of 10 – so... More 

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

After doing a whopping 13 reviews after your return from Panama I imagine some of the details might be a bit hazy but I will happily fill in some information for you. You will be glad to know that our pricing structure had already been adjusted 2 weeks ago. For most guests the option to enjoy a remote island resort... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Popa Paradise is unlike anywhere else I stayed on our recent 3 week trip to Panama and Colombia. It has the community feeling of a camp or a hostel but with grown up luxury of beachside accommodation and great food and wine. It is the perfect place to unwind and disconnect from the world while enjoying ALL DAY LONG DELICIOUS... More 

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

Thank you for your great review, It's guests like you guys that make us love what we do! We have spoken to the owner and he has already adjusted some pricing for the new year so hopefully you will be back for some more HEADS UP! More 

New York, New York, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I understand that Popa is a rustic, island retreat but our casita was really subpar. This is not a four star hotel room by any means. We stayed at three, four, and five star hotels all over Panama, and this was by far the worst. The bed covers didn’t fit, the bathroom needed to be fixed, the shampoos and conditioners... More 

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

HI Richard, please refer to your wifes post under TERRIBLE titled: Dissappointing honeymoon ruiner, for my full response. While it is actually against Trip Advisors code of conduct to put a double review I see you often take the time to adjust your review so they have not been able to delete it entirely. Thank you for acknowledging that you... More 

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