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3.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Playon Chico | Kuna Yala, 0838, Panama
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Yandup Island Lodge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Just got back from a wonderful three days at Yandup Island Lodge which is owned and managed by GunaYala Indians. This is a "once in a lifetime" experience, although it will not be my last time there. I promised Tomas, Domi and Malvita I would go back! They were our hosts while visiting the island. The manager, Blanco will not... More 

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Paris
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9 reviews 9 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you want want to find a place that affords you to leave the everyday worries behind...and allows you to not have to think about your next move, and provides excellent fresh food with genuiely friendly people...well this is it. Much as I woudl like to steer everyone away so that it can remain a secret, I wish them all... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We spent 4 days at Yandup in January and loved every minute of it. The food was fresh and delicious, (you must order the 20US lobster it was amazing). They are also vegetarian friendly. You can go snorkeling at a different island everyday and visit the cemetery, Kuna community, mangrooves on the afternoon excursions, or you can just stay and... More 

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Edmonton
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

My husband and I just returned from our stay at Yandup Lodge. Absolutely incredible! Pictures don't do this place justice. We stayed two nights which was perfect, I wouldn't stay any longer than three nights. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. They're English is pretty decent. However, the Kuna women working there don't speak any. So if you know... More 

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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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10 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We spent two nights at Yandup Island Lodge, at the start of our round-trip in Panamá. Very relaxing. The flight to Playon Chico was with an airplane that was not so good anymore, but that had nothing to do with the lodge. They schedule two activities per day. In the morning you can go to an island and do some... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

As many of the reviews suggest, 2 nights is absolutely plenty. We ended up leaving early as we were so disappointed by the island. The main points were the amount of plastics and rubbish in the sea and the strange atmosphere. We were not idle by choice, which is always welcome on holidays, but idle by the nature of the... More 

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PrYa08, Owner at Yandup Island Lodge, responded to this review

Dear guest, We want to thank you for taking the time to write, we are also sorry that you felt disappointed at our island. We understand garbage is a serious issue in our community and many more communities in Kuna Yala, we are trying our best to educate the people but it is a tough job and we still need... More 

Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Yandup Island Lodge is a great place to stay if you want to absolutely relax for a couple of days. The private island is very beautiful, the people are friendly and we absolutely loved the cabins over the water. They are spacious and have their own kind of balcony with hammocks. Tours include snorkeling, visiting remote beaches, mangroves and the... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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47 hotel reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I read and weighed every single review here for weeks before finally bucking up and booking our trip, and I'm so glad we did. We had an amazing experience at Yandup! This is such a different experience than most places that I wanted to break it down and explain everything for people like me who need to know everything before... More 

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Vancouver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife and I had booked two nights here in November 2014 and don't have a lot of good things to say about it. Here were the problems: Reservations: Initially we were told that we could have one night in an overwater cabin and one night in an oceanfront sea cabin as the overwater cabins were all booked for the... More 

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PrYa08, Owner at Yandup Island Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, all your comments help us improve. We feel very sad that you weren’t able to enjoy Kuna Yala and Yandup Lodge, we are really concerned that all of our guests leave with the best possible memories of their time at our place. We did have some troubles with the original reservation as explained above, and... More 

Houston, Texas
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85 reviews 85 reviews
50 hotel reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Yandup has glow worms! While snorkeling or looking down into the water outside your cabana at night you can see them swirling like white stars in the currents! The food is amazingly good, though portions are small. Meal times are inflexibly scheduled. Menus are set and, happily for us, usually featured some sort of fresh seafood -- fish, lobster, and... More 

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Address: Playon Chico | Kuna Yala, 0838, Panama
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Location: Panama > Guna Yala Region > San Blas Islands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Yandup Island Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Also Known As:
Yandup Island Hotel San Blas Islands

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