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Yandup Island Lodge

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Playon Chico | Kuna Yala, 0838, Panama
Yandup Island Lodge
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Fredrikstad, Norway
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here for four days, and even if we had high expectations in beforehand, the state of the lodge, the people and the location met and exceeded our expectations. Whether you stay on the island or join the excursions (which is absolutely recommended), you are sure to leave the island as a different person afterwards. The food was good,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from a 5 night stay here. Couldn't ask for a better cultural experience to live among the Kuna Yala people. They are a wonderful community and took great care of us. This isn't for everyone. need to be prepared to "camp" and be on your own after staff leaves location after dinner....possible high seas to get to... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are good reviews and photos of Yandup Island Lodge. I´d just wish supplement. LODGE LOCATION: in the middle of San Blas Archipelago, near the village of Playon Chico. It can only be reached by plane or boat. No land access. BOOKING THE LODGE: It´s easy via their website . They provide good service and responded promptly. AIR TRAVEL: I... More 

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Kitchener, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved this place, the people, and the food. We were met at the airport and looked after from that point until the end of the trip. We were served 3 amazing meals daily. The lunches and dinners were fresh and so healthy. We stayed for 2 nights and did the beach both mornings, the mangrove tour, and the visit... More 

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New York City, New York
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44 reviews 44 reviews
12 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 February 1, 2015

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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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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7 helpful votes 7 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 

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