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Yandup Island Lodge

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Playon Chico | Kuna Yala, 0838, 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
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Silicon Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did a lot of research of various properties in San Blas before deciding to go with Yandup and I am very happy with my choice. We only stayed two nights and wished we had decided to stay 3. The place: The island is about the size of football field. Surrounded by coral reef, sea grass, and a small patch... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yandup is a different experience. If you are expecting for luxury and comfort, you may want to re-think your concept of luxury and comfort. This is a magnificent place to experience nature and enjoy isolated virgin islands. It is not developed so here is where you have to understand that for a poorly developed island, Yandup Lodge is real Luxury.... More 

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Costa Mesa, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed for 3 full days. The best experience ever. Super friendly people. Awesome fresh local food. The excursions which were part of the package were very good. We enjoyed our stay on this little 10-cabin island a lot. Hope to be back some day. Learned a lot about the Kuna. Visited the Playon Chico island. Learned about their ways... More 

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South East London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

We stayed here for four nights and it really is a very unique, special place. It is not 5 star luxury so if that is what you are wanting this lodge is not for you and neither is it fine dining in the restaurant. The menu is set but the Kuna Yala people running the lodge are really accommodating at... More 

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West Milford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a great time on this island. First the trip by plane and lancha to get there was fun. The kuna yala who were working there were great. The food was good. Every day we got fresh fish and some specialities of the Kuna food. We loved the activities ( mainly the explanations about the community and the visit... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

From the moment we touched down in Playon Chico it was magical. The islands, palm trees and crystal clear water were a welcome site after busy Panama City. Blanco was waiting for us when we landed and we took a quick 5 minute boat ride to Yandup Lodge and were offered breakfast and shown right to our bungalows. The daily... More 

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

Thank you very much for your comments, we are very happy you enjoyed Yandup! We will take your suggestions into account. However we just wanted to address that we do offer water at all times with the large jug in the dining room area, you can refill any bottle at no additional cost. Greetings More 

Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Stayed here for 2 nights in an overwater hut which was nice as you can hear the waves beneath you as you sleep. It is an all inclusive place so all activities and meals are given to you with no choice on your part.The activities were fun-you get dropped off at different little islands to snorkel etc. with just a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Booked this place based on the great reviews, but unfortunately our experience was far from paradise. The main issue was the food...or the lack of it. Even though the hotel was informed about dietary requirements (vegetarian) months beforehand, all we got was boiled vegetables with no other sauce/flavour. The quantity was also tiny, and we were starving for the 2... More 

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

Thank you for your comments; we are sorry you had such a bad experience. Our staff always has the best of intentions and is willing to help out any of our guests, we apologize if it didn’t seem like it during your stay, sometimes language and cultural barriers play a major role in some parts of the communication. We also... More 

Culver City, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Trying to write a review dilutes the experience. Simplicity for the vacationer. Insight into a "Third World" lifestyle purposefully chosen by the autonomous indigenous Kuna Yala. Do your research. If you are a tourist, do not come. If you want to see the magic of the coral reefs and experience the culture of a spiritually strong and talented people, this... More 

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Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We stayed here in March as a family. The island is beautiful!! Loved the huts we slept in right on the water. Very peaceful. A few things to note about this hotel. It is in the middle of no where. You are fed 3 meals a day no snacks or many extras. Mostly if not all seafood meals. The meals... More 

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