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Yandup Island Lodge

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3.0 of 5
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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
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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South East London
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230 reviews 230 reviews
90 hotel reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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41 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Fort Worth, Texas, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Yandup is no 5-star resort. It is, however, a simple, bare-bones experience in an incredibly beautiful place with people who care. The cottages are simple but clean and the food is good. The bathroom water for showering is brackish (salty) but drinking water is on hand at the dining area. The tours are nice - one to the village, one... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
36 hotel reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This was love at first sight but its for those who love adventure and the rustic. Arriving on a tiny plane on a runway that turns to the local football pitch and walking area was magical. We were met by Yandup lodge our passports checked put on a boat at the end of the runway and taken to a stunning... More 

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Fredrikstad, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

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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