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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
Yandup Island Lodge
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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
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Culver City, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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35 hotel reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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 March 16, 2015

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

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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