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Hotel Heliconia

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Carretera Principal 8 Km South of Mariato | Palmilla, Mariato, Malena, Panama
Hotel Heliconia
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

grate owners, clean hotel, so caring to the nature around, just nice people along the way...when your passing through the area i think its the best place to put your head and have a rest- grate porch to read a book. very basic room with hot water, hamec & wifi- they have a trail in the property which is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at Hotel Heliconia for 2 nights and then went with them over to Isla Coiba for 2 more nights. Everything was very well organised, their hotel was comfortable and the food was good. Kees was our guide to both Cerro Hoya (birdwatching) and then over to Isla Coiba (snorkelling, walks, birds and monkeys). We found him to be... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello Keith T., Thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed the trips to Cerro Hoya and Coiba and it is good to her that the diving was good too. Best regards, Kees and Loes More 

Brandon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Heliconia B & B last week (3 couples-family vacation). What a beautiful place with an awesome tropical atmosphere. The hummingbirds were absolutely amazing! Loes & Kees are excellent hosts and we really enjoyed visiting with them at breakfast which was delicious. They are an interesting couple who have travelled and worked all over the world. They... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Dear Lidsa M.. Thank you for writing a review. It was great having you as guest and we look forward to seeing you again! Best regards More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We had a wonderful time. Kees was a great guide and he knew a lot. Most importantly, we saw loads of animals: jumping humpbacks and dolphins, turtles, boobies, scarlet macaws, eels, howler monkeys, sharks, puffer fish, barracudas, trumpet fish, angel fish, lobsters and much more. We did lots of great snorkeling, but also two tours in the jungle. The accomodation... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello Claudio S., Thank you for writing a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our hotel and the trip to Coiba. The humpback whales have now gone, we saw the last ones last week. But they will be back in July. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Great place to relax between surf sessions or to explore the veraguas coastline. There's not a lot of decent accom. along this stretch of road so Heliconia is great find. Tasty breakfast, big and bright rooms and nice property to wander. The owners were away during our stay but the caretaker, Freddy, was so gracious and accomodating. We'll go back... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello SealeGS, Sorry we missed you. But we are glad that you enjoyed your stay and were happy with the service provided by Freddy. We will pass on the compliments. Best regards. More 

Sydney, Australia
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We have snorkelled in many different countries but this was our best snorkelling experience yet. We still can't believe the amount of animals we saw. On the boat we saw dolphins, humpback whales and even a calf whale breach right in front of us. While snorkelling we saw large schools of fish, plenty of turtles (I think 10 in one... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello Travelling Widget, Thanks for writing a review (our 50th, a mile stone!). Whale season in Coiba is great indeed. And seeing a calf breach is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience! We enjoyed it ourselves as well. We are looking for better snorkels and hope to have those available for guests in the near future. And ANAM is trying its level... More 

Arizona
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69 hotel reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The perfect place for peace and quiet... but helpful hosts to give you ideas and advice. Wish we had longer there would have gone on some of the trips. Breakfast was great, lots of healthy choices and many different items. The rooms were basic,comfortable and clean with modern furnishings and the water flow was good and hot. Its a little... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello UKvisit, Thank you for writing a review. We are hppy you enjoyed the breakfast and we hope to see you again. More 

london
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We took a Coiba trip with Loos and Kees, staying at their hotel Heliconia the night before we set off. The whole trip was brilliant. Great hosts, good food and amazing sights in Coiba. Loos took fabulous pictures of our snorkelling trips on his underwater camera which they gave us on departure. The Heliconia itself is comfortable, clean and a... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello London_Mongoose, Thanks for writing a review. We are happy that you enjoyed your trip to Coiba with us. The Panamanian parks services (ANAM) are currently refurbishing the cabins on Coiba, so hopefully the accomodation there will gradually improve during 2014 and 2015. More 

Portland, Maine
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

We booked an amazing Coiba trip with Loes and Kees through Tanager Toursim for our family of four including my two children, ages 7 & 10 in early March 2014 that included accommodation at Hotel Heliconia before our departure and a most welcome visit upon returning from Coiba. Our entire experience was truly magical. Even before touching down in Panama,... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Dear Kasey B., You are making us blush. Thank you so much for your glowing review! We are glad that you and your family enjoyed your stay at our hotel and the trip to Coiba. We still remember the cheese and cracker soup, it is part of our hotel folklore now :-). We enjoyed having you as guests and we... More 

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Those with the time to travel to Coiba will delight in Hotel Heliconia! However, if you are wondering whether to stay at the hotel for an Azuero visit/ocean proximity without sufficient time for the island trip, please do it!! What an opportunity to experience the dreams-made-reality of Loes and Kees' reforestation project and hotel, their wealth of information and knowledge... More 

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Kees G, Owner at Hotel Heliconia, responded to this review

Hello Canopus, Thank you for writing a review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay on the west coast of the Azuero. And please do come back one day, we have added some new delightful dishes to our kitchen repertoire. More 

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