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Popa Paradise Beach Resort
Punta Laurel | Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa, Panama   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Isla Popa
Denver, Colorado
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“Absolutely wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

Our family of 5 spent 5 days at Popa Paradise over Spring break and it was incredible. After just a few hours the staff were like family. They took extra care to make sure that our kids were happy and having a great time. Dyllan is and amazing manager and makes sure that everything is comfortable for the guests. From Darian the chef to Ty the bartender/kick boxing teacher/ in house musician to Handre and his wife, Beverly, who captain the catamaran everyone was friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The resort grounds are cared for by all the staff and it shows that this is truly their home. We would go back in a heartbeat!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Many thanks for your great review! It was a pleasure meeting you family and enjoyed spending some time with you all. We are all so pleased you had a great vacation at Popa Paradise.
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Popa Paradise isn't just a place to stay; it's an experience. Whether to celebrate a special occasion or get away from everyday stress, this is the perfect destination. The staff is outstanding in every way, from excellent service to enjoyable and entertaining company. Our casita was comfortable and "island chic" and the scenery spectacular. We were happily surprised how delicious and the food was--some of the tastiest and freshest dishes we've tasted anywhere, let alone on a jungle island! The energy at Popa Paradise is so positive, and we will always cherish our memories of cocktails at the pool bar, wake boarding, chatting with the friendly staff, sampling new foods, kayaking in the turquoise sea, snorkeling by the reef, exploring the breathtaking beaches, and doing some serious relaxing. We hope to be back, and in the meantime, will recommend Popa Paradise to our friends and family.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
Many thanks for you great review and your kind words. It was a great It was a great pleasure meeting you and look forward to seeing you back at Popa Paradise!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

What a phenomenal time to be had at Popa Paradise! I visited Popa with 2 close friends as a part of a 2 week, three destination Panama adventure. We went from Gamboa to Popa to Panama City. If we were to do it all again, we all agreed, we would stay at Popa for longer than 4 nights and sacrifice days elsewhere. The staff is friendly and wonderfully accommodating which only makes sense since Popa's management partners 1. Dyllan has an exceptional background in hospitality services and truly understand how to cater to guests and 2. Darian....how to describe Darian...simply put, an absolute original character with fantastic culinary skills. Together (along with their incredible cross continent tales and fire dancing skills) are a fabulous combination for those looking for an all inclusive relaxing, entertaining, and laugh inducing experience.

Tips....1. Take the day long catamaran experience with Handre and Bev...can you say private beach with local Indians? Have you ever watched a yacht crew catch a big beautiful tuna then turn it into the freshest sashimi appetizer you will ever experience an hour later? What about then having a lovely lady (Bev) whip up a healthy dish of chicken, quinoa and asparagus and serve as a lunch entree (cooked on the catamaran)? You can at Popa! 2. Every meal at the resort is fresh and spectacular.. dinner is always a delicious surprise from ribs falling off the bone to garlic escargot. Get the sea bass for lunch...best I have ever had. 3. Let Tye use local fruits to mix up a delectable cocktail any time of day...also, ask him about Air Bud 5.

In sum, I have traveled to Costa, Nica, Belize, Guate and now Panama. I have not yet previously encountered such a unique destination/experience as discovered at Popa Paradise. In the first 24 hours, I was thinking of when I might be able to return.

GO - you will be happy you did.

Thank you again Popa P!

Room Tip: Loved Casita 4...closest to pool/dining and accesses wifi
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Many thanks for your great review, we are so pleased you enjoyed all we have to offer here. Our ocean view Casitas ( Casitas 2.3.& 4) now all have in room wi fi for those who like to spend time on their deck with their iPads. It was a pleasure meeting you and look forward to seeing you back here soon!
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This place was amazing from the beginning! Dylan, Darion, Haundrey, Ty, and Bev made our trip so enjoyable. From muai thai in the morning, sailing to a different island to see different beaches ( which were amazing I might add) to relaxing at the end of the with an amazing view. The resort was great and the people were even better. Thanks for making mine and allies trip amazing guys! Hopefully we will see you again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Many thanks for your great review! My team and I love what we do here and its so good to see that you enjoyed all we offer here, hope to see you back here very soon.
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Cochrane, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Having travelled and experienced many resorts around the world( ie The Cove on Paradise Island, Nassau to Jumeirah Beach Resort in Dubai) Popa surpasses them all in it's laid back atmosphere with the adventure of the sea and jungle at your fingertips. From the extraordinary beauty of the island, the wonderful and entertaining management and staff, the lovely gentle people of the island and the sheer natural beauty surrounding you with every step. Every glance out to the Caribbean harbours the most divine images of tranquility and offerings of adventure. The wonderful culinary delights created by the genius that is Darion and his team were served to perfection. Dylan with his wonderful style and class makes for the perfect host, never be shy to ask for his unquestionable knowledge of all things Bocas. Never-forgetting Ty our groover from Vancouver who seems to know what you need before you even ask. Obviously we could go on and on about this resort and all its beauty and wonderful staff but really just go experience it for yourself, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dyllan M, General Manager at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 12, 2013
Many thanks for your great review! We are so pleased you enjoyed staying with us at Popa Paradise. It was a pleasure meeting you and we look forward to your next visit.
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Cochrane, Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

The trip taken in March 2013 to Popa Paradise luxury resort off Bocas del Toro in Panama was one of the best vacations I have taken and I have travelled extensively. The experience in its entirety was wonderful, right from Panama city, short flight to Bocas where we were greeted and taken in a boat to the island which felt like we were travelling to the remote and fictional Gilligan’s Island. Arriving at the Popa’s resort we were greeted by the friendly and helpful staff that showed us to the beautiful penthouse suite which had breathtaking views of the ocean, we were quite happy with this large suite for the four us staying there. Excited we changed into our swimming clothes and headed for breakfast to get our day started and explore. The resort felt like a well run family business, with staff that are outgoing, friendly and helpful. We quickly explored the island and hit the water. Ahhhh warm caribbean water & pool kept us soaked for all the days we were there. The food was very tasty, fresh and unique, the surroundings are gorgeous and away from the normal tourist trap. Popa’s is an adult all-inclusive boutique resort and a better beach vacation from what I have experienced in the past. We could not stop eating the delicious meals prepared by the excellent chef & cooks and drinking the fruit cocktails fixed by the outgoing bartenders. The island felt like it was all ours, ‘our island’ we screamed as we kayaked in the baby blue waters. There were only 14-20 people at the resort which made it perfect for us since we wanted to have fun (and we sure did enjoy partying in the evenings with the other visitors to the island and the fun staff) but we also tried to enjoy everything the resort had to offer. The guys decided to take muay thai boxing one day which they had a blast, and us girls decided we wanted to do a yoga class or get a massage but ended up at the swim up bar instead ;). Star gazing in itself is an experience, the stars light up the sky. We did a day excursion to another small island which involved snorkeling, fishing and walking on the white sandy beaches.

By the end of our vacation we had grown quite fond of the staff at the resort, we did not want to leave our paradise and wished we had booked a few more days at the resort. We miss this place, our new found friends that work at the resort and the vacationers that we met. My friends and I talk about the trip whenever we see each other. We will return in a year’s time, or earlier the better.

YMM

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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vroes, Owner at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Yvonne, thank you so much for your kind words! Dyllan and Darion and their staff work tirelessly to make every guest's stay a memorable one, and they obviously succeeded with you and your group. We hope to see you again soon - I can promise you the resort will be even better next time!

Vince Roes - owner
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Early last year I visited Popa Paradise and though it was an attractive hotel in a beautiful setting, there was apparently a transition in ownership ongoing and the place was looking a bit rough around the edges, though the onsite management team of Darion and Dyllan made my stay enjoyable. A year later I returned and wow, what a difference! Dyllan and Darion are still there with their fantastic "host qualities", as is Ty the barman, but the poolside bar has been renovated, there's a new beach bar, an area for yoga and massages and even a "Jungle Gym" to practice Thai boxing with Ty. One thing that hasn't changed is the food - still out of this world and really the portions are just too big to eat it all! Of course nothing is perfect and I did notice that though painting and varnishing was ongoing, a good pass of a paintbrush here and there was needed, the screen doors on the casitas had seen better days, the pool furniture was a bit dated but hey, do you think those things matter when you're sitting at the swim-up bar with a "Popajito" in your hand (Ty's version of a mojito, with freshly grown mint picked from right beside the pool)? I travel constantly and this place was just great to slow down and enjoy life.

Room Tip: I've stayed in Casitas 6 and 10 - both great if you like to sleep to the sound of waves lapping...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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vroes, Owner at Popa Paradise Beach Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2013
Thank you so much for your review. Our staff have been working very hard to get the resort in shape after our acquisition of Popa last year, but there is always more to do, and it is not easy on a remote island. It is gratifying when people notice the results! We have lots of good things planned for the future, so we hope to see you at Popa Paradise again.

Vince Roes - owner
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Address: Punta Laurel | Bocas del Toro, Isla Popa, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Popa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Isla Popa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Popa Paradise Beach Resort is located on a stunning island called Isla Popa in the Bocas del Toro archipelago. off the Panamanian coast in the Caribbean Sea. We are located about 30 minutes away from Bocas del Toro by boat. Stay with us for an unforgettable vacation where you can relax, snorkel in beautiful clear water and visit the amazing outer islands. Our chef Darion creates a spectacular, tasty, unique and healthy menu and can cater to vegetarians and vegans which is all included in our all inclusive rate. We have a large range of activities and excursions from diving, fishing, zip lines to the spectacular Zapatilla islands marine park or simply relax by our swimming pool and enjoy a Popa Paradise cocktail at our swim up bar, enjoy a massage on the spa or take a walk on one of our stunning beaches. Our new beach bar and restaurant "Rosie's" is great for cool drinks on the beach all day and at night beach BBQs, bonfires, live music and fire dancing under the stars. Our dedicated team of professionals will take care of your every need and ensure you have a memorable stay at our boutique resort. We look forward to meeting you at Popa Paradise - barefoot luxury in paradise! ... more   less 
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