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Laguna Azul Eco Lodge
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Isla Privada, proxima a Isla Popa, Isla Popa, Panama   |  
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“almost don't want to share :)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2012

I almost don't want to share its so beautiful here, i want to keep it all to myself !! It was a perfect spot to get away from the busy everyday lives we all have. I spent 5 nights here, and it was fantastic. From the moment I was picked up at the airport I felt comfortable , safe, taken care of and looked after without feeling like anyone was around me all the time. The food was fantastic and innovative easily the best lobster and calamari i ever had in my life! I am an easy traveler and this place made it even more easy to relax and forget about the world in such a beautiful spot. I really can't say enough about how wonderful it is. The people who work there really like working there , you can tell and they really enjoy each other ... it makes a difference when you are away from your own home and it shows. I would easily return !
Thanks to everyone at Laguna Azul. - Blake

Room Tip: all rooms seemed nice, but i would agree with some of the other travelers that the rooms on the 2nd...
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  • Stayed March 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Destin, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

I recently spent 5 nights at Laguna Azul with 3 other friends. The staff was very hospitable and helpful. The place is vey peaceful and relaxing.

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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LA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

This was one of the most relaxing destinations in our trip to Panama. It's just you, 7 other rooms, the staff, the hotel, and WATER! It's sooo peaceful and relaxing. The rooms are superclean. The food is really great if you love seafood. The view is UNREAL!!!!!! It's really heaven on earth!

The only reason this hotel didn't get 5 stars from me is because of the lack of flexibility they had. They claim they are all inclusive and that so many activities are included but you only have the choice of going with the activity they chose for the day. Also, we were there for 2 nights/3 days and could only do one of the activities which is pretty unfair especially when you are paying 500 USD/night which is a fortunate in Panama. The staff (who were soooo nice) seemed like they wanted to accomodate us but they weren't allowed to because the boss (one of the partners) would not let them. He wouldn't let the activity boat drive 15 minutes extra (they said he didn't want to pay for gas) to drop us off one day and because of that, we missed a whole day of activity. When you are paying 500/day, you expect customer service to be better than this. And it was great except for the lack of flexibility by the boss. He was so unaccommodating that for me the experience lost not one but two stars.

Also, be ware...lots of sand flies but it's not the hotels fault. You are on a remote island so that is out of control. The hotel did manage to keep the flies out of the rooms though. :)

Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Koksijde, Belgium
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

you will enjoy every minute you spend with the people of Laguna Azul. Kind and helpful, ready to serve and leaving you live the absolute tranquility !
Follow them on one of the 'all included' excursions and feel Robinson Crusoe exploring natural beaches with palmtrees picture-ready near the ocean. ...And yes, I have seen the dolphins in their natural environment. Sport and swim, try the cayucos to paddle in between the mangroves to see the sunset... or simply do n o t h i n g but overlooking the bay from the open day lounge / dining room terrace. The bar tender will prepare your fresh cocktail with pleasure and if you have a special request the team will set the extra step to please you... I tell you by experience !

Although we enjoyed the fresh and good food, it is my personal feeling that the kitchen staff could be a little more inspired to bring some kind of more creative dishes to match the level of all the other magnificent features hotel Laguna Azul offers.

I will certainly make time to come back, as it was an experience of wellbeing not to be missed and even to be repeated !

If you are the type of 'epicurian' who needs the urban nightlife and minute-after-minute high-voltage activity, you will not want to disturb the other guests of Hotel Laguna Azul...

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bahia blanca
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

I reach Laguna Azul Ecolodge because I heard great things about the conservation work related with the ecological impact of the lodge. I was not sure at the beginning due to the rate (around U$D 250 p/person p/night) however could not be more satisfied with the final result! This place is great value for money! starting from the excursions, the food and the drinks everything is included ! We book room number 8 witch is in the ground floor with a Queen Size bed, we have an incredible view of the lagoon. I spent almost all day speaking with Ruben (Lodge Manager) about different projects he used to work in . The rest of the staff, Linda and Mary are really cute and helpful . Is a must to swim in the coral at night! so relaxing, hope to be back some day.

Room Tip: upstairs room view are better
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  • Stayed July 2011, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Boadilla
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

I cannot find the right words to describe this secluded portion of paradise. From the location (far from any noise of "civilisation"), the place itself, the people just ready to help you always with a smile, the food (each day a beatiful surprise), everything in Laguna Azul is just set to relax your mind and pamper your senses. The price might seem high at first sight but it is a real bargain when you discover how much a real "all inclusive" can actually contain. On top of all that, we were lucky to be visited a couple of times by a family of dolphins just passing in front of the beautiful hotel verandah. For snorkelers, all you have to do is go down four steps from the verandah and you are on topo of a coral reef full of sealife.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vermont
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

I believe that words cannot describe how wonderful my experience at Laguna Azul was. Ruben and his team are some of the most welcoming people I met in my trip to Panama.
Laguna Azul is in short: The perfect place to escape, relax and rejuvenate.
Everything about the stay could not be more perfect. The rooms are elegant and simple with a marvelous view over the water and Cayo Zapatilla in the distance. The food is unreal, a real experience of everything local with a gourmet twist. The dining room also commands a view of the coral reef where the house sits atop.
Finally my stay could not have been more perfect if it wasn't for the staff. Everyone was geared towards my service in a friendly and polite manner.
Cant wait to go back!

Room Tip: All the rooms have views to the water.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled solo
    • 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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Additional Information about Laguna Azul Eco Lodge

Address: Isla Privada, proxima a Isla Popa, Isla Popa, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Isla Popa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty lodging in Isla Popa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Laguna Azul Eco Lodge 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Lodge lies in a stunning position on the shores of Isla Colon, has 6 Ocean View rooms, including living, dining and a beautiful gallery. Everyone who's been here remembers the first time they saw Laguna Azul while they approach the island with the boat. The Lodge has one of the finest and most enviable positions in the area providing guests with un obscured views across the entire bay. The glorious views can be enjoyed from the large dining room, hotel bar and all of the bedrooms. Soak up the ambient atmosphere of sea and sunshine at the haven of serenity. Our world class hospitality and friendly staff assure your every need is catered for. ... more   less 
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